of art of the African Diaspora. It also hosts events like an annual African arts and heritage books festival.
The Art Institute of Chicago (S. Michigan Ave. and E. Adams St.; 312- 443-3600) ranks among the world’s great museums and holds a premier French Impressionist collection. One local gallery highlight is the Akainyah Gallery (357 W. Erie; 312-654-0333), where the Ghanaian-born artist and owner, William Akainyah, displays his Afrocentric oils and acrylics. Be sure to check out black-owned radio stations, including WBEE 1570 AM (jazz); WSSD 88.1 FM (blues); WYBA 106.3 FM (gospel); and WKKC 89.3 FM (music and current events).
For a good introduction to the city’s history, spirit and diversity, order The Guide to Black Chicago (888-840-2345) for $9.95, complete with maps and more suggestions on the city’s points of interest.