Show some love to these Chicago Black-owned businesses

Written by: Laura Baginski

Black-owned businesses in Chicago

Looking for a special gift or just a treat for yourself? Check out this list of Black-owned businesses in the city (many of which offer delivery or curbside pickup), where you can get everything from cocktail-themed artisan soaps to kids' toys. 

Food & Drink

Batter & Berries: Breakfast/brunch/lunch spot in Lincoln Park

Berry Berry Sweets: Cakes, cupcakes and cake pop caterer

Bettie Lou’s: American cuisine in Andersonville

Brown Sugar Bakery: Cakes and cupcakes in Chatham

Chicago French Press: Coffee roaster that offers bean subscriptions and beans by the pound

The Common Cup: Coffee shop in Rogers Park

Demera: Ethiopian cuisine in Uptown

Dream Chef: Restaurant, catering, meal delivery in Tri-Taylor

Eleven | Eleven: American cuisine and to-go cocktails in West Loop

Ethiopian Diamond: Ethiopian cuisine in Edgewater

Friistyle: Belgian frites in Bronzeville

Frontier: Meat-focused restaurant in Bucktown

Fruve Express Juicery: Cold-pressed juice in Loop and South Loop

Gimme Some Sugah: Pies, cakes, cookies and more in South Shore

Good to Go Jamaican: Jamaican cuisine on Rogers Park/Evanston border

The Grail Cafe: Breakfast and lunch in South Loop

Ida’s Sweet Tooth: Cupcakes and sweets caterer

Ina Mae’s Tavern: New Orleans cuisine in Wicker Park

Justice of the Pies: Pies available in markets and some restaurants

Kilwin’s: Ice cream and sweets in Hyde Park

Kyoto Black: Coffee shop in Edgewater currently offering coffee bean delivery

Lem’s Bar-B-Q: Barbecue spot in Chatham

Life’s Sweet: Cafe in Rogers Park

Lizzy J: Catering, cafe and housemade iced tea in Ravenswood 

The Long Room: Bar/restaurant in Ravenswood currently offering to-go cocktails, beer and wine

Love Corkscrew: Wine delivery; also available in various retail locations

Luella’s Southern Kitchen: Soul food in Lincoln Square

Mr. Brown’s Lounge: Jamaican cuisine in West Town

Ms. T’s Southern Fried Chicken: Fried chicken and fish in Wrigleyville 

Pearl’s Place: Southern cuisine in Bronzeville

Rooh Chicago: Indian cuisine in West Loop

Shawn Michelle's: Ice cream shop in Bronzeville

Sip & Savor: Coffee shop in Bronzeville

Soule: Southern cuisine in West Town

Surf’s Up Avondale: Seafood and Southern food in Avondale

Sweet Maple Cafe: Breakfast/brunch in Little Italy/UIC

Taste 2 Go: American cuisine in West Loop

Taylor’s Tacos: Tacos for catering or pickup (Tuesdays only) in East Garfield Park

Teapot Brew Bakery: Tea and treats in Near South Side

Uncooked: Vegan restaurant in West Loop

Urban Grill: Burgers and sandwiches in Uptown

Virtue: Southern cuisine in Hyde Park


Clothes & Accessories

The Advocates: Online-only social activist T-shirts

A’nies Accents: Boutique in South Loop

Buttonsbyferrai: Etsy shop featuring custom and social activist buttons

Kido: Kids' toys and clothes in South Loop; online ordering available

Kiwi’s Boutique: Boutique in Tri-Taylor; online ordering available

Mimi’s Tot Closet: Shop for girls’ clothes in Auburn-Gresham; online ordering available

Love Peridot: Accessories shop in South Loop; online ordering available

Recycled Modern: Vintage, upcycled and handcrafted furniture and home decor shop in Lakeview

Reformed School: Etsy shop featuring humorous and social activism T-shirts and accessories

The Silver Room: Jewelry, accessories, clothes, gifts and more in Hyde Park; online ordering available

Sir & Madame: Fashion brand with a store in Hyde Park

Standout Style Boutique: Online-only clothes and accessories 


Beauty/Personal Care/Health

80th and May: Online-only shop featuring artisan soaps and bath salts

Blade and Bloom: Etsy shop featuring skin-care products

Bodi Shak: Group fitness gym in Uptown

Chatto: Natural hair- and skin-care products in West Loop; online ordering available

Depart with Art: Online-only shop featuring organic body products

Eb & Flow: Yoga studio in Bucktown; currently offering live online classes

Goldkissed Essentials: Online-only shop featuring handmade soaps

Karyn’s: Vegan restaurant, spa and health products; online ordering available

Mad Moisture Beauty: Online-only skincare products

Mango Moi: Online-only mango butter skin and hair products

Mind Body Defense: Kickboxing gym with private classes in Uptown

Pear Nova: Online-only vegan nail polish

Soap Distillery: Cocktail-inspired artisan soaps

Sweet Beginnings: Beekeeping social enterprise featuring honey and honey-based body care products; online ordering available

Black Owned Market: Online-only bath and body products

Urbane Blades: Men’s barbershop in Near North Side

Wholistic Skincare: Skincare salon in Clybourn Corridor; online ordering available


Books, Gifts & More

Helendora Samuels Picture Framing: Custom frame shop in Wicker Park

Rose Blossom Chicago: Online-only florist

Semicolon Chi: The only Black woman–owned bookstore in Chicago. Store in River West; online ordering available.

Thepairabirds: Etsy shop featuring illustrated artwork

Third Coast Comics: Comic and graphic novel shop in Rogers Park

This is not an exhaustive list, so we'd love to get your recommendations for awesome Black-owned businesses in Chicago. Tell us at


Posted on July 28, 2020 at 2:30 PM