15 AAPI-Owned Businesses for Chicago Families

As we look for ways to help the AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) community in light of the recent hate crimes and violent attacks against Asian Americans, it’s a reminder that our anti-racism work continues.

One way to be an ally to the AAPI community right now is to donate directly to the Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Chicago. You can also support these Asian American-owned businesses in the Chicago area.

Note: We’re updating our website as quickly as we can, but changes may occur due to COVID-19. Please double check before heading out for the most updated information on safety precautions and any last-minute closings. Stay safe!

Food/Drink

Coffee Lab

Just a five-minute walk from Northwestern’s campus in Evanston, Coffee Lab is famous for their pour-over style coffee and homemade Filipino buns. 

Jennivee’s Bakery

Jennivee’s Bakery was founded by Jenni Vee, a passionate home baker who immigrated from the Philippines to the United States. Her Lakeview shop showcases traditional American and Filipino cakes and pastries.

Marz Community Brewing

This Bridgeport staple, housed in a hip warehouse setting, is known for its small-batch local beers and 12-game pinball room.

Milky Milky Ice Cream

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  • Pops up in various locations across Chicagoland

Their slogan, “Ice cream makes everything better” couldn’t be truer. Follow this pop-up shop on Instagram to see when you can get your hands on its small batch, handcrafted ice cream.

Cosmetics

Choc Choc Cosmetics

 

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Choc Choc means “well moisturized skin” in Korean, so it’s no surprise this Lakeview store sells the best of the best in Korean beauty products, consisting of moisturizer, masks, serum and more.

Distinct Bath and Body

Distinct Bath and Body specializes in handcrafted soaps, body butters and bath bombs. Their cold pressed soaps are made by their in-store studio using natural and locally sourced, plant-based ingredients and oils. 

Apparel

Chicago For Keeps

Chicago For Keeps is an online boutique that sells hand embroidered items ranging from shirts and beanies to totes and pouches. At least half of profits from go to an array of non-profit organizations focused on benefiting the youth and adults in minority communities.

My E Three

 

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My E Three, which stands for “empowerment, encouragement and enlightenment” sells active wear products for women and men in pop-up spaces. Since the pandemic hit, co-founders Michelle and Andy Rivera have donated 1,000 masks to underprivileged populations and health care workers in the Philippines.

Rise and Shine

This online business owned by two local Asian-American moms has a mission to focus on celebrating culture and inclusion through their children’s apparel line. You can find a variety of fun baby onsies and toddler teens (up to size 5T) with graphics like “little sushi roll” and “Mommy’s little dumpling.”

Fun for Kids

Building Blocks Toy Store

With three city location in Lakeview, Lincoln Park and Wicker Park, Building Blocks is a child’s paradise, chock full of puzzles, building toys, arts & crafts, science kits, and more. When the pandemic hit, owner Katherine Nguyen began taking orders via text (even sending photos of what she had in stock) and delivering orders personally.

Little Linguists Arts Academy

  • Online classes available

A one-stop source for all specials programs, Little Linguists teaches foreign languages (Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, French, Hindi, Arabic), music, arts and physical education to kids as young as infants to teens. Throughout the pandemic, Little Linguists has transitioned to online classes.

Little Miss Ann

 

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Ann Torralba, aka Little Miss Ann, is an award-winning Chicago kids’ musician, a former Chicago Public School teacher, an instructor at Chicago’s iconic Old Town School of Folk Music, a mom and a first-generation Filipina American. She is currently available for virtual shows. 

Chinatown Square 

 

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Chicago’s Chinatown has especially been struggling during the pandemic. Our Chinatown family guide is filled with places to see with your family including Chinatown Square. The two-level shopping options features a variety of restaurants and shops to support.

Little Ripper Skateboarding

Chicago dad, Enrico Hufana, started Little Ripper Skateboarding to help kid ages 3-14 learn about basic skateboarding skills. Currently, the organization has opened a pop-up space in Jefferson Park to offer indoor lessons.

Gifts

Bean and Boosh

Bean and Boosh is an event design company that specializes in bringing the wow factor to personal celebrations. During the pandemic, the company transitioned to larger-than-life balloon installations. 

Qideas Plants and Gifts

 

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Located in Uptown, Qideas carries tropical fruit and jasmine plants, bonsai trees, lucky bamboo, succulents, and other types of indoor and outdoor plants.


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