Tour 7: Black Metropolis: A Tour of African American History on Chicago’s South Side

Friday, January 6, 2012: 2:00 PM-5:00 PM
Parlor A (Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers)

Tour leader: Christopher Robert Reed, Roosevelt University

Chicago’s historic black neighborhood, dubbed “Bronzeville,” easily rivaled New York City’s Harlem as both an entertainment mecca and business center during the 1920s. The intersection of 35th and State Streets served as epicenter for a variety of activities and attracted thousands daily and nightly who “strolled” the broad walkway and either danced the night away or sat spellbound as Loui Armstrong blew notes so penetrating that a second Chicago Fire appeared imminent. Pugilist Jack Johnson’s Cafe du Champion beckoned, as did other interracial dens of pleasure and dreams. Several architectural remnants of those days past still resonate for the historically minded visitor.

(Limit 20 people) $30 members, $35 nonmembers

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