Bronzeville Cookin' is Urban Juncture's unique dining destination and culinary incubator celebrating the cuisines, cultures, and communities of peoples of African descent at 51st Street and the CTA Green Line.
Four distinctive, locally-owned and operated restaurants will share a sustainably-rehabilitated, turn-of-the century building in the heart of the historic Bronzeville community. Each venue will highlight a different aspect of Black cuisine, one of the world’s richest. Bronzeville Cookin’™ will also include a market designed to expand access to fresh produce and a rooftop farm that will add to locally-sourced offerings. Adjacent parking and several transit options, including bicycling alternatives being developed by Bronzeville Bikes™, will provide easy access; and, the award-winning Bronzeville Community Garden™, which opened in Summer 2010, provides a forum for public events and neighborhood outreach.
Bronzeville Cookin’™ will serve Bronzeville and broader Chicagoland.
It will expand the supply of family-friendly dining options in Bronzeville, providing an important amenity as well as valuable opportunities for interaction. It will provide high-quality food and related programming, thereby helping to reduce diet-related illnesses in the community. It will draw Chicagoland foodies and culinary tourists to the community. It will create over 130 permanent jobs and introduce “green” technologies to the community. And, it will provide key ownership opportunities to community members, keep money circulating within the community, and catalyze the creation of further culinary enterprises, thus providing important platforms for community development and wealth creation.
Bronzeville Cookin'™ Initiatives