After seeing some of the city’s most beautiful greystone houses and learning about medical pioneer Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, we’ve saved the best for last in our three part series: The Forum.
In the 1920s, there was a boom in ballroom construction as a result of new musical movements, jazz in particular. Built in 1889, The Forum building long predates that era.
The area along Grand Boulevard south of the Loop (now S. King Drive) saw an influx of African American residents arriving in the 1930s and 1940s. During this period of demographic transition, Forum Hall retained its original purpose as a dance hall. Forum Hall was the name of the ballroom and meeting space within The Forum complex.
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