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The Soul of Chicago

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A singular skyline, historical architecture and a dynamic foodie scene are Windy City hallmarks. This toddlin' town boasts lots of tourism attractions like these but remember that the real Chicago is represented in the neighborhoods and the culture. Get off the tourist track and head to historic neighborhoods like Bronzeville where you can browse art galleries or listen to the spirit of Chicago in the raw blues rhythms of south side clubs. Taste the city's flavor in little community diners.
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7401 S South Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60619, USA
Calling itself "Chicago's favorite juke joint," this south side lounge hearkens back to the days when blues clubs lined both sides of the street and patrons squeezed in wherever they could fit. The shadowy room boasts a rectangular bar and crimson...
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436 E 47th St, Chicago, IL 60653, USA
The historic Bronzeville neighborhood brims with architectural treasures but Gallery Guichard displays the beauty inside of a three -story brownstone. Specializing in art from the African diaspora, the gallery showcases local artists as well as...
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1510 E Harper Ct, Chicago, IL 60615, USA
Serving up authentic Jamaican dishes like ackee and saltfish, curried chicken and brown stewed red snapper, Ja'Grill manages to recreate the relaxing, sunny vibe of the Land of Wood and Water in the heart of Chicago. The owner's a Montego Bay...
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2120 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60616, USA
The site of the Chess Records building, where blues and rock greats like Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Chuck Berry,Etta James and the Rolling Stones recorded, has been declared a Chicago landmark and transformed into the Blues Heaven Foundation, The...
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700 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605, USA
Buddy Guy’s Legends is a legendary blues bar in Chicago and Buddy Guy himself is still alive, making music and appearances on his own stage. Legends has been open since 1989 and the stage has seen the eclectic likes of Eric Clapton, Keith...
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3175 W Madison St, Chicago, IL 60612, USA
A legendary destination for authentic soul food dishes like fried pork chops, salmon croquettes, collard greens and fried okra, Ruby's Restaurant was where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. hung out when he visited Chicago in 1966 for the open housing...
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2109 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60616, USA
Fans of reggae and classic hip hop head to this south side spot. Named for afrobeat icon Fela's legendary Lagos nightclub, The Shrine pulses with energy and excitement. Clean lined decor and a reliable offering of popular reggae,r&b and hip hop...