Resurrecting Bronzeville

Resurrecting Bronzeville Bronzeville Like New York's Harlem, Bronzeville has a storied history reflecting the economic, social and cultural changes of African-Americans in Chicago.

Over the years, this milieu has produced scholars, business tycoons, elected officals and other African American leaders, religious leaders, astronauts, creative artists in all fields and disciplines, and even a United States President. As such, the imprint of this community has been felt across the nation. We join the movement to make Bronzeville a major cultural destination, and with these pages invite you to share your memories, thoughts, ideas as well as historical facts about Bronzeville.

Amid continuing investigations, Exelon warns it and ComEd may face civil or criminal penalties.
02/12/2020
Exelon now warns it and ComEd are at criminal or civil risk

Amid continuing investigations, Exelon warns it and ComEd may face civil or criminal penalties.

For the first time since news broke last summer that federal investigators had subpoenaed Exelon and subsidiary ComEd in their probe of Illinois political corruption, the company is explicitly warning investors that it could be subject to criminal or civil penalties.

An essential lesson in #Chicago's African American history.
02/02/2020
CHICAGO’S MOTHER OF BLACK HISTORY

An essential lesson in #Chicago's African American history.

You won’t find a book by Vivian Harsh on a library shelf. Not even in the special collection that bears her name in the Carter G. Woodson Regional Library on Chicago’s Far South Side. When she died in 1960, the Chicago Defender’s obituary was headlined: “Historian Who Never Wrote.”

New development ...
02/01/2020
U of C pays $20 million for new Jewel-Osco in Woodlawn

New development ...

The store became a symbol of the neighborhood's comeback, bringing fresh produce and other healthy food options to a South Side “food desert,” providing 200-plus jobs and generating momentum for a broader community-development push in the neighborhood.

Parochial schools to get financial boost from new Archdiocese partnership fund.
01/30/2020
Partnership to give $90M to schools in low-income areas

Parochial schools to get financial boost from new Archdiocese partnership fund.

A new partnership between the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Big Shoulders Fund will funnel tens of millions of dollars into Catholic schools in Chicago’s lower-income communities over the next decade, a massive investment that comes amid widespread challenges to keeping schools open.

Update on "The Dream" ... Chicago Reporter reports little progress for Blacks since MLK. What do you think?
01/24/2020
Black Americans mostly left behind by progress since Dr. King’s death

Update on "The Dream" ... Chicago Reporter reports little progress for Blacks since MLK. What do you think?

A minority politics scholar assesses black progress 52 years after MLK's death based on poverty, jobs and wealth. 'In some ways,' she concludes, 'we've barely budged as a people.'

ICYMI, as we reported earlier, changes afoot for where you might seek healthcare. ...
01/23/2020
Four South Side hospitals to merge

ICYMI, as we reported earlier, changes afoot for where you might seek healthcare. ...

With an estimated $1.1 billion investment, these hospitals confirm Crain's report last year: They're forming a single health system to bolster their finances and improve access to care.

01/21/2020

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More #Bronzeville history and the evolving legacy of our storied Provident Hospital.
01/16/2020
Chicago: First African American-owned hospital and site for first heart surgery to be demolished - Face2Face Africa

More #Bronzeville history and the evolving legacy of our storied Provident Hospital.

Although ‘Policy’- a game of chance was operated through various states in the U.S., it was in Chicago’s South side where it was operated and run by African-Americans that Policy became a multi-million dollar enterprise. Its success of the 1930s, 40s and 50s eventually led the state to move in...

Changes afoot in healthcare that could impact residents all across #Bronzeville.
12/13/2019
Big hospital combo in the works

Changes afoot in healthcare that could impact residents all across #Bronzeville.

Crain's has learned that at least four hospitals—Advocate Trinity Hospital, Mercy Hospital & Medical Center, South Shore Hospital and St. Bernard Hospital—are in talks with the state to create a single system.

More changes in store for  #Bronzeville's historic King Drive.
12/11/2019
AIA sells 37-unit apartment building In Bronzeville

More changes in store for #Bronzeville's historic King Drive.

Apartment Investment Advisers (AIA) recently closed the sale of an apartment building in the Bronzeville neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side. The 37-unit building, located at 4817 S. King Drive, sold for $2,350,000 or $63,514 per unit.

Say it ain't so ... a #Chicago classic coming to an end? What are your fun or frightening memories of gangways?
11/30/2019
Alas, the era of the Chicago gangway is coming to an end

Say it ain't so ... a #Chicago classic coming to an end? What are your fun
or frightening memories of gangways?

Slowly but inexorably, the age of the gangway in Chicago is passing away. For those who dwell where it’s already over — or perhaps never was — let me explain.

We remember. The Pride of #Bronzeville.
11/26/2019
The Day Harold Washington Died

We remember. The Pride of #Bronzeville.

It has been 30 years since Chicago bid farewell to the mayor who broke the Democratic machine and became a beacon of hope for thousands. In remembering the man and the moment, those close to him reveal how keenly his loss is still felt.

