Bronzeville: The Black Metropolis

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The large expanse of Chicago’s South Side today called Bronzeville (“the Black Metropolis”) was the site of Chicago’s version of the Harlem Renaissance and was home to many famous African-Americans. Gwendolyn Brooks published poetry in the Chicago Defender, Andrew Rube Foster created Negro League Baseball, and Louis Armstrong kept his trumpet singing at the Sunset […]

Chicago Blues Festival

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The Chicago Blues Festival is an annual event held in June that features three days of performances by top-tier blues musicians, both old favorites and the up-and-coming. It is hosted by the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and always occurs in early June. The event has always taken place at […]

Jazz Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

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The Jazz Institute of Chicago was founded in 1969 by a small band of jazz fans, writers, club owners and musicians who came together to preserve the historical roots of the Chicago’s jazz music when rock ‘n roll had become the reigning cultural and financial force in American music. The Institute sponsors the world renown […]

Victory Monument | Chicago, IL

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Photo Credit:  Joe Ravi, Creative Commons Located in Chicago’s Black Metropolis-Bronzeville Historic District, the Victory Monument by sculptor Leonard Crunelle was built to honor the Eighth Regiment of the Illinois National Guard, an African-American unit that served in France during World War I. Topped by a bronze “doughboy” soldier sculpture, the monument features three bronze […]

Geoffrey & Carmen: A Memoir in Four Movements

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Geoffrey & Carmen: Memoir in Four Movements DuSable Museum of African American History Opens: February 9, 2013 The DuSable Museum of African American History in association with the California African American Museum (CAAM) will present an exhibition, Geoffrey and Carmen: A Memoir in Four Movements. The exhibition will include more than 90 paintings, sculptures, photographs, […]

Spread the Word! The Evolution of Gospel from Chicago to the World | Chicago, IL

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This exhibition developed by The DuSable Museum celebrates the rich history and contributions to Gospel Music and is centered primarily on gospel’s Chicago origins. With Chicago being the “home” of Gospel, Spread the Word!: The Evolution of Gospel from Chicago to the World, recognizes some of the greatest Gospel singers of all time, included are […]

Center for Black Music Research | Chicago, IL

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Founded at Columbia College in 1983, the Center for Black Music Research exists to illuminate the significant role that black music plays in world culture. In addition to sponsoring conferences, programs, and performances, the Center publishes a scholarly journal, Black Music Research Journal, a book series, Music of the African Diaspora, with the University of […]

Harpo Studios, Chicago, IL

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Harpo Studios (the name ‘Harpo’ is ‘Oprah’ spelled backwards) is where Opray Winfrey tapes her successfully talk show, as well as the site of her state of the art television, film and publishing empire. Opened in 1988, Harpo Studios is located about a mile west of Chicago’s downtown and has been credited with helping revitalize the surrounding neighbourhood known as the West […]

Harold Washington Cultural Center, Chicago, IL

  Named after Chicago’s first Afro-American Mayor, Harold Washington Cultural Center is a 1000 seat performance theater located in the Grand Boulevard community area of Chicago. It was originally to be named the Lou Rawls Cultural Center, but Alderman Tillman changed the name without telling Rawls. The Center is located on a historical corner in the […]