Parkway Ballroom Reborn as Parkway Social, Celebrates Black Majesty in Bronzeville

In 1939, a Black entrepreneur opened the Parkway Ballroom in Bronzeville to celebrate Black creativity, enterprise, and community.  

In this place, Black people from all walks of life came together to be entertained, intrigued and well-fed. 

The Parkway Ballroom was a source of elegance and dignity amid segregation and hate. Many notable entertainers like Langston Hughes, Josephine Baker, Nat King Cole and Lena Horne have stepped foot in this historic building.

Fast-forward to the present, Cliff Rome has given this historic venue a facelift with Parkway Social. 

Parkway Social

Parkway Social is a boutique community-based social club and coworking lounge nestled within the historic Parkway Ballroom. Considered a hidden gem in the Bronzeville neighborhood, the Parkway Ballroom has been operating for over 23 years and has recently undergone a makeover with Parkway Social. Parkway Social provides access to over 15,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor coworking, social space and meeting rooms.

For information on Parkway Social membership and booking, visit You can also check out Parkway Social on Instagram.


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