EXPLORE CHICAGO’S BRONZEVILLE NEIGHBORHOOD
Between the coffee shops and restaurants of Bronzeville, you can almost hear the old jazz, protest songs, and gospel music this iconic Chicago neighborhood was built upon. In the 1910s and 1920s, many African-Americans from the south flocked to Bronzeville after escaping mistreatment in the south. The traditions and culture they brought with them ushered in a renaissance throughout this south-side Chicago neighborhood. Home of The Chicago Defender, Chicago’s first African-American newspaper, Bronzeville boasts a rich history of art and expression.
As you walk through Bronzeville, the neighborhood’s history unfolds before your eyes. A simple stroll to the corner store could lead you to walk by the home of Nat King Cole, or Ida B. Wells. A trip to Norman’s Bistro, a destination for authentic creole cuisine, will take you past a statue of Martin Luther King Jr.–often hailed as one of Chicago’s greatest street-art offerings. This epicenter of African-American history still harbors artists, poets, and musicians, and seems to have no plans of slowing down.