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Chicago Black Restaurant Week Returns With More Participants

Check out the restaurant lineup

Bin 36
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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.

As promised, Chicago Black Restaurant Week has returned for its second year. From this Sunday, Feb. 12 through Feb. 19—partially in honor of Black History Month—participating restaurants across the city, and a few in the suburbs, will offer specials to highlight Black-owned restaurants which are often overlooked. The list is growing, but so far there’s 26 participants onboard.

The rules for Chicago Black Restaurant Week are less rigid than Chicago Restaurant Week, which is going on now through Thursday. The specials will differ at each restaurant; they aren’t required to come up with a special menu. In the spirit of camaraderie, organizers are asking special to end in “17” as in 2017. But that’s totally optional. Seventeen also happened to be the number of restaurants that participated in last year’s promotion, which was also in February. Organizer and social media consultant Lauran Smith was inspired by Negro History Week, the precursor to Black History Week.

Last year, Smith told Eater that she didn’t care about geography, as segregation plagues the city from North and South sides. It didn’t matter where a Black-owned business stood, she hoped her promotion could help support all Black-owned restaurants. Chicago Black Restaurant Week isn’t affiliated with the city’s tourism arm, Choose Chicago, the organizer of Chicago Restaurant Week.

Check out the list which includes new participants like Bin 36 in the West Loop and Cracked at 695 in River West. The Tribune first reported the news.

  1. The Crazy Crab Chicago
  2. Harold’s Chicken of Homewood
  3. NADIA’s Gourmet Grapes
  4. Peach’s Restaurant
  5. Diamond’s Sport Bar & Grill
  6. The Cajun Connoisseur Food Truck
  7. Luella’s Southern Kitchen
  8. Currency Exchange Cafe
  9. OoohWeeSweetTea #11
  10. Haire’s Gulf Shrimp
  11. Kimbark Beverage Shoppe
  12. Love Cork Screw
  13. Brows N Berries
  14. So Co Sweets
  15. Kozy Korner Deli & Catering
  16. Siovhan Food Diaries
  17. Flavor Brunch N Bar
  18. Flavor Restaurant
  19. Chesa’s Gluten Free Food Truck
  20. Chicago Style Italian Beef
  21. Picky Eater Life
  22. Bin 36
  23. Mood Meals, Inc
  24. Mikkey’s Retro Grill
  25. Litehouse Whole Food Grill
  26. Cracked at 695

Luella's Southern Kitchen

4609 North Lincoln Avenue, , IL 60625 (773) 961-8196 Visit Website

Litehouse Whole Food Grill

1373 E 53rd St, Chicago, IL 60615 (773) 633-2587 Visit Website

Bin 36

161 N Jefferson St, Chicago, IL 60661 (312) 995-6560

Mikkey's Retro Grill

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