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    Explore Bronzeville

    Learn more about the history of Bronzeville by visiting some of the following websites:

    >>>Map of area and attractions from WTTW

    >>>Explore Chicago

    >>>Black Metropolis Research Consortium

    Learn more about how Bronzeville is being revitalized:
    >>>Metropolitan Planning CouncilDeveloping a Vibrant Retail in Bronzeville

    Neighborhood Overview

    THEN
    Chicago’s Black Belt, the Black Metropolis, and Bronzeville were a few of the names used to describe this area known in the first half of the 20th century as the mecca of African American history on Chicago’s South Side.

    During the 1920s o the 1940s, Bronzeville emerged as Chicago’s response to the Harlem Renaissance. It became the home to a myriad of African American artists that included: Gwendolyn Brooks, Richard Wright, Louis Armstrong, William Carter, Bessie Coleman, Langston Hughes, Archibald Motley, Marion Perkins, Margaret Burroughs, and Bernard Goss, Foster, and many more. The community became a primary focal point of African-American culture. Bronzeville has demonstrated its resiliency-surviving the Great Depression and construction of the infamous Ida B. Wells and Robert Taylor Homes housing project.
     
    NOW
    Today the area is being rejuvenated through community-driven and private investor revitalization efforts. Although the process has been gradual, movement is highly visible in the number of commercial and residential buildings that have been renovated, opening of new coffee shops and restaurants, along with the restoration of several historic sites. In addition, the arts and culture community is flourishing within and around Bronzeville with institutions such as the South Side Community Art Center, The DuSable Museum of African American History, Little Black, the Hyde Park Art Center, Blanc Gallery, just to name a few. Bronzeville is reclaiming its rightful place as one of the Chicago’s premier the cultural corridors.

    Bronzeville is situated in the Douglas and Grand Boulevard community around the Illinois Institute of Technology and Illinois College of Optometry. It is accessible via the Green, Red Lines of the Chicago Transit Authority or the Metra Electric District Main Line. In 2011 a new Metra station, Jones/Bronzeville Station, opened to serve the neighborhood on the Rock Island and planned SouthEast Service.

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    Images of Bronzeville Then and Now

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