For the past 22 years, LBP has responded to the notion that Art, like everything else in under-served communities, must respond to the reality and needs of society.  We strongly believe that the battle being waged is for the “minds and hearts” of our children. We also believe that individuals can make a major difference in every effort to ensure that our children have a true opportunity to thrive.  The “I AM” project creates a direct link between our “supporters” and “our children's needs” that is authentically designed to elevate our common humanity to ultimately fuel success and the potential of each child...thereby transforming our collective community. 


We are remixing Black Unplugged!  Join Little Black Pearl on June 25th as we “remix” our BLACK UNPLUGGED series to showcase some of Chicago’s best musical talent!  This is not your average Sunday brunch!  Experience our featured caterer serving upscale hors d’oeuvres and adult beverages.   Be entertained by the awesome Delivery Point Band performing all of your favorites!  And what’s a party without dancing?  Let’s dance under our beautiful skylight ceiling to Chicago’s hottest DJ playing the latest tunes!  Food, Fun, Music, and Drinks!  Tell all of your friends to skip that boring Sunday brunch!  This is how you want to start your week!  June 25, 2017 2:30PM – 7:00PM $45pp.


Bronzeville Art District Trolley Tour

Carver 47 Cafe @ Little Black Pearl is proud to participate in the 2017 Bronzeville Art District Trolley Tour! This community event is being held every 3rd Friday June – September.  Hop on board the beautiful trolley buses going from gallery to gallery throughout the Bronzeville area.  Our Little Black Pearl students will be your baristas for the evening!  Visit Carver 47 @ Little Black Pearl to view and purchase student art work or to sample our fresh juices, smoothies, and coffee.  Experience the deep artistic and cultural roots of the Bronzeville community past, present, and future!  Carver 47 @ Little Black Pearl is open for business!  

LBP & Ravinia

Little Black Pearl is pleased to announce our newest partner! Ravinia, North America's oldest music festival, stands today as its most musically diverse, presenting over 140 different events throughout the summer. These concerts run the gamut from Yo-Yo Ma to John Legend to the annual summer residency of the nation's finest orchestra, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Art & music transcend cultural differences!  Little Black Pearl uses music and art to teach our students that we live in a global society.  Ravinia has reached out to Little Black Pearl as a valued partner to embrace our community in a more intimate way.  We are excited that Ravinia understands the importance of exposing our students to world music as well as classical performers and performances.  We look forward to many opportunities to invite our students, families, and the community at large to join us as we all enjoy the wonderful performances at Ravinia and are even more excited about bringing Ravinia to the community! 

The 36-acre park is nestled in a gently wooded area that makes it an enchanting place to experience music. Guests can bring their own picnics or eat at one of the park restaurants. Children up to age 15, high school and college students are admitted free to the lawn for classical performances.

the business of art

Little Black Pearl students are divided into teams and work with various Jordan Brand and local designers to gain inspiration and mentorship as they create their own designs. The program culminates in a design competition and bragging rights as the winning designs are printed as a graphic tees that are available for purchase exclusively at the 32 South State flagship store. In celebration of the launch, the Jordan Brand WINGS initiative has issued a grant to Little Black Pearl in support of college scholarships to the winners of the design competition.

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The Little Black Pearl Art & Design Center provides an extraordinary cultural setting for community, local and national events. The 40,000-sq. ft. facility offers spacious conference rooms and workshops, along with a spectacular 36-ft glass atrium area. 

Art & Design Center

Our distinctive building on the corner of 47th Street South and Greenwood Avenue, anchored in the Kenwood/Oakland neighborhood of Chicago, is a mixture of Classic architecture and modern rehabilitation. The convergence of two unique styles creates an Art & Design Center that is both multi-functional, as well as, architecturally alluring.  The two styles merge to foster an environment that focuses on educating and nurturing youth, on encouraging the community to exercise creative skills and abilities, for hosting concerts and Special Events, for supporting working artists and art connections, and for standing as an architectural iconic symbol for the developing community.


Take the virtual tour and see our facilities from the comfort of your couch. Of course, you are always welcome to come in and see for yourself.



Little Black Pearl’s Summer “Creativity Camp” adheres to the mission of Little Black Pearl Workshop and Little Black Pearl Art & Design Academy High School by offering a safe, high energy and rewarding program based on the core values of trust, resilience, and creativity. This innovative summer program inspires participants, ages 7-19, to use their creativity in the Arts to engage in special programs designed by Little Black Pearl staff. Summer campers are supervised and taught by highly- skilled artists, provided breakfast and lunch daily,  and they attend field trips. Students who are clients of CHA have a limited number of scholarships available to attend camp at no cost or at a reduced camp cost.


The Digital Youth Network at DePaul University (DYN) and Little Black Pearl (LBP), in collaboration with CPS’s Office of Leadership and Learning have launched the Bronzeville Fusion Network (BFN), a living lab designed to deepen our collective understanding as to how to strengthen the STEAM learning ecosystem for youth and families of Chicago’s Bronzeville community. Specifically, the BFN seeks to bring together schools in Bronzeville, local informal learning organizations, and families to understand and address the barriers limiting Bronzeville’s youth participation in STEAM learning experiences both in and out of school

Our state-of-the-art glassblowing and art studios currently have items on display at the Little Black Pearl Atrium, which is available for purchase. Come by or visit our online marketplace topurchase the beautiful artwork created by our students, every penny goes back into our programs so that no student is ever turned away because of inability to pay. Click below to learn more and purchase glass.