History, Entrepreneurship, and What Food means to me

Created by Cliff Rome, owner and chef of Peach's Restaurant on 47th and Parkway Ballroom

History, Entrepreneurship, and What Food means to me

Chicago, Illinois 60614, United States

Created By: IIT

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Let me take you on a tour of my neighborhood...

It's so rich in history and culture, there's so many different places that you could go to in Bronzeville and wind the clock back. Just imagine, if the graystones and brownstones could talk, you would have incredible stories of what life was like — I’m sure it was a lot of blood, sweat and tears that went into creating the infrastructure and not just the building, but the families and businesses and all those things and that's the one thing about understanding where you come from or where you live, or where you go visit.

– Cliff Rome

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What You'll See on the Tour

The Sunset Cafe was on the second floor — it used to be the ace hardware and now it's a beauty supply store — but it was a nightclub, kind of a speakeasy. You had some of the greatest jazz musicians in time, Duke Ellington was one of th... Read more
On the second floor of the Supreme Life Building is the place where John H. Johnson started Ebony and Jet, which was a publication to celebrate the African American heritage and experience.  I remember the publication as a kid — I would ... Read more
Dr. Lu Palmer was was a huge political supporter of Harold Washington and the legend goes that Lu is the reason that Harold Washington became the first Black mayor of Chicago, and it all started in this living room.
It was a space in the 1940s, that was a meeting place for affluent African Americans, it was a social club and it's at its core. It was a place to house so many people, so many educators, Dr King was at the Parkway Ballroom Paul Robeson had... Read more
It was important for us to build a businesses on the corner using it as a cornerstone in the community. A restaurant at its core is a meeting place, it's a it's a space of fellowship. This space is very diner-esque and what it says is that ... Read more


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