50 Black-Owned Businesses and Restaurants In Chicago
50 Black-Owned Businesses and Restaurants In Chicago

50 Black-Owned Businesses and Restaurants In Chicago

Here are some local Chicago black-owned businesses you can support right now. ❤️

Published June 30, 2020

See below for 50 Black-owned businesses and restaurants throughout the greater Chicagoland area to support today, tomorrow, next week, month, and beyond.

South Side

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Dedicated entirely to Belgian fries, Friistyle serves up piles of crisp potatoes covered with decadent options, like chicken wings, roast lamb, jerk salmon filets, and Italian beef. 
5059 S Prairie Ave, Chicago, IL 60615

Truth Italian Restaurant

Easygoing locale offering Italian fare & cocktails in an intimate, warm-colored setting.
56 E Pershing Rd, Chicago, IL 60653

Ain’t She Sweet Cafe

Casual, cozy eatery offering counter-serve sandwiches, smoothies & house-baked desserts.
526 E 43rd St #2920, Chicago, IL 60653
9920 S Western Ave #1831, Chicago, IL 60643

Brown Sugar Bakery

Southern-style bakeshop specializing in traditional sweet treats & custom cakes.
328 E 75th St, Chicago, IL 60619

Garifuna Flava

Local cafe featuring Caribbean & Latin fare plus a full bar in an unpretentious setting.
2518 W 63rd St, Chicago, IL 60629

Original Soul Vegetarian Kitchen

Vegetarian/vegan Southern & soul food plus a juice bar in a casual storefront space with local art.
203 E 75th St, Chicago, IL 60619

The Soul Shack 

No-frills joint cooking up hearty Southern soul food in a casual, compact setting with takeout.
1368 E 53rd St, Chicago, IL 60615

TeaPotBrew Bakery

All desserts are baked fresh daily in small batches and features can vary depending on the day of the week. 
1802 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

Sip and Savor Coffee

Roomy coffeehouse offering carefully sourced cups, light bites & pastries, plus coffee by the pound.
528 E 43rd St, Chicago, IL 60653
5301 S Hyde Park Blvd, Chicago, IL 60615

Can’t Believe It’s Not Meat

A modern & flavorful To-Go Flexitarian, transitioning vegan/vegetarian restaurant
1368 E 53rd St, Chicago, IL 60615

Sir & Madame

A lifestyle brand and boutique for the Sir & Madame.
5225 S Harper Ct, Chicago, IL 60615

Virtue Restaurant

Hearty Southern cooking paired with wines & cocktails in funky-chic quarters with an open kitchen.
1462 E 53rd St, Chicago, IL 60615

Cleo’s Southern Cuisine

The menu changes daily, you’ll find some consistent staples like fried chicken and waffles, Creole shrimp and grits, mac and cheese, pineapple candied sweet potatoes, collard greens, and sauteed spinach. 
4248 S Cottage Grove Ave, Chicago, IL 60653

Eméché Cakery & Cafe

The product offerings include our dessert jars, a variety of pastries including vegan options. We wouldn’t be true to our name if we didn’t offer desserts infused will alcohol as well!
3453 S Prairie Ave, Chicago, IL 60616


Old-fashioned confectionery chain selling chocolates, ice cream, handmade sweets & gift baskets.
5226 S Harper Ave, Chicago, IL 60615

West Side

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Ina Mae Tavern 

Funky outpost with a New Orleans vibe, chef-driven fare, live music & specialty retail products.
1415 N Wood St, Chicago, IL 60622

Eleven | Eleven

The high-style setting for New American fare with global flavors, wine pairings, cocktails & happy hour.
1111 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60607


In University Village specializing in jerk chicken-themed foods, grew out of a food truck.
717 W Maxwell St, Chicago, IL 60607


Cozy option for the modernized soul & Creole cooking with BYOB beverages in a casual, modern setting.
1931 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Taste 222

Stylish spot offering New American breakfast, lunch & dinner with cocktails & nonalcoholic drinks.
222 N Canal St, Chicago, IL 60606

Mr. Brown’s Lounge

Caribbean cooking & tropical drinks served in a sleek, casual setting with reggae album art & DJs.
81 E Wacker Pl, Chicago, IL 60601

Jerky Jerk 

Classic jerk dishes, vegetarian options & CBD smoothies served in simple, spacious quarters.
2253 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60612

Tesfa Ethiopian Cuisine

A family-run place offering classic Ethiopian specialties in a warm, low-key atmosphere.
1023 W Wilson Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

J Spice

Found in Politan Row, serving up Caribbean cuisine with an unmatched flavor.
111 N Aberdeen St, Chicago, IL 60607

Frontier Chicago

Game, oysters & tap brews are served in a stylish lodge space with TVs, a fireplace & a beer garden.
1072 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

North Side 

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Semicolon Chi

Chicago's only black woman-owned bookstore and gallery space.
515 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60642

The Long Room

Relaxed bar & coffeehouse with a large, rotating list of beers, a photo booth & a back patio.
1612 Irving Park Rd #1, Chicago, IL 60613

Batter and Berries 

Bright cafe with creative pancakes, omelets & other breakfast eats plus sandwiches & lunch fare too.
2748 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

Demera Ethiopian

Casual Ethiopian eatery with shared plates, house-roasted coffee & traditional music on weekends.
4801 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640

Urban Grill

Easygoing option for chicken wings, fried shrimp & catfish, sandwiches & burgers from a counter.
1132 W Wilson Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

Ras Dashen Ethiopia

Casual spot featuring a traditional Ethiopian menu with both meat & vegetarian options & a full bar.
5846 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60660

Urbane Blades

Chicago’s premiere barbershop.
948 N Orleans St, Chicago, IL 60610

Luella’s Southern Kitchen

Traditional Southern favorites are served in a simple storefront space with a BYOB policy.
4609 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

Ethiopian Diamond

Casual restaurant & bar featuring Ethiopian stews (both meat & veggie) & weekly live music.
6120 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60660

Bettie Lou’s

Unfussy option for American soul food with Caribbean & global influences including brunch.
5633 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60660


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Sweet Maple Cafe

Try the delectable homemade “sweet milk biscuits” or “Not-So-Plain Buttermilk Pancakes,” served with pure Vermont maple syrup. 
1339 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607

Coco’s Deep Fried Lobster

Cozy counter-serve stop with Southern soul food options such as fried seafood, chicken & cornbread.
426 S Clark St, Chicago, IL 60605

Grail Cafe

Creative cafe eats & coffee all day in an intimate storefront space with a classic tin ceiling.
715 S Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60605

Powerhouse Restaurant

Authentic African food cooked fresh.
2113 S State St, Chicago, IL 60616

Online And Local Businesses

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Soap Distillery

Cocktail Inspired Goods for the badass. Also, their branding is hilarious. Perfect for a present to yourself or a loved one. 

Mango Moi

We create high-quality vegan products while educating the importance of self-empowerment through self-care. 

Rose Blossom

Urban Chicago florist with upscale fresh flower decor. 

DWA- Depart with Art

A small business based in Chicago creating hand-crafted organic body products with love. 

An Orange Moon

Hip vintage interior furnishings & design center. Vintage Furniture, Danish Modern, Antiques & Curiosities.

Justice of the Pies

A Chicago-based bakery that specializes in sweet and savory pies, quiches and tarts

The Alter

Series of pop-up classes, events, and workshop experience to connect more deeply to ourselves. Curated experiences to connect, transform, and ascend.

Frogtown Juice

Small batch juices that are made locally in Chicago. ⠀

Mad Moisture Beauty

A plant-powered skincare and wellness brand founded to help women reconnect to their glow within.

Jon Basíl Tequila

100% De Agave Azul. Tequila that was born in Jalisco. Raised in Chicago.

Goldkissed Essentials 

Vegan Skincare Products. Made with love and care for all skin types. Handmade in Illinois

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