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Rising out of the discrimination and racism (much of which still exists today) of the early 20th century, Bronzeville became a cultural and political hub. Fueled by the Great Migration and the home of institutions like the Chicago Defender, a black newspaper, it rivaled other meccas like Harlem. Filled with theaters and thriving black businesses, it uplifted and provided a haven for Chicago’s black communities. Local creatives like Louis Armstrong, Richard Wright, and Gwendolyn Brooks, flocked to this neighborhood and in the process enriched Chicago and the country as a whole. Strengthened by this legacy, it continues to be a vibrant neighborhood with impressive monuments, restaurants, and community centers. This neighborhood embodies what it means to be a Chicagoan, to seek refuge, establish roots, and create communities that thrive regardless of the external pressures we may live under.


Consider further supporting this community by visiting some of these spaces!


Monument to the Great Northern Migration

345 E Eastgate Pl, Chicago, IL 60616
Alison Saar’s 1994 work, “Monument to the Great Northern Migration,” honors the approximately six million African-Americans who moved from the South to Chicago from 1910 to 1970. The sculpture depicts a man positioned and pointing northward, with a suitcase in hand, and his entire outfit made of the worn soles of his shoes. It’s placed at the entrance to Bronzeville.


Gallery Guichard
436 E 47th St, Chicago, IL 60653
This a wonderful and bright space dedicated to showcasing multicultural artists who represent the African Diaspora.


Harold Washington Cultural Center
4701 S Martin Luther King Dr, Chicago 60653
The Harold Washington Cultural Center is a performance arts center that features everything from stage plays to dance performances.


Peach’s Restaurant
4652 S King Dr, Chicago, IL 60653
For breakfast, make sure to check out this bright and always busy location.


Yassa African Restaurant
3511 S King Dr, Chicago, IL 60653
This senegalese restaurant is a neighborhood favorite!


Abundance Bakery
105 E 47th St, Chicago, IL 60615
If you’re craving something sweet, make sure to check out this bakery, which has been apart of the neighborhood for close to 30 years.

Summer has kicked into full gear as more events than you’ll ever be able to attend are popping up out of nowhere and showcasing the very best Chicago has to offer. While most people will be flocking to either Wicker Park Fest and Taste of Lincoln Avenue this weekend, here are some other fun events that deserve some love and support.


Fiesta del Sol
July 25th–28th
1000–1600 W Cermak, Chicago, IL
Started in 1973 by the non-profit organization Pilsen Neighbors Community Council (PNCC), this festival has been a summer staple for Pilsen residents and Chicagoans alike. It generates revenue for the Pilsen neighborhood and allows local organizations and schools to fundraise for education reform, civil rights, immigrant rights, and healthcare support.


BANTU FEST
July 27th-28th
1130 Midway Plaisance, Chicago, IL
The annual Bantu Fest prides brings cuisine and culture from more than 30 different countries together for a two-celebration.


AFROFEST
July 26th
322 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL
This is a relatively new Afro-Carribean music festival touring multiple cities and making a stop here in Chicago.


Peruvian Fest
July 27th
Kosciuszko Park – 2732 N Avers Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
This amazing festival brings Peruvian culture, cuisine, and music to the Logan Square/Avondale area.


Fourth Annual Chicago Poetry Block Party
July 27th
The National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 West 19th Street, Chicago, IL
The Fourth Annual Chicago Poetry Block Party, is a free event filled musical performances, poetry readings, writing workshops, visual art activities, and games.


The Newberry Book Fair
July 25th – July 28th
60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL
This a personal favorite of mine! It is held every year and it’s the perfect place to browse and add more books to your ever growing to-be-read list. It’s also just a wonderful building to check out in a beautiful part of the city.

While it’s easy to get carried away by the beautiful homes, fun atmosphere, and endless food and nightlife options, Boystown is a the lifeline for Chicago’s LGBTQIA community. While Chicago has always been a gay city, it wasn’t until the 60s and 70s that a hub started to take shape around the Broadway/Clark/Halsted area. The Stonewall uprising in 1969 gave way to other LGBTQIA communities and allowed them to exalt their pride and combat prejudice and disenfranchisement. The era was tumultuous for many minorities and as Chicago failed to meet the needs of the Gay community, gay and lesbian bars provided solace, as well as concrete spaces to address the AIDS crisis. The Boystown we know today was eventually recognized in the 1990s. Although businesses have thrived, its growing economic path has forced many out. While change is inevitable, it’s important to make sure Boystown remains a welcoming place for all economic backgrounds and people of color so the next generation can make its own history.


