Today, more than 65,000 American Indians call the Chicago area home.  The American Indian Center (AIC)-Chicago hosts an annual powwow each September at Busse Woods, an extensive urban greenbelt, in Elk Grove Village, a Chicago suburb. In November, the Center hosts a Giving Thanks Feast and Powwow the weekend before the Thanksgiving holiday. In December, a Winter Feast and Powwow is held the weekend before the Christmas holiday. All these events are open to the public. For more information, or exact dates and times, visit the Center website, www.aic-chicago.org

Today, more than 65,000 American Indians call the Chicago area home.  The American Indian Center (AIC)-Chicago hosts an annual powwow each September at Busse Woods, an extensive urban greenbelt, in Elk Grove Village, a Chicago suburb. In November, the Center hosts a Giving Thanks Feast and Powwow the weekend before the Thanksgiving holiday. In December, a Winter Feast and Powwow is held the weekend before the Christmas holiday. All these events are open to the public. For more information, or exact dates and times, visit the Center website, www.aic-chicago.org

Annual AIC Powwow

Annual AIC Powwow

CONTACT

American Indian Center of Chicago
1630 W. Wilson Ave
Chicago, IL 60630
773-275-5871
www.aic-chicago.org

ILLINOIS ATTRACTIONS

The influx of American Indians from all over the country to Chicago during relocation gave rise to the need for a common ground—a home away from home—for all the newcomers. In 1953, in response to the thousands of American Indians arriving in Chicago, a group got together and formed the American Indian Center (AIC).

The mission of the AIC-Chicago is the same today as it was in the beginning: “to promote fellowship among Indian people of all tribes living in metropolitan Chicago and to create bonds of understanding and communication between Indians and non-Indians in this city.” AIC-Chicago provides resources to aid in economic development, educational advancement, cultural enrichment, wellness and social services.

ATTRACTIONS

American Indian Association of Illinois
Chicago Indian Museum Without Walls
5751 N. Richmond
Chicago, IL 60659
773-338-8320
www.Chicago-American-Indian-edu.org

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian
3001 Central Street
Evanston, IL 60201
847-475-1030

Trickster Art Gallery
190 S Roselle Rd.
Schaumburg IL 60193
847-301-2090
www.trickstergallery.com

EVENT

Annual American Indian Center Powwow
Busse Woods Forest Preserve
536 N Harlem Ave
River Forest, IL 60305
773-275-5871
www.aic-chicago.org

Indian Relocation Act

The Indian Relocation Act of 1956 was enacted to entice American Indians to move from Indian reservations and assimilate into major U.S. cities by offering vocational skill training.  Relocation had been first initiated by the federal government in 1952. Relocation offices were established in seven major cities—including Chicago at the east end of Route 66 and Los Angeles at the west.                                           

Cahokia Mounds

In southern Illinois, near Collinsville, just outside of St. Louis, Missouri, Route 66 passes through the remains of one of the greatest indigenous cities of the Americas—Cahokia. Cahokia was larger than London in AD 1250.

For more information visit www.cahokiamounds.org