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Black Owned Businesses in Chicago

30 Black Owned Businesses in Chicago

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Here’s our list of 30 Black Owned Businesses in Chicago, aka “The Windy City”. We love the architecture. We also love the fact that this city is FULL of all types of amazing businesses.

Black Owned businesses in Chicago

 

FOOD

Mikkey Halsted, DJ Toure and Rico Nance, are the owners of Mikkey’s Retro Grill. This “healthy fast food” spot opened late February and is located in Hyde Park. It offers a variety of options, including gluten free, salmon, turkey and veggie burgers. They also stay open until 4am everyday except Friday!

Black Owned Businesses in Chicago

Justice of the Pies  is a bakery specializes in sweet and savory pies. Its founder, Maya-Camille Broussard created this business in memory of her late father, a criminal defense attorney with a passion for baking.

Black Owned Businesses in Chicago

For 30 years, Original Soul has offered a one-of-a-kind culinary experience for vegans and health aficionados throughout the Chicago area.

Black Owned Businesses in Chicago

Uncle Remus is a successful family-owned and operated business that has survived 50 years in the Chicagoland area.

Black Owned Businesses in Chicago

Norman’s Bistro was founded by Norman Bolden. His restaurant offers a wine bar and serves “American Creole cuisine with a Brazilian flair.”

Black Owned Businesses in Chicago

ZBerry Frozen Yogurt & Treats is a self-serve soft serve frozen yogurt and sorbet bar. During winter months, they offer flavored hot chocolates, including a non-dairy vegan option and hot apple cider!

Black Owned Businesses in Chicago

 

HAIR SALONS/BARBER SHOPS

Hyde Park Hair Salon is owned by  Ishmael Coyeand and is home to Zariff, the “First Barber of the United States” (FBOTUS). This barber shop has been dubbed “President Barack Obama’s official barbershop for over 20 years.”

Black Owned Businesses in Chicago

 

Christian Fields Style Bar is the premier natural hair salon, specializing in Locs, Loc starts and maintenance. 

Black Owned Businesses in Chicago

Curl Kitchen is a natural/organic based hair care store. They are Chicago’s premier retailer of hair care products tailored to those who wish to embrace their tresses in its naturally ethnic state.

Black Owned Businesses in Chicago

Chris-Tia Donaldson is the founder of  Thank God It’s Natural, a complete line of products made with natural and organic ingredients for ethnic hair and skin.  This brand is manufactured in Chicago. Chris-Tia is also the author of the best-selling book, Thank God I’m Natural: The Ultimate Guide to Caring for Natural Hair.

Black Owned Businesses in Chicago

Ken Burkeen is the Founder of Huetiful Salon. They focus on healthy hair treatments for wavy, curly, and kinky-curly hair that is natural, relaxed or transitioning. Locations are also in Dallas and Atlanta.

Black Owned Businesses in Chicago

DANCE STUDIOS

MADD Rhythms Dance Company is a family-owned tap dance school and company composed of young, versatile tap dancers from all over Chicago. It was founded by Bril Barrett and Martin Dumas III.

Black Owned Businesses in Chicago

 

Red Clay Dance Company is a professional touring company that creates and performs a diverse repertoire of Afro-contemporary dance which fuses traditional West African movement with contemporary dance forms. Vershawn Ward, choreographer, performer, and dance scholar, is the Founder and Executive Artistic Director.

Black Owned Businesses in Chicago

Black Ensemble Theater – Founded in 1976 by the phenomenal actress, producer, and playwright Jackie Taylor. The mission of the Black Ensemble Theater is to eradicate racism and its damaging effects upon our society through the utilization of theater arts.

Black Owned Businesses in Chicago

EVENT SPACES

The Grand Ballroom Chicago is a gracefully designed masterpiece that dates back to 1923.  Once known as Cinderella’s Ballroom the architectural design is majestic with whimsical details evocative of a fairytale evening.

Black Owned Businesses in Chicago

The Silver Room is owned by Eric Williams. This space houses a tasteful collection of eclectic jewelry, fashion, art and music.

Black Owned Businesses in Chicago

Room 43, located in the heart of the historic Bronzeville and North Kenwood area, is a classy rental venue perfect for wedding receptions, birthday parties, galas and fundraisers.

Black Owned Businesses in Chicago

ARTISTS

Dawoud Bey is a photographer and educator renowned for his large-scale color portraits of adolescents and other often marginalized subjects. His works are included in the permanent collections of numerous museums, both in the United States and abroad, including the Addison Gallery of American Art, the Art Institute of Chicago.

Black Owned Businesses in Chicago

Kerry James Marshall is known for large-scale paintings, sculptures, and other objects that take African-American life and history as their subject matter. His work often deals with the effects of the Civil Rights movement on domestic life.

