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Published January 25, 2024

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, we 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.

The Ultimate List of Black-Owned Businesses in Chicago


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.

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


Soul Veg City

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


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.

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


Justice of the Pies

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

Where: 65 Chicago Riverwalk, Chicago, IL 60601



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



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



[TEMPORARILY CLOSED] 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: New location TBD



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

[TEMPORARILY CLOSED] 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



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

Where: 717 W Maxwell St, Chicago, IL 60607



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



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


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



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


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


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



Frogtown Juice

Small batch juices that are made locally in Chicago.

Where: 324 N Leavitt St, Chicago, IL 60612


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. 


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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