Chicago is a city known for its many different shopping experiences. From the stores on the Magnificent mile to incredible neighborhood boutiques, the city has plenty to offer for those looking to enjoy some retail therapy during this All-Star weekend. Support local businesses in the community and reinvest black dollars into companies that support and invest in the neighborhoods they do business in.
Instead of grabbing a cup of Joe at Starbucks, check out these great coffee shops located on the south side!
Peach’s Currency Exchange Café
305 E. Garfield Blvd, Chicago IL
Conveniently located right next to the CTA’s Green line, Peach’s Currency Exchange café offers Breakfast served all day and a brunch menu. In addition to premium coffees in flavors such as Peach, Buffalo Soldier, and Jamaican Rum, patrons can dine in or grab and go. Menu favorites include Shrimp & Cheese Grits, Salmon Croquettes, Peach Bourbon French Toast, and Hangover Wings.
Sip and Savor Chicago
Located in Hyde Park, Bronzeville, and the Rosenwald neighborhood, Sip and Savor is a great spot to grab a cup of Java to go or to meet up with friends. Sip and Savor’s coffee is certified fair trade and the work with farmers from Tanzania, e=Ethiopia, Kenya, and Costa Rica. Owner, Trez Pugh, III love for community, led to the birth of the three coffee houses. Known as a place where coffee and community meet, sip and savor is a local shop where patrons come for a good cup of coffee and great conversations.
Clothing, Apparel, and Accessories
There is more to All-Star Weekend than sports; the fashion displayed during All-Star Weekend is guaranteed to be diverse and eclectic. Stand out with apparel, shoes, and accessories from Black-owned apparel and accessory stores throughout the city.
1506 E. 53rd Street, Chicago I L60616
A Chicago institution located in the Hyde Park neighborhood is a store full of locally and internationally sourced handmade jewelry, accessories, apparel, and art and home goods. Founded by Eric Williams in 1997, the Silver room supports local designers and prides itself on being a store focused on community.
1015 S. Western Avenue 312.421.3322
Located near UIC, Kiwi’s boutique carries clothing made to fit a woman with curves. Carrying a variety of sizes, from Small to Plus, Kiwi’s boutique is for the customer with a love of fashion. Anyone is guaranteed to find something to wear to any event All-Star Weekend.
Sir & Madame
5225 S. Harper Court, Chicago IL
This husband and wife owned brand and boutique located in the Hyde Park Neighborhood offers casual and vintage-inspired clothing, accessories, and shoes for the entire family.
1152 W. Madison St., Chicago IL 60607
Owner, Corey Gilkey owns Leaders 1354. Located in the West Loop area, this store specializes in Chicago Streetwear. They sell apparel, hats, shoes, and other lifestyle products. In addition to brands like Nike and Adidas, they are best known for their brand, LRDS
67 West Chicago Ave., Chicago IL 60654
Located in the Gold Coast neighborhood, Agriculture is a custom clothes and luxury goods store that offers a wide variety of men’s clothing, shoes, and accessories ranging from casual to business.
2241 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago IL 60616
This south loop streetwear boutique specializes in apparel, accessories, and sneakers for the entire family. Owned by former NBA Player, Bobby Simmons, and LaVelle Sykes, Succezz is one of the premier spots for sneakerheads and lovers of urban apparel.
Beauty and Hair
Whether its taking care of your natural hair, making sure your nails are the perfect shade of red or even a place to grab all of your beauty needs, Black-owned beauty stores and salons have what you need to make you look your best.
3428 S. King Drive, Chicago IL 6061
Curl kitchen is a natural based hair care store located in Bronzeville. They specialize in hair care products for natural hair.
A Polished Work Nail Salon
1000 E. 76th Street, Chicago IL 60619
Owner, Monica Abernathy started A Polished Work nail salon after noticing a lack of high-quality nail salons on the Southside. Wanting to create a more elevated and spa-like experience, she created A Polished work nail spa lounge. It is a full-service salon that offers manicures to artificial and specialty nail art services.
Jordan’s Beauty Supply
1911 East 79th Street
Black-owned and operated for over 30 years, Jordan’s beauty supply carries all of your beauty and hair needs at their Southside location.
Hyde Park Hair Salon
5234 S. Blackstone Ave., Chicago IL 60615
Known as the POTUS Barbershop, this Hyde Park staple is known for its friendly and quality service in addition to its most famous client, Barack Obama. From haircuts, facials, and even manicures and pedicures, the Hyde Park Hair Salon can meet any man’s grooming needs seven days a week.
515 N. Halsted Street, Chicago IL 60642
Chicago’s only black woman-owned bookstore and gallery space, owner, DL Mullen created a space for the book lover that feels like a home away from home. Semicolon supports local authors, especially Women, People of color, and those identifying as LGBTQ through her consignment program. This program allows her store to carry self-published authors on a consignment basis. They offer a specially curated selection of books on all subjects. They also feature artists and their works in their gallery space. This month, Photographer, W.D. Floyd is displaying his latest work, Black Boy Joy. One last tip…the place is BYOB, so you could literally get lost in your favorite book at Semicolon.
Beer, Wine & Spirits
Kimbark Beverage Shoppe
1214 E. 53rd Street, Chicago, IL 60615
Located in the heart of Hyde Park, Kimbark Beverage Shoppe is a black-owned beverage store with a large variety of beer, wine, and spirits. They often have in-store events spotlighting black-owned wine, beer, and spirit companies.
339 Main Street, Park Forest IL 60466
Located in the south suburbs, this black-owned winemaker sells uniquely flavored wine for modern taste buds. With traditional white and red wines, they also offer a delicious assortment of specialty wines such as Chocolate, Almond, Blaqberry, and Carmel Apple. They also ship and have a monthly wine club that starts at $25 per month