February is African American History Month in the United States and Chicago celebrates in a range of ways throughout the year. If you're preparing for a visit and you're looking to learn about the black experience in Chicago, you'll want to take a look at these resources.
Pick up "Bridges of Memory"
Professor Black taught at the City Colleges of Chicago for decades and he compiled a range of interviews with well known (and lesser known) African Americans over the years. This work brings together dozens of interviews with people who came to Chicago and encountered opportunity, racism, joy, and much more. It's a magisterial work and is well worth picking up.
Explore Chicago's Black Metropolis Online
(The Negro in Chicago, 1779-1929, Washington Intercollegiate Club of Chicago, Inc., 1929.)
Created by the National Park Service, this site challenges visitors to explore Chicago's historic Bronzeville community through original documents and other materials. It's a wonderful collection and it includes historic photographs and a great map of historic sites in the Bronzeville community.
Plan a visit to the DuSable Museum of African American History
Located in Washington Park on the South Side, the DuSable Museum of African American History celebrates the myriad accomplishments of African Americans through a range of exhibits, programs and activities. Any time of year is a good time to visit, but they have a rather stellar lineup in February that includes a panel discussion on the history of the 13th Amendment and a conversation with founding members of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians.