If you're seeking a Bronzeville apartment, you’d be hard pressed to find a Chicago neighborhood with more history. The “Black Metropolis” of the early 20th century was the destination for thousands of African-Americans during the “Great Migration.” Today, the Bronzeville neighborhood effectively mixes the old and the new, making it a prime destination for apartment renters seeking affordable living options close to the lakefront.
Home to the Illinois Institute of Technology and the Illinois College of Optometry, Bronzeville’s population is a well-balanced mix of students, longtime residents, and newcomers. Yes, there’s the standard assortment of chain restaurants, but there's also a nice array of mom-and-pop options. And what the bars and clubs lack in quantity they make up for in quality. Bronzeville is also near U.S. Cellular Field, the home of the White Sox.
Bronzeville’s soul is in its rich past. Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, and Nat “King” Cole all performed at the famous Regal Theater at 47th and King Drive. This was once the communal, business, and entertainment hub of Bronzeville—a mini-Times Square. Other clubs in the vicinity included the Parkway Ballroom and Gerri’s Palm Tavern, where Richard Wright, Langston Hughes, Muddy Waters, Quincy Jones, Miles Davis, and James Brown used to hang. Amongst the traditional greystones, apartment buildings, and historic homes (Ida B. Wells’ is here), numerous statues and monuments—like the Bronzeville Walk of Fame—remind residents of what came before.
The Red and Green el trains service the area in addition to several bus routes on King Drive, Michigan, Indiana and State. That said, getting from point A to point B is pretty manageable for those who don’t have wheels.