Consider these new and long established business the next time you’re in the neighborhood!


The Chicago Dinner
3411 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60657


A classic for Chicagoans and Boystown residents alike, it has creative vegan dishes and a great atmosphere.

Jennivee’s Bakery
3301 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657


A new bakery proudly owned by Jenne Vailoces, who’s childhood in the Philippines has deeply influenced her menu. As a transgender woman, her bakery should be a staple for those looking to support Boystown businesses.


Sidetrack
3349 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60657


It was one of the first bars owned by a gay person in the up and coming Boystown neighborhood and now a large multi-level building still dedicated LGBTQIA activism.


The Closet
3325 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60657


Situated closer to Lakeview, it is one of the first lesbian bars in the area. Created as a space that welcomes everyone in the community, it’s not only a place to have fun but also hosts benefits for LGBTQIA causes.


Unabridged Bookstore
3251 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657


A wonderful space, clean, bright, and extremely welcoming. It has an amazing LGBTQIA section dedicated to the history and stories of the community, local and beyond. I dare you to walk in and leave empty handed.


Foursided
2939 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657


A well crafted store filled with patches, pins, wall art, jewellry, for any and every person.

As a Latina, born and raised in Chicago, Pilsen is a neighborhood that allowed me and my family to connect to our culture. My immigrant parents went there on the weekends to find ingredients, table cloths, the essential tortillas warmers they couldn’t find anywhere else. It gave us a community comprised of others who’d also made the long journey to a better life in Chicago. We went there to be inspired and to be comforted all at once. It was and continues to be a home for newcomers, both near and far.


Pilsen is a neighborhood that defines what it means to be a Chicagoan. With its working-class roots, it’s been the home of a wide variety of immigrants spanning across the globe. From the Irish and Czech, who gave this neighborhood its name, to the most recent wave of Mexican and Central American populations. There are many ways to be mindful when moving here and appreciating this vibrant part of the city begins with supporting local small businesses and learning about its rich history. While the effects of gentrification are real, becoming a new member of a community means supporting our neighborhoods in the hopes of making Chicago that much better.


Below are some of my favorite places in Pilsen!


Frida Room
1454 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608
For an amazing blend of Mexican and American breakfast and lunch food.


Carnitas Don Pedro
1113 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608
I’m that kid who’d only eat carnitas every Sunday after Church, so I know when it’s good and Pedro does good.


Mestiza
1523 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608
An eclectic and charming shop of Mexican-American art and gift items made by local artists and vendors. Entering here is reaffirming, as someone who is from both here and there.


Pilsen Community Books
1102 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608
Just about the most beautiful bookstore I’ve ever been to. I love this place so much I went in the middle of a Chicago winter despite living on the northwest side. But above all they support local Pilsen schools and literacy programs.


National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 W 19th St, Chicago, IL 60608
Go, please go. It is an incredible, well curated, humbling space. And their free, with events and new exhibitions happening all the time.

If you’re thinking of moving to the neighborhood I must congratulate you on making a great choice. I am a lifelong resident of Logan Square and Avondale so I have to admit I’m a bit partial. From the Logan Square Boulevard to all the shops and ethnic restaurants, it’s really hard for me to imagine a better place to call home. The recent addition of the Bloomingdale Trail or “The 606” as it’s known has helped me rediscover the unique qualities of the area. It so inspired us that we named our company 606 Movers, Inc.

Nordic and Polish roots were the foundation and over the years latino influences have really come to shape the neighborhood we know today. As I see more and more people starting to discover our small corner of Chicago I hope you have the chance to experience and embrace some of my favorites.

The Food

Cafe Con Leche 2714 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

They have been around as long as I can remember. In fact all through high school I worked at The Gap just down the street and part of my Sunday routine was stopping by for an egg sandwich…omg and the empanadas so good. This takes me down memory lane.