Get yourself ready. ...#tech #cyber #Diversityintech
11/24/2019
Tech Company Hopes to Reshape Chicago's South Side

Get yourself ready. ...#tech #cyber #Diversityintech

Several technology companies announced plans on Monday to add a total of more than 2,000 new jobs in Chicago through 2020, including one business that plans to reshape the city’s South Side.

Apartments planned next to CTA station in Bronzeville
11/19/2019
Apartments planned next to CTA station in Bronzeville

Apartments planned next to CTA station in Bronzeville

The 91-unit project will "bring new life to 43rd Street and hopefully increase ridership and business growth around the el station,” says Ald. Pat Dowell.

Something you should know:  Why did Ida B. Wells deserve a Chicago street named? Here's why. She was a #Chicago mover an...
11/09/2019
Ida B. Wells’ Lasting Impact On Chicago Politics And Power

Something you should know: Why did Ida B. Wells deserve a Chicago street named? Here's why. She was a #Chicago mover and historic #gamechanger. Keep the legacy alive. #ResurrectingBronzeville

She’s best known for her anti-lynching work in the South, but Wells spent nearly four decades advancing black equality in Chicago.

Welcome, home! Coming soon to #Bronzeville, a new performing arts center, spearheaded by Harry Lennix and investment par...
11/08/2019
The Lillian Marcie Center – A Conversation with Harry Lennix | The Crusader Newspaper Group

Welcome, home! Coming soon to #Bronzeville, a new performing arts center, spearheaded by Harry Lennix and investment partners.

By Bonnie DeShong A recent press conference focused on the partnership with Chicago TREND and Chicago Community Loan Fund, announcing a five-million-dollar investment from Fifth Third Bank designed to finance catalytic commercial development in Chicago. The first borrower supported by the fundin ...

News about Prairie Shores ... at the gateway to #Bronzeville.
11/05/2019
Bronzeville’s Prairie Shores Complex Trades to Golub/Farpoint JV

News about Prairie Shores ... at the gateway to #Bronzeville.

Golub & Company and Farpoint Development closed on the acquisition of Prairie Shores, a 1,675-unit workforce housing apartment community in Bronzeville that’s changing hands for the first time since its development 60 years ago. The Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group is the deal’s largest equi...

New homes for Englewood ... the latest on revitalization.
10/21/2019
Building on empty lots to help revitalize Englewood

New homes for Englewood ... the latest on revitalization.

A nonprofit is building two- and three-flat affordable housing as the next step in its years-long effort to stabilize and rebuild part of the neighborhood.

10/11/2019

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University to Demolish Taxi Building
10/02/2019
University to Demolish Taxi Building

University to Demolish Taxi Building

University of Chicago officials say the historic brick and terracotta building’s deteriorating condition made demolition necessary.

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Help spread the word about Black History Month and “A Natural Talent” by sharing the Field’s Facebook post or linking to the exhibition on your personal social media. When talking about the exhibition or other #BlackHistoryMonth activities at the Field, please tag @fieldmuseum so we can engage with your posts. Keep an eye out for more highlights on the Field’s social accounts, in Emily Graslie’s latest Brain Scoop video as well as an in-depth blog post about the exhibition’s development by Tori Lee
We posted about this previously. Still on exhibition.
Where do you go to get an oil change and a car wash around here? Not sure if this is the right group to ask.... lmk thanks!
An homage from #Harlem to #Bronzeville ... "Lifting as we climb,"
New from the founding families of the Chicago Defender ... Myiti Sengstacke Rice ready to reclaim the family's publishing legacy w/ #Bronzeville Life. Check it out!
Happy to be among those celebrating Chicago's literary living legends Haki Madhubuti, Angela Jackson, and Sterling Plumpp at Chicago State University's revived Black Writer's Conference. It was a great pleasure to relaunch a tradition and to pay homage to the wonderful first lady of letters, #Bronzeville's own Gwendolyn Brooks. A great day for #ChicagoStateUniversity and Bronzeville!
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"In 1950, Gwendolyn Brooks became the first African-American to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize. Hers was a Pulitzer in poetry, specifically for a volume titled Annie Allen that chronicled the life of an ordinary black girl growing up in the Bronzeville neighborhood on Chicago's famous South Side. Brooks was in her living room when she learned she had won, she recalled in a Library of Congress interview, and it was growing dark. She didn't turn on the lights, because she knew what would happen. Money was tight, and the bill hadn't been paid." NPR
"In 1950, Gwendolyn Brooks became the first African-American to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize. Hers was a Pulitzer in poetry, specifically for a volume titled Annie Allen that chronicled the life of an ordinary black girl growing up in the Bronzeville neighborhood on Chicago's famous South Side. Brooks was in her living room when she learned she had won, she recalled in a Library of Congress interview, and it was growing dark. She didn't turn on the lights, because she knew what would happen. Money was tight, and the bill hadn't been paid." NPR