Get a groove on at Soul Train exhibit

August 3, 2011 12:37:21 PM PDT
Hop on board as the Soul Train pulls back into Chicago Friday nights with a dance party at a photo exhibit celebrating the longest-running nationally syndicated program in television history, with more than 1,100 episodes.

Soul Train, originally taped in Chicago, was a African-American dance and music show that's popularity crossed over into mainstream culture. Celebrating the shows 40th anniversary, the Soul Train Photo Exhibition features a never-before-seen collection of more than 55 rare photographs of the biggest names in music -- Jackson 5, Minnie Riperton, and James Brown, just to name a few -- taken right on the Soul Train stage.

"Seeing these pictures bring back so much history, I just wonder where all of the popular dancers from the show are now," Irene Flores said. Flores was a longtime fan of the show.

The photo exhibit -- presented by Nathan Mason in partnership with The Chicago Cultural Center at Expo 72, located at 72 E. Randolph -- runs through Labor Day. It's open to the public every day of the week except for holidays.

At the free Friday Night Groove, which runs from 6 to 8 p.m. on Fridays, a guest DJ spins 70s music, which, on opening night led to a Soul Train line.

    40th Anniversary Soul Train Photo Exhibition
  • Monday - Thursday 8 am - 7 pm;
  • Friday 8 am - 6 pm; Friday Night Groove, 6 - 8 pm;
  • Saturday 9 am - 6 pm;
  • Sunday 10 am - 6 pm;
  • Closed holidays

    Friday Night Groove

    Weekly: Every Friday

    From: Jul 22, 2011 to Sep 2, 2011

    Upcoming Dates:

  • Aug 5, 2011
  • Aug 12, 2011
  • Aug 19, 2011
  • Opening event, Friday July 22, 5 - 7 pm;
  • Fridays, July 28 - September 2, 6 - 8 pm.