Chicago public housing high rises were internationally infamous, Now they are almost gone!



Come out and explore this issue with POOR PEOPLE MILLENNIUM MOVEMENT founder Ms. Beauty Turner.

A National Award winning writer and fighter for the people.

A tireless fighter and writer against injustice will take you behind the walls of public housing so that you can hear the residents who by far are the most valid voices concerning the impacts on their lives

While going through Chicago Housing Authority 1.6 Billions dollars Transformation PLan

Beauty Turner has received international fame with her "Ghetto Bus tours"

Greatest History Ever Told To Our People Bus Tours.

Every body on the planet has been telling our stories such as Professors, Sociologists, Academic, film makers,city officials, politicians, but the most valid voices that are being affected the most and that is the voice of the voiceless-The residents themselves. Learn from an expert! At the end of the tour you will visit Turners Ghetto Gallery which holds a unique display of photos, memories and artifacts.

Schedule your tour today! Call Ms. Turner@ (773) 297 - 5619 or (773)437-3894 or E-mail me at

About Me

Chicago, cook, Illinois, U.S. Outlying Islands
Beauty Turner lived in the Robert Taylor Homes, one of the nation's most infamous public housing high-rise for sixteen years . She once worked for RJ now serves as Assistant Editor, South Street Journal writing award-winning investigative articles and commentaries and co-directing the Advocacy and Outreach Initiative. Beauty is a well-known community activist as well as a regular columnist for the Hyde Park Herald and other community newspapers. For the last several years, Beauty has worked as a research assistant for Professor Sudhir Venkatesh, a sociologist at Columbia University. Beauty is now a National award winning Journalist recognized by her peers with the First New America Award of it kind by the National Society of Professional Journalists, also a Winner of a Studs Terkel, Peter Lisagor, Associated Press award, Chicago Association for Black Journalist award, Courageous voice award for her activism, Black Pearl award, Woman of the Century award, and a Shero award from the Empowerment Zone Committee. Turner has been feature on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, Tribune (773)297-5619

Beauty's Ghetto Bus Tours updated schedules

Beauty's Ghetto Bus Tours has been often imitated, but never duplicated.
Nothing is better than the original authenticity,which was created by (Ms. Beauty Turner for the voice of the voiceless!

"So if you are looking for the best-forget the rest!"
"You are here!"

Up-date-January 9th 2008 -Private tour -Sociology students/Professor
from LA California
from 2:00 until 4'30pm

January 16th-(Wed) from 9;30 until 12:30- (Confirmed- Highland Park High School Students)

On January 23th (Wed) there will be Documentary/ Discussion with Beauty/ Free food
at the Ghetto Gallery/ Demo King Studio located at 7911 South Evans,
from 1-until 3:30 pm (College students)" (confirmed) Chicago Center for Urban Life and Cultures. INC.

" Two Ghetto bus tours/Documentary/discussion at the Swift Mansion from 10:00am until 4:30 pm January 31,(Confirmed Young women leadership Charter School}

February 9th Ghetto Bus Tour from 10am until 1 pm- (confirmed Michael J Cunningham prominent Professor and his honor students from Lewis University joining Lewis University Students will be Chicago Center for Urban Life and Cultures. INC.

Febraury 15th Documentary/Discussion with Teacher Flavian Prince and The Harvard School of Excellence students- from 4 pm until 6:30 pm at the Ghetto Gallery (private section taping)

March 17th Ghetto Bus Tour (Cabrini Green Development) from 10-1 pm (Individual Tour everybody welcome)Prominent people came on this tour- from Evanston,Downer Grove,Hyde Park,Far Northside, Bronzeville-Prominent Professor/Author/Sociologist from Northwestern University Mary E. Pattillo - ,Emmanuel (Research student) Columbia University,Sharon (Research Student)Columbia University.

March 20th Ghetto Bus Tour- from 10-1 pm (confirmed Maryland University)not private, Siobhan a Freelance writer.

April 2, 08-(Wed) Ghetto Bus Tour 10-1 pm (Confirmed- Riverside Brookfield High School) Joining the Brookfield Students were Frank Desoer from CBS International Radio from Montreal(Quebec)Canada, National Award winnings Photographer Jon Lowenstein.

