Bronzeville is a neighborhood on the south side of Chicago with a rich history. Activists, artists, musicians and writers flocked to the area in the early 20th century. This group of visionaries – which included Richard Wright, Louis Armstrong, Lorraine Hansberry, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Sam Cooke and Ida B. Wells, to name a few – helped shape the African-American culture of the time. Because of this migration, Bronzeville has been called the "Black Metropolis."
History still plays a big role in the neighborhood. The Ida B. Wells-Barnett House, Harold Washington Cultural Center and Mies van der Rohe Tour take residents through the historic buildings that fill the area.
Culture and art aren't the only things Bronzeville is known for. The neighborhood is also home to Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, which has a variety of highly acclaimed treatment programs. The Illinois College of Optometry is also located in Bronzeville.
The neighborhood has both Metra and Green Line train rails, making inter-city travel very easy. Residents don't need to own a car to get to work, school or the grocery store. There are also bus stops in the area for those who prefer a motorized vehicle over a train.
There's plenty to do in Bronzeville, from clubs playing live jazz to local eateries. Residents don't need to look far for a fun time.