|Debonair Norman Bolden|
Norman Bolden had a dream to create an upscale restaurant on the Southside of Chicago where people could come to dine on a gourmet meal, enjoy live jazz music, and network with others. He dream has become a reality and the community is embracing it. Norman Bolden is a former radio media sales executive and currently an entrepreneur of two establishments: Norman's Bistro and Room 43.
Norman's Bistro is an upscale restaurant serving American Creole Cuisine with a Brazilian Flair.
Room 43 is a unique rental space that is the home the Hyde Park Jazz Society Weekly Sunday Night Jazz Jams and Soul Salon on Monday Nights.
|Kentucky Derby Day Party Fashions|
Normans Bistro and Room 43 have revived the spirit of the Bronzeville social and nightlife. During the 1920's to the 1950's Bronzeville was the center of Chicago's African American social life with its theaters, jazz clubs, blues clubs, restaurants, and social halls. Norman had a dream for more than 20 years of bringing this Bronzeville spirit back to the Chicago Southside. He has definitely succeeded because Normans Bistro and Room 43 are the epicenter of the African American social scene with politicians, entertainers, musicians, social elite, locals of the Hyde Park and Kenwood Community.
|Bernard of Bernards Hats styling a Derby Riding Fashions|
Norman's Bistro creatively engages the community with special events such as the Kentucky Derby Day Brunch which is a fun dining party experience filled with gaiety. The normal attire for Normans Bistro is casual, but the Kentucky Derby Day Brunch motivated everyone to dress to the nines with the Kentucky Derby fashions including Derby hats, seersucker suits, pink shirts and ties.
|Norman Bolden sporting a Derby Hat and Derby Pink Shirt |
and Greg Kelley sporting a Derby Hat with a Derby Seersucker Suit
Normans Bistro is located at 1001 East 43rd Street in Chicago, IL. It is the Oakwood and Kenwood Community near Muddy Waters Home in Oakwood and President Obama's House in Hyde Park. The residents of the community are African American, White and Latinos. This is a safe community on the Chicago Southside.
|Edward of Mother's Tavern on Rush with his family and a singer friend from the El Dorados|
People seem to believe from the media reports that the Chicago Southside is completely African American and unsafe. This simply is not the case. There are neighborhoods that are safe on the Chicago Southside.
|Normans Bistro Al Fresco Dining on the Patio|
Norman Bolden has helped spurred the turnaround of this community and has diligently pursued this change for more than twenty years. We thank you Norman Bolden for creating Norman's Bistro and Room 43 to bring back the tradition of fine dining and live music to the Chicago Southside.
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|Norman's Bistro on Chicago's Muddy Waters Drive|
|Chicago Jazz Jam Sundays with Hyde Park Jazz Society at Room 43|