Where to Celebrate Chicago Black Restaurant Week

Now through February 20, raise a glass to Chicago’s Black-owned fine dining destinations, cafes, juice bars, barbecue joints, and more.

14 days of unbeatable dining deals have splashed down in the Windy City this week thanks to Chicago Black Restaurant Week’s February 6th kick-off. Founded in 2015 by Memphis’ Lauran Smith as a way to spotlight African-American culinary entrepreneurs during Black History Month, the community-oriented event has since spread to cities around the country. The series came to the Chicagoland area in 2016, with numerous registered Black-owned businesses stretching from South Shore to Evanston joining in on the fun, inviting regulars and newcomers alike to check out their spaces, taste their handiwork, and share in their cultural legacy—all with the extra incentive of discounts, specials, and other limited time promotions.

Taste 222 Chicago
Taste 222 Chicago

Since its start, Chicago Black Restaurant Week has showcased 200 restaurants and served a whopping 50,000 customers. The seventh annual celebration features a markedly diverse and far-reaching roster of participants. Upwards of 35 different eateries have thrown their hat in the venerable ring, ranging from neighborhood coffee shops like Afro Joe’s in Auburn Greshamand Lincoln Square’s beloved comfort fare specialist Luella’s Southern Kitchen to polished West Loop innovator Taste 222 and plant-based pioneers like The Black Vegan Restaurant in Little Village and Hyde Park’s Can’t Believe It’s Not Meat. Cutting edge Grand Boulevard pop-up bar concept Prāzbar Chicago, a collective dedicated to non-alcoholic spirits, wine, and beer, is also in on the action, as is Uptown’s award-winning Demera Ethiopian Restaurant.

Demera Ethiopian Restaurant
Demera Ethiopian Restaurant

Stop by any one of the standout restaurants on this list to find out what deals lie in store for lucky guests from now until February 20th. And make sure to follow CBRW on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with the latest happenings.

Information listed here may be subject to change depending on the developing situation with COVID-19's Omicron variant. Please check for the latest updates available or contact each establishment directly for more info.
Luella's Southern Kitchen
Luella's Southern Kitchen

Participating restaurants:

Cocoa Chili Restaurant & Catering
Cocoa Chili Restaurant & Catering

Cocoa Chili Restaurant, West Garfield Park
Surf’s Up Bronzeville, Bronzeville
Pink Panini Soups & Salads, Hazel Crest
Taste 222, West Loop
Unbeatable Eatables, Evergreen Park

Afro Joe's Coffee
Afro Joe's Coffee
Mabe's Deli
Mabe's Deli
Dickey's Barbecue Pit National
Dickey's Barbecue Pit National
Juiced by Shic
Juiced by Shic

Juiced by Shic, Midlothian
Phlavz Bar & Grille, Orland Park
Bureau Bar & Restaurant, Near South Side
Bureau Pizza Co, South Loop

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Meredith Heil is a Senior Cities Editor at Thrillist.