Bronzeville has a significant place in African-American urban history. And there’s plenty more history in the making today.
In its heyday, from the 1920s to the 1950s, the neighborhood was a stomping ground of famous African-American musicians, intellectuals and artists such as Ida B. Wells, Langston Hughes, Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis.
Today the South Side neighborhood is enjoying a large-scale renewal as a new generation of residents rediscovers the neighborhood located along the main drag of Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive and 47th Street.
The renewed energy around Bronzeville is evident in the single-family homes and duplexes popping up along Prairie and Indiana Avenues as well as a boom of condominium and loft housing in the area.
Many of the lovely greystones and brownstones lining King Drive and surrounding streets also have been renovated. Bronzeville also is home to a new generation of restaurants, cafes and art galleries that are reinvigorating the area. Restored landmarks such as the Parkway Ballroom, as well as public art throughout the community, serve as reminders of the neighborhood's rich cultural and artistic heritage. The neighborhood’s proximity to Lake Michigan and downtown Chicago attracts a wide range of homebuyers.