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There’s no denying that summertime in Chicago is the most wonderful time of the year. From the street festivals happening nearly every weekend, to taking in the beauty of the skyline along the lakefront, there’s a magical air about our city that encourages millions of people to visit every summer. 

This upcoming July 21-23 weekend will be a special one in the city. Grammy Award-winning superstar Beyoncé is bringing her much-anticipated Renaissance World Tour to Soldier Field for two nights, July 22 and 23. Members of the BeyHive will be swarming into Chicago from all over the world to witness Queen Bey (and her disco sidekick, Reneigh) in all of her sparkly glory. 

We know it wouldn’t be a complete weekend without delectable dining experiences. So we had to hook y’all up with a guide to some of Chicago’s Black-owned establishments that you must support before or after you release the wiggle.

Here are 28 Black-owned bars and restaurants to visit while in Chicago for Beyoncé weekend, and any other weekend for that matter because there is ALWAYS something happening in our city. Keep in mind, we are a small team, and couldn’t do an exhaustive list—but you are always welcome to highlight your favorite Black Chicago restaurants by tagging them on social media when you see this story.

REPORTER’S NOTE: All of these establishments are within 10 miles of Soldier Field. 

Soulé (North Lawndale) – From Chicago Bulls legend Scottie Pippen to TV media maven Star Jones, this soul food spot has welcomed many of the Black star power who have stepped foot in our city. Owned and operated by Chef Bridgette Flagg, the menu consists of southern dishes that she learned from her mother and grandmother.


5th Avenue Smokers (West Garfield Park) – Yes, you can get very good ‘cue in Chicago! Located on 712 S. Kildare Avenue, this small-batch smoker requires that you order ahead and pick it up on Friday evening. Pre-orders close on Tuesdays at 9:00 p.m, just FYI. 

The Turkey Chop Gourmet Grill (West Humboldt Park) – At this West Humboldt Park eatery, turkey is king. Known for their Stuffed Turkey Leg, Turkey Chop has five different decadent options for patrons to choose from. But if turkey isn’t your thing, their menu also has sandwiches, salads, and pasta.

Sip and Savor (Bronzeville) – Another South Side gem, this coffee shop is the perfect place to grab that day-after-the-concert cup of coffee and reflect on the fun and liberating experience. 

Koto Hibachi (Bridgeport) – This Black-owned Japanese restaurant (yes, you read  correctly) offers hibachi and sushi for dine-in and takeout. 

Garifuna Flava: A Taste of Belize (Marquette Park)  – For a true taste of the Caribbean, you’ll need to take your talents (and your appetite) to 63rd Street. Specializing in Caribbean, Latin, and Garifuna cuisine, this family-owned and -operated restaurant prides itself on uplifting the culture and traditions of the Garifuna people. 

Can’t Believe It’s Not Meat (Hyde Park) – Any vegans in the house? Even if you aren’t a practicing vegan, Can’t Believe It’s Not Meat is a colorful establishment with sandwiches, salads and even their own take on the Chicago Pizza Puff. They also have a second location in the Gold Coast neighborhood.


Virtue (Hyde Park) – Led by owner and restaurateur Chef Erick Williams, this two-time James Beard Award winning restaurant takes American southern food to the next level. Whether you pull up for happy hour or dinner, your palate will be pleased and anticipating your next visit. 

Daisy’s Po Boy & Tavern (Hyde Park) – For another taste of New Orleans, pull up to Daisy’s and grab a po’ boy with chicken, shrimp, catfish and even alligator! Be sure to wash it down with a Sazerac or Hurricane. 

14 Parish Restaurant and Rhum Bar (Hyde Park) – Another Hyde Park favorite, 14 Parish has an elaborate list of Caribbean rums that add a kick to their Parish (Rum) Punch. It’s a great spot for brunch, lunch or a quick dinner before the show. 

Justice of the Pies (Avalon Park) – In the mood for a little something sweet? Chef Maya-Camille Broussard recently opened her bakery in a building that once was home to her mother’s childhood dentist’s office. Not only can you get a slice of your choice, but there are a bounty of other sweet treats (and ice cream!) to satiate your sweet tooth.

Luella’s Southern Kitchen (Lincoln Square) – Owned and operated by Chef Darnell Reed, Luella’s is an ode to his great grandmother. The menu is complete with fried chicken, chicken gumbo, and sweet and sugary beignets for dessert. 

Batter & Berries (Lincoln Park) –  Known for its world-famous French toast flight, Batter & Berries is a North Side staple that’s perfect for breakfast or lunch. They don’t take reservations, but you are welcome to join the waitlist via Yelp. 

Demera Ethiopian (Uptown) – Since November 2007, Demere has been serving up traditional Ethiopian dishes that are best enjoyed family-style. You can also find them in Time Out Market Chicago Market in the West Loop. 

Soul & Smoke (Avondale) – Executive Chef D’Andre Carter and his wife Heather established Soul & Smoke as a take-out concept in 2020, and have since opened two locations (the other Evanston) where they not only serve up delicious smoked meats, but also focus on giving back to the community. 

Ina Mae Tavern & Packaged Goods (Wicker Park) – For a taste of the Big Easy, you’ll want to make a beeline straight to Ina Mae Tavern. From savory boudin balls to half-dozen classic oysters, co-owner and head chef Brian Jupiter has created a menu that would instantly transport you to New Orleans. 

Frontier (West Town) – Also co-owned by Chef Brian Jupiter, Frontier is for the meat lovers. You can start off with an order of lamb empanadas or elk sliders, and move into the main event with a pork Porterhouse chop or some Wagyu ribs. And don’t forget the five-cheese mac!  

Pour Souls Cocktail Counter (Wicker Park) – If you’re looking for a chill vibe that’s neither bar nor lounge, pull up to Pour Souls and grab yourself a craft cocktail. Owner Tim Williams creates all of the custom mixers in-house, so you can just sit back, sip from some vintage glassware and enjoy the vibe. 

Provaré (West Town) – A fusion of Creole and Italian cuisine that will surely take your taste buds on a wild ride. Make a reservation and be sure to order Crabby Fries for the table. 

The Duplex (Logan Square) – Located in the vibrant heart of Logan Square, The Duplex is absolutely the spot to hit for a turn-up brunch. Owner Le’Qoinne Rice not only focuses on providing guests with an enjoyable experience, but also with delicious food and yummy cocktails made from fresh ingredients.


Revolver (Wicker Park) – Also owned by Le’Qoinne Rice, this speakeasy immediately makes you feel like you’ve walked into a bar from the 1920s. Happy hour begins at 5:00 p.m. every day, and it is encouraged to make a reservation for you and your crew. 

The Delta (Wicker Park) – An ode to the Mississippi Delta, this Wicker Park staple specializes in Red Hot Tamales, crafted cocktails and other delicacies from the region. The “Saturday Day Party Lunch” and “Sunday Soul Brunch” offer family-style menu options, as well as dishes a la carte and some fun vibes with music.

1308 Chicago (Goose Island) – This vegetarian-friendly restaurant is serving up new American cuisine with flare. Try the corn ribs as a starter and the Miso-glazed roasted half chicken for the main course. 

Goose Island Shrimp House (Goose Island) – As the oldest shrimp house in Chicago, this spot is a must visit for the seafood lovers. Fried oysters, smelt, and frog legs with an assortment of sides are also on the menu. Bring cash with you, just in case they’re only taking cash that day.

Eleven Eleven (West Loop) – Located in the heart of the West Loop, Eleven Eleven is elevated American with flair. Start with the Bao buns, share a bowl of Cacio e Pepe, and get the Thai Fried Chicken and Cornbread for yourself. Also a great option for brunch! 

Chicago French Press (South Loop) – Located in Roosevelt Commons, Chicago French Press offers a full service coffee bar, as well as ground coffee and loose leaf tea for customers to purchase.

16th Street Bar & Lounge (South Loop) – Part coffee bar + part cocktail bar = all of the vibes. If you’re looking for a cute spot to get a little work done, or to enjoy a mid-day glass of wine, 16th Street Bar is the place to be. 

Taste 222 (Fulton River District) – One of the newer establishments in the Loop, Taste 222 also serves as the storefront showcase of the Black-owned venture capital firm Cleveland Avenue. Serving New American small bites and entrees, the restaurant is only open for lunch and happy hour Mondays through Fridays. 

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is a freelance contributor for The TRiiBE.