Summer in Bronzeville: Visit the Historic “Black Metropolis”


Located just minutes south of downtown Chicago, Bronzeville boasts a beautiful lakefront, art and culture all year round, but the summer season is truly its sweet spot! Visit and to take in the sounds, tastes and magic of Bronzeville, designated to a National Heritage Area in 2022 for its status as the “Black Metropolis.”


Bronzeville has its share of contributions to Chicago’s reputation as a foodie’s heaven! Peach’s on 47th, Pearl’s Place, Truth and Chicago’s Home of Chicken & Waffles are local soul food institutions, and Two Fish Crab Shack has you covered for a seafood boil. 

Norman’s Bistro offers a high-end eatery showcasing inventive American Creole cooking with a Brazilian twist. The flavors of West Africa can be found at Goree Cuisine and Yassa African.

The Little Sandwich House has your light lunch waiting, and there is no need to wait for Taco Tuesday because Taqueria Varitas has your Mexican favorites every day!

Want a sweet treat? Enjoy ice cream from Shawn Michelle’s Ice Cream or try Emeche Cakery & Café. Moore Poppin popcorn has the best Chicago mix you have ever tasted and Carver 47 Food & Wellness Market delivers a well-crafted menu of healthy and soulful offerings. 


In need of retail therapy? Visit Bronzeville Boutique by Lady Mocha, Legacy Men’s Boutique and the Sarah Kuenyefu Collection for fashionable clothes. Haji Healing Salon is an herbal and botanical apothecary and Absolutely Anything Essential has all your gift needs. 


Get pampered in style at the Next Man Up Spa, CBQ Facial Beauty Bar or Amour Salon Suites. And you can check out the galleries of the Bronzeville Artist Lofts and the Fourtunehouse Art Center.

An annual celebration of commerce and community, Bronzeville Summer Nights returns for its 11th season on July 14, Aug. 11 and Sept. 18 from 5-9 p.m. It’s the ultimate showcase of the sights, tastes and sounds unique to Bronzeville. Trolleys will transport guests to all the happening spots in the community so you can take it all in. Eat, shop and explore Bronzeville: Where culture lives!

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