April 9, 08 ( Wed)Ghetto Bus Tour 10-1 pm (Confirmed- Riverside Brookfield High School)Private

April 18th, (Friday)Ghetto Bus Tour 10;30-1 pm ( Andrey Khomutov with Iowa State University Extension) From Turkey and Russia (Not private)

April 19th (Saturday) Ghetto Bus Tour-10-1 pm . Prominent individuals such as Stroger Hospital Nurse's Cordinator - Hattie Moore, Avery Moore, Dephen Reives,Deandre Reives,Attorney Tamara Holder from Operation Push, two of her friends,plus National award winning Journalist Brian Rogal.
Carolyn Hardy,Leon Hardy,Camaron Hardy,Kavon Hardy,Sharron Rieves,Patrice M. Curtice Poynter, Cutrice Marie Poynte.Latanya Turner (my beautiful daughter)
Joining the group will be Emma Scripps and the students For Human Rights from The University of Chicago

May 19, 08 Monday from 10-1pm Ghetto Bus Tour for Cabrini Green Development For Kim and Maria from Toronto Canada (Private)

May 21, Wed Ghetto Bus Tours from 10-1pm (private)Research Students from IIT

May 25,08 Sunday Ghetto Bus Tour-10 -1pm (Confirmed Washington Family) (Not private)flew down from Washington D.C.along with a few UIC students, a young woman from Germany.

May 31th Saturday From 10-1 pm-Ghetto Bus Tour ( Confirmed Chicago Center for Urban Life- College students from all over the world)not private.

June 1,Sunday Ghetto Bus 10- 1 pm Tour-University of Chicago College Students ( not private)
Famous "Richard Magee"

June 3, Tuesday 2-5pm Ghetto Bus Tours-German Media Research Reporters Mr.Thomas Sprang Mr. Uwe Schmitt,(private)

June 9, Monday at 9:00am- "Breafast with Beauty" {coffee,tea and me}Documentary discussion at the Bronzeville coffee shop located at 528 East 43rd street (Confirmed Harold Washington College students)

June 20, Friday -Poor People Millennium Movement sponsering {Blaze the Runway)
at 9pm- At the Charle Hayes Center- 4859 South Wabash.
"Come out and support the movement!"

June 21, Saturday 10-1 pm Ghetto Bus Tour-Chicago Center for Urban College students

July 24, Thursday 2:30-5pm Ghetto Bus Tour- Reporter and Camera crew from the Washington Post (private)

July 26, Saturday 10-1 pm- Ghetto Bus Tour -Chicago Center for Urban College students (not private)

August 1, Friday 10-1 pm Ghetto Bus Tour - Bob Meley & his wife Linda Meley (not private)

August 2,Saturday 1-3 pm -Ghettosbuster tour for Goodman theatre Bosnian director, Aida Karic-and Actors (Private)

August 25,Monday-10-1pm Ghetto Bus Tour- Ph.D. student's
Graduate Program in Visual and Cultural Studies
University of Rochester (Not private)

August 26, Tuesday Ghetto Bus Tour 12:00-3pm (not private) Confirmed Lake Forest College

Sept 7, Sunday Ghetto Bus Tour 12:00-3pm (not private) (25) students Confirmed Chicago Center.

Sept 13,Saturday Two Ghetto Bus Tours first group-9 am-11:30am
second group-1-3:30 pm (102) students and Professors Northwestern University
Afterward a picnic and discussion in Washington Park )Joining both tours was KC Ortiz,and Associate a photographer for Swindle magazine, a bi monthly arts and culture magazine,

Oct 1, Wed--10-1pm Ghetto Bus Tour-Confirmed-Riverside Brookfield High School

Oct 22,Wed-10-1pm Ghetto Bus Tour- Confirmed-Chicago Center for Urban College students joining them will be IIT Research students (not private)

Oct 23, Thursday- Beauty's speaking engagement-at Chicago public housing Lathrop Homes at 4-6pm

Oct 24-25, Friday- Saturday- Beauty's Ghetto Bus Tour from 11:00 -1pm -Confirmed Prominent award winning photographer Jon Lowenstien and a prominent French Reporter Regis Le Sommier
Bureau Chief Paris Match. (private) in Altgeld Gardens

Nov 3,Monday 3pm -5:30pm Ghetto Bus Tour- Confirmed- Philippe Gelie: French reporter with Le Figaro (France's leading daily) based in Washington DC Linsey Edquist and associate (not private) ZDF Kathrin Klöpfer German journalist reporting for the website of ZDF German television Serge Mousson is working for french tv M6 and specially for the news magazine programme 66 minutes . Michel VAGNER L' 'Est républicain French journalist from the town of Nancy (east of France) Elizabeth Lewis and friends.

