Chow Down in Chi-Town with this All-Star Lineup of Black-Owned Dining Establishments

Chicago is known for having some of the best food in America. From fine dining to cheap eats, residents and tourists alike are able to find an incredible variety of food to please any palette. As the city prepares for All Star Weekend, check out the many Black Owned and Operated dining establishments on every side of the city!


5 Loaves Eatery*, 405 E 75th Street
79th Street Barbeque, 11101 S Halsted
Ain’t She Sweet Cafe, 526 E 43rd

B&B’s Ice Cream & Candy Shop*, 8238 S Racine

Brewer Coffee & Custard, 1008 E 79th Street

Brown Sugar Bakery*, 328 E 75th St

Caribbean Jerk Palace, 3792 W 79th St

Chef Sara’s Café*, 7201 S Exchange Ave

Cleo’s Southern Cuisine*, 4248 S Cottage Grove Ave

D&D’s Place Donut Shop*, 8324 S Kedzie Ave

One Eleven Hall, 756 E 111th St

Emeche*, 3453 S Prairie Ave

Enjoy-a-Corn, 3460 W 79th St

Dat Donut, 8251 S Cottage Grove Ave

Dirty Birds Southern Kitchen, 8052 S Racine St

Dock’s Fish Bronzeville, 321 E 35th St

Evelyn’s Food Love*, 5522 S State Street

Fire Jerk Chicken, 750 W Garfield Blvd

Flammin’ Restaurant, 641 E 75th St,

Foodies Spot, 7350 S Stony Island Ave

FriiStyle Chicago, 5059 S Prairie Ave

Full Slab BBQ, 8340 S Stony Island Ave

Give Me Some Sugah*, 2234 E 71st St

Haire’s Gulf Shrimp, 7448 S Vincennes Ave

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Meat, 1368 E 53rd St

Irie Jerk Soul Food Express, 130 E. 51st St

Ja’Grill, 1510 E Harper Ct

Jean’s Soul Food Cafe*, 10936 S Vincennes Ave

Jerk48, 548 E 67th St

Josephine’s Southern Cooking, 436 E 79th St

Litehouse Whole Food Grill, 1660 E 55th St

Mabes Deli, 312 E 75th St

Majani, 7167 S Exchange Ave

Marlon’s Chicken, 602 E 75th St

Mikkey’s Retro Grill, 8126 S Stony Island Ave

Norman’s Bistro, 1001 E 43rd St

Ohana’s Ice Treats*, 1800 W 103rd St

Old Fashioned Donuts, 11248 S Michigan Ave

Original Soul Vegetarian, 203 E 75th St

Parkway Hoagies, 6435 S King Dr

Peach’s at Currency Exchange Café, 305 E Garfield Blvd

Peach’s Restaurant, 4652 S King Dr

Poppin’ Dough*, 1235 W 95th St

Roy’s Soul Food, 403 E 71st St

Shawn Michelle’s Homemade Ice Cream, 46 E 47th St

Simply Soups & Salads, 635 E 47th St

Sip & Savor, 528 E 43rd St

Sizzlin’ Skillets, 8635 S Cottage Grove Ave

Slice of Bronzeville, 4655 S King Dr

Some Like It Black Creative Arts Bar, 810 E 43rd St

Soul Shack*, 1368 E 53rd St

South Shore BBQ & Jerk

South Shore Brew, 7101 S Yates Blvd

Surf’s Up South Shore*, 2236 E 71st St

That’s a Burger*, 8301 S Stony Island Ave

The Slab BBQ, 1918 E 71st St

The Woodlawn, 1200 E 79th St

The Wrap Bar*, 8154 S Cottage Grove Ave

Tropical Island Jerk, 553 E 79th St

Truth Italian*, 56 E Pershing Rd

Two Fish Crab Shack, 641 E 47th St

Uncle J’s BBQ, 502 E 47th St

Virtue, 1462 E 53rd St

South Loop

Akhirah’s Praline Candy & Coffee House, 1845 S State St

Bureau Bar UIC, 724 W Maxwell St

Burger Point, 1900 S State St

Steak ‘N Shake UIC*, 1322 S Halsted St (Chicago’s first and only Black-Owned Steak ‘N Shake)


Frontera Grill (featuring Executive Chef Richard James), 445 N Clark St

Kumiko and Kikko (featuring Black, female executive chef, Mariya Russell), 630 W Lake St

Mr. Brown’s Lounge, 81 E Wacker Place

Sweet Maple Cafe*, 1339 W Taylor St

Taste222, 222 N Canal St


Batter & Berries, 2748 N Lincoln Ave

Demera Ethiopian Restaurant*, 4801 N Broadway

Frances’ Deli & Brunchery, 2552 N Clark St

Frontier Chicago, 1072 N Milwaukee Ave

Ina Mae’s Tavern, 1415 N Wood St

Irie Jerk Bar & Grill, 3404 N Clark St

Luella’s Gospel Bird, 2009 N Damen Ave

Luella’s Southern Kitchen, 4609 N Lincoln Ave

Soule’ Chicago*, 1931 W Chicago Ave

Soul Crab Chicago, 1904 N Western Ave

The Delta, 1745 W North Ave

The Swill Inn (featuring Executive Chef Lamar Moore),415 N Milwaukee Ave

West Side

6978 Soul Food*, 6978 West North Avenue

BaseHit BBQ, 6606 West North Avenue

Ben’s Bar Bee Cue, 5931 West North Avenue

Chef Daddy’s, 5944 W Lake St

Life Food 3858, 3858 W Madison St

Surf’s UP Oak Park*, 6427 W North Ave

South Suburbs

Blue Lagoon Seafood & Bar, 4265 W 167th St, Country Club Hills

DA Deli, 7260 W 159th St, Orland Park

Dock’s Fish on 167th, 4011 W 167th St, Country Club Hills

Harold’s of Homewood, 18044 Halsted St, Homewood

Joe Willie’s Seafood, 14719 S Halsted St, Harvey

Kozy Korner Deli, 15443 Cottage Grove Ave, Dolton

Pink Panini Soups & Salads*, 17505 Kedzie Ave, Hazel Crest

Rib Brothers, 11753 S Pulaski Rd, Alsip

Signature Sweets Factory, 514 E 162nd St, South Holland

*denotes special acknowledgment of Black-Women Owned eateries

This list was compiled by Divine Dine Food Tours, first and only entirely Black, woman-owned food tour agency in Chicago.

-Kimberly Durden, Contributing Writer


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