We’ve gathered up some of the Black-owned Chicago businesses that families love, from sweet shops to clothing stores to the coolest roller rink in town.MoreLess
Caffeine is a crucial ingredient to any parent's day. Caffeinate your day with a tea, mocha, latte or blended drink—and add in a pastry or small bite sourced from a local bakery—from one of Sip and Savor's three locations in the Bronzeville, Hyde Park and Rosenwald neighborhoods. Trez V. Pugh, III, CEO of this southside favorite known for exceptional quality and flavor, also works full time for the U.S. Government and mentors at-risk kids.
Kido is a south loop kid's shop with a focus on positivity that sells books, clothes, puzzles and toys owned by husband and wife duo, Doug and Keewa. Along with the responsibilities of the store, Doug is a visual artist specializing in graffiti and murals and Keewa is a performing artist who sings jazz and plays characters. And, their kids are ridiculously adorable.
A potato chip cookie? Uh, yes, please. Lenore Lindsey is a South Side native who believes the secret to success is to do what you love, which led her to open Give Me Some Sugah in 2008. She's famous for her potato chip cookie, but also loves anything lime and keeps things interesting (and savory) with an ever-changing line-up of homemade soups.
The Rink was first opened in 1974 by then-husband and wife duo Carmen Clark and Nate Simpson. The idea was born from a desire to bring entertainment options a little closer to home, as they were always driving to the suburbs for a family night out. Although it has recently changed ownership, the new owners, Ramona and Curtis, are committed to keeping this Chatham neighborhood staple as it's always been. A place that's boiling over with positive energy with a laser-focus on community building.
Any parent can relate to the challenge of attempting to make everyone happy at dinnertime. It's almost an impossibility. Eric Nance has a wife who's vegetarian, a daughter who is meatatarian and his other three kids (and him!) are somewhere wedged in the middle. When his wife went on a reading spree and started to focus on understanding what they were putting into their bodies, she ended up throwing away everything Eric liked to eat. So, he went on a mission and created this spot.
Studio One Dance Theatre is well known on the southside for their outstanding program that offers tap, ballet, modern, jazz and more. Executive Director and Founder Pamela Avery strives to create an environment that nurtures the individual student, while also providing technical training. Dance students learn how movement is a form of communication that can tell a story and evoke an emotion, which is a life lesson they can use no matter the career path they choose.
If you haven't read up on Little Black Pearl, their work is extremely inspirational—especially for those with an interest in the arts. Their mission is to counter the hurdles lept by urban youth by providing a safe environment for expression, social growth opportunities and positive role models. Their programming includes Little Black Pearl Art & Design Academy, which is a 9-12 grade arts-focused high school that encourages students to engage their natural curiosity.
Mimi's Tot's Closet sells seriously cool threads and some of the sweetest outfits for infants and toddlers you'll ever see. They are located inside Mimi's Vanity Room, which hosts sassy spa, paint and slime birthday parties—they also have a mobile spa service for at-home parties!
Mikkey's Metro Grill Mikkey Halsted is a father, husband and culture creator who has 15 years of music industry experience, having worked closely with Kanye West, Jermaine Dupri and Cash Money Records. With the help of his Master's in Education, he also mentors Chicago's youth. Mikkey Metro Grill focuses on burgers, wings and shakes using all-natural ingredients and they even have vegan options!