Where to Celebrate Chicago Black Restaurant Week

Now through February 26, raise a glass to Chicago’s Black-owned fine dining destinations, cafes, juice bars, barbecue joints, and more.

The eighth annual Chicago Black Restaurant Week is underway, bringing with it a celebration of Black culinary excellence and community building through food and drink. From February 12 through 26, 28 restaurants, cafes, and bars will offer unbeatable deals on cuisine, drinks, desserts, and more.

Black Restaurant Week was founded by Memphis native Lauren Smith back in 2015. Smith’s aim was to cultivate community through food and elevate and honor Black restaurant owners and chefs during Black History Month. Stay informed of all the deals and specials by checking out the participating restaurant’s websites, Facebook pages, and Instagram accounts—or better yet, skip the screens and drop in to taste for yourself.

1308 Chicago
1308 Chicago

Since its inception CBRW has highlighted over 200 restaurants in Chicago, and this year's diverse lineup is impressive. Prāzbar Chicago will be serving up non-alcoholic spirits, wine, and beer, while Mabe's Sandwich Shop is your one-stop shop for all things sandwich related. Prohibition-themed 1308 Chicago is the new kid on the block, with a spread of New American cuisine and craft cocktails, and Luella’s Southern Kitchen is your Southern comfort food go-to. And let's not forget the delicious vegan options like Sweet Vegan Bakes, Meek's Vegan Kitchen, and The Black Vegan Restaurant.

Stay up to date with the latest by checking out the Chicago Black Restaurant Week’s website, or the Black Restaurant Week’s Instagram.

Taste 222 Chicago
Taste 222 Chicago

Participating restaurants:

Prāzbar Chicago, Grand Boulevard
Red Star Matteson, Matteson
Taste 222, West Loop
Mabe's Sandwich Shop, ​​Greater Grand Crossing
1308 Chicago, Salt District
Haute Brats, Englewood
Haire's Gulf Shrimp, Greater Grand Crossing
Tavern On Lagrange, Countryside
Ina Mae Tavern, Wicker Park
Frontier Chicago, West Town
Luella's Popcorn, Lincoln Square
CheSa's Bistro, Avondale
Juiced by Shic, Midlothian
Flammin Restaurant, Park Manor
Meek's Vegan Kitchen, Palos Heights
MiMi's Tacos & Fries, South Loop
Luella’s Southern Kitchen, Lincoln Square
The Black Vegan Restaurant, Little Village
Tavern On The Row, The Loop
Bureau Bar, South Loop.
Hidden Manna Cafe, Matteson
Surf's Up Oak Park, Oak Park
Bronzeville Soul, Bronzeville
Sweet Vegan Bakes, Old Town
The Duplex Chicago, Logan Square
Outside The Box Carryout & Catering, Inc, McKinley Park
Wilma’s Famous BBQ, Dolton
Candy’s Place, Richton Park

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Meredith Heil is a Senior Cities Editor at Thrillist.
Elanor Bock is a Chicago born, New York-based professional dancer, writer, and renaissance woman, excelling at philosophy, mathematics, outdoor adventuring, and balancing six martinis on a tray in a crowded bar.