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 Ida B Wells Barnett House.

A guide to local favorites in Bronzeville

 Ida B Wells Barnett House.
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Bronzeville earned its nickname, “the Black Metropolis,” early in the 20th century as African Americans flocked here from the South during the Great Migration and helped forge a thriving black hub of culture, business and political organizing. Bronzeville was also the birthplace of the Chicago Black Renaissance arts movement in the mid-20th century. The neighborhood offers visitors solid food and drink options, several artistic and historic assets to explore, ample lakefront space, and the pride and resilience of its residents — many who are working against narratives of their displacement in this famous black enclave.

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Ain’t She Sweet Cafe
This buzzing local cafe features a deli-style setup and many sweet and savory options, including its popular jerk wrap.
Ain’t She Sweet Cafe, 526 E. 43rd St., Chicago, Ill. 60653
Oakwood Beach
Oakwood Beach features stunning views of the skyline from the southern lakefront, along with ample green space for lounging.
Oakwood Beach, 4100 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, Ill. 60653
South Side Community Arts Center
The rich cultural legacy of this art museum and community space has been integral to the development of local black artists. The center hosts monthly exhibits and events, and it features art for sale.
South Side Community Arts Center, 3831 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60653
Victory Monument
This monument, sculpted by Leonard Crunelle, honors the 8th Regiment of the Illinois National Guard, a black unit that served in France during World War I.
Victory Monument, 3500 S. Martin Luther King Dr., Chicago, Ill. 60653
Margaret T. Burroughs Beach
A the spot commonly referred to by locals as 31st Street Beach, you can find beautiful views of the skyline, along with a boating harbor. It’s named after the black artist, educator and organizer who founded the DuSable Museum of African American History in Washington Park and helped establish Bronzeville’s South Side Community Arts Center.
Margaret T. Burroughs Beach, 3100 S. Lake Shore Dr. Chicago, Ill. 60616
Ida B. Wells-Barnett House
This is where investigative journalist and civil rights leader Ida B. Wells lived with her husband, Ferdinand Lee Barnett, from 1919 to 1930. It’s not open to the public, but it’s a local and national historic landmark.
Ida B. Wells-Barnett House, 3624 S. Martin Luther King Dr., Chicago, Ill. 60616
Yassa African Restaurant
Yassa, a Senegalese restaurant in the heart of Bronzeville, cooks some of the best West African food in the entire city.
Yassa African Restaurant, 3511 S. King Dr., Chicago, Ill. 60653
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