Greater Chatham Initiative Celebrates Kwanzaa With 79th Street Window Displays

Michele Fiore
December 26, 2018 - 9:34 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The seven days of Kwanzaa kicks off Wednesday and the Chicago-area is offering a number of ways to celebrate it. 

A trolley will take visitors on a tour of window art along 79th Street. Miss the trolley, you can also take yourself to see the displays that will remain up, when the new and improved Whitney Young Library opens next month.

"I'm a native Chicagoan and I'm sure like most natives, we go downtown and we 'oo' and 'ah' over the downtown display windows, so we wanted to bring some of that holiday magic to 79th Street," said Nedra Sims-Sears, with the Greater Chatham Initiative, which commissioned local artists to put up displays.

There are four store-front windows with African-inspired artwork. Sims-Sears describes one of them:

"...paintings that are multi-dimensional and there are pop-outs and they are just bright and colorful and bold and really gets you into the mood," She said.

Red, green and black are the colors of Kwanzaa and Sims-Sears said you'll see a lot of this in the displays. 

The displays are in the 400 and 500 blocks of East 79th Street. Elsewhere, Kwanzaa celebrations at Unity of Oak Park, DuSable Museum of African American History, and at various Chicago public libraries.