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.
Behind the Scenes
See inside historic Forum Hall as it embarks on the early stages of a long restoration project.
Fundraising for Bronzeville revitalization efforts
Representatives from The Forum will be informing visitors about an online competition that could help revitalize Bronzeville.
Bronzeville Cookin', a proposed culinary facility at 51st Street & the CTA Green Line, is aiming to win $150,000 in funding through VoteYourMainStreet.org. OHC visitors are invited to visit VoteYourMainStreet.org to support this effort.