black owned restaurants in chicago

15 Black Owned Restaurants in Chicago


The Windy City has always been able to hold its own against the best food cities in the country. We’ve listed a few of the Black Owned Restaurants in Chicago that make the city special.

Black Owned Restaurants in Chicago

Peach’s is a comfy American eatery with biscuits & other Southern staples for breakfast & lunch.

Batter & Berries serves creative pancakes, omelets & other breakfast eats plus sandwiches & lunch fare too.

Black Owned Restaurants in Chicago

5 Loaves  is a family owned and operated catering/restaurant that is known for its quaint feel and down-home cooking and hospitality.

Normans Bistro offers an American Creole Cuisine with a Brazilian Flair. Outstanding dessert menu and wine list are served in a casual, relaxed atmosphere.

Luella’s Southern Kitchen serves traditional Southern favorites in a simple storefront space with a BYOB policy.

Litehouse Whole Food Grill was opened with the hope of bringing healthy fast food to his community in the most wholesome way.

Sweet Maple Café offers country-style comfort food including all-day breakfasts & hearty lunches served in a homey space.

Ja’ Grill offers curries, jerks & other Jamaican specialties in an upscale-casual space with a lounge & weekend DJs.

Ain’t She Sweet Café is a casual, cozy eatery offering counter-serve sandwiches, smoothies & house-baked desserts.

Original Soul Vegetarian offers a one of a kind culinary experience in innovative vegan cuisine and a unique take on vegetarian fare that is big on taste without compromising health.

Pearl’s Place offers a unique experience, combining delicious home-style foods with the service and attention of a fine-dining restaurant.

Gorée Cuisine – Concentrates on Senegalese food. A West African cuisine influenced by North African, French, and Portuguese cuisine and derives from the nation’s many ethnic groups, the largest being the Wolof.

Turkey Chop is an upbeat, bright grill offering a turkey-centric menu of Italian, Mexican, Asian & Southern dishes.

Currency Café –  is a neighborhood cafe featuring cuisine that embodies a modern mix of Mexican spice, American nostalgia, and Southern soul.

Simply Soups and Salads keeps it simple with delicious soups, salads and sandwiches. Seriously, they have 17 sandwich choices on the menu.

-Oluremi Lawson


  1. I’m not sure, Sweet Maple Café, is a black owned business. I went in there. They had about 15 employee’s in there and only one was black and she was a server. The woman walking around acting like she was running the place was Mexican.

  2. Great list, been to and of some of these spots. Addresses would be helpful though I’m sure I can find them

  3. This is a good list if you live or hangout mostly near the south side of the city. There are 3, I believe are near north. Please check into these places; Soule`, 6978 Soul Food, Chicago’s Home of Chicken and Waffles [south side and Oak park, Il], Truth Italian, Demera, Vee-Vee’s African, Mac Arthur, The Licking, Taste 222, Frontier, Ina Mae, Virtue, Mr. Brown, Can’t Believe It’s Not Meat, The Delta, Betty Lexington SmokeHouse, Crazy Bird Chicken, Lizzy J Cafe… just to name a few. I realize this is a 2018 article. Please look to update your list.
    Thank You

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