Vends + Vibes

Explore Washington Park

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Explore Washington Park

 

Organized by Arts + Public Life, Vends + Vibes is located in Washington Park, just west of the University, at the CTA Green Line Garfield Station. While visiting the neighborhood, explore these beautiful, historic sites nearby.


Fountain of Time sculpture in Washington Park

Fountain of Time sculpture in Washington Park

Washington Park
5531 S Martin Luther King Dr

The Washington Park neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago takes its name from the historic Frederick Law Olmsted–designed park along its eastern border. Washington Park is home to such significant cultural institutions and celebrated festivals, the DuSable Museum of African American History, the Bud Billiken Parade, and the African Festival of the Arts.


Historic Garfield Green Line CTA station

Historic Garfield Green Line CTA station

Historic Garfield Boulevard

By the middle of the 20th century, Garfield Boulevard—the main thoroughfare in Washington Park—was one of many thriving, black cultural and commercial hubs on Chicago’s South Side, and it remains one of Chicago’s most historic areas. It was once home to the famous Rhumboogie Café, a jazz hotspot owned by boxing great Joe Lewis and regularly graced by talented singers like Sarah Vaughan, Johnny Hartman, and Dinah Washington. Today, Garfield Boulevard serves as a major entryway into the Washington Park community and the University of Chicago campus. 


The DuSable Museum of African American History  

The DuSable Museum of African American History
 

The DuSable Museum of African American History
740 E 56th Pl

The DuSable Museum is dedicated to the collection, documentation, preservation and study of the history and culture of Africans and African Americans. The DuSable Museum's collection contains over 15,000 works that include paintings, sculpture, prints and historical memorabilia. Special exhibitions, workshops and lectures are featured to highlight works by particular artists, historical events or collections on loan from individuals or institutions.


Miss Lee's Good Food

Miss Lee's Good Food

Miss Lee’s Good Food
203 E Garfield Blvd

Miss Lee's Good Food serves delicious and comforting soul food. It is known for its herbal chicken, homemade sides, and friendly service.