Support Black-Owned Business This Week, Next Week, and the Next…

Here Here Market gratefully acknowledges the ongoing innovative contributions Black business owners make in the food and beverage industry. In acknowledgement of their creativity and the generosity they share, we’re highlighting some of the spectacular Black-owned businesses in and around Chicago.

We’d love to make regular updates to this guide! If there’s a restaurant or culinary creator you know who should be on this list, message us on Instagram or send us an email. Resources such as Black Chicago Eats, Black People Eats, Seasoned And Blessed, and Chicago Black Restaurant Week have been gathering Black-owned restaurant information for years and deserve our gratitude and (financial) support.

This week, this month, and every month, we should all consider donating to organizations supporting racial equity - such as the ACLU, NAACP, Southern Poverty Law Center, Black Visions Collective, My Block, My Hood, My City, and Brave Space Alliance.

Dan’s Soul Food & Bakery

One of Chicago’s Best for soul food, Mama Dan says “Every Day is Thanksgiving!” This cozy kitchen offers  breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. Eat up!

AYO Foods

In West Africa, Ayo means joy. Perteet and Fred Spencer created this company to help more people create joy in their lives by sharing a good meal among good people.

Batter & Berries

Dr. Tanya & Craig Richardson started Batter & Berries in 2012  and having been joyfully serving delicious foods ever since. Make sure you try the French Toast Flight!

Luella’s Southern Kitchen

Chef Darnell Reed’s grandmother serves as the source of inspiration for this restaurant. The Beignets can be described as “pillows of goodness” - don’t miss out!

Cocoa Chili Foods

This educational foodie experience founded by Niquenya Collins serves up Afro-Caribbean-Soul fare with a sweet and spicy flair while on a social mission too!

Phlavz

It began as a food truck, but now you can get your hands on “Jerk Chicken with a Twist” at two locations - one in Chicago and one in Orland Park!

Flippin Flavors

The Flippins load up their food with flavor and love! They provide high quality, all natural marinades, foods, and seasonings. Remember: no cash, and wear your mask!

Monday Coffee Co.

Amanda Christine Harth and Felton Kizer are storytellers, dreamers, and entrepreneurs who want to share bold, inclusive, and captivating stories through coffee.

Truth Italian Restaurant

Truth was built on Founder Peytyn Willborn’s vision which included a “world class kitchen that produced 5-star Italian Cuisine for everyday people.”

Mikkey’s Retro Grill

This spot is where old school food meets new school flavor. Get your fix on burgers, wings, and shakes – but with all-natural ingredients and vegan options!

Soul & Smoke

Soul & Smoke, owned and operated by Chef D’Andre Carter and his wife Heather Bublick, best described as comfort food with a Michelin Star background.

Teapotbrew Bakery

This family owned crew bakes a variety of fresh desserts daily in small batches. Anything leftover is always donated to a local shelter so nothing is wasted!

Frontier Chicago

Executive Chef Brian Jupiter celebrates American contemporary cuisine, blending game and seasonal ingredients into classic and approachable fare.

Ina Mae Tavern

Ina Mae Tavern & Packaged Goods is a New Orleans inspired corner store tavern housed inside an old-school bar. Enjoy classic cocktails and high quality eats!

The Soul Shack

This restaurant is “Bringing the heart of the kitchen to the heart of Hyde Park.” Don’t miss out on the incredible Lollipop Lamb Chops or Fried Smothered Chicken!

Virtue Restaurant & Bar

Chef Erick Williams leads with a culture of hospitality and kindness. Virtue uses heritage techniques to create some familiar flavors, and some new ones.

The Long Room

Established in January 2000, The Long Room is a leader in the Chicago craft beer scene. Support their to-go sales of beer, cocktails, wine, and more!

AndySunflower Café

What began as a mobile cart in 2018, turned into an on site staple inside Ain’t She Sweet Cafe. Serving amazing coffee and having great conversations the goal!

B&B Candy and Ice Cream

This small, black-owned, family business serves snacks for all ages. They offer nachos, ice cream, chocolates, and much more! Celebrate their 5th year with them!

Ain’t She Sweet Cafe

With locations in Bronzeville and Beverly, this restaurant is twice as nice! Choose from a menagerie of savory meals and sweet desserts, fresh made to order.

Eméché

Grab a famous dessert jar or a pick from a variety of pastries, vegan included! Eméché means “tipsy” in French - so they have alcohol-infused desserts too!

Fruve' XPress Juicery

This complete organic juice bar concentrates on the superior benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables. You can get yours at the South Loop or West Loop location!

Caribbean Jerk Palace

It all started in the family kitchen with Jamaican and American Food as a staple. They don't just serve food, they make you part of the family!

The Good Life Soul Food Cafe

The Good Life Soul Food Cafe is a casual soul food restaurant full of notable confections and incomparable comfort food. Call them for takeout!

IntoxiCakes

These cupcakes are inspired by popular cocktails and infused with actual spirits to promote pronounced flavors. They’re made to order and baked from scratch!

Give Me Some Sugah

Grab your mask and stop by the shop for a visit! They are best known for their delectable potato chip cookie and have an array of tasty treats Tuesday - Saturday.

Juiced By Shic

Drink to a healthier you! You can get delightful Cold Pressed Juices, Smoothies, and Açaí Cups from their Midlothian and Palos Heights locations.

Josephine's Southern Cooking

This is one of Chicago's oldest Soul Food restaurants - and an icon to the city and community of Chatham. Order up breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

Cleo’s Southern Cuisine

Enjoy a creole twist on southern classics! Nestled in Historic Bronzeville, they are open on the weekends - check out their Instagram for regular announcements!

Ethiopian Diamond Restaurant

This restaurant opened in 1996 and is the city’s destination for authentic Ethiopian. Enjoy the flavor-rich cuisine and enjoy the welcoming community energy!