The Murals program began on MARCH 12, 2011, and will go through May 31st, 2011.
Every Saturdays from 3-5pm
No experience needed to participate!
All ages wanted- 6 years to 90 years old!
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Plenty of history is packed into this West Side neighborhood. Former Israeli Prime Minister, Golda Meir, lived and worked here when it was Chicago’s largest Jewish community. Legendary musician, Benny Goodman, made his debut in a local theater. This was also the home base of Dr. Martin Luther King’s northern civil rights movement. The heart of North Lawndale beats today in Homan Square, whose residences, businesses and a high school and technology learning center were raised from the historic ruins of Sears Roebuck’s world headquarters.
North Lawndale: Chicago’s Jewish and African-American Histories Meet Along Route 66
Written by Alan Solomon, with research assistance from the Chicago Neighborhood Tourism Project
Old Route 66 went right through North Lawndale on the way to Santa Monica. But aside from the small, brown "Historic Route 66" sign on Ogden Avenue and what's left of a castle-shaped car wash at Ogden and Independence Avenue, it's hard to tell the Mother Road was here. By the late 1920s, when the Illinois section of Route 66 was completed, nearly 50,000 Jews lived in North Lawndale, Chicago's largest Jewish community. That community has long scattered, but even 80-plus years later, it's easy to tell they were here.