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The Forum

Address

324 E. 43rd St.

Neighborhood

Bronzeville

Hours

Sat, Oct 15: 10am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 16: 10am - 5pm

Photography Permitted Refreshments Available

Architect/Year

Samuel A. Treat, 1897

Don't Miss

Performances by Sam Thousand and King’s Orchestra, Melody Angel, and Erthe St. James will take place in the ballroom at The Forum Hall.

Description

Built in 1897, The Forum is home to the oldest assembly and social hall in Bronzeville and contains what may be the oldest hardwood assembly floor in Chicago. This imposing red brick building was an epicenter of the “Black Metropolis,” the “city-within-a-city” created by African Americans to provide the retail and social needs they were barred from accessing within broader Chicago. The Forum hosted leading performers, prominent social events and some of the era’s most important union meetings and political assemblies while providing a wide range of hospitality and retail amenities. After remaining vacant for nearly 30 years, the Forum was narrowly saved from city-ordered demolition in 2011 by a neighborhood resident who brought together a team to stabilize the complex and develop a plan for its revitalization. When the building re-opens, the historic assembly floor will host cultural performances including live bands, comedy shows and dance performances.

Visitor Experience

Short guided tours discussing the history of The Forum will be provided every 30 minutes.