Continuing our fascination with the blend of music and architecture, ACM is thrilled to work with Open House Chicago again in 2019. We’ll commission music inspired by a unique, and uniquely Chicago, space and we’ll place musicians in the venue to play the music every fifteen minutes for self-guided tours.
This year we’ll be in one of the most important and historical venues in the city in the Forum. Admission is free and open to the public.
The music will be performed in both sites on Saturday, October 19th between 12:00 and 3:00 PM.
324 E. 43rd Street
12:00 – 3:00
Music by Trevor Patrick Watkin
Built in 1897, The Forum is home to the oldest assembly and social hall in Bronzeville and contains what may be the oldest hardwood dance floor in Chicago. This imposing red brick building was an epicenter of the “Black Metropolis”, the “city-within-a-city” created by African Americans to provide the retail and social needs they were barred from accessing within broader Chicago.
The Forum hosted leading performers, prominent social events, and some of the era’s most important union meetings and political assemblies, while providing a wide range of hospitality and retail amenities. After remaining vacant for nearly 30 years, The Forum was narrowly saved from city-ordered demolition in 2011 by a neighborhood resident who brought together a team to stabilize the complex and develop a plan for its revitalization. .