About

“Connecting our culture, supporting our dreams, and building our city.”

Chicago was founded by Jean Baptiste Point duSable around 1770. This great city has served as home to many African-Americans who left the south during The Great Migration, seeking a better life for their families. Black-owned businesses like The Chicago Defender provided jobs for the African-Americans that decided to leave the south and make Chicago their home. Since then, Black-owned businesses have been a source of pride in our communities.

Black-Owned Chicago was created to be a resource for citizens of Chicago and tourists alike that desire to experience Chicago from the African-American perspective and desire to support the businesses and organizations in our community. We are also a network for seasoned and budding Black-owned businesses in the city.  

According to a study conducted by the Nielsen Company, African-Americans had the projected buying power of 1.1 trillion dollars in 2015 and they expect that number to increase to 1.3 trillion by 2017. This research has revealed that 90% of money that our community spends goes to non-black businesses. It is our desire to support black-owned businesses and organizations in efforts to strengthen the economic climate in our communities. It is our goal to build a solid community that is committed to supporting black-owned businesses and organizations regularly.