Nov 11, Tuesday 10-1pm Ghetto Bus Tour-Confirmed- Depaul University Group (Private)

Nov 12, Wed- 10-1pm- Ghetto Bus Tour- Confirmed Consulate of South Africa
Ambassador Pearl Nomvume Magaqa,(private)

November 19- Wed-10-1pm- Margaret A reporter from National Geographic Traveler

December 6, Saturday- 10-1pm-Confirmed- Prominent Artist -Jason Pallas and company (not private)

December 10, Wed- 10-1pm Confirmed- GhettoBuster tour Goodman Theatre playwright, kia corthron and Associates. (Not private)

There's still time to book your tour/documentary/discussion/ event for February-March-April- May-June -July-August -September,October-November-December.
Any day of the week or weekends.

"Every body I spoke to after the tours told me that they loved the tours, they learned a lot and they commended me for bringing it to an international light!" -

The Beauty's Ghetto Bus tours, have became"very popular" People that came on the tours, learned from the residents, what it is like to live though this city 1.6 billion dollars Relocation, Plan for Transformation. ( The city is moving ten of thousands of low income people out of public housings, all throughout the city-into the so-called mixed income housings-come out and learn for yourself about the criterias that keeps many of them from returning back once the places are redevelope) 25,000 apartments in public housings being demolished-25,000 units due to come back, but guess what, not all will be public housings. Learn from the voice of the voiceless where they are going.
Many of the people that came on the tours, also got to see with their own eyes what is (really) taking place here in our city with the poor.
They witness, the good, the bad and the ugly as well as the Beauty of what is happening here on a global scale.
What happens here in Chicago will happen all the way around the world!
"We are the expriemental city!!!!!"

So guess what "it's still time" for you to "get on" the Ghetto Bus with us and learn the truth from the real experts,about the plan for Transformation.
Only the residents can tell you what they are going through!!!

Call me at 1-773-297-5619
or leave a message on 1-773-437-3894
e-mail me at

Chicago is the expriemental ground for what ever going
to happen in public housing around the world.

Come get on the bus and learn the truth from us!


Beauty Turner said...

we absolutely enjoyed the tour on Sunday and had a great weekend in Chicago! Thanks for sharing your insights into the community which for us was a unique and unforgetable experience. We'll send you some photos in due course.
Best wishes,
Thomas and family

Beauty Turner said...

Comments from the Beachwood Reporter.

* Beauty Turner is a former reporter and assistant editor at Residents' Journal who is a joy and an inspiration. Turner was featured in a front-page Wall Street Journal article about RJ, and has a world of insight to spill about how reporters for the dailies do - or don't do - their jobs. She had the vision, instincts, and street smarts to see where the CHA was heading, producing the questions that her daily competitors should have been asking.

Beauty Turner said...

Hello Beauty and Ron,
It was great meeting everyone last Saturday. Maria and I both feel we had a life altering experience resulting from the tour. Thank you both for sharing your kindness, memories and connections.
Maria and I plan to come back to Chicago next May 24 weekend 2008. Definitely we want to see Cabrini Green and hear the latest developments.
Best, Kim
Ps if you ever come my way, please let me know.... until we speak again.

Beauty Turner said...

Dear Beauty,
I just wanted to once again thank you for the bus tour. I admire your commitment to the values of community living and the diligence with which you pursue and distribute the stories of those too often unheard. Your bus tour reflects the fundamental belief that raising awareness is a critical step to enacting change.
Someone once told me that the problem with the study of history is that it is told by its victors - those who have benefited from the course of history and have lived to tell its story. But, as you and I both know, this provides a shallow image of the past. The bus tour and your grassroots reporting efforts, will hopefully function to counteract that trend, and provide a richer, more accurate image of the history of Chicago. Sherry Williams, a woman with remarkably overlapping goals as yourself, is fighting to preserve the history of Bronzeville much like you are. She's a real force and a wonderful woman, and I think you too would find much to talk about. Her e-mail address is
Additionally, I am very interested in helping to put together a packet to be distributed with your bus tour. After experiencing your tour on Saturday, I walked away with a better understanding of the issues that are most important in this city as well as an interest in helping you make the tour the best that it can be.


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Cecilia Tyson said...
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Cecilia Tyson said...

This tour sounds so interesting! My husband and I love to go on bus tours. We recently traveled to Australia because it has always been a dream of ours to go, and we did the Blue Mountains Day Tours
, which we loved. There was so much cool stuff to see! Thanks for sharing!

latanya taylor said...

Unfortunately Cecilia Tyson, my mother, Ms. Beauty Turner, the writer for this blog has passed away on 12/18/08.

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