CHICAGO — An event highlighting Black-owned restaurants in Chicago and surrounding suburbs is back for its seventh annual celebration.
Chicago Black Restaurant Week starts Sunday and ends February 20. Neighbors can travel from Fulton Market to Oak Park and Auburn Gresham to Lynwood for a range of food and treats. Diners who stop at this year’s featured restaurants will receive special discounts decided by each restaurant.
Lauran Smith, a social media manager originally from Memphis, came up with the concept of Chicago Black Restaurant Week in the summer of 2015. The goal was to support black-owned restaurants by giving them a platform to shine. The first extravagant restaurant opened in February 2016.
Smith chose to hold her event the second week of February to honor scholar Carter G. Woodson.
Woodson created National Negro History Week in 1926 to celebrate the successes of African Americans. The celebration took place during the second week of February, on the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass – Black History Month was not recognized until 1975.
Chicago Black Restaurant Week commemorates black history while creating a stage for black entrepreneurs to have time in the spotlight. Over the past seven years, 200 restaurants have participated and 50,000 customers have dined, Smith said.
The event also increased and diversified the locations of participating restaurants. Neighbors can choose from 32 restaurants this year.
In Beverly, Flippin Flavors offers fresh hoagies and jerk chicken salads. Dock’s Chicago, a Chicagoland staple for more than three decades, offers fried fish sandwiches and shrimp po’boys. And when diners start craving something sweet, Afro Joe’s Coffee and Tea in Auburn Gresham offers sweet potato puffs and tiramisu lattes.
Here is what is open:
- Cuisine of the South of Luella, 4609 N. Lincoln Ave., Lincoln Square
- Hidden Manna Coffee, 3613 216th Street, Matteson
- Chicago Food + Cocktails444 N. Wabash Ave., Streeterville
- Mukase Restaurant1363 W. Wilson Avenue, Downtown
- Surf’s Up South Shore2236 E. 71st St., South Shore
- Gulf of Haire Shrimps7448 S. Vincennes Avenue, Greater Grand Crossing
- Flippin Flavors1848 W. 95th St., Beverly
- Cocoa Chili Restaurant, 135 N. Kedzie Ave., West Garfield Park
- Surf’s Up Bronzeville4317 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Bronzeville
- Pink panini soups and salads17505 Kedzie Ave, Hazel Crest
- Taste 222222 N. Canal St. West Loop
- Unbeatable dishes, 3208 W. 95th Street, Evergreen Park
- Afro Joe coffee and tea8344 S. Halsted St., Auburn Gresham
- Good to go Jamaican restaurant711 W. Howard St., Evanston
- Dozzy’s Grill2537 S. Wabash Ave. South Loop
- Seafood flavor bar19755 Torrence Ave, Lynwood
- Flammin-Restaurant641 E. 75th Street, Park Manor
- Let me get Ummm7016 W. North Ave., Galewood
- Mabe’s Deli312 E. 75th Street, Park Manor
- CheSa’s Gluten Tootin Free Gourment Food Truck3517 N. Spaulding Ave, Avondale
- Prazbar Chicago78 E. 47th St., Grand Boulevard (pop-up every first Sunday of the month)
- I can’t believe it’s not meat, 1368 E. 53rd Street, Hyde Park
- Surf’s Up Lombard845 E. Roosevelt Road, Lombard
- Dock’s Chicago321 E. 35th St., Douglas
- Dickey’s BBQ2537 S. Wabash Ave., Douglas
- Kozy Korner Deli15451 Cottage Grove Ave, Dolton
- Copper Still Martini Lounge, 1961 Ridge Road, Homewood
- Eddie’s food and booze9809 S. Cottage Grove Ave, Pullman
- Demera Ethiopian Restaurant4801 N. Broadway, Downtown
- Wrap the shack 162954 E. 162nd St., South Holland
- Surf’s Up Oak Park6427 Ave NW, Oak Park
- The black vegan restaurant2300 S. Kedzie Avenue, Little Village
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