Show some love to these Chicago Black-owned businesses

Written by: Laura Baginski

Black-owned businesses in Chicago

As NPN marks its 40th year of connecting Chicago parents in 2020, we want to celebrate our member community as well as our larger community: the city of Chicago. By raffling off gift cards to Chicago Black-owned businesses, we hope to bring awareness to these fantastic cafes, shops, restaurants and online stores while also thanking our members for their contribution to our parenting network. 

We will be giving away $10 gift cards to 30 Black-owned businesses during the month of August. (Not an NPN member? Join for just $40 using promo code LOVENPN.) In the meantime, check out this list of Black-owned businesses in the city (many of which offer delivery or curbside pickup), where you can get everything from cocktail-themed artisan soaps to kids' toys. 


Food & Drink

Batter & Berries: Breakfast/brunch/lunch spot in Lincoln Park

Berry Berry Sweets: Cakes, cupcakes and cake pop caterer

Bettie Lou’s: American cuisine in Andersonville

Brown Sugar Bakery: Cakes and cupcakes in Chatham

Chicago French Press: Coffee roaster that offers bean subscriptions and beans by the pound

The Common Cup: Coffee shop in Rogers Park

Demera: Ethiopian cuisine in Uptown

Dream Chef: Restaurant, catering, meal delivery in Tri-Taylor

Eleven | Eleven: American cuisine and to-go cocktails in West Loop

Ethiopian Diamond: Ethiopian cuisine in Edgewater

Friistyle: Belgian frites in Bronzeville

Frontier: Meat-focused restaurant in Bucktown

Fruve Express Juicery: Cold-pressed juice in Loop and South Loop

Gimme Some Sugah: Pies, cakes, cookies and more in South Shore

Good to Go Jamaican: Jamaican cuisine on Rogers Park/Evanston border

The Grail Cafe: Breakfast and lunch in South Loop

Ida’s Sweet Tooth: Cupcakes and sweets caterer

Ina Mae’s Tavern: New Orleans cuisine in Wicker Park

Justice of the Pies: Pies available in markets and some restaurants

Kilwin’s: Ice cream and sweets in Hyde Park

Kyoto Black: Coffee shop in Edgewater currently offering coffee bean delivery

Lem’s Bar-B-Q: Barbecue spot in Chatham

Life’s Sweet: Cafe in Rogers Park

Lizzy J: Catering, cafe and housemade iced tea in Ravenswood 

The Long Room: Bar/restaurant in Ravenswood currently offering to-go cocktails, beer and wine

Love Corkscrew: Wine delivery; also available in various retail locations

Luella’s Southern Kitchen: Soul food in Lincoln Square

Mr. Brown’s Lounge: Jamaican cuisine in West Town

Ms. T’s Southern Fried Chicken: Fried chicken and fish in Wrigleyville 

Pearl’s Place: Southern cuisine in Bronzeville

Rooh Chicago: Indian cuisine in West Loop

Shawn Michelle's: Ice cream shop in Bronzeville

Sip & Savor: Coffee shop in Bronzeville

Soule: Southern cuisine in West Town

Surf’s Up Avondale: Seafood and Southern food in Avondale

Sweet Maple Cafe: Breakfast/brunch in Little Italy/UIC

Taste 2 Go: American cuisine in West Loop

Taylor’s Tacos: Tacos for catering or pickup (Tuesdays only) in East Garfield Park

Teapot Brew Bakery: Tea and treats in Near South Side

Uncooked: Vegan restaurant in West Loop

Urban Grill: Burgers and sandwiches in Uptown

Virtue: Southern cuisine in Hyde Park


Clothes & Accessories

The Advocates: Online-only social activist T-shirts

A’nies Accents: Boutique in South Loop

Buttonsbyferrai: Etsy shop featuring custom and social activist buttons

Kido: Kids' toys and clothes in South Loop; online ordering available

Kiwi’s Boutique: Boutique in Tri-Taylor; online ordering available

Mimi’s Tot Closet: Shop for girls’ clothes in Auburn-Gresham; online ordering available

Love Peridot: Accessories shop in South Loop; online ordering available

Reformed School: Etsy shop featuring humorous and social activism T-shirts and accessories

The Silver Room: Jewelry, accessories, clothes, gifts and more in Hyde Park; online ordering available

Sir & Madame: Fashion brand with a store in Hyde Park

Standout Style Boutique: Online-only clothes and accessories 


Beauty/Personal Care/Health

80th and May: Online-only shop featuring artisan soaps and bath salts

Blade and Bloom: Etsy shop featuring skin-care products

Bodi Shak: Group fitness gym in Uptown

Chatto: Natural hair- and skin-care products in West Loop; online ordering available

Depart with Art: Online-only shop featuring organic body products

Eb & Flow: Yoga studio in Bucktown; currently offering live online classes

Goldkissed Essentials: Online-only shop featuring handmade soaps

Karyn’s: Vegan restaurant, spa and health products; online ordering available

Mad Moisture Beauty: Online-only skincare products

Mango Moi: Online-only mango butter skin and hair products

Mind Body Defense: Kickboxing gym with private classes in Uptown

Pear Nova: Online-only vegan nail polish

Soap Distillery: Cocktail-inspired artisan soaps

Sweet Beginnings: Beekeeping social enterprise featuring honey and honey-based body care products; online ordering available

Black Owned Market: Online-only bath and body products

Urbane Blades: Men’s barbershop in Near North Side

Wholistic Skincare: Skincare salon in Clybourn Corridor; online ordering available


Books, Gifts & More

Helendora Samuels Picture Framing: Custom frame shop in Wicker Park

Rose Blossom Chicago: Online-only florist

Semicolon Chi: The only Black woman–owned bookstore in Chicago. Store in River West; online ordering available.

Thepairabirds: Etsy shop featuring illustrated artwork

Third Coast Comics: Comic and graphic novel shop in Rogers Park


This is not an exhaustive list, so we'd love to get your recommendations for awesome Black-owned businesses in Chicago. Tell us at


Posted on July 28, 2020 at 2:30 PM