Aint She Sweet Cafe

A-Line Style Services

Anita’s Gumbo

Art Soul Radio


Batter and Berries

Beloved Osaruchi Photography

Be Strategic PR

Bettye O. Day Spa

Bianca Belle Cuisines

BJ’s Market & Bakery

Black Ensemble Theater

Black McDonald’s Operators Association Chicagoland

The BOSS Network

Bronzeville Boutique

Brown Sugar Bakery


Chicago Defender

Chicago’s Home of Chicken & Waffles 

Chuckstr Photography


Dartise Media Design

Deleay Lashay

Divine Healing Herbs

Dosha Glo

Dream Cafe & Grille


Eden Place Nature Center

Enjoy A Corn 

Essential Elements

ETA Creative Arts Foundation


Fashion Fair

5 Loaves Eatery

The Frock Shop


Gallery Guichard

Grand Ballroom


Habitually Fly

Harold’s Chicken Shack


Hyde Park Hair Salon


The Intelligence Group


Johnson Publishing Company


Karyn Raw

Kiwi’s Boutique

Kolby Kanon


Leon’s BBQ

Life Organics


Macarthur’s Soul Food Restaurant 

M Lounge

Mielle Organics

Mobile Nail Spa

Ms. Biscuit


Norman’s Bistro


Oasis Barber Studio

Optimal Placement Services

Original Soul Vegetarian


Parkway Ballroom

Peach’s Restaurant

Publish Affordably



The Rink


Salaam Restaurant

Sip and Savor

Sir & Madame

Silver Umbrella

Shawn Michelle’s Old Fashioned Homeade Ice Cream

Standout Style Boutique

Sweet Blooms Cupcakes

Sweet Maple Cafe


Taurus Flavor’s

Thank God I’m Natural


Trucks and Pearls


Uncle Remus’s Chicken






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36 Responses
  • Alicia McGhee
    November 26, 2013

    Definitely should add Sweet Maple’s Cafe and Soul Vegan.

  • rich
    December 3, 2013

    If someone was openly posting “white owned business” blacks would be freaking out….stop perpetuating racism

    • Andrea Caldwell
      May 19, 2014

      The presumption is that most businesses in the Black Community are owned by other ethnic groups. As long as the wealth gap is as large as it is, promotion of black establishments is essential. No one is preventing other groups from patronizing them. So, the accusation of racism is unfounded.

    • Jazzy J
      June 1, 2014

      Most businesses are white owned. No need to broadcast!

    • Ben
      March 24, 2015

      Rich, you are a f*cking idiot!! Every time Black people show any type of solidarity and want to support their own communities, idiots like you rear your ugly heads. I’m sure you would be perfectly content if Black people only spent their hard-earned money in WHITE businesses and didn’t bother to support their communities because then that would satisfy your RACIST, WHITE SUPREMACIST agenda! You whites never seem to have a problem with other ethnicities supporting their communities but whenever Black people do the same, you have a mother f*cking problem with it! That let’s me know EXACTLY your motive behind that! We have every right to support our communities and spend OUR money wherever the hell we want!!! F*ck you and your damn white privilege!

    • L.H
      July 17, 2015

      There’s nothing wrong with black people asking for businesses that are owned by other black people. There are white owned businesses, Latin owned businesses, Asian owned businesses, etc, etc. Please stop trying to make people feel bad for wanting to help (and support) those in their “race and culture” communities. White people do not say ANYTHING to other races when they support their races’ businesses…so please, get over yourself.

  • Roxanne Charles
    December 16, 2013

    Midtown Medical Center, P.A., founder and owner Dr. Tamika Burruss would be a great addition to this directory. Tamika is a Naprapath (pain management specialist) that has been practicing since 2009 and recently opened her first clinic mentioned above. Great physicians and staff onboard there!

  • Judith Cathcart
    June 2, 2014

    Please add Brown Sugar Bakery 328 E 75th st, 773 224 6262.
    Great baked goods.

    I saw Dicola’s on your list. Are you sure that’s a black owned business?
    Just asking.

  • Judith Cathcart
    June 2, 2014

    First I’d like to thank you for the blog. It is much needed!
    My second suggestion is Three Chefs 8125 S Halsted.
    773 483 8111 closed Mondays. Great food cooked to order.

  • Bronzeville Renaissance
    June 8, 2014

    Can’t forget FAIE AFRIKAN ART in Bronzeville!!!

  • angel
    August 1, 2014

    Where is jordans beauty supply misspunkin? me and my mother would like to com

  • Mervin
    August 9, 2014

    Keep on writing, great job!

