Thriving Thursdays


Showcasing Black businesses and entrepreneurs in the Chicagoland area and the nation.

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October 7, 2021Design Essentials 


Looking for some new hair care products, check out Design Essentials!


September 30, 2021Pink Panini Soups & Salads 


If you’re in the South Suburbs, check out Pink Panini Soups & Salads in Hazel Crest!

September 23, 2021Moods by Yemmie


Moods by Yemmie is a Black-owned candle company inspired by your moods!

September 16, 2021Shea Shea Bakery 


Check out Shea Shea Bakery skincare for new products to elevate your self care day!

September 9, 2021Black-Owned Yarn Businesses 


Do you like to crochet? Well, here are some Black-owned yarn businesses that you can check out:

September 2, 2021Luella’s Southern Kitchen


Luella’s Southern Kitchen is “Chicago’s Best Southern Kitchen!” Check them out:

August 26, 2021Harold’s Shrimp and Chicken


The iconic Harold’s Shrimp is chicken has a location near UIC on Taylor.

#Chicago #UIC #UIC25 #thursday

#blackowned #restaurant

August 19, 2021Phlavz 


For those that are going to be on campus, Phlavz is a black-owned restaurant and bar located on Maxwell St!

August 5, 2021Virtue Restaurant & Bar


Check out Virtue Restaurant & Bar, a black-owned restaurant serving American Southern Cuisine!

#UIC #UIC25 #Chicago #blackowned #restaurant

#southern #virtue

July 29, 2021Just Turkey BBQ Restaurant


Try the original Just Turkey BBQ Restaurant!

#UIC #UIC25 #Chicago #blackowned #restaurant #justturkey


July 22, 2021The Grail Cafe 

The Grail Cafe is a new restaurant that opened at the top of 2020. It is located in the South Loop and is “a community focused space, where all are invited to eat, drink and socialize”.

#UIC #UIC25 #Chicago #blackowned #restaurant

July 15, 2021Garifuna Flavor


Garifuna Flava is a Carribean restaurant giving Chicago restaurants a “tast of Belize”. Check them out:

#UIC #UIC25 #Chicago #blackowned #restaurant #belize


July 8, 2021Beauty Bakarie


Beauty Bakerie is a black-owned makeup line with a sweet twist! Check it out:

#UIC #UIC25 #Chicago #makeup #blackowned

July 1, 2021Hook & Reel Cajun Seafood


Hook & Real Cajun Seafood is located in Country Club Hills. #Chicago #UIC #UIC25 #seafood

June 24, 2021Homebody


Homebody is a wellness brand dedicating to helping with pain, stress, sleep, mood, and wellbeing. You can shop with them at Ulta and Revolve.

#UIC #UIC25 #chicago #blackowned #wellness


June 17, 2021Sweet Dreams Frozen Yogurt


Sweet Dreams Frozen Yogurt is a Black-owned froyo shop located in Bridgeport. Stop here for some frozen treats to battle the heat!

#UIC #UIC25 #chicago #blackowned #frozenyogurt

June 10, 2021Big Ed’s BBQ 


Big Ed’s BBQ is a Black-Owned restaurant in Waukegan, making BBQ from scratch.

ja grille

June 3, 2021Ja’Grille


Ja’Grille is an authentic Jamaican restaurant located in Hyde Park.


May 27, 2021Shanice Taylor


Barbadian Designer Shanice Taylor has received thousands of orders after singer #Rihanna wore one of her crochet pieces. Read about it here:



May 20, 2021Friistyle 


FriiStyle is a new Chicago restaurant that adds a twist on Belgian-style pomme frites.

May 13, 2021Chef Sara’s Cafe 


Today we will be highlighting Chef Sara’s Cafe. This cafe located in Chicago offers fresh breakfast and lunch. You can also order delivery!

May 6, 2021Highlighting Black Businesses 


What are some businesses you guys want to highlight? Let us know down below.

April 29, 2021Rashidat’s Detox Cafe 


Rashidat’s Detox Cafe is a Black-owned plant based detox cafe in Dolton. Check out their Instagram:

April 22, 2021Soul Shack


The Soul Shack is a Black-owned soul food restaurant in Chicago. They have many delicious menu items that you can order online!

April 15, 2021Can’t Believe It’s Not Meat


Can’t Believe it’s Not Meat is a Black owned vegan restaurant. It has two locations in Chicago and Orland Park!

