If your family is looking for ways to support the Black Lives Matter movement, one great place to start is supporting more Black-owned businesses. There are plenty of Black-owned businesses in the Chicago area that the whole family can enjoy. Start off with our list of restaurants, shops and more.
Note: Some of these businesses may be closed due to COVID-19 concerns. Please check the website or call ahead before heading out.
Order the world-famous French toast flight (!!), which includes a slice each of strawberry, blueberry, lemon and caramel.
2748 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago
The South Side bakery is known for its caramel cake, but you have to try any one of the other decadent desserts as well.
328 E. 75th St., Chicago
1741 W. 99th St., Chicago
Head over to the Chatham neighborhood and marvel over Dat Donut’s Big Dat. Its signature donut can easily feed your entire family.
8251 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago
Enjoy classics turned into delicious vegan options such as Hold Up! Wait a Min! Philly Cheesesteak and Chicago St. Hot Dog.
1368 E. 53rd St., Chicago
This suburban joint serves up your BBQ favorites including baby back ribs, pulled pork sandwiches and corn muffins.
1902 Green Bay Road, Evanston
Your smoothie-loving kids can load up on their their fruits and veggies at this charming juice bar. We recommend grabbing a few of the bottled juices to enjoy later at home.
12801 S. Harlem Ave., Palos Heights and 14736 Pulaski Rd, Midlothian
Take in all the Southern classics at Luella’s with chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits, and chicken gumbo. Don’t forget to save room for sweet beignets!
4609 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago
The unique flavor options at Mama Lee’s Popcorn are limitless. Caramel apple? Buffalo? Cheddar bacon? Mama Lee has got it all.
20 S. Spring St., Elgin & 1484 Spring Hill Mall, West Dundee
Have you ever tried fried lobster? Surf’s Up brings Louisiana-style cooking to the Windy City and beyond.
2236 E. 71st St., Chicago, 6427 W. North Ave., Oak Park and 175 S. Highpoint Drive, Romeoville
Whether you stop here for breakfast or lunch, you must order a meal that comes with a fluffy biscuit — or order an extra one on the side!
1339 W. Taylor St., Chicago
Family-style dining is part of Ethiopian cuisine and you can expect the same, wholesome experience at this Uptown restaurant.
1023 W. Wilson Ave., Chicago
Get a taste of classic African dishes at Vee-Vee’s such as jollof rice or Ofe Agbono, a soup made with ground pumpkin seeds and exotic spices.
6232 N. Broadway Ave., Chicago
Shops & More
Have your next day out in the city planned out thanks to Chicago Weekend Explorers. When the store opens again, we recommend checking out the Chicago Chocolate Tour.
There a plenty of clothing options at Kido to dress up your stylish kids. What we also love is that the South Loop shop carries an array of children’s books focused on diversity and race.
1137 S. Delano Ct., Chicago
Whether you need overnight newborn care or want to learn more at a newborn class, the Let Mommy Sleep team is here to make parenting a little bit easier.
Treat your mini fashionistas to the trendy options at Mimi’s Tots Closet. The store also hosts spa, paint and slime party packages to help make your child’s birthday special.
8442 S. Ashland Ave., Chicago
Stock up on books for littles ones at Chicago’s only Black woman-owned bookstore. You can also purchase a few books to educate yourself about anti-racism and race.
515 N. Halsted St., Chicago
This Hyde Park store carries trendy apparel, accessories, home goods and lifestyle products for the entire family.
1506 E. 53rd St., Chicago
Spoil the pregnant mama in your life with the ultimate gift bag. The Stork Bag is filled with pregnancy books, beauty products and other essentials to keep them pampered.
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