Why we love it
Bronzeville is a center of African-American life and culture in Chicago. Historically known as the city’s “Black Metropolis”, it’s home to a diverse business community, historic landmarks, and lively events like the annual Bud Billiken Parade that draws more than one million spectators each August.
This community is known for its rich history and flourishing modern-day renaissance. Bronzeville’s cultural contributions are vast — it brought the world Pulitzer Prize-winner Gwendolyn Brooks, civil rights activist Ida B. Wells, legendary musician Louis Armstrong, and more.
Today, the area is embracing its legacy as a mecca for civil rights, jazz, blues, and gospel music. You’ll find an array of coffee shops, bistros, galleries, libraries, monuments, and restaurants, alongside spectacular Victorian-era architecture and 19th-century mansions.
Make sure to check out the Robert W. Roloson Houses, the only row homes that Frank Lloyd Wright ever built. In the midst of all that history, look for striking modern public art installations, like a sculpture-adorned stretch of Martin Luther King Drive that features the Monument to the Great Northern Migration, The Bronzeville Walk of Fame, and The Victory Monument.
Explore like a local
Stroll by the former residences of Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, and the Marx Brothers. Dine on old-school Southern soul food at Pearl’s Place. Admire works by emerging multicultural artists at Gallery Guichard inside the Bronzeville Artist Lofts.
Chicago Greeter: free guided tours
Taste, shop and explore the neighborhoods with a friendly local as your guide. Explore rich histories, diverse cultural traditions and hidden treasures. See sides of the city you may not have adventured out to on your own, and take away a truly authentic Chicago experience. Greeter visits are customized based on your choice of neighborhoods, language and interests.Request a tour with a Chicago Greeter