Located on historic Martin Luther King Drive and named after Chicago’s first African-American mayor, the Harold Washington Cultural Center is a performance arts center that features everything from stage plays to dance performances. It also holds educational and recreational programs for the community. Upcoming events include a screening of a documentary about the legendary Billie Holiday and Supreme Love, a show featuring live music and tap dancing.
Gallery Guichard has showcased work from artists of the African diaspora since 2005. Works from Chicago, Haiti, and South Africa are just some of the art on display. At Gallery Guichard, a new artist is featured every six to eight weeks. Recent exhibitions have included Blackness in Latin America, an exhibit on police brutality, and works from sculptor Susan Williams. Stop by soon to visit the Louis Armstrong Festival.
Gallery Guichard, 436 E 47th St, Chicago, IL, USA +1 773 791 7003
After viewing a show at the Harold Washington Cultural Center, make sure to stop by Pearl’s Place. For over 30 years, Pearl’s Place has been serving authentic Southern dishes in the Bronzeville neighborhood. Pearl’s Place has it all, from traditional Southern soul food plates to desserts baked in-house, like lemon pound cake and sweet potato pie. Order your favorite comfort food dish or indulge in the breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffets.
Pearl’s Place, 3901 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL, USA +1 773 285 1700
The Blanc Gallery was created in order to connect Chicago’s African American community more deeply with the arts. The gallery was developed to showcase the work of local artists as well as start conversations about political and social issues and present artist talks and panels. The gallery also hosts events for local non-profit organizations in hopes of raising money for worthy causes. Recent exhibitions have included Strange Bedfellows, RaceSpacePlace, and Dreams in Jay-Z Minor.
Blanc Gallery, 4445 S Martin Luther King Dr, Chicago, IL, USA +1 773 373 4320