April 8, 2021Homebody

#ThrivingThursday Homebody is a Black-Owned wellness brand that sells products for self-care. Check them out:

April 1, 2021Slim Pickens Outfitters 


It’s getting warmer, which means more time is being spent outside. Slim Pickens Outfitters is a Black-Owned outdoor shop. It’s located in Texas but you can still purchase items off their site:


March 25, 2021XYZee Candles 


XYZee Candles is a black, Hatian woman owned brand. The goal for these candles is to bring relaxation, clear the mind and reduce stress. Check out their spring/ summer collection if you are looking to buy new scents!

March 18, 2021Semicolon Bookstore


This week we’re highlighting Semicolon bookstore which is located up north.  Semicolon is a black-woman owned store! If you’re looking to purchase any books, check them out.

March 11, 2021Activism in Chicago


Check out this article on Black Women and Queer Activists in Chicago. Let’s bring awareness to them and their work.

March 4, 2021Black Women Innovators 


This week we are acknowledging 10 Black Women innovators and their importance in history. Some of the things they brought to us are those we can’t live without!


February 25, 2021Nerd Square 


Nerd Square is a black-owned clothing brand. If you’re looking for clothing with minimalist or cool designs, check them out

February 18, 2021Valerie Thomas 


Valerie Thomas is a Black American scientist who was a key figure in the Landsat digital image processing team at NASA. Read more about her including an interview here:


sarah rector

February 11, 2021Sarah Rector 


Sarah Rector became the richest Black girl in America at just 11 years old after her family received a plot of land that happened to be in the middle of an oil field. Read more about her here:

February 4, 2021…Nikki Giovanni’s Biography 

Want to learn more about Nikki Giovanni? Read her biography  on her website:



January 28, 2021Live Café 


For my coffee lovers, have you visited Live Cafe in Oak Park? If not, give them a visit during your free time. To see their hours and menu click here


January 21, 2021Rosen Skincare 

#ThrivingThursday This week we’re highlighting Rosen Skincare. If you’re looking for skincare products made with natural ingredients this is the brand for you!


January 14, 2021Roots Pride 

#ThrivingThursday  The spotlight is on Roots Pride. You can find the shop on Esty. If you love jewelry, this shop is for you.

December 10, 2020Positive Affirmations 

You’re almost there! Before your next final, read these 25 positive affirmations.


study motivation

December 3, 2020Study Motivation 

With this being the last week of instruction and finals being next week, it’s important to stay motivated. Here are ways you can be motivated while studying.

happy thanksgiving

November 26, 2020Happy Thanksgiving! 

Happy Thanksgiving! Remember to stay safe and enjoy this time off! What are you eating for dinner today?

November 19, 2020Immune Boosting Foods 

With COVID and flu season, it’s important that you keep your immune system intact. Here are 17 immune boosting foods you can eat!


November 12, 2020Wellness Resources

These past few weeks have been extremely stressful for many different reasons. If you are looking for ways to cope, here is a link to Black Owned wellness resources.


November 12, 2020Wellness Resources

These past few weeks have been extremely stressful for many different reasons. If you are looking for ways to cope, here is a link to Black Owned wellness resources.


November 5, 2020#endSARS

Here is a link to educate yourself about the #endSARS movement as this is still an ongoing problem.

October 29, 2020Finding Polling Places 

Election Day is this Tuesday. If you are planning to vote that day, use this link to find your precinct polling place!

October 22, 2020Mail-In Ballots 

Many people will be voting by mail this election. This Instagram post outlines mistakes that need to be avoided in order for your vote to count! Remember to check for deadlines to request and mail in your ballots!

October 15, 2020Voting Locations 

If you are still unsure about where to vote, here is a link that will help you find locations of voting sites.


October 8, has a lot of information on voting in this year’s Election in the state of Illinois. If you have any questions about voting, registration, mail in ballots, and more, you should click this link!

October 1, 2020Early Voting 

In some cities, early voting starts as soon as next week! Click this link to check voting dates, times, and locations in your city.


September 24, 2020Voting by Mail 

If you are planning to vote via mail, use this link to request your mail in the ballot as soon as possible.

September 17, 2020Voting Registration 

If you aren’t registered to vote, click this link and register!

September 10, 2020Voting Registration 

Check to see if you are registered to vote with this link!


September 3, 2020Balanced Black Girl Podcast 

The podcast for today’s listen is Balanced Black Girl. This episode 72 focuses on coping strategies for racial trauma.


mental health

August 27, 2020Mental Health Priorities

It is important that your mental health becomes or maintains a priority, especially with classes starting back up. The UIC Counseling Center is now doing online therapