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Chess Records Office and Studio Chicago Bee Building Chicago Defender Building Chicago Orphan Asylum Building Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church (originally, Isaiah Temple) Eighth Church of Christ, Scientist Eighth Regiment Armory Elam House First Baptist Congregational Church First Church of Deliverance George Cleveland Hall Branch, Chicago Public Library Griffiths-Burroughs House Gwendolyn Brooks House Ida B. Wells - Barnett House Lorraine Hansberry House Metropolitan Apostolic Community Church New Regal Theater Overton Hygienic Building Pilgrim Baptist Church Quinn Chapel Richard Wright House Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ Building South Side Community Art Center Sunset Cafe Supreme Life Building Unity Hall Victory Monument Wabash Avenue YMCA Wendell Phillips High School West Town State Bank Building

African-American History Tour

In the first half of the 20th century, stories of Chicago's burgeoning growth and the need for workers in the city's factories and stockyards led to the city being dubbed "The Promised Land" to African-Americans in the deep south. Hundreds of thousands of African-Americans settled in Chicago as part of "The Great Migration," creating the foundation for one of the country's strongest African-American communities.

This tour presents many landmarks that played an important role in these communities, including: a major business district, churches, the residences of civil rights leaders, and locations that were vital in the development of African-American music, theater, and journalism.

1. Chess Records Office and Studio
2. Chicago Bee Building
3. Chicago Defender Building
4. Chicago Orphan Asylum Building
5. Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church (originally, Isaiah Temple)
6. Eighth Church of Christ, Scientist
7. Eighth Regiment Armory
8. Elam House
9. First Baptist Congregational Church
10. First Church of Deliverance
11. George Cleveland Hall Branch, Chicago Public Library
12. Griffiths-Burroughs House
13. Gwendolyn Brooks House
14. Ida B. Wells - Barnett House
15. Lorraine Hansberry House
16. Metropolitan Apostolic Community Church
17. New Regal Theater
18. Overton Hygienic Building
19. Pilgrim Baptist Church
20. Quinn Chapel
21. Richard Wright House
22. Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ Building
23. South Side Community Art Center
24. Sunset Cafe
25. Supreme Life Building
26. Unity Hall
27. Victory Monument
28. Wabash Avenue YMCA
29. Wendell Phillips High School
30. West Town State Bank Building