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Back to Black: 24 Black-owned restaurants on Chicago’s North Side | Chicago Tribune

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Back to Black: 24 Black-owned restaurants on Chicago’s North Side | Chicago Tribune

[dropcap]B[/dropcap]ack in February, I wrote a story about black food and beverage professionals in Chicago and their work to provide more inclusive spaces and visibility for other chefs and bartenders of color. One reader, Kareem Dixon of Edgewater, shared his reaction on Twitter:

“I know this isn’t the main focus of the article, but I wish there were more Black-owned establishments on the northside. I’d like to be able to support more.” [mc4wp_form id=”6042″]

Dixon’s tweet touched on a couple of challenges people face when attempting to support black-owned businesses. It’s often difficult to identify these establishments in the first place, and many black-owned businesses are located on the South and West sides of the city. But, lest we forget, black people and black businesses exist on the North Side, too.

Batter and Berries

2748 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-248-7710

The BYOB Lincoln Park spot is consistently super busy, so be prepared to wait a couple of hours before digging into the French toast flight with strawberry, lemon, blueberry and caramel French toast ($11.50) or the cluck-n-gaufre, a sweet potato waffle stuffed and topped with fried chicken and hot sauce ($13.50).

The Delta

1745 W. North Ave., 773-360-1793

Try the red hot tamales with spicy beef brisket ($6 for three), fried rice with chicken and mushroom ($16) or the grilled Isola catfish with eggplant and Chinese broccoli ($21).


4801 N. Broadway, 773-334-8787

Ethiopian chef/owner Tigist Reda opened Uptown’s Demera in 2007. Try a family style messob (combination platter) with beef, chicken, lamb, seafood and vegetarian dishes ($16.50-$17.95 per person) along with Tej, Ethiopian honey wine ($8).