Black Owned Businesses in Chicago

Amanda Williams is an artist/architect who uses her work to explore themes of personal freedom and identity. Best known for her colorful abstract paintings, she is also an accomplished photographer and installation artist.

Black Owned Businesses in Chicago

Hebru Brantley draws influence from an array of pop culture icons, comic book heroes, Japanese anime and the bold aesthetics of street art pioneers Jean-Michel Basquiat, KAWS and Keith Haring.

Black Owned Businesses in Chicago

Theaster Gates paid $1 for a dilapidated bank that closed in the 1980s. With the help of The Rebuild Foundation, (which he founded), he transformed the space into an art center that will host site-specific commissions, exhibitions and a media archive.

Black Owned Businesses in Chicago

Faheem Majeed transforms materials such as particle board, scrap metal and wood, and discarded signs and billboard remnants, breathing new life into these often overlooked and devalued materials.

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PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

Vista Equity Partners was founded in 2000 by Robert F. Smith, one of the newest(and few) Black billionaires on the Forbes list. Vista Equity Partners is a leading private equity firm focused on investing in software and technology-enabled businesses.

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Burrell Communications Group L.L.C. is one of the largest multi-cultural marketing firms in the world. It was founded in 1971 by Tom Burrell, “the first Black man in Chicago advertising” and author of “Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority.”

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FIS group is an employee owned investment manager. Tina Byles Williams is the founder, chief executive and chief investment officer of FIS Group. She is widely regarded as a trailblazer in the investment management business, particularly in identifying and investing in investment management firms that are minority and women-owned. 

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Mitchell Titus  is the largest minority-controlled accounting firm in the United States. They provide assurance, advisory and tax services to Fortune 1000 organizations, financial service firms, non-profit organizations, real estate entities, government and public sector entities and middle market companies.

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Miro Development, LLC is founded by Michael Altheimer. It is a full service real estate development company that specializes in construction, creating lucrative investment strategies and property management. Miro also offers concierge services, which include residential home cleaning, as well as dry cleaning pick-up and delivery.

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HOSPITALITY

Welcome Inn Manor is one of Chicago’s highest rated B&B’s. Built in 1893, this Queen Anne historic home is 12 minutes away from the center of Chicago’s Downtown Loop. It is owned owned and operated by Mell Monroe, the official innkeeper, and his wife of 15 years, Angela Higginbotham.

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The Chicago South Loop Hotel is owned by Jimmy White, Louis Dodd and Dr. Floyd Mix. It is located in the heart of the historic Bronzeville District and South Loop Area, and moments away from all of the downtown excitement.

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5 Comments

  1. Always have and always will.

    However, I call on Black Repaimen first, but they never come through, doing a good job.
    I end up calling a White man to get the job completed as required!

    Am I the only on with this circumstance?

    • no you are not. My husband is very pro black owned business. I cannot find a repairman landscaper plumber carpenter or any homeowner repair person to show up and completely get the job done and stand behind their work. sad to say I don’t know where to find them if they exist. I believe they exist but they are most likely employed by a white owned company. where are our black repairmen for black homeowners ?

      • It’s like anything else we do, we learn the skill but didn’t learn the structure….

        With this type of work, black men are often taught in prison or other programs that give men another chance by teaching them a skilled labor. They don’t teach discipline and civility though, this is something WE ALL think is taught at home, as a child…

        Maybe this is an opportunity to create programs to teach men these not-so-common traits. This state (and like many others) is filled with displaced men from hurricane Katrina and other places…

        Once we realize most BLACK MEN came from troubled homes, horrible childhoods, lack of parents, and are now institutionalized victims we may give them the benefit of the doubt.

        This is NOT an excuse for them, this IS the reality. (I work in the Chicago public school system and see KIDS age 4-13 who are dependant on drugs, are alcoholics, have serve mental health issues including PTSD. If they make it past age 16, they will 1 day be the MEN for their generation.)

        We can create non-profit agencies who teach these men how to become the man they never had. It’s def not an opportunity to tear them down, that happens 99% of their day.

        So the option is to go on angie’s list and hire the white man who will be there on time and get the job done to your liking, go to bed, sleep like a baby, rinse and repeat.

        OR

        Do something about the things you’ve experienced. Warning: it takes time, patience, and love to do something for someone who isn’t as “blessed” as you.

        Open a school. Start a business and contract those HVAC, home repair, landscaping etc.. companies to add you to their graduation requirement. My friend works in the child jail, he the most hope those boys have. The kids will get out with nowhere to go, and nobody, commit a crime just to go back to his love and discipline. They usually get killed after a while of doing this, but it VERY common. These boys will turn into men, have more jail time than high school credits, enter into a “landscaping” program and desire to work without the proper psychological development or discipline to be an adult.

        Thanks for your time reading this. Hopefully, it will inspire the decrease of black man tear-downs and the increase in helping the community.

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