Support Black-owned businesses every day.
Yes, now more than ever it's important to support Black-owned businesses in Chicago, but that shouldn't stop you from supporting every day. With the wide variety of restaurants, stores, spas, gyms, art galleries, artists, salons and so much more, it truly couldn't be easier. Here are a few picks from us as well as links to even more in the community!
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Chicago is well-known as one of the best food cities in the country and you better recognize the role that Black restauranteurs have played in making that happen. Whether it’s Southern staples like Cleo’s Southern Cuisine, brunch spots like Peach’s or even vegan/vegetarian joints like Can’t Believe It’s Not Meat, you can’t go wrong with any of these restaurants. You can find complete lists here, here and here. You can also check out over 300 black-owned businesses here.
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Shopping Black-owned businesses isn’t hard with the wide variety of options available. Grab a book from Chicago’s only Black woman-owned bookstore, Semicolon, plants and beauty supplies from Plant Salon, stationery from Greer Chicago and more. Here is another resource for Black-owned retail brands and boutiques—part one and part two. You can also check out over 300 black-owned businesses here.
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Art makes the world go ‘round, especially African art with its rich history. Chicago is full of Black-owned art galleries to help soothe soul. Check out Studio 928, Blanc Gallery, Faie African Art, WOMANISH and so many more that can be found here. We also encourage you to support Black artists such as Hebru Brantley, Raub Welch and Joyce Owens.
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Gyms & Yoga Studios
If you’re looking to get that heart-rate up then look no further. Heal and ground yourself at Haji Healing Salon, dance, yoga and cardio your way into shape at FREE MVMT, get on the bike at The Well or support the oldest Black-owned fitness facility in Bronzeville, Mettle Fitness. All are offering online classes as well currently. Need more Black-owned fitness favs? Check out this list.
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We can’t wait to get back to the spa and treat ourselves to a day of care-free relaxation. Plan a future visit to one of these Black-owned spas like Body Werks, Bettye O Day Spa, and Wholistic Skincare Specialist for massages, manicures, waxing sessions, facials and more. We all deserve to look and feel our best as soon as we can! Check out Do312's list of Black-owned Salons and Spas in Chicago here. For even more Black beauty professionals in the city, click here and here.
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Find your new look or receive a touchup to your signature style at a top-notch Black-owned salon like Kimberly Coleman Salon near Armour Square, Glo On Natural Hair in Hyde Park, Motor Row District’s Salon Sevhn or do it up yourself with polish from Pear Nova. Check out Do312's list of Black-owned Salons and Spas in Chicago here. Find a list of more Black beauty professionals in Chicago here and here.
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Up your style, support a locally and Black-owned business. It’s a win-win if there ever was one. We love shopping at Fat Tiger, The Silver Room, Belle Up and others noted here. Here is another resource for local Black-owned apparel shops and designers—part one and part two.
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Whether you’re attending an event (when we can), watching a livestream, bumping some new tunes or buying merchandise, it’s not hard to find a way to support the creatives in the Black LGBTQ community. Start by building out your Pride month playlist with music from KC Ortiz, Cae Monae and The Wife Of Wrath. Check out drag merch from The Vixen, Lucy Stoole, and Miss Toto. Then, make future plans to support Chicago’s only Black-owned LGBTQ nightclub, Jeffrey Pub, from its dancefloor.
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You could be a die-hard coffee drinker or just like a sweet pick-me-up every once and while. Either way, you’ll love the great brews and pleasant atmospheres of some of these Black-owned coffee shops. Sip and Savor is a Bronzeville staple (it’s been open 16 years!) or stop by Afro Joes for a Latte or a Panini. For book enthusiasts, Muse Coffee Studio has a book club you can join! If you’re adventurous with flavors try a Pistachio Frappe from South Shore Brew. Next time you open your Starbucks app; open maps instead and check if you're nearby one of these gems of the Chicago coffee world.