Forging a path of inclusivity and equality, Black People Eats founder Jeremy Joyce shines a spotlight on Black-owned restaurants throughout Chicago. In addition to maintaining a jam-packed local business directory (and a corresponding map), Joyce is also a community organizer with his boots on the ground. This year alone, he’s raised more than $75,000 to support Black-owned businesses, organized a Juneteenth celebration with 70-plus restaurants, and hosted a virtual food festival called Blaktober. Behind the scenes, Joyce’s driving force is simple yet necessary: to connect people to Black-owned restaurants in order to create a brighter future for all.
Chicago is a city that's constantly in flux, continuously changing in ways both big and small that will shape the lives of residents for years to come. We can't predict exactly what tomorrow will bring, but we can examine the innovative people, places and things working toward a better future for Chicago.
Over the past few months, we've seen change accelerate in ways that we couldn't imagine. Chicago's best restaurants have been forced to rethink how they do business, Chicago music venues have taken concerts online and drive-in movie theaters have become some of the most popular destinations in town.
Some of these innovations may not be permanent, but the disruption to city life as we've come to know it offers a chance to rewrite the rules and create lasting change. As we take stock and look forward, we've gathered some of the most exciting people, places and things that are creating a better Chicago today, tomorrow and beyond.