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17 Chicago Spots to Check Out for Black-Owned Businesses

August is Black Business Month, a time to recognize, encourage, and celebrate black-owned businesses in our communities and across the nation. Awards Month was founded in his 2004 by historian John William Templeton and engineer Frederick E. Jordan Sr. The purpose was to draw attention to the needs of Black entrepreneurs and raise awareness and action in hopes of creating a favorable environment for Black businesses. gain strength and grow.

The most direct way to support the variety of black-owned businesses here in Chicago is by frequenting the various shopping, dining, and establishments around town.

Here are some examples of Chicago businesses visiting after Black Business Month.

black owned restaurant

Black-owned restaurants across Chicago contribute significantly to the food scene. A wide range of bars, cafes and restaurants showcase Southern, Caribbean, Creole, BBQ, Italian, seafood, steak and more in casual and upscale dining settings.

Turner House Brewery Located inside Sip & Savor in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood. The microbrewery names each beer after a woman in the family and pays tribute to their ancestors while producing premium high-gravity beers.

Experience the traditional plant-based recreation of chefs Tsadakeeyah and Nasya Emmanuel. Majani Soulful Vegan CuisineEven if you’re not vegan, you don’t have to be impressed with our innovative and delicious menu options.

south side grind We sell freshly roasted and brewed coffee through our mobile espresso bar and catering. Choose from coffee, tea, specialty drinks and pastries. Hopefully, you’ll get yourself a slice of the best-selling Lemon Cream Cheese Pound Cake.

Demera Ethiopian Restaurant

Demera Ethiopian Restaurant in Uptown serves vibrant and exotic cuisine using fresh, high quality and authentic ingredients. The communal ‘family-style’ home-cooked meals and Ethiopian hospitality experienced here make Demera a favorite with locals.

Carver47 Food and Wellness Market It honors agricultural scientist and inventor Dr. George Washington Carver. Enjoy a curated menu of all-day breakfasts, juices, smoothies, flatbreads, sandwiches, salads, baked goods and pastries.

One of the most highly anticipated Chicago restaurant openings for 2021 is kitchen + cocktail By Kevin Kelly. River North eateries focus on beautifully-presented Southern comfort food, including fried chicken, shrimp and grits, creative waffles, oxtails, greens, and cowpeas.

Emeshe Cakery and Cafe Located in Bronzeville, is known for its incredibly handcrafted cheesecakes and other delicious treats, sandwiches, salads, and coffee. A great place to start the day or grab a box of your favorite treats.

black-owned arts and theater

The creative spirit of Chicago’s black community is showcased in galleries, theaters, arts venues and cultural experiences throughout the city.

DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center
DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center

DuSable Black History Museum and Education CenterFounded in 1961, it is the first independent museum in the country to celebrate African culture. Inside, you’ll find special exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and a diverse collection of over 15,000 works and paintings.

Theater, comedy shows, R&B concerts eta creative arts foundation.

Gallery Guichard
Gallery Guichard

See modern and contemporary works by a rotating mix of artists Gallery Guichard Located in the Bronzeville area.

Enjoy a night of music at black ensemble theaterRecognized as one of the most diverse theaters in the country, the Black Ensemble Theater has been presenting outstanding musicals since 1976.

South Chicago Dance Theater Blending classical and contemporary dance styles while preserving historical dance productions.they participate in night out in the park Concert series on August 18th. Their website highlights additional opportunities to witness one of his incredible performances throughout the year.

Black owned store

Chicago has plenty of Black-owned shops, boutiques, wellness spaces, and more to find and support.

haji healing The Bronzeville Salon is a sanctuary dedicated to intimate community healing experiences.The Apothecary Shop also has herbs, botanicals, supplements, and other accessories for the healing lifestyle.

Shop for unique, quality fashion at Essential Elements ChicagoMuch of their sophisticated style comes from European destinations and indie designers.

stop by silver room For a unique shopping experience. With a large selection of bookstores, apparel and accessories, it is part store, meeting place, event space and art gallery.

box bill in Bronzeville is Chicago’s first shipping container marketplace, providing an accessible space for community entrepreneurs to build their businesses. The open-air market has art, music, food and a variety of businesses.

semicolon bookstore
semicolon bookstore

semicolon bookstore A bookstore and gallery space owned by a black woman. The cozy space is perfect for relaxing and lingering while checking out some interesting new reading material.