July 27, 2024
Eugene Williams Memorial Marker
125 Fort Dearborn Drive
Chicago, IL 60616

Sunset 1919 is an annual community Art ritual performed in honor of Eugene Williams, a Black teenager who was killed for crossing an imaginary racial line on the waves of Mishigami (from Ojibwa “Great Water”). Sunset 1919 was first curated and coordinated in 2020 by Ensemble Member and Creative Producer Kareem Bandealy and Ensemble Member and Mellon Playwright in Residence J. Nicole Brooks and it offers a communal moment to acknowledge our Indigenous roots and for Black artists to merge Movement, Music, and Word in a free, spirit-guided ritual. 

This ritual is free and all are welcome to attend.





Lookingglass Artists

Lookingglass is an ensemble based company, with a dedicated group of artists composing its roster of Ensemble Members, Artistic Associates, and Teaching Artists

Ensemble Member
Ensemble Member


Watch the Sunset 1919 short film from 2020

About Sunset 1919


Getting There & Parking

The site is accessible by foot, chair, bike, motor vehicle, and public transportation. It is located roughly .3mi north (along the Lakefront Trail) of the 31st Street Beach main entrance. If driving, paid parking is available at the site location in the lot between Fort Dearborn Drive and the Lakefront trail (accessible by turning north from 31st Street). Paid garage parking is also available at 31st Street Beach (from which attendees would walk/wheel approximately .5mi northward on the Lakefront Trail to reach the site). Cyclists can access the site by biking the Lakefront Trail to roughly 2900 S, however there are no bike racks in the immediate vicinity. If arriving by CTA, disembark at Rhodes & 31st on the #31 bus and walk/wheel (.7mi) east to 31st Street Beach and north along the Lakefront Trail to the site, or disembark at King & 31st on #3 bus and walk/wheel (.9mi) east to 31st Street Beach and north along the Lakefront Trail.


Learn More


This project was made possible through a grant from 3Arts and donors to 3AP (3Arts Projects). This grant makes it possible for us to:

  • hire an artist to create a permanent mural in the space
  • raise the pay for all artist-participants
  • place an ADA-accessible portable restroom at the site
  • hire a shuttle service to transport participants and make Eugene Williams Memorial Square accessible to all

Thank you for your support!


Community Partners

Englewood Arts Collective, Firebird Community Arts, Organic Oneness, CRR-19, First Nations Garden, Read and Run Chicago