17 Chicago spots to check out for Black-Owned Business Month

August is Black Business Month, a time to recognize, encourage and celebrate Black-owned businesses in our community and across the country. Appreciation Month was founded in 2004 by historian John William Templeton and engineer Frederick E. Jordan, Sr. The purpose was to bring attention to the needs of black entrepreneurs in hopes that an awareness and increased action would create a favorable environment for black businesses. be independent and grow.

The most direct way to support the diversity of Black-owned businesses here in Chicago is to shop, eat, and frequent the city’s wide array of establishments.

Here’s a sampling of Chicago businesses to visit during Black Business Month and beyond.

Black-owned restaurants

Chicago’s black-owned restaurants are making a vibrant contribution to the dining scene. There is a wide selection of bars, cafes and restaurants offering Southern, Caribbean, Creole, BBQ, Italian, seafood, steak and more in relaxed and refined settings.

Turner Haus Brewery is located inside the Sip & Savor in the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago. The microbrewery produces premium, high-gravity beers while paying homage to their ancestors, naming each beer after the women of the family.

Discover the reconstructions of the plant heritage of chefs Tsadakeeyah and Nasya Emmanuel at Majani Soulful Vegan Cuisine. You don’t have to be vegan to be impressed with their innovative array of tasty menu options.

South side grinds sells roasted and freshly brewed coffee through a mobile espresso bar and food service. Choose from coffee, tea, specialty drinks and pastries. Hope you grab a slice of their best-selling lemon cream cheese pound cake. It’s fantastic!

Demera Ethiopian Restaurant

Demera Ethiopian Restaurant in Uptown uses fresh, authentic, high-quality ingredients to produce dishes that are both vibrant and full of exotic flavors. The communal “family-style” meals, eaten by hand, and the Ethiopian hospitality experienced here have made Demera a favorite among the locals.

Carver47 Food and Wellness Market celebrates the legacy of agricultural scientist and inventor Dr. George Washington Carver. Enjoy a carefully curated menu including all-day breakfast, juices, smoothies, flatbreads, sandwiches, salads, baked goods and pastries.

One of Chicago’s most anticipated restaurant openings of 2021 was Cooking + Cocktails by Kevin Kelley. The River North restaurant focuses on well-prepared southern comfort food such as fried chicken, shrimp and grits, creative waffles, oxtails, greens and black-eyed peas.

Tipsy Pastry and Coffee in Bronzeville is known for its amazing handmade cheesecakes and other delicious sweets, sandwiches, salads and coffee. It’s a great place to start your day or pick up a box of your favorite treats.

Black-owned arts and theater venues

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

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

The Black History Museum and DuSable Education Center, established in 1961, is the country’s first independent museum celebrating African culture. Inside you will find special exhibitions, lectures, workshops and various collections of over 15,000 pieces and paintings.

Catch a play, comedy show or R&B concert with the eta Creative Arts Foundation.

Guichard Gallery
Guichard Gallery

Admire modern and contemporary works from a rotating mix of artists at Guichard Gallery in the Bronzeville district.

Enjoy a musical evening at Black Ensemble Theater. Recognized as one of the most diverse theaters in the country, the Black Ensemble Theater has been producing exceptional musicals since 1976.

South Chicago Dance Theater fuses classical and contemporary dance styles while preserving historical dance works. They will participate in the Night out in the parks concert series on August 18. Their website highlights additional opportunities to witness one of their phenomenal performances throughout the year.

Black-owned shops

There are plenty of black-owned stores, boutiques, wellness spaces, and more to seek out and support in Chicago.

Haji Healing salon in Bronzeville is a sanctuary specializing in intimate communal healing experiences. Plus, their apothecary shop offers herbs, plants, supplements, and other accessories for the healing lifestyle.

Buy unique and quality clothes on Chicago Essentials. Many of their sophisticated styles come from European destinations and independent designers.

Stop at Silver Room for a unique shopping experience. They have a fantastic assortment of books, apparel, accessories and more in this showcase section, gathering place, event space and art gallery.

Boxville in Bronzeville is Chicago’s premier shipping container marketplace providing community entrepreneurs with accessible spaces to build their businesses. The open-air market features art, music, food, and various businesses.

Semicolon Library
Semicolon Library

Semicolon Library is a black woman-owned bookstore and gallery. The welcoming space is perfect for lingering relaxed while discovering new and interesting reads.

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