At the start of Black History Month, we are reminded that highlighting and celebrating local Black businesses shouldn’t be limited to just 28 days of the year. After all, if 2020 taught us anything, it’s that our support for the Black community in Chicago cannot be conditional. It’s more important than ever to shine a spotlight on entrepreneurs and activists who are using their platforms to effect change throughout the city. Here’s a good place to start: 10 Black-owned businesses that are shaping Chicago right now—from a bookshop and marketplace of shipping containers to a pie purveyor and a South Side boutique. Quite honestly, we love to see it!
Aaron Oliver is the founder of Seasoned & Blessed, a site dedicated to chronicling and celebrating the diverse dining experience in Chicago and beyond.