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After 3 Decades, This South Loop Studio Is Still Turning Dancers Into Hiplet Ballerinas

Homer Bryant has made a name for himself by creating hiplet, a cross between hip-hop and ballet. His dancers delighted audiences with their unique style on "America's Got Talent" in 2021.

South Loop

Washington Park Market, Community Garden Will Be Expanded At Old Overton School Site — But Organizers Need Your Help

Organizer Paola Aquirre hopes to get more neighbors involved in the former school's transformation and is looking for vendors to participate in Overton Exchange, the community center's open-air market.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

10 Iconic Black Chicagoans You Should Know For Black History Month And Beyond

From art to science, these Black Chicagoans changed the game and have made a lasting impact on the city's neighborhoods.

Arts

Dilla The Urban Historian’s South Side Neighborhood Tours Are Back For Black History Month And Beyond

Shermann "Dilla" Thomas' Chicago Mahogany Tours are coming to Bronzeville, Bridgeport and the Stockyards, and Roseland and Pullman over the next several weeks.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Turning Bronzeville Into A National Heritage Area Is One Of Bobby Rush’s Top Priorities Before He Leaves Congress

The longtime Bronzeville resident pledges to "keep fighting to make it a reality."

Bronzeville, Near South Side

‘Our Tomorrow Happened Yesterday’ Exhibit At Blanc Gallery Gives Voice To Black Pain And Joy

Through his mixed media creations, Raymond Thomas aims to counter dangerous narratives while celebrating Blackness.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Black Star Project Celebrates 25 Years, Honors Founder Phillip Jackson At Weekend Festival

Friends, family and admirers turned out this weekend to honor the late community leader, who would've turned 71 this week.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Bronzeville Jazz And Music Festival Returns To Washington Park Saturday

The fun starts 10 a.m. Saturday.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

This South Side Drill Team Wants To Return To The Bud Billiken Parade This Year, But They Need Your Help

COVID-19 sidelined the Golden Knights Drill Team. Now, they're looking for a little help from the public to get back on their feet.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Bronzeville Summer Nights Returns With In-Person Entertainment, Live Music

Building on the success of last year's virtual program, organizers are bringing it back — and expanding it.

Arts

As ‘Lory Litefoot,’ Comedian Lisa Beasley Delights TikTok — But Bronzeville Mom Is Fed Up With Real-Life Mayor

Turning frustration into comedy, the Second City-trained performer uses biting commentary and a well-honed voice to satirize Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

National Museum Of Mexican Art Set To Welcome Guests Again July 1

The museum closed in March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, but now it's reopening with safety protocols.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Black Photographers Documented The Fight Against Police Violence. 1 Year Later, Their Work Becomes Art: ‘We Can Tell Our Own Stories’

"Black Creativity: Art and Activism," a new exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry, features work by photographers Vashon Jordan Jr. and Chris and Zachary Slaughter.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

A Bronzeville Historian Is Making Black Chicago History More Accessible — And She Wants To Hear Your Family’s Story

With an ever-growing collection of archival data, Bronzeville Historical Society founder Sherry Williams tells the stories of people often left out of history.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Lollapalooza Coming Back To Chicago This Summer, Report Says — But City Says It’s Not A Done Deal

Variety reports the music fest is set to return to Grant Park at “near-to or full-capacity" July 29-Aug. 1.

Downtown

Chicago Takes 10 Performance Series Brings Musicians, Dancers Back To The Stage After A Year. Here’s How You Can Tune In

A new virtual show series selected 100 artists to perform on a stage again, many for the first time since the pandemic began. Each performer will get $1,000.

Citywide

The Forum In Bronzeville Is Continuing Its Comeback, But Owners Need Help As Costs To Fix Historic Building Pile Up

Could a long-closed venue be the key to economic and cultural revival? Entrepreneur Bernard Loyd believes so, and he is determined to make it happen.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Second City Could Be Bought By Private Equity Firm: Report

Strauss Zelnick, a New York private equity investor, is said to be nearing purchase of Second City for about $50 million, the Financial Times reported.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Despite Rocky First Week, CPS Chief’s Confidence In Reopening Has ‘Only Increased’

CPS CEO Janice Jackson said people have been "across the board" happy with the district's reopening plan — but many teachers remain fiercely opposed to the district's mandate.

Downtown

New Intimate Doc About My Block, My Hood, My City’s Jahmal Cole Set For Festival Debut In 2021

"A Tiny Ripple of Hope" chronicles the highs and lows of running a rising nonprofit organization in Chicago while Black.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham
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