Chicago Black Restaurant Week Shines a Spotlight on Black-Owned Eateries

Chicago Black Restaurant Week is Here!

Chicago Black Restaurant Week
Photo Credit: Chicago Black Restaurant Week Facebook

Curating a platform for black-owned eateries and establishments, PR Guru Lauran Smith wanted to uphold Dr. Carter G. Woodson’s legacy, with special recognition of her own: Chicago Black Restaurant Week.

For those unaware, Carter G. Woodson was a scholar, historian, author, journalist and staple for African American history. In 1926, Woodson established “Negro History Week”, which would later become Black History Month. Thanks to his advancements, Black History Month is a significant holi-month for African Americans and a reminder to relish in the rich history the culture provides, that wouldn’t be possible without the perseverance of their predecessors.

Chicago Black Restaurant Week
Photo Credit: Chicago Black Restaurant Week Instagram

This year, from February 9 – 16, CBRW will highlight Black Restaurants within Chicago and surrounding suburbs. This is a wonderful opportunity for Chicago residents to get acquainted with these establishments and grow a new appreciation for them.

With over 35 participating restaurants, 914 dinners served, and $24,087 made from restaurants during this week, CBRW grows every year. This year’s theme is The #FIFTHFoodElement and their lineup is amazing!


2020 Lineup

  • BR Bar Dining & Dancing
  • Coffee Pops
  • Flammin Company
  • Surf’s Up South Shore
  • Venue 75 (V75)
  • Kenny’s Ribs & Chicken
  • Dusties Southern Style Buffet
  • Ribs & Soul BBQ
  • Whipped Inc
  • Sweet Honey Tea
  • Surf’s Up Oak Park
  • Kozy Korner Deli
  • Lexington Betty Smoke House
  • Signature Sweets Factory
  • Urban Grill Chicago
  • Can’t Believe It’s Not Meat
  • South Shore Brew Coffee House
  • Irie Jerk Bar & Grill
  • Irie Jerk Soul Food Express
  • Luella’s Gospel Bird
  • Luella’s Southern Kitchen
  • FruVe’ xPress Juicery
  • Litehouse Whole Food Grill
  • Soul Shack
  • Mikkey’s Retro Grill
  • The Woodlawn
  • Phlavz Bar & Grille
  • Bureau Bar UIC
  • DOCK’S Great Fish
  • Windy City Ribs & Whiskey
  • The Good Life Soul Food Cafe
  • Dirty Birds Southern Kitchen
  • A. Ashley Designs
  • Juiced By Shic
  • Kimbark Beverage Shoppe

Get all the CBWR discounts and further information online. CBWR will continue to occur every year in the second week of February. So, keep your eyes and ears open, and stomachs ready for some delicious eats this week.



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Featured Image Credit: Chicago Black Restaurant Week