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Published February 2, 2023

70 Black-Owned Businesses and Restaurants in Chicago

A comprehensive list of Black-owned businesses to eat, shop, and support across Chicago.

by Chicago Bucket List

 

Black residents make up approximately 29% of Chicago's population, and Black-owned businesses add to the rich cultural diversity of the city's landscape. Through art, cuisine, museums, shops, and more, Black businesses represent the unique cultures and heritages of Caribbean countries, nations in Africa, the American South, and more.

From longstanding institutions to new pop-ups, Black-owned businesses are an integral part of the fabric of the city. We've rounded up the ultimate list of Black-owned restaurants, bars, boutiques, and shops to support throughout the greater Chicagoland area today, tomorrow, next month, and beyond.

 

SOUTH SIDE

FriiStyle

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. 

Where: 5059 S Prairie Ave, Chicago, IL 60615

 

Truth Italian Restaurant

Easygoing locale offering Italian fare and cocktails in an intimate, warm-colored setting.

Where: 56 E Pershing Rd, Chicago, IL 60653

 

Ain’t She Sweet Cafe

Casual, cozy eatery offering counter-serve sandwiches, smoothies, and house-baked desserts.

Where:
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 and custom cakes.

Where: 328 E 75th St, Chicago, IL 60619

 

Garifuna Flava

Local cafe featuring Caribbean and Latin fare plus a full bar in an unpretentious setting.

Where: 2518 W 63rd St, Chicago, IL 60629

 

Original Soul Vegetarian Kitchen

Vegetarian and vegan soul food, plus a juice bar in a casual storefront space with local art.

Where: 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.

Where: 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. 

Where: 1802 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

 

Sip and Savor Coffee

A roomy coffeehouse offering carefully sourced cups, light bites, and pastries, plus coffee by the pound.

Where:
528 E 43rd St, Chicago, IL 60653
5301 S Hyde Park Blvd, Chicago, IL 60615

 

Can’t Believe It’s Not Meat

A modern and flavorful to-go flexitarian, transitioning vegan/vegetarian restaurant.

Where: 1368 E 53rd St, Chicago, IL 60615

 

Virtue Restaurant

Hearty Southern cooking paired with wines and cocktails in funky-chic quarters with an open kitchen.

Where: 1462 E 53rd St, Chicago, IL 60615

 

Cleo’s Southern Cuisine

The menu changes daily, but you’ll find consistent staples like fried chicken and waffles, Creole shrimp and grits, mac and cheese, pineapple candied sweet potatoes, collard greens, and sauteed spinach. 

Where: 4248 S Cottage Grove Ave, Chicago, IL 60653

 

Eméché Cakery & Cafe

The product offerings include dessert jars and a variety of pastries, including vegan options and desserts infused with alcohol!

Where: 3453 S Prairie Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

 

Kilwin’s

Old-fashioned confectionery chain selling chocolates, ice cream, handmade sweets, and gift baskets.

Where: 5226 S Harper Ave, Chicago, IL 60615

 

Doughboy’s Chicago

Home of the world-famous, must-try “SPAGHEDOUH,” as well as calzones and crepes galore. 

Where: 352 E 71ST Street, South Side IL

 

Windy City Ribs & Whiskey

A straightforward BBQ joint with ribs, sides, and whiskey.

Where: 67 East Cermak Road, Chicago, Illinois 60616

 

Boxville

A thriving marking built from shipping containers that provides space for the community to gather as well as a venue for cultural celebrations and programming.

Where: 330 E 51st St, Chicago, IL 60615

 

Silver Room

A carefully curated showroom featuring an eclectic collection of home goods, jewelry, art, books, and more.

Where: 1506 E. 53rd St., Chicago, IL 60615

 

Essential Elements Chicago

Unique apparel boutique featuring one-of-a-kind designs.

Where: 1640 E. 87th St., Chicago, IL 60617

 

Haji Healing

A vibrant social wellness enterprise offering classes and services designed to support healing and wellness.

Where: 4448 S Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL

 

South Chicago Dance Theatre

A multicultural organization seamlessly fusing classical and contemporary dance styles as well as preserving historic dance work.

Where: 5728 S. Blackstone Ave., Chicago, IL 60637

 

Gallery Guichard

A gallery that gives emerging, underrepresented talent and mid-career artists an opportunity to develop their imagination and creativity.

Where: 436 E. 47th St., Chicago, IL 60653

 

The DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center

The nation’s first independent museum dedicated to the collection, preservation and study of the history and culture of Africans and Americans of African descent featuring art exhibits, concerts, films, and more.

Where: 740 E. 56th Pl., Chicago IL 60637

 

eta Creative Arts Foundation

A Chicago cultural resource institution for the preservation, perpetuation, and promulgation of African American aesthetic by providing professional opportunities in the arts.

Where: 7558 S South Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60619

 

Turner Haus Brewery

A microbrewery focusing on creating a fun, welcoming environment for craft beer enthusiasts and homebrewers alike.

Where: 78 E 47th St, Chicago, IL

 

Majani Soulful Vegan Cuisine

A fast-casual vegan restaurant serving plant-based southern cuisine.

Where: 7167 S Exchange Ave, Chicago, IL 60649

 

Southside Grinds

A mobile espresso bar specializing in coffee roasting and beverage catering, working to fill the caffeination gaps within the city’s South Side.

Where: Various locations.

 

Carver47 Food & Wellness Market

A casual cafe with a well-crafted menu of healthy and soulful offerings featuring a funky greenhouse bar, art gallery, farm table, and outdoor garden.

Where: 1050 E 47th St, Chicago, IL 60653

 

WEST SIDE

Ina Mae Tavern

Funky outpost with a New Orleans vibe, chef-driven fare, live music, and specialty retail products.