Buona Terra 2535 N California Ave, Chicago IL 60647

Neighborhood Italian Restaurant.

Miko’s Italian Ice 2236 N Sacramento Ave, Chicago, IL 60647A true sign summer is coming is when Miko’s opens for the season. It’s tucked away and pretty much looks like someone’s apartment from the street but you won’t regret stopping by. They do seasonal flavors so there is always something new to try.

The Places

City Lit Books 2523 N. Kedzie Blvd. Chicago, IL 60647

Great local bookstore

Logan Square Farmers Market At the intersection of North Milwaukee Ave and North Logan Boulevard Opens at 12:00PM on Sundays and gets bigger every year. There is no better way to end the weekend.


Fun Fact……Did you know statue of the eagle perched on the column in the center of Logan Square was designed by same man who did the Lincoln Memorial in DC. His name was Henry Bacon. Now you do 🙂


This is just a very small sample of all Logan Square/ Avondale has to offer. I hope you enjoy and I’ll be sure to add more in the coming weeks, feel free to tell me your favorites so I can share them too.


Thanks!

Ana Hernandez

606 Mover’s Inc.

As a northsider, they don’t tell you that a place like Hyde Park exists. With its impressive architecture and college town feel, it’s very different than the Chicago that’s always presented on the news or on TV or in movies. While it may be further south than most venture to, just go. For many, Hyde park is an entry point to getting to know the southside. One of the city’s most historic and popular destinations is in fact Hyde Park. Not only did it host the Chicago’s World Fair in 1893, also known as the Columbian Exposition, but it is also the home of the University of Chicago and The Museum of Science and Industry. Touted as one of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in the city, it is clear to see why it’s become such a cross section for so many different people. That isn’t to say Hyde Park isn’t without it’s ‘ivory tower’ institutions and privileges but it is a model for a cohesive and diverse city. It’s no wonder President Barack Obama lived here, with cultural institutions and people breathing life into the local community and beyond. 

Here are just some places to consider, although you’ll find so many more. 

DuSable Museum of African American History

740 E. 56th Pl, Chicago, IL 60637

One of the first independent museums focused on the study and preservation of African American history.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House

5757 S. Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, IL 60637

An amazing example of Frank Lloyd Wright’s residential architecture. 

Hyde Park Art Center

5020 S. Cornell Ave, Chicago, IL 60615

Contemporary Art Space and local artist hub. 

57th Street Books

1301 E 57th St, Chicago, IL 60637

Because, books!

Hyde Park Records

1377 E 53rd St, Chicago, IL 60615

Such a cool spot to browse and find something unexpected. 

Fabiana’s Bakery

1658 E 53rd St, Chicago, IL 60615

The deserts are incredible, a very cute place, and a woman owned business!

Chicago has erratic weather all year around and this September is no exception. While cooler temperatures made an appearance at the end of August, they didn’t stick around. Now it’s warm once again and while we don’t know how long it’ll last, make the most of the summer-like weather by heading out and exploring some wonderful neighborhoods and events around the city. 

World Music Festival Chicago

September 13th – 29th

Various Locations, including: 

Chicago Cultural Center

78 E. Washington St. 

Chicago, IL 60602

This weekend kicks off the 21st Annual World Music Festival and will continue over the next few weeks, ending September 29th.You’ll be able to listen to and experience a wide variety of international music taking place at multiple venues around Chicago. It’s a great way to explore the city and support extraordinary musicians. 

Dessert Fest at the Zoo

September 14th

Lincoln Park Zoo

2001 North Clark Street

Chicago, IL 60614

If you love dessert as much as I do, be sure to check out this fun event at the Lincoln Park Zoo. There will be dessert tastings, champagne and beer, and fun animal programming. Chicago favorites like Stan’s Donuts and Bittersweet will be providing delicious treats. It’s also important to note that a large portion of the proceeds will benefit the Lincoln Park Zoo as well. 

Ravenswood Art Walk

September 14th – 15th

Ravenswood Ave from Irving Park Rd to Leland

The 18th annual Ravenswood Art Walk will highlight the artists that call this creative neighborhood home. Swing by enjoy the outdoor market, beer garden, live music, food trucks, and much more.