Bronzeville sits on the former site of a civil war fort- Camp Douglas. As the frontier faded into the modern world, many of Chicago’s richer families moved in and large opulent homes popped up throughout the area. This helped create the diverse landscape found in Bronzeville today.

Defined by its grand Boulevards, Bronzeville is a mixture of apartment buildings, historic single-family homes, and modest three-flats. Main thorough-fares are lined with churches, arts centers, long-established restaurants and small businesses. The CTA Green Line provides immediate access to the center of the city and the expressway and Lake Shore Drive are conveniently located and used as means to get in and out of the city easily.

Bronzeville has been home to some of the greatest names of the 20th century- Gwendolyn Brooks, Bessie Coleman, Richard Wright, The Marx Brothers, and Chicago’s heroine- Ida B. Wells. These cultural influences still live on today as Bronzeville flexes its art-centric contributions to Chicago.

If you are looking for food, music, art or anything else, check out our favorite places!


  • Sip & Savor
    More than lattes and dirty chais, this coffee shop is a community gathering spot.
  • Bronzeville Soul
    Every other Wednesday, this scrumptious soul food restaurant has live music.
  • Peach’s
    A classic Southern breakfast, but we recommend The Catfish, Greens and Grits.
  • Truth
    This funky Italian cafe is best known for its French toast flights and savory breakfasts.
  • Little Sandwich House
    Mainly counter service, this cafe specializes in healthy but hearty foods.


  • Bronzeville Boutique
    A shop to find wild prints, solid basics, comfy couch, and red carpet.
  • Absolutely Anything Essential
    The walls are lined with gifts at this 3-story Greystone boutique.
  • Boxville
    This mini-mall of sorts showcases local artists in a market of truck containers.
  • Moore Poppin
    Arguably, this Chicago Mix popcorn is possibly better than Garrett’s.
  • Da Book Joint
    Solely decided to the black American experience and the words describing it.


Things to Do


  • Gallery Guichard
    “Art the touches the soul.” Accurate with a variety of styles and personalities.
  • Blanc
    Mixed media, sculpture, and photography are showcased at this local gallery.
  • SSCA
    This beautiful greystone building hosts the oldest African American art center in the US.
  • Ka’Lab
    Bingo night, open mics, painting parties and more are featured at this fun art center!
  • Faie African Art Gallery
    This gallery showcases traditional and modern art from around Africa.

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