Bronzeville has a rich cultural and architectural history that can still be felt today.
The South Side neighborhood was once home to a host of famous entertainers like Louis Armstrong and Nat King Cole, as well as iconic figures such as civil rights activist Ida B. Wells and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks.
Today, Bronzeville draws residents with its variety of locally owned restaurants, cafes, art galleries, and prime location near the lakefront and downtown Chicago. 31st Street Beach and Armstrong Park are among the nearby parks and green spaces that add to Bronzeville’s appeal.
The renewed energy around Bronzeville is evident in the single-family homes and duplexes popping up, as well as a boom of condominiums in the area. Meanwhile, many of the community’s historic brownstones and greystones have been renovated and restored to their original beauty.
Restored landmarks such as the Parkway Ballroom, as well as public art throughout the community, serve as reminders of Bronzeville’s artistic background.