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Black Chicago Eats Week Spotlights Black-Owned Restaurants Through Aug. 12

The directory includes more than 200 restaurants

Mikkey's Retro Grill is one of the participants in Black Chicago Eats Week
Mikkey's Retro Grill is one of the participants in Black Chicago Eats Week
Ashok Selvam is the editor of Eater Chicago and a native Chicagoan armed with more than two decades of award-winning journalism. Now covering the world of restaurants and food, his nut graphs are super nutty.

There's a market for Black-owned restaurants in Chicago —look at how enthusiastic folks react when Batter & Berries gets a mention. But one of the challenges is better outreach and tapping into a wider market. Those are goals for the organizers behind Black Chicago Eats, a directory of 200-plus Black-owned Chicago restaurants. Now through Aug. 12, they're holding Black Chicago Eats Week to highlight a few of those restaurants on the directory.

The Tribune spoke with organizer Toure Muhammad who talked about the community value of Black-owned restaurants and the need to ensure a wider audience knows about them. They're encouraging diners to check out participating restaurants, which include Turkey Chop Gourmet Chili, Brown Sugar Bakery, Peaches on 47th, Soul Vegetarian East and Mikkey's Retro Grill.

Efforts to shine the spotlight on Black-owned restaurants aren't new. Back in February, separate organizers held the first-annual Chicago Black Restaurant Week. The event was a success, and organizers said it will return next year.

Soul Vegetarian East

205 E 75th St, Chicago, IL 60619 (773) 224-0104 Visit Website

Mikkey's Retro Grill

5319 South Hyde Park Boulevard, , IL 60615 (773) 675-8525 Visit Website

Brown Sugar Bakery

328 East 75th Street, , IL 60619 (773) 224-6262 Visit Website