With its rich history and large African American population, Bronzeville is a neighborhood like no other so we thought it was about time that we celebrated its culture here at Navy Pier!
For the past month and a half, we’ve been hosting Neighborhoods of the World celebrations each Sunday. We love them because they give Chicago residents and visitors a chance to recognize the multiple cultures that exist within the city through music, dance, and local crafts! This Sunday marks our seventh week and second-to-last day of the festival. It also happens to be Easter! So come on out and join us for Africa In Chicago on March 31 from 12-5 p.m. in the Crystal Gardens!
Bronzeville has been known as the “Black Metropolis” area of Chicago since the early 20th century. This specific neighborhood has experienced more African-American history than anywhere else in the city of Chicago: Gwendolyn Brooks published poetry in the Chicago Defender, Andrew Rube Foster created Negro League Baseball, and even Louis Armstrong played his trumpet at the Sunset Café to keep Al Capone off his back.
And the neighborhood is still full of culture with great spots for down home cooking and the beautiful Washington Park!
Other places to experience Chicago’s African-American culture include the DuSable Museum of African American History, the Bronzeville Historical Society, and The HistoryMakers. Spend an afternoon at one of these museums and you’ll walk away with a much deeper understanding of Chicago’s history and the African American community’s place in it.
But to get your learning on now definitely join us this Sunday at the Crystal Gardens for Africa in Chicago!
With the help of the Africa International House and the Chicago Commission of Human Relations, we’re bringing great performers like ‘IZReelSoul’ Band, The Zenith Dance Company, the Chicago Steppers, Nikki Hayes, and the Africa International House Theater Children’s Choir to the stage and will be hosting an awesome marketplace of over 20 vendors selling traditional clothing and folk art. You won’t want to miss it!