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Chicago Black Restaurant Week Returns this Year During Black History Month from February 6th - 20th

Natalie Frank, Ph.D.

Come out and enjoy the fare at Chicago area restaurants and bars showcasing special dishes for Black Restaurant Week, held as part of Black History Month

This year is the seventh annual Black Restaurant Week, one of the most popular events that occurs during Black History Month in Chicago. It's founder, Lauran Smith, started the celebration to recognize black owned food and beverage establishments and increase their visibility. This came about as she realized there were so many such businesses in Chicago that were relatively unknown outside the neighborhoods where they were located. Since that time Chicago Black Restaurant Week has had over 10k supporters and the annual celebration has been featured on numerous local and national media platforms.

Chicago Black Restaurant Week is held at various registered Black owned restaurants across Chicago and it's suburbs. Some of the restaurants participating around the area are listed below.

The Bureau Bar and Restaurant

2115 S. State St. Chicago, IL 60616; (312)877-5112

Referred to as the South Loop's neighborhood bar, The Bureau is a trendy locale for modernized comfort foods and cocktails and patrons can enjoy live entertainment. The Bureau is also popular spot for holding viewing parties. Some of their signature dishes include: Lobster Eggrolls, Buffalo Cauliflower, Salmon Alfredo Pasta, Chicken and Waffles, and a variety of burgers and tacos.

The Black Vegan

2300 S. Kedzie, Chicago, IL 60623; (773)639-0896

Known for the variety of unique vegan fare, the Black Vegan can be summed up in the owners words:

"We make food for those who want to transition into vegan eating while still tasting the flavors they love."

Some of their most popular disches include: Jackfruit Sliders, BBQ Portabella Wings, Vegan Shrimp Gyro, and Orange Chicken Croissant Sandwich. Their Lemon Meringue Pietopped with whipped cream is the perfect dessert.

Good to Go Jamaican Cuisine

711 W Howard St, Evanston, IL 60202; (847)868-8226

Offering Caribbean food and tropical cocktails, Good to Go is an Evanston favorite spot for a night out. They are known for their Jerk Sauce which sets off their Jerk Chicken, and Jerk Rib Tips, two of the most popular items on the menu. Other offerings include Oxtail, Curry Goat, and Ackee and Saltfish, the national dish of Jamaica. There are plenty of desserts to choose from including Caramel Cake, Mango Cheesecake and Rum Raisen Ice Cream and their Espresso Bar serves a full menu of espresso drinks, frappachinos and iced coffees. There is live Reggae music on Friday nights and a live DJ on Saturday nights.

Taste 222

222 N Canal St, Chicago, IL 60606; (312)383-6620

Taste 222 is a new, upscale, modern, American eatery, with aa special menu for Chicago Black Restaurant Week. The lunch menu includes choice of a salad, entree and dessert while the dinner menu includes three courses with dessert. Some of the items offered are Kale Salad, Ancho Chili, Blackened Salad Nicoise, Whipped Sweet Potatoes, Mac and Cheese, Chocolate Caramel Cake and Mini Peanut Butter Pie. Each meal is served with a beverage.

Demera

4801 N. Broadway Street Chicago, IL 60640; (773)334-8787

The award winning uptown restaurant lets Chicago residents and visitors experience Ethiopian food at it's finest. The owner, Tigist Reda, was raised in Ethiopia and leaned how to cook Ethiopian dishes from the elders in her family. She brought her knowledge of tradional East African specialties to Chicago. Dishes served at Demera include Sambussas (dumplings with a variety of fillings), fresh baked breads with a variety of spreads, spicy Amish Chicken, Kitfo (Ethiopian steak tartar), a variety of stews such as red lentil, and split yellow pea, and a variety of desserts including vegan Chocolate Coconut Pie and Ethiopian Style Tiramisu. Their signature cocktails include Mango Basil Vodka Collins, Melon Margaritas and Honey Wine Sangria.

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You can find a list of all participating eateries on the CBRW website, an on the various social media platforms with pages associated with the week, including Facebook & Instagram, Twitter.

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