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"Obama Library In Bronzeville" Campaign

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Bronzeville advocate says bid for presidential library is not a tug of war

By: Stacia D. Smith, Medill News, Mar 6, 2014. The only remaining piece of the Michael Reese...

U. of C. says it's deferring to Obamas on library

President should pick Chicago location, university official says March 07, 2014|By Dahleen Glanton...

Mayor Emanuels Moves To Control Selection Process

POSTED ON JANUARY 22, 2014 Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Chicago needs to put forth a unified bid...

Presidential Library Sought for Bronzeville

Presidential Library sought for Bronzeville Residents living in one South Side community said they...

Black Metropolis Presents Bronzeville's Case

Bronzeville pitches Michael Reese site for Presidential Library The Black Metropolis Convention...

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Bronzeville Visitor Information Center Activities

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Celebrate the Arts in Bronzeville

Celebrate the Arts in Bronzeville! in a weekend of events at the Bronzeville Visitor Information...

Illinois Governor's 2014 Conference on Travel & Tourism

Illinois Governor's 2014 Conference on Travel & Tourism

The Illinois Governor’s Conference on Travel and Tourism The Illinois Governor’s Conference on...

Discussing The Book "High Rise Stories"


Reliving Bronzeville's "Jazz Age"

Jazz @ BVIC Approximately 80 avid jazz lovers converged on the Bronzeville Visitor Information Center...

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African-American Heritage Tourism Initiatives

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Bike Share in Bronzeville

Bike Share in Bronzeville

  Bike share, not white share: can Chicago’s program achieve diversity? - The Community expresses its interest.   Eboni Hawkins (standing right in photo) from provides...

43rd St. El

News from the Alderman regarding  Heritage Entertainment Zone 3 I am happy to announce that the 43rd Street El Station will be the  first station on the Green Line to receive a facelift as part of...

A Green Rosenwald

This is an innovative, creative vision of the Rosenwald Building becoming a self-contained green building project anchoring the western end of the 47th Street commercial business district in Bronzeville....

U. S. Travel Promotion Initiative

Published on Department of Commerce ( The travel...

Trail Tour

Written by Romell Downer Tuesday, 14 October 2014 17:12

The Black Metropolis Pullman Porter Great Migration Blues Trail

Tour dates: October 17-19, 2014 & October 24-25, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

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BVIC Summer Recap Cont...

Written by Romell Downer Sunday, 14 September 2014 13:07

Labor Day Event

Bronzeville International Innovation Metropolis Summit

Latanya Gray, Senator Donne E. Trotter


Paula Robinson speaking at the Summit

Summer Events

Written by Romell Downer Sunday, 14 September 2014 11:42

BVIC Summer Events Recap

Summer was in full swing the Bronzeville Visitior Information Center (BVIC) was in full effect. Check out our top three events along with the photos and be sure to visit our website for more information on our upcoming fall events.

Father's Day Event

Rev. Gillespie was born and raised in Chicago where he attended Chicago Public Schools.  He is also the Pastor of Chosen Tabernacle Full Gospel Baptist Church, which keeps him involved, proactively in numerous community events and activities. Rev. Walter Gillespie Jr is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center of Higher Development (COHD).

Rev. Gillespie, LaTanya Gray, Calvin Jackson


July 4 Event (Gospel Fest)

BVIC volunteers with Bruce Rauner the republican nominee for Governor




Job Fair

Written by Romell Downer Thursday, 21 August 2014 14:32


Photo caption from left to right in photo Harold L. Lucas, Uber Representative Eric Wong, Jeanine Robinson, Chief of Staff State Representative Christian Mitchell, Bruce Montgomery.












Beyond the Loop

Written by Romell Downer Friday, 25 July 2014 14:11

Beyond the Loop: Bronzeville

Courtesy of Choose Chicago

This episode of Beyond the Loop explores the historic Bronzeville neighborhood on Chicago’s south side. We get things started appropriately at the annual Gospel Music Festival, after all, the community is considered by many as the birthplace of Gospel Music. Holly and Edgar head over to Gallery Guichard to learn about the history of Bronzeville through this African diaspora art gallery. Holly goes to taste some of Chicago’s finest chicken and waffles while Edgar heads over to Pearl's Place to try the soul food with local musician JC Brooks from the band JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound.

Click the link to view the video: Beyond the Loop Adventure

Obama Presidential Library

Written by Romell Downer Tuesday, 24 June 2014 14:45

HOK Proposes Obama Presidential Library for Bronzeville site in Chicago


To read more about the design and the proposed plan click the link below.




Obama Library Bid

Written by Romell Downer Monday, 23 June 2014 13:59

Obama Presidential Library Bid


Check out Paula Robinson as she talks about the Obama Presidential Library bid.

CBS NEWS: Chicago

FOX NEWS: Chicago

BVIC Celebrates Gospel Fest

Written by Romell Downer Monday, 23 June 2014 13:45








Harold Lucas


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BVIC Celebrates Gospel Fest at Ellis Park

BRONZEVILLE- Bronzeville Visitor’s Information Center will be celebrating one Chicago’s biggest summer events this upcoming weekend. The Chicago Gospel Music Festival is one of the city’s oldest music festivals, dating back to the early 1900’s. The Chicago Gospel Music Festival keeps tradition alive June 27-29 with multiple stages around the city including the Chicago Cultural Center. The main stage will be at Ellis Park located in the beautiful, historic Bronzeville. Some of this year’s acts include Mary, Mary’s Erica Campbell, the Mississippi Mass Choir, and Kurt Carr

BVIC will continue its efforts in community outreach at this year’s Gospel Festival. BVIC has secured a table and will be passing out traffic safety literature and speaking to young African-American men ages 17-34 about the organization’s “Be Street Smart” campaign. The “Be Street Smart” campaign is a continued partnership with the Illinois Department of Transportation and the University of Illinois-Chicago. In addition, BVIC will also be offering information on their walking and bus tours.


For more information, participation or reservations for this historic event, please call Harold Lucas at 773-819-2055.

On The Table

Written by Romell Downer Monday, 16 June 2014 09:51


On The Table

Conversations courtesy of the Chicago Community Trust Foundation


On May 12, community leaders across the Chicago region gathered friends and colleagues to participate in an initiative spawned by the Chicago Community Trust called "On the Table". As part of the Chicago Community Trust's 99th and 100th anniversary celebration, the Trust decided to do a little something different. The "On the Table" initiative was designed to bring Chicagoans together to discuss and share ideas on how to make Chicago better. The "On the Table" strategy was designed to engage people all over the community from youth, to community leaders attempting to reach everyone and give a diverse audience the opportunity to have their voice heard....




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