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    Little Black Pearl Art & Design Academy

    We offer:

    A unique, state-of-the-art learning environment; Smaller class sizes; Drawing, photography, glassblowing, animation/gaming, and music production; College and Career preparation

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    Little Black Pearl (LBP) will respond to Chicago Public School’s RFP for the reopening of Dyett High School. 

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    Pearl Fest 2015

    The 2015 Pearl Fest “World Class Jazz Festival” is hosted in honor of Terri Lyne Carrington’s 50th Birthday.

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    Facility Rental

    The Little Black Pearl Art & Design Center provides an extraordinary cultural setting for community, local and national events. The 40,000-sq. ft. facility offers spacious conference rooms and workshops, along with a spectacular 36-ft glass atrium area.

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    Monica Haslip,
    Executive Director

    In the midst of the challenges we face, I believe that we are poised to become change agents and through innovation and creativity we will revive and breathe life into our children and communities.

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    Art & Design Center

    The distinctive building on the corner of 47th Street and Greenwood Avenue in the North Kenwood/Oakland neighborhood of Chicago is a mixture of classic architectural style and an ultra-modern rehabilitation.

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    Who We Are

    What began as an artists' dream in the basement of her gray stone is now the Little Black Pearl Art and Design Center located in the Kenwood/Oakland neighborhood.

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Pearl Fest Jazz Festival

LBP’s lake front “Pearl Fest Jazz Festival” is hosted August 22nd at Chicago’s newest beach, Oakwood/ 39th Street Beach. Pearl Fest incorporates a mixture of live musical entertainment, food, fun and activities for Chicago’s elite and trendy. It is destined to be on par with International Jazz Festivals hosted around the world.  “Pearl Fest Jazz Festival” will feature an eclectic mix of nationally acclaimed Jazz and R&B artists; Oleta Adams, Jaguar Wright, Jose James and special surprise guests led by Music Director and two-time Grammy winner Terri Lyne Carrington with her Mosaic Project.

“Pearl Fest Jazz Festival” is brought to you by Miller Coors, Southwest Airlines and the Chicago Park District.


There are three enjoyment levels during Pearl Fest: General Preferred Seating, Black:unplugged Member Promotion or VIP Cabana Experience.

General Preferred Seating ($20) entitles you to preferred lawn seating at the park and access to food vendors and the Miller Beer Garden.

VIP Experience - Black:unplugged Member Promotion ($125 Final Week Special) entitles you an annual membership, access to the Black:unplugged VIP tent, food and beer/wine bar powered by Miller Coors.

VIP Cabana Experience ($500 Limited Quantity)  entitles you to a shared VIP private cabana, VIP tent access, bottle service and private wait staff, complimentary 5 course tasting menu, open bar, swag bag, meet & greet with the artists and one raffle ticket for a chance to win a round trip ticket on Southwest Airlines. 



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Summer 2013

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Fall 2012