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Kennedy-King College celebrates Black History Month with a celebration of soul food

On Monday, February 26, from 1-4 p.m., Kennedy-King College will host an event entitled, Chicago’s Soul: The Heart of Chicago’s Soul Food Dining, in the U Building at 740 W. 63rd Street. This free event features a panel discussion, and soul food tasting in celebration of the history and importance of soul food in the African American community.

The book is the work of Kennedy-King’s Publication Design class, who for two years, designed, photographed, and wrote about Chicago’s soulful cuisine, highlighting today’s restaurants that paved the way for soul food in the city. Places such as Oooh Wee It Is!, MacArthur’s Restaurant, BJ’s Market and Bakery and others are heralded with their popular dishes such as creamy mac and cheese, crispy fried chicken, buttery biscuits, and chef-kiss-perfection peach cobbler. The book also remembers the legends of the past, whose restaurants cultivated memories, like Gladys’ Luncheonette, Army and Lou’s, Soul Queen, Edna’s, and Izola’s Family Dining.

This event will highlight the student contributors and featured restaurants from the book. A guest panel of chefs will discuss the interesting history of soul food. Students and faculty will discuss the process of creating the book through their dynamic Publication Design class in the Communication Design and Media Communications department. Samples of food from several of the restaurants featured in the book, along with soul food made by students of our famed Washburne Culinary & Hospitality Institute, will be ready to taste while supplies last!

This event is part of Kennedy-King’s Center of Equity for Creative Arts and the College’s month-long Black History Month celebration. For tickets, the public can visit

Kennedy-King College is one of City Colleges of Chicago’s seven schools throughout Chicagoland, with over 80 programs of study including Communication Design (graphic design), Game Design and Development, Media Communications, and the Washburne Culinary & Hospitality Institute, one of the oldest culinary schools in the nation.

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