You are cordially invited to celebrate Myla's 40th Birthday.

Date & Time
May 25, 2019 at 8PM CDT
Chicago, IL

A Chicago Black Renaissance

1920s Themed, Black-Tie Affair

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Whiskey Tastings and Cigar Lounge

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Fashion Inspiration

  • <p>Women's Style</p>

    Women's Style

    1920's Fashion for women characterized the free spirited, modernist era of the Roaring Twenties and the Jazz Age as women gained their independence. 1920's Fashion trends were shorter, low-waisted dresses and revealing styles worn by Flappers. Please also search for Harlem Renaissance and Gatsby Fashion.

  • <p>Men's Style</p>

    Men's Style

    1920's men's fashion included well-tailored pinstriped suits, tuxedos, silk shirts and handkerchiefs, fedora hats, suspenders, bow ties, black patent leather shoes and spats. Clothing for men also included short suit jackets, cuffed trousers, waistcoats and wide-leg "Oxford Bags". The famous 'Zoot Suit' was also a strong fashion statement for men during the Harlem Renaissance.

  • <p>Local and Online Options </p>

    Local and Online Options

    Don't know where to look for your outfit? Please click here for links to 1920s themed, black tie affair attire. (We'll be keeping it classy, not costume)

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The Chicago Black Renaissance: 1910 - 1930

The Chicago Black Renaissance (also known as the Black Chicago Renaissance) was a creative movement that was influenced by the Great Migration. The Great Migration brought tens of thousands of African Americans from the south to Chicago. Between 1910 and 1930 the African American population increased from 44,000 to 230,000. Before this migration, African Americans only constituted 2% of Chicago's population. African American migrants resided in a segregated zone on Chicago's south side, extending from 22nd Street on the north to 63rd Street on the south, and reaching from the Rock Island railroad tracks on the west to Cottage Grove Avenue on the east. This zone of neighborhoods was known as the "black belt".

African Americans saw Chicago, like other cities of the north, as a chance for freedom from legally sanctioned racial discrimination. African-American writers, artists, and community leaders began promoting racial pride and a new black consciousness, similar to that of the Harlem Renaissance in New York City.

With a revitalized community spirit and sense of racial pride, a new black consciousness developed resulting in a shift toward social activism. African Americans on the south side coined the word Bronzeville, a word that described the skin tone of most its inhabitants, to identify their community.