Black Owned Businesses in Chicago (Either I know these businesses personally,* or they have been recommended... by you! Thanks!)
*The Walker Group, LLC (TWG) - a Certified Public Account & Consulting firm that concentrates primarily on performing audits for not-for-profit organizations, local governments and municipalities, and entities regulated by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Services: Auditing; Accounting; Management Consulting; and Business Information Systems. "We Promote Efficiency Within Your Business" TWG - 1431 Huntington Drive Calumet City, IL 60409 (in the rear of the Gareda Building, River Oaks West Business Park) firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com www.thewalkergroupllc.com (708) 868-2545
*Kilimanjaro International - 1305 E 53rd St. b/t Kimbark Ave & Kenwood Ave in Hyde Park (773) 324-4860 http://oneofakindafrica.com/
*The Woodshop Art Gallery (Since 1974) - 441 E. 75th St. 773-994-6666 a custom cabinet shop, a custom framing shop and a nationally renowned art gallery which specializes in art by African American, African and Caribbean artists. www.thewoodshop441.net
*Fletcher's One Stop Records - Your one stop shop for CD's, records, and tapes. Also carries some films and will order what they don't carry. 457 E. 75th St. (773) 874-4484
Clothing / Jewelry
*Cannon's T-Shirts & More - 347 E. 75th St. - T-shirts, custom t-shirts, socks, hats, jewelry, etc. (872) 303-3644
*Curtis Enterprise - 321 W 79th St. (773) 487-3900 "Your best source for custom printed shirts." Curtis Enterprise also offers a wide selection of empowerment shirts." http://curtisenterprise.com/
*Essential Elements - 1640 E. 87th St. (773) 978-1200 - Essential Elements Chicago is an upscale shopping experience nestled on Chicago’s south-east side, near beautiful Lake Michigan. http://essentialelementschicago.com/
*Fort Smith Designer and Clothing Boutique 1007 E 43rd St. (773) 268-8200
*Kayra Imports, 1643 E. 87th St. (773) 768-3003; 101 E. 53rd (773) 363-5280; 706 E. 83rd St. (773) 488-4123 www.kayraimports.com
*Kilimanjaro International - 1305 E 53rd St.b/t Kimbark Ave & Kenwood Ave in Hyde Park (773) 324-4860 http://oneofakindafrica.com/
Legacy Men’s Boutique - 107 E. 47th Street, Chicago, and store hours are Monday-Saturday 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Sundays are by appointment. For more information call 872-228-1871
*Maxine's Boutique - 1613 E. 87th St. (773) 221-8308; Lincoln Mall, 257 Lincoln Mall Dr., Matteson, IL 60443 (708) 503-6293 www.maxinesboutiques.com
*Sarah Kuenyefu Collection - 1510 E 63rd St. Between S Blackstone Ave and S Park Shore East Ct/S Harper Ave in Woodlawn (773) 324-6858 http://skccollection.com/
*The Goree Shop, African Specialty Import Boutique - 1122 E 47th St. in Bronzeville. African fashions, alterations, fabric and jewelry. (773) 285-1895.
Wesley's Shoes - "Shoes of Distinction for the Entire Family." - 1506 E. 55th, Hyde Park Shopping Center, (773) 667-7463 www.wesleyshoes.com
Eateries / Restaurants: See more at: http://beansouptimes.com/five-amazing-black-owned-bakeries-in-chicago-area/#sthash.HX14OxWW.dxQg9dBE.dpuf
Abundance Bakery - has been serving Chicago’s Bronzeville community since the 1990s. Owned by William Ball, the bakery has built a strong following and reputation for great morning treats which include huge, bigger-than-your-hand apple fritters and upside down caramel cupcakes. 105 E 47th St. Chicago, IL, 773-373-1971.
*Ain't She Sweet Cafe - 526 E. 43rd St. (773) 373-3530. Yummy sandwiches, wraps, soups, salads, shakes, smoothies, and desserts! Open: Monday - Friday 10am - 6pm, Saturday 11am - 6pm http://www.aintshesweetcafe.com/
Akhirah's Praline Candy & Coffee House - 1845 S. State Street, Chicago, Illinois 60616 - www.facebook.com/Akhirahs
*Angelica’s Bakery - 1517 East 87th Street in Chicago (773) 933-0400, 17535 South Kedzie, Hazel Crest, Il 60429 (708)206-0970. Delicious treats can be ordered online, in her shops and at select retail stores. http://angelicas-bakery.com/
*Bistro in a Bag - Home delivered meal program: 3 entrees, side dishes, salad and dessert. (312) 560-9643 https://www.facebook.com/bistroinabag
*Brown Sugar Bakery - 328 E 75th St(773) 224-6262 brownsugarbakerychicago.com/
*Chicago Wingz Around the World - 557 E 75th St, Chicago 60619 (Btwn S St Lawrence & S Rhodes Ave) (773) 952-4795
Dan's Soul Food and Cafe, 2523 W. 79th St. (773) 737-6695 https://danschicagosbest.com/
*Dat Donuts - "Too good to dunk!" - 8251 S. Cottage Grove Chicago, IL. 60619773-723-1002. Open 24 hours. Closed Sunday at 5pm - http://www.datdonut.com
Eat Moore Cakes - Specializes in custom made–to-order designer cakes for all occasions, with 24-hour online ordering and quick email response. Eat Moore Cakes – 937 S. Hamilton Lockport, IL, Call 888-713-2176.
FAABE Cupcakes (pronounced FAB, as in fabulous) - is a cupcake shop and bakery offering handcrafted baked goods from the finest ingredients including sweet cream butter, bittersweet Belgian chocolate, real vanilla, fresh bananas, sweet potatoes and carrots, real strawberries and natural citrus zests ran by Kenya Posley, its founder and pastry chef. T FAABE Cupcakes - 514 East 162nd Street South Holland, IL, (708) 589-4601.
*Ja' Grill Hyde Park - 1510 East Harper Court 773-752-5375 (JERK) www.jagrill.com
Karyn's - http://www.karynraw.com/ *Karyn's Raw Cafe & Juice Bar /Karyn's Raw Bistro - 1901 N. Halsted Ave. 312-255-1590 Karyn's Cooked - 738 North Wells Street 312-587-1050 Karyn's On Green - 130 South Green 312-226-6155
Luella’s Southern Kitchen - 4609 N. Lincoln Ave. (Chicago’s Lincoln Square) is a casual independent restaurant owned by Chef Darnell Reed. Luella’s serves lunch and dinner Tuesday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Weekend brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday; dinner is served until 10 p.m. on Saturday and 8 p.m. on Sunday. All major cards are accepted. Luella’s is a BYOB establishment; no corkage fee is charged. Takeout and delivery service are available. (773) 961-8196 www.luellassouthernkitchen.com.
*Miller Pizza Co. - 17 W. 35th St. 773-855-2029. A big, yummy menu packed into a small space. www.millerpizza.com
*Norman's Bistro - 1001 East 43rd Street (at Ellis) 773 - 966 - 5821. Fine dining in an elegant / jazzy atmosphere with a charming host. Recognized by locals as one of the top restaurants in the Hyde Park and Kenwood area, Normans Bistro offers an American Creole Cuisine with a Brazilian Flair. Outstanding dessert menu and wine list are served in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. Norman Bolden, proprietor of Normans Bistro, personally leads Normans Bistro, bar and catering/banquet service. His active daily management ensures consistent quality and service in every area of the business. The dining room serves up to 85 guests, making it the perfect venue for private events. The outdoor patio features comfort with elegant landscaping. http://www.normansbistro.com/
Reggio's Pizza - Known for their 'butter crust' pizzas. 120 W 87th St, Chicago, IL 60620
*Sip & Savor Chicago - Our goal at Sip and Savor is to capture the positive energy and excitement of Chicago neighborhoods. In recent years, Hyde Park and Bronzeville has welcomed burgeoning revitalization: restoration of historic buildings along with development of new businesses and an influx of professionals making the community home. I am proud to say that Sip and Savor is a part of this positive movement. We call ourselves “Globally Local” – we offer the finest coffee and teas from around the globe, while complimenting them with pastries from local bakeries. We strive to become your neighborhood coffee shop of choice. http://www.sipandsavorchicago.com Sip & Savor Chicago (Hyde Park) - 5301 S. Hyde Park (Del Prado Building) 773.952.4532 Mon-Fri: 6am-8pm; Sat-Sun: 7am-7pm; Major Holidays: 8am-3pm Sip & Savor Chicago (Bronzeville) - 528 E. 43rd Street. HOURS: Mon - Fri: 7am - 7pm; Sat - Sun: 8am - 6pm; Major Holidays: 8am - 3pm
*Truth Italian Restaurant - 56 E. Pershing, Chicago, IL 60653 (Bronzeville) Mon - Fri 4pm - 2am Sat - Sun 12pm-2am (312)715-8796 Built on Founder Peytyn Willborn’s vision which included a “world class kitchen that produced five star Italian Cuisine for everyday people.” Her vision was to also bring this elegantly designed establishment with great service to the Southside of Chicago. She succeeded. Also, their salad dressing is delightful! http://www.truthitalian.com
*Yassa African Restaurant - 3511 S. King Dr. "...It is a taste you will always remember. Ask about our ever diversifying ..." This place, located in the old Mississippi Ricks location, reminded me of my first trip to Senegal. Yum, yum, yum! http://www.yassaafricanrestaurant.net
*ZBerry - 1368 1/2 East 53rd Street, Chicago, Illinois 60615is a self-serve soft serve frozen yogurt and sorbet bar. For our winter months, we're also offering flavored Hot Chocolates, including a non-dairy vegan option and Hot Apple Cider! Florida A&M University alumna Zenzile "Zenzi" Powell is the owner of Zberry Frozen Yogurt & Treats the first Fro-Yo shop opened by a Black woman in Chicago. http://www.myzberry.com
The Connection - 4321 S Cottage Grove b/t 43rd St & 44th St in Kenwood (773) 548-6682 https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-connection-chicago-3
*South Side Community Federal Credit Union - 5401 S. Wentworth Avenue Suite 25, 773-548-5500 Our mission is to equalize economic power and fight poverty through holistic financial education and by providing access to credit and savings services for our members. http://www.southsidecommunityfcu.org
*GN Bank - 4619 S Martin Luther King Dr. 773-624-2000 and 8700 S Martin Luther King Dr. 773-224-2160 -Thirteen African-American men, and their many supporters, had a dream to establish a savings and loan association sensitive to the needs of Black residents of Chicago. https://www.isfbank.com/
Gifts *Afri-Ware - 1701 S. 1st Ave. Suite 503, Maywood, IL 60153708-524-8398 Thurs-Fri: 10-6pm, Sat: 10-5:30pm www.afriware.net
Global Fusion – 1961 Ridge Road (at Dixie Highway) in Homewood, IL. Fair trade handmade jewelry, African art, furniture. Global Fusion is a retail shop established in 2011 that specializes in imported Home Décor, Art, Furnishing, and Fair Trade gifts. Here you will find items from Africa, Asia, India, South America, as well as other parts of the world. This store was established to create a fusion of culture, craft, and uniqueness in your home without the hassle of traveling far across the world. We've already done that for you. Every item here at Global Fusion is unique and significant in its own right. We focus and pride ourselves on selecting vendors, products and artist who emphasize environmental friendly choices in their product lines. We select products that have meaning and interest, as well as providing quality and attention to detail in each piece. We are dedicated to operating our business with dignity and integrity.
*John's Hardware & Bicycle Shop - 7350 S. Halsted St. (773) 483-7443. Mon - Sat: 9am - 6pm. Services: Glass cut to size; Window repair & screens; Locksmith; Huge selection of keys cut; Pipe cut and threaded; Welding; Tool rental; Truck rental. Departments: Plumbing; Electrical; Door Hardware; Paint; Gardening Supplies; General Hardware; Bicycle Shop: Parts and Repairs on All Makes and Models; Tune-Ups; Overhauls; Adjustments; Flat Tires Repaired.
Vincent E. Walker Photography - photography, video and graphic design. Weddings, parties, portraits, family reunions, events, etc. firstname.lastname@example.org (312) 719-6830.
Theater / Entertainment:
*Black Ensemble Theater - 4450 North Clark Street 773-769-4451 -http://blackensembletheater.org/
*Congo Square Theater Company - an ensemble dedicated to artistic excellence. By producing definitive and transformative theatre, spawned from the African Diaspora as well as other world cultures. 773.296.1108 http://www.congosquaretheatre.org/
*ETA Creative Arts Foundation - presenting plays and musicals at Kennedy King College Theater, 740 W. 63rd St. (while their building at 7550 S. South Chicago is being remodeled) - (708) 926-4641 www.etacreativearts.org
*Joel Hall Dancers & Center - offers one of the most extensive dance & movement curricula in the Midwest. Modern Jazz Dance, Ballet, Hip Hop, Modern (Horton/Graham based), Musical Theater and Tap. Plus, Joel Hall’s unique signature urban dance style — based in jazz and expressing a rich vocabulary embracing both classical & modern idioms. Students of all ages will learn terminologies, proper technique, body awareness, strengthening and movement control. http://joelhall.org
Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago - A Chicago-based company that performs authentic and progressive interpretations of contemporary and ancient African and African American dance, music and folklore. http://www.muntu.com
*Najwa Dance Corps - "A living archive of dance history," Najwa Dance Corps presents an exciting repertoire that spans the eras of the African-American heritage." Fine performance. Classes for dancers of all levels. The Golden Dome - Chicago Park District 100 North Central Park (773) 727-1773 - http://www.najwadancecorps.org/
Tourism Black Metopolis Convention & Tourism Council - Harold L. Lucas runs a wonderful source of current and history Bronzeville treasures. 3501 S. King Dr., Suite One East (773) 819-2054 www.bviconline.info
Trophies / Plaques / Awards:
CMS Trophies & Plaques - 741 E 75th St. (773) 873-9888 We have proudly served the Chicagoland area for over 25 years and hope to add you to the CMS family of satisfied customers.If you don't find what you are looking for on our site, please call (773) 873-9888 or visit our showroom and our professional staff will be happy to assist you. CMS Trophies & Plaques stands on the promise of creating awards of excellence. We believe in providing quality service to our valued customers. http://www.cmstrophies.com/
I'm still searching for a Black-owned and operated gas station in Chicagoland, but for now, I found Sasafrasnet, LLC, a Black firm that sells fuel to BP and Mobil stations in the area and owns several (rented by others).
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