A colorful neighborhood full of history and some of Chicago’s best food.
Vibrant · Architecture · Foodie-friendly · Green Space
Bronzeville serves the area with thriving storefronts, businesses, and delicious food. This neighborhood came into existence around 1910 as a place to find industrial jobs. It soon became known as a mecca for culture and growth and would later become the birthplace of Black History Month.
Located on the south side of Chicago, between Lake Michigan and Interstate 90, Bronzeville is home to a deep community, vibrant art scene, and historic architecture. Ever-growing and continuously adding new local businesses, you’ll find some of Chicago’s best soul food in Bronzeville.
Living in Bronzeville means becoming part of the culture and community, with the ability to learn and grow alongside your neighbors! Between its public art, museums, and the Chicago Bee Library, it is easy to get involved with Bronzeville’s sense of community and history.
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Bronzeville Neighborhood Guide
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On the weekends, residents can be found at the 39th Street Beach or Ellis Park, relaxing and enjoying the Chicago skyline. This neighborhood boasts individuality in its architecture and public art. Each wonderfully-preserved building displays the character and designs throughout the decades. With its unique urban charm, Bronzeville is far from a cookie-cutter vibe.
The best way to spend an afternoon in Bronzeville is with a coffee in hand. Grab one from Sip & Savor, and take in the unique beauty of the Roloson Row Houses, which were designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Then, head over to Honey 1 BBQ for what is— hands down— the best barbeque in Chicago. If you’re in the mood for something a little more classic, check out Pearl’s Place and enjoy Southern-style comfort food all day, every day. Round off your evening at Norman’s Bistro for live Jazz and drinks!
Things to Know
Nestled between the red and green lines and hosting over a dozen bus routes, Bronzeville is very accessible. This neighborhood is more driveable than River North or South Loop, and due to its proximity to Interstate 90, it is very easy to travel to and from Bronzeville via car. Plus, due to new businesses popping up in Bronzeville, parking is ample!