Stunning Images of Chicago’s Only Black-Owned Bed and Breakfast

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Black-Owned Bread and Breakfast

Nestled in the historic Bronzeville neighborhood is a beautiful Queen Anne home with amazing architecture and a constant flow of international visitors enjoying Mell and Angie Monroe’s hospitality.

Built in 1893, the Monroe’s home reflects the attention to detail and architectural beauty of the early 19th century. This registered Chicago Landmark is also the Welcome Inn Manor Bed & Breakfast–the only Black-owned bed and breakfast in the Chicago area.

Committed to excellence, The Welcome Inn Manor has earned great reviews from more than 100 guests from countries around the world such as Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and the Netherlands and various regions in the United States. Many recognize Welcome Inn Manor as the best among B and Bs in service, value, atmosphere, cleanliness and dining according to independent review sites.

“We initially bought our home only to live in, but we realized we had all these extra rooms and we can only sleep in one at a time, so we decided to turn it into a B and B,” said Monroe about their home located in the 4600 block on South Michigan.

Welcome Inn Manor is situated in the heart of Chicago’s historic blues and jazz district. Additionally, it’s only minutes away from Chicago’s downtown on the north and Hyde Park and the University of Chicago campus on the south and the scenic lakefront on the east. Mell, who keeps his ear to the ground, is always full of suggestions on great places to hear live Jazz, Blues or Rock music.

“Our close proximity to Chicago’s McCormick Convention Center, the University of Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology, U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago’s South Loop and 12 minutes from downtown to world-renowned museums and cultural events make it an ideal location for a memorable place while on a business trip, stay-cation or vacation experience,” he added.

In the backdrop of the home adorned with amazing restored architecture both inside and out is Mell, a great conversationalist whom offers visitors a layout of the nearby business, education and entertainment districts. Additionally, he also gives them a peep into the neighborhood’s rich history filled with millionaires and international entertainers and athletes.

The interior of the home is adorned with incredible historical photographs, maps and artwork that gives the travelers from all over the world a peek into Chicago’s history.

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“I’m amazed at the wonderful history of the Near South Side area known as Bronzeville because it includes a rich African American and remarkably also a Jewish migration history nearby,” said Monroe, as he discussed the homes of  Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, Marx Brothers, Frank Lloyd Wright townhouses, the Swift Mansion, Millionaire Row on King Drive and the Vaudeville Home of Butter Beans & Suzie.

The elegant, comfortable and quaint rooms offer free WiFi, pillow-top mattresses and flat-screens with DVD players. Some accommodations offer shared bathrooms, whirlpool tubs, kitchenettes and/or fireplaces. Amenities include a large, comfortable and elegant common living room with a fireplace, formal dining room, family game room, and an eat-in kitchen and snack bar.

Among the free perks are gourmet breakfast, parking and shuttle service to Downtown attractions. Mel often gives mini tours while dropping guests off at their destination.

Below are stunning images showcasing the inside of Welcome Inn Manor Bed & Breakfast.



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Toure Muhammad

Author Toure Muhammad is the head bean, publisher and chief strategist of Bean Soup Times. The Morehouse graduate has written front page cover stories for The Final Call and N’digo. He has been featured in the Chicago Reader, Upscale magazine, rolling out newspaper, and N’Digo magapaper. He’s been featured on Tavis Smiley’s radio show on NPR, on Chicago’s WBEZ (Chicago public radio), and many other radio shows.

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