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The Forum

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324 E. 43rd St.




Samuel A. Treat, 1897


The Forum was built in 1897 and contains possibly the oldest hardwood ballroom dance floor in Chicago. This imposing red brick building played a significant role in Bronzeville’s cultural scene by hosting performances of music luminaries—including Nat King Cole—and providing space for civic groups and political meetings. After 40 years of vacancy, the Forum was deemed hazardously unstable. Narrowly saved from demolition in 2011 by Urban Juncture, it is now the centerpiece of an effort to revive the surrounding area.

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