Best of the South Side 2015 | Bronzeville

Best of Bronzeville 2015

Luke White

Millions of African-American migrants came to Chicago, and their descendants carry the pride of Bronzeville. There is no other place in the world like Bronzeville. Within a five-mile radius you can find historical sites of interest that chronicle the explosion of gospel, blues, jazz, abolitionism and grassroots civil rights activism. Bronzeville’s history spans from the late 1880s to present day as the most documented landscape of political, economic, art, and cultural influence. Blacks who lived in the early days of Bronzeville survived the 1919 Chicago race riots. The generations that followed withstood restrictive covenants, the dismantling of public housing, and the closing of more than forty schools. The tenacity of the families and stakeholders who call Bronzeville home is unmatched. In spite of every conceivable tactic to eradicate Bronzeville’s rich legacy and its people, Bronzeville lives on as the testament of what champions can do.”

Education | Music

Music School Finds a Home in Hyde Park

Hoang Do Xuan

When the Chicago Academy of Music opened its doors at University Church on 56th Street and University Avenue on February 1, there was no need for redecoration: the art and posters on the church library’s walls seem to have been placed just so as to pave a path to creativity. The eclectic furnishings make the room look like it was always destined to be a music school.  Continue reading