    Look at my website: latest news (Mervin)

  • Juju
    September 10, 2014

    Lusters pink lotion, ebony/ jet are black owned

  • Black McDonald's Operators Association
    September 17, 2014

    Hi NIkki,

    Love your site! Please consider adding the Black McDonald’s Operators Association (BMOA) to your list of Chicagoland Black owned businesses.

    For more info and a list of all black owned McDonald’s restaurants, please vist us at BMOAChicagoland.org and @BMOAChicagoland on Twitter and Instagram.


  • Lanarra norman
    October 22, 2014

    Hello! I am an intern for Family Counseling Institute which is black owned. What do we need to submit to you to become a business on your list?

  • Preston King
    October 26, 2014

    cleaners, tire shops?

  • Dee Dee
    October 28, 2014

    Weekenz by Nikole is a cute, reasonably priced boutique located on the west side of Chicago. Love the store owned by a young black woman from Chicago. (also has plus size for us girls with curves)

  • Ashante Baines
    November 12, 2014

    Unless I am wrong DiCola’s is not black owned unless they changed ownership?

    I remember went black folks was not even allowed on Western and if this is a Black owned business that would be news to me. Now I know they advertise on WVON but I think the owners are white and Italian.

  • Mavohn Agnew
    November 25, 2014

    This is great. I founded TechieBrothers Technology Services and would like to ask if we could be added as well. I encourage everyone to please visit our site http://www.techiebros.org or if you would like further information please feel free to contact me at mavohn.agnew@techiebros.org. Thanks!

  • Charles Clemons
    November 26, 2014


    I operate a black-owned boutique investment firm and would love to be added to your list. Thanks in advance!

    Charles Clemons

  • Nasira
    November 27, 2014

    Add MacArthur’s! 5412 W. Madison Street, Chicago, IL 60644

  • Tracy Brown
    November 27, 2014

    Could you please add A Emerald Towing to your Black Owned business list? The address is 3510 S. Rhodes and the phone number is 773-924-1674. Thank you for creating this list!

  • Tiffany Perkins
    November 28, 2014

    I’m looking to be more intentional in my support for black owned businesses this holiday season and wondered if anyone knows of any black owned toy stores? let me know.

  • Chez Smith
    November 28, 2014

    Thanks for compiling and providing this information. Please add the Chicago Defender Charities to the list. We are a separate entity from the Chicago Defender Newspaper. The Chicago Defender Charities’ produces the Bud Billiken Parade, Veteran’s Day Parade, Scholarships, and more. We are housed inside of Northeastern Illinois University, 700 E. Oakwood Blvd. Thanks

  • Liz A
    November 30, 2014

    Dr. Sheila R Brown, DDS – 850 S Wabash Ave
    Dr. Cheryl Wolfe, MD FACOG 2600 S Michigan Ave

  • karen
    December 12, 2014

    I shop at Jordan’s, a very professional A-A owned beauty supply store.

  • April
    December 16, 2014

    Love that this has already been started! Please add:

    1. Joyous Occasions – 109 E. 47th (Great balloon bouquets, arches etc. – professional affordable and great overall service and they deliver)
    2. Flowers First by Erskine – 511 E. 75th (Beautiful floral arrangements, great service and the biggest candy dish with the best treats while you wait!)
    3. Veola’s Day Spa – 2150 W. 95th (Beautiful spa, one of the best facials I’ve ever gotten and Veola is usually there to greet you!)

    Question: Did Farmer’s Best Market and God First God Last God Always close? I really want to purchase groceries, cleaning supplies from black biz owners)

  • Tam
    January 29, 2015

    Griffin Orthodontics- she has 2 locations

  • Lauren
    July 12, 2015

    Thanks so much for this post. Im currently in the city for an event & this is greatly appreciated. Thanks again.

  • Marlon Simmons
    September 19, 2015

    I am a Black Business Owner and would like to be added to your list.
    Floral Arrangements, Tropical Plant Rental and Sales, Silk Arrangements, and Holiday Decorations.

    Urban Flora Inc.
    1637 W. Ferdinand St.
    Chicago IL 60622
    Cell 312-446-8505

  • Jamal C Davis
    October 3, 2015

    I’m also a black business owner and a music teacher.
    Creative sound studios 11200 south hale Beverly area

  • Mario M.
    October 23, 2015

    We need this list updated Nikki. You have a great thing here. When i did a Google search your site was the forst that popped up. Also is there a way you can break down the list according to the service they provide ie: restaurants, car repair, dentists etc.

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