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Shermann Thomas
Shermann Thomas

A TikTok Historian And Englewood Artist Are Launching South Side Neighborhood Tours To ‘Change The Perspectives’

Shermann "Dilla" Thomas and Tonika Johnson will host two tours Sept. 25 exploring the past and present of Englewood.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

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

TikTok Historian Shermann ‘Dilla’ Thomas Working On Chicago-Based TV Series With Netflix

Dilla’s short history videos about the city have exploded in popularity. Now, he wants the rest of the world to see Chicago the way he does through a new TV show.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Dilla The Urban Historian Will Teach People How To Get Involved In Civics During Virtual ‘Coffee Chat’ Wednesday

The virtual discussion will be the first in a series of events to promote civic engagement.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

The White Sox, Chicago’s ‘Working Man’s Team,’ Inspire Fans Across The City With Sunday Win

Tim Anderson talks to a young player who got his tooth knocked out. Michael Kopech inspired a teen pitcher recovering from leukemia. And the team let Shermann Thomas, the TikTok historian, film at their field.

Bridgeport, Chinatown, McKinley Park

A Community Celebrates As Pullman National Monument Opens To The Public

"We want it to be open, we want people to learn — when the press isn't here, we still need to be inviting," local historian Shermann "Dilla" Thomas said.

Roseland, Pullman

Want To Know How A City Budget Works? Find Out At This Free Workshop Saturday In Bronzeville

Participants can learn what does into a city budget, and how to advocate for city dollars for resources and initiatives in their communities.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Dilla The Urban Historian Is Taking His Chicago History Lessons On Tour This Summer

Shermann Thomas, best known as the Chicago Urban Historian, will host South Side tours this summer for Father's Day and Fourth of July weekend.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

‘It’s All Good’ Episode 6: The TikTok Historian

Block Club's latest podcast episode features Dilla the Urban Historian, whose 60-second videos on Chicago history have made him a TikTok sensation.


TikTok’s Dilla The Urban Historian Is Educating Followers And Challenging Chicago Stereotypes — 60 Seconds At A Time

One of Shermann 'Dilla' Thomas' forays into Chicago history before becoming 6figga_dilla on TikTok was memorizing the city's street grid. As a teenager, his cousin would call him during dates to get directions.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham