Blue Island is a city in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The population was 22,556 at the 2010 census.
Blue Island is so named because it is situated on the south end of a glacial moraine that was once an island when Lake Chicago covered the surrounding area thousands of years ago at the end of the last ice age.
A closer connection between Blue Island and the music world has been made by several individuals. On December 26, 1937 resident La Julia Elizabeth Rhea (1908—1992) broke the color barrier by being the first black woman to sing the title role in Giuseppe Verdi's Aida with the Chicago Civic Opera.
Chicago Tribune drama critic Cecil Smith was there and made this assessment "...A musical event without parallel in grand opera in America took place at the Civic Opera House last night when two colored singers, La Julia Rhea and William Franklin, sang the Ethiopian roles of Aida and Amonasro in a special performance of Aida ... Both singers won a goodly success and were warmly applauded." On August 29, 1941 the two reprised their roles for the inaugural performance of the National Negro Opera Company, for which the music critic for the Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph wrote "...“We have rarely heard so impressive a chorus in all [our] opera experience”. During her career she appeared with the jazz and blues vocalist and actress Ethel Waters in a 1931 production of Rhapsody in Black, and toured in 1935 with a group of winners from the Major Bowes Amateur Hour.
Since its founding, the city has been an important commercial center in the south Cook County region, although its position in that respect has been eclipsed in recent years as other significant population centers developed around it and the region's commercial resources became spread over a wider area.
The median income for a household in the city was $47,872, and the average income for a household was $58,810.
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