Black Metropolis Convention & Tourism Council announces new R&B mapping project with H.S. student interns for National Tourism Week and Preservation Month


For immediate release May 7th, 2018


Black Metropolis Convention &  Tourism Council announces new R&B mapping project with H.S. student interns for National Tourism Week and Preservation Month


 The Black Metropolis Convention & Tourism Council (BMC&TC), Bronzeville’s Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) has announced a series of new project launches for National Travel and Tourism Week—taking place May 6 – 12, 2018 and throughout May during National Preservation Month.  The annual observances bring industry professionals together to highlight the value of travel and consider the broad impact it holds for communities across the country.   Harold L. Lucas, BMC&TC President & CEO says that while Bronzeville continues to follow the five principles of Heritage Tourism Development as prescribed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, this year’s themes are especially relevant to the authentic Bronzeville community vision to become an international travel and outdoor recreational destination and benefit from the jobs the travel and tourism will bring as a growth industry.


The new theme: “Our past Travels lead us into the Future.”  Strives to touch the heart of the historian and also inspire visions for the future.  It is a challenge to industry leaders to reflect on travel successes of years past while advocating for policies that promote growth for the future.   Lucas, sees heritage tourism development, heritage entertainment and outdoor recreation as a critical component to neighborhood revitalization at time when strategies to balance gentrification are pertinent in the public dialogue.  His first kick-off activity of the week is a speaking engagement on Heritage Tourism Development scheduled for Tuesday, May 8 for an “On the Table” panel discussion sponsored by Blacks in Green for the annual night of dinner and dialogues among community stakeholders facilitated by Chicago Community Trust. 


A series collaborative activities will follow include a series of public meetings, mobile tours and interactive workshops.  All done collaboratively, in celebration of honoring and including Bronzeville and the broader South lakefront and South Westside region of Chicago, in this cultural heritage smorgasbord of linked events making their debut during National Travel and Tourism Week. The geographic boundaries while not common knowledge will be laid out like a treasure hunting map of proposed destination attractions for those seeking to learn more about how it may help promote and market new and innovative entrepreneurial business enterprise developments. 


 The Bronzeville / 43rd Street Muddy Waters Drive Rhythm and Blues District


Zone Three VisitBronzeville Heritage Entertainment Zones: The District also houses several landmark sites.  43rd street historically is one of the commercial corridors where African American businesses had more ownership of the properties that they operated.  TK Lawless building, the former Tyson Hotel, First Church of Deliverance now  under restoration….supported by 3rd Ward Alderman Patricia Dowell

  •  Mapping project will focus within the boundaries and content that covers the legacy of Bronzeville’s authentic 43rd street rhythm and blues history. 
  •  Urban Main Street Candidate, BRI , QCDC and Urban Juncture Foundation  ·  
  •  Preservation The historic Forum Building, strategically located at the Green Line station. Recently listed on the 2018 Listing of Landmarks Illinois Most Endangered Building
  • Muddy Waters Home and virtual Checkboard project supported by artist in residence Aki Antonia 
  •  New Bridge installation  at 43rd and the lakefront supported by 4th Ward Alderman Sophia King
  • White Terra Cotta Building initiative TK Lawless profession building and mansion
  • Chris Devin mural of Nate King Cole


King Drive Walk of Fame and Year of the Creative Youth (DCASE) and Summer Internship Collaboration with Hales High School students and falculty  on heritage Tourism Development. 


  • ·         The Black Metropolis National Heritage Area encompassing more than 49% of the Chicago’s historic assets: Stewardship is necessary to preserve the authentic cultural heritage experience of Bronzeville, from a long term development perspective.


  • 22 missing plaques, on the Bronzeville “Walk of Fame” will be replaced with the cooperation and support of the Chicago Park District.


  • ·        Bronzeville Just won Chicago’s all in for Amazon


  • Next project  Tribute Markers of Distinction


  • ·         Bronzeville “Walk of Fame” Chicago’s largest outdoor exhibition of public art




BMT&TC welcomes collaborative


Helping business find their self –interest


Student will be informed in the collaborative process about potential career paths and opportunities coming within the south lakefront and south west side region of Chicago. Over the past decade the south lakefront region of Chicago has transformed rapidly from a former industrial area, into a prime outdoor recreation and international travel destination. Our future layout of the land will be anchored in the proposed construction of the Obama Presidential Library and the potential privatization of the Jackson Park for a designated Tiger Woods PGA golf course.  A clear merger for future celebrations of  cultural heritage tourism for this illustrious “world class  city on the shore of Lake Michigan.




BMC&TC  is a 501c3 not-for-profit Destination Marketing Organization  was incorporated in 1996


Charted statewide in Illinois


Establish mobile bus tour routes for 43rd Street Rhythm & Blues District and 79th Street Blacknificent Miles.


Has trained more than 50 tour docents that operate tourism related businesses


Planted the vision for what can happen


Training potential employees and interns in mobile workshops for series of visitor and welcome  centers 55th Street and Jackson Park



More information call: 1-773-676-6207





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