Bicentennial Bash: Counting down to Illinois' 200th birthday in Hyde Park

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We are celebrating the places and people that make Illinois so special as we gear up for Illinois' 200th birthday.

ABC 7 is putting a spotlight on historic communities around Illinois as we get closer to the state's 200th birthday.

This Friday, our Bicentennial Bash was on the South Side.

ABC7 celebrated at the Sophy Hyde Park Hotel at 53rd and Dorchester, Friday.

Alan King, a co-founder of the "Chosen Few" joined the party and explained how house music was born and nurtured on the South Side. The Hiplet Ballerinas were also on hand.
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ABC 7 is putting a spotlight on historic communities around Illinois as we get closer to the state's 200th birthday.



In addition to house music, Chicago's South Side is known as the birthplace of Gospel music.

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Chicago's South Side is known as the birthplace of Gospel music.



Historian Charles Bethea of the Chicago History Museum also joined the party to talk about the history on the South Side, including the site of the first human-made self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction.

And despite their name, the Harlem Globetrotters were actually founded on the South Side of Chicago.

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Don't let the name fool you, the Harlem Globetrotters were actually founded in Chicago.

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