About the Original

Season 2


Produced entirely in its namesake city, THE CHI is a timely coming-of-age story centering on a group of residents who become linked by coincidence but bonded by the need for connection and redemption.


Season two will spotlight Brandon’s (Jason Mitchell) ambitious plan to make his food truck a success, along with navigating the class differences between he and his girlfriend Jerrika (Tiffany Boone). Emmett (Jacob Latimore) will encounter a lot of bumps and bruises as he makes an effort to grow up and get custody of his son, guided by his mother Jada (Yolonda Ross) who is discovering a new life of her own. Kevin’s (Alex Hibbert) ability to deal with the trauma of what he has experienced in his young life will be tested, as he strengthens the bonds with his buddies, Papa (Shamon Brown Jr.) and Jake (Michael V. Epps), whose older brother Reg (Barton Fitzpatrick) exposes Jake to twisted lessons in street survival. Lastly, an imprisoned Ronnie (Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine) will attempt to come to terms with killing Brandon’s brother and reclaim his life, while Detective Cruz (Armando Riesco) launches a new investigation. The season will also show the joys of living life on the Southside of Chicago.


Guest stars this season include Crystal Dickinson as Westside Detective Alice Toussaint, who shows up ready to shake things up on the Southside; Carl Lumbly as Walter Dion Burkes, the ranking member and founder of a notorious gang; Curtiss Cook as Douda, a successful businessman and hustler with ties to Reg; and Kimberly Hebert Gregory as Kimberly Hendricks, a razor-sharp power attorney working on Ronnie’s case. Created and executive produced by Emmy® winner Lena Waithe, the hit drama series is executive produced by Common, Ayanna Floyd Davis, Aaron Kaplan, Rick Famuyiwa and Derek Dudley and Shelby Stone of Freedom Road Productions. THE CHI is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios.





201 – Eruptions

Written by Ayanna Floyd Davis & Lena Waithe

Directed by Jet Wilkinson

Guest Stars: Richard Gant, La Donna Tittle, Tyla Abercrumbie, David Alan Anderson, Cedric Young, Rolando Boyce, Lily Mojekwu

Co-Star: Birgundi Baker


Brandon (Jason Mitchell) deals with an unfortunate turn of events that takes him back to Reg (Barton Fitzpatrick). Meanwhile, Jada (Yolonda Ross) makes a decision that forces Emmett (Jacob Latimore) to grow up. Best friends Kevin (Alex Hibbert), Jake (Michael V. Epps) and Papa (Shamon Brown Jr.) hatch a plan to do a project for school and get confronted by Maisha (Genesis Denise Hale). Ronnie (Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine) takes an inmate under his wing.



202 – Every Day I’m Hustlin

Written by Joe Wilson

Directed by Darren Grant

Guest Stars: Crystal Dickinson, Kimberly Hebert Gregory, Curtiss Cook, Behzad Dabu, David Alan Anderson, Malkia Stampley, Rolando Boyce, Tyla Abercrumbie, Jacqueline Williams


Brandon (Jason Mitchell) begrudgingly puts on a front to help Jerrika (Tiffany Boone) land a new client. Reg (Barton Fitzpatrick) must answer to the leadership of the 63rd St. Mob. Ronnie (Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine) reels from devastating news and makes a deal with an inmate. Emmett (Jacob Latimore) adjusts to his new living situation and starts another side hustle with Amir (Behzad Dabu). Kevin (Alex Hibbert) is forced to make a difficult decision. New Detective Toussaint (Crystal Dickinson) investigates a South Side home invasion.



203 – Past Due

Written by J. David Shanks

Directed by Justin Tipping

Guest Stars: Crystal Dickinson, Kimberly Hebert Gregory, Cedric Young, Chris Lee, Coburn Goss, Daniel Patrick Sullivan, David Alan Anderson, La Donna Tittle, Malkia Stampley, Richard Gant, Tai Davis, Tory Davis, Tyla Abercrumbie


Brandon (Jason Mitchell) gets a new opportunity. Kevin and Maisha (Genesis Denise Hale) form an unlikely friendship. Emmett (Jacob Latimore) takes on more responsibility at work. Cruz (Armando Riesco) deals with blowback from Ronnie’s confession. Ronnie gets some (Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine) shocking news. Toussaint (Crystal Dickinson) gets a lead on her case.



204 – Showdown

Written by Casallina Kisakye

Directed by Carl Seaton

Guest Stars: Crystal Dickinson, Curtiss Cook, La Donna Tittle, Rolando Boyce, Tai Davis, Jacqueline Williams, Phillip Edward Van Lear and Charles Arthur Smith aka “Chef Art Smith”

Co-Star: Birgundi Baker


Brandon (Jason Mitchell) stresses over The After Taste Food Competition and makes a deal with Emmett (Jacob Latimore), while an accident at Sonny’s threatens Emmett’s job. Kevin (Alex Hibbert), Jake (Michael V. Epps) and Papa (Shamon Brown Jr.) cause mayhem on Picture Day at school. Ronnie (Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine) adjusts to a new life he didn’t expect. Reg (Barton Fitzpatrick) gets called to the carpet by Douda (Curtiss Cook) and a revelation comes to light.



205 – Feeling The Heat

Written by Ayanna Floyd Davis & Joe Wilson

Directed by Jet Wilkinson

Guest Stars: Crystal Dickinson, Carl Lumbly, Curtiss Cook, Tyla Abercrumbie, Malkia Stampley, Tory Davis and Common

Co-Star: Birgundi Baker


Brandon (Jason Mitchell) and Emmett (Jacob Latimore) come together for some Chicago Summertime fun on one of the hottest days of the year. Kevin (Alex Hibbert) deals with a death in the family. Ronnie (Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine) reconnects with Rafiq (Common) and gets some helpful advice. Toussaint (Crystal Dickinson) and Cruz (Armando Riesco) make a major move on the home invasion case. Reg (Barton Fitzpatrick) and Douda (Curtiss Cook) make a plan to fix the gang’s problem.







Brandon Jason Mitchell

Emmett Jacob Latimore

Ronnie Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine

Kevin Alex Hibbert

Jada Yolonda Ross

Jerrika Tiffany Boone

Detective Cruz Armando Riesco

Papa Shamon Brown Jr.

Reg Barton Fitzpatrick

Jake Michael V. Epps


Guest Stars

(In Alphabetical Order)

Nina Tyla Abercrumbie

Greavy David Alan Anderson

Meldrick Byron Bowers

Rafiq Common

Douda Curtiss Cook

Amir Behzad Dabu

Det. Toussaint Crystal Dickinson

Sarah Kristina Emerson

Mr. Gasca José Antonio García

Kimberly Hendricks Kimberly Hebert Gregory

Tiffany Hannaha Hall

Walter Dion Burkes Carl Lumbly

Trice Tosin Morohunfola

Habib Amro Salama

Karen Malkia Stampley

Miss Ethel La Donna Tittle

Sonny Cedric Young



(In Alphabetical Order)

Kiesha Birgundi Baker

Andrea Mariah Sydnei Gordon



Creator/Executive Producer/Writer Lena Waithe

Executive Producers Ayanna Floyd Davis

Aaron Kaplan


Derek Dudley

Shelby Stone

Rick Famuyiwa

Co-Executive Producers Joe Wilson

Jet Wilkinson

Terri Kopp

Adam Glass

Producers Kelly A. Manners

Barry Berg

Consulting Producer Zach Strauss

Casting by Christal Karge, CSA

Marisa Ross, CSA

Director of Photography Loren Yaconelli

Production Designer Bret Tanzer

Costume Designer Nancea Ceo

Music Supervisor Barry Cole





Amanda Cary

Morgan Fouch