June 2, 2020 | Posted by Martin Sorge

We stand in solidarity with our black neighbors, friends, and colleagues. We are resolute in the fact that black lives matter.

Many of us, and our communities, are hurting. The senseless loss of life of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and many others before them is unjust. We stand in solidarity with our black neighbors, friends, and colleagues. We are resolute in the fact that black lives matter.

We want all of our members and partners to know that we are focusing on how we can best help and serve during this time. We will continue to provide updates and information for our Uptown community.

Below is a list of black-owned neighborhood businesses who could use your support right now, along with ways you can volunteer time if you are interested. We know that racism, systematic injustice, and violence make it much harder for black entrepreneurs to start and grow businesses and organizations than their white counterparts.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch, we welcome your ideas and insights, too. We are greater together.

 

Black-owned/led businesses and organizations in Uptown*

Did we forget a business or organization to highlight? Did we misidentify a business? Email us and we’ll add it or fix it.

A thoughtful neighbor put this list together in a handy spreadsheet: https://tinyurl.com/y7z84ayg 

Aflac and LegalShield Independent Associate Gloria Reeves
http://legalshield.com/hub/gloriamreeves

African Wonderland Imports
4423 N Broadway

Afrikiko Hair and Fashion Boutique
4659 N Broadway

B&Q Afro Root Cuisine
4701 N Kenmore Ave.

Beauty Island Beauty Supply
4433 N Broadway

Black Ensemble Theater
4450 N Clark St.
http://www.blackensembletheater.org

Bodi Shak
4704 N Broadway
http://www.bodishak.com

Demera Ethiopian Restaurant
4801 N Broadway
http://www.demeraethiopianrestaurant.com

Desire to Aspire Mentoring Program
http://desire2aspire.org

Diamond’s Homestyle Cooking
5750 N Kenmore Ave., Suite 201
https://www.facebook.com/DiamondSoulFood/

Grace’s African Restaurant
4409 N Broadway
http://graceafricanrestaurant.com/

Haitian American Museum of Chicago
4654 N Racine Ave.
http://www.hamoc.org

Holsten Human Capital Development
1034 W Montrose Ave.
http://www.hhcd.org

Iyanze
4623 N Broadway

Kenny Mac’s Barbershop
1016 W Leland Ave.
http://www.kennymacsbarbarshop.com

M.A.D.E. Foundation
332 S Michigan Ave., Suite 1032
https://www.facebook.com/MadeFoundation/

Mind Body Defense
4143 N Broadway
http://Mindbodydefensechicago.com

Selam Market and Restaurant
4543 N Broadway
https://www.selamkitchen.com/

Tesfa Ethiopian Cuisine
1023 W Wilson Ave.
http://www.tesfacuisine.com

The Mukase
1363 W Wilson Ave.
http://www.themukase.com/

Urban Grill Chicago
1132 W Wilson Ave.
https://urbangrillchicago.com

Kuumba Lynx
4501 N Clarendon Ave.
https://www.kuumbalynx.com/

Legend Media Group Inc.
http://wghcfm.com

Michael Drayton – Farmers Insurance Agency
https://agents.farmers.com/il/skokie/michael-drayton

Nearly New Bike Shop
4075 N Broadway

Osas African Restaurant
1027 W Wilson Ave

RecBooks365
http://ecollholdings.com

Seeds of Joy Daycare
850 W Eastwood Ave.
http://www.seedsofjoyacademy.co

Taj Development Company, Inc.
http://www.tajdevelopment.com

Uptown Baptist Church
1011 W Wilson Ave.
http://www.uptownbaptistchurch.org</a

*List includes some Black-owned/led businesses and organizations that are members of Business Partners, The Chamber for Uptown, but might be located outside of Uptown.

 

Other sources to find local (and national) Black-owned businesses:

 

Local Volunteer Opportunities

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