Seven-time Grammy-winner Kirk Franklin tickles ears with contagiously catchy beats and gospel-chorus fireworks while lifting up listeners with messages of hope. Franklin's The Fearless Tour mixes material from his new album, Hello Fear, with classic songs from his decade-spanning career, bringing his inspirational music to lift up those who have recently discovered their hearts are not shaped like valentine cards. Gospel-belting aces Isaac Carree, Deon Kipping, and Jason Nelson will enliven proceedings with their own inspirational melodies, and BET Sunday Best winner Amber Bullock will showcase her up-and-coming pipes with edifying aplomb. The 10,000-seat House of Hope provides ample space for high-energy tunes to soar without becoming muddled or working napping bats into a frenzy.
The building that houses Argus Brewery was once a horse stable. But not just any horse stable?the distribution stables of Chicago?s historic Joseph E. Schlitz, of Schlitz beer fame, where the Schlitz horse teams and carriages resided in the early 1900s. Today, two large terra-cotta horse heads on the building?s parapet pay homage to the building?s origins. Inside, instead of horses, there?s craft beer created by father and son and three-legged-race partners Bob and Patrick Jensen, who have worked tirelessly to perfect their sudsy creations. Along with hard work, they bring their South Side pride and attitude to making each premium craft beer, which they feel is reflected in the unique flavor, depth, and unapologetic bravado of each brew.
On August 25, 1925, America's very first black labor union was formed, and it didn't happen without a fight. For Asa Phillip Randolph, leader of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, it took 12 hard years of negotiation to ensure job safety for African American workers. But Randolph's hard-won victory had lasting effects, paving the way for the American Civil Rights Movement and rewriting the book of the nation's history.
The tale of Randolph and the Pullman Porters is lovingly chronicled, celebrated, and namesaked at the A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum. Founded by Dr. Lyn Hughes in 1995, the museum is a testament to the struggle for equality and a celebration of African-American railroad workers. Through their permanent collection of artifacts, along with traveling exhibits, the APR Pullman Porter Museum examines the railroad men's impact on African-American history, from the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 through the 1963 March on Washington.