Where: 1415 N Wood St, Chicago, IL 60622

 

Eleven | Eleven

The high-style setting for New American fare with global flavors, wine pairings, cocktails, and happy hour.

Where: 1111 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60607

 

Phlavz

Vibey joint In University Village, specializing in jerk chicken-themed foods.

Where: 717 W Maxwell St, Chicago, IL 60607

 

Soulé

Cozy option for modern soul and Creole cooking with BYOB beverages in a casual, modern setting.

Where: 1931 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

 

Taste 222

Stylish spot offering New American breakfast, lunch & dinner with cocktails & nonalcoholic drinks.

Where: 222 N Canal St, Chicago, IL 60606


Jerky Jerk

Classic jerk dishes, vegetarian options, and CBD smoothies are served in simple, spacious quarters.

Where: 2253 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60612

 

Tesfa Ethiopian Cuisine

A family-run place offering classic Ethiopian specialties in a warm, low-key atmosphere.

Where: 1023 W Wilson Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

 

J Spice

Found in Politan Row, J Spice serves up Caribbean cuisine with an unmatched flavor.

Where: 111 N Aberdeen St, Chicago, IL 60607

 

Frontier Chicago

Game, oysters, and tap brews are served in a stylish lodge space with TVs, a fireplace, and a beer garden.

Where: 1072 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

 

The Delta

Tamales and southern fare are served with unique house cocktails in this snazzy spot.

Where: 1072 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

 

Plant Salon

A lush, calming boutique selling beauty and skincare products alongside plants.

Where: 957 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

 

Eb & Flow Yoga Studio

A yoga studio offering classes for all levels and abilities, including in-person and online options.

Where: 2125 W North Ave, 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60622

 

The Soul Food Lounge

A global soul food restaurant featuring comfort food from around the world, including Italian, American, Mexican, and Asian cuisines.

Where: 3804 W 16th St, Chicago, IL 60623

 

NORTH SIDE

Semicolon Chi

Chicago's only black woman-owned bookstore and gallery space.

Where: 515 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60642

 

The Long Room

Relaxed bar and coffeehouse with a large, rotating list of beers, a photo booth, and a back patio.

Where: 1612 Irving Park Rd #1, Chicago, IL 60613

 

Batter and Berries

Bright cafe with creative pancakes, omelets, and other breakfast eats, plus sandwiches and lunch fare.

Where: 2748 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

 

Demera Ethiopian

Casual Ethiopian eatery with shared plates, house-roasted coffee, and traditional music on weekends.

Where: 4801 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640

 

Ras Dashen Ethiopia

A casual spot featuring a traditional Ethiopian menu with both meat and vegetarian options, along with a full bar.

Where: 5846 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60660

 

Urbane Blades

Chicago’s premiere barbershop.

Where: 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.

Where: 4609 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

 

Ethiopian Diamond

Casual restaurant and bar featuring Ethiopian stews (both meat and veggie) and weekly live music.

Where: 6120 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60660

 

Bettie Lou’s

Unfussy option for American soul food with Caribbean and global influences, including brunch.

Where: 5633 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60660

 

BULSHO Restaurant

A variety of East African and Somali dishes with Italian and Middle Eastern twists.

Where: 211 W Walton St, Chicago, IL 60610

 

Kitchen + Kocktails

Dynamic comfort food restaurant serving up Southern classics with a twist.

Where: 444 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

 

Black Ensemble Theater

A theater whose mission is to eradicate racism through educational outreach, black playwright development, and community access programs. 

Where: 4450 N. Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640

 

Soul & Smoke

A BBQ joint featuring expertly smoked meats and decadent sides.

Where: 3057 N Rockwell St, Chicago, IL 60618

 

LOOP

Sweet Maple Cafe

Try the delectable homemade “Sweet Milk Biscuits” or “Not-So-Plain Buttermilk Pancakes,” served with pure Vermont maple syrup. 

Where: 1339 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607

 

Kathryn’s Soul

Southern comfort food combo with shrimp and jerk chicken pasta dishes served with love.

Where: 131 N Clinton St, Chicago, IL 60661

 

Cheezcake Boutique

A bakery that specializes in signature cheesecake cupcakes.

Where: 520 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

 

Nutrition and Beyond, LLC

Expert nutrition consultation for weight loss, diabetes, keto, vegan and gluten-free diets, and much more.

Where: 1136 S Delano Ct B201, Chicago, IL 60605

 

360 Mind Body Soul

A group fitness gym offering three fitness floors, including a barre, cycle, and functional training studio with over ten certified fitness Instructors.

Where: 2930 S Michigan #108, Chicago, IL 60616

 

The Chicago Mahogany Tours

A company offering tours dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of the rich history and culture of the city of Chicago.

Where: 67 E. Madison, Chicago, IL 60603

 

ONLINE BUSINESSES

Frogtown Juice

Small batch juices that are made locally in Chicago.

Where: 324 N Leavitt St, Chicago, IL 60612

 

Justice of the Pies

A Chicago-based bakery specializing in sweet and savory pies, quiches, and tarts.

Where: 65 Chicago Riverwalk, Chicago, IL 60601

 

Soap Distillery

Cocktail-inspired goods with home, bath, and body goods. 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 that makes hand-crafted organic body products. 

 

An Orange Moon

Hip vintage interior furnishings and design center featuring vintage furniture, danish modern aesthetics, antiques, and curiosities.

 

Jon Basíl Tequila

100% De Agave Azul tequila that was born in Jalisco, and raised in Chicago.

 

Goldkissed Essentials

Inclusive, vegan skincare products made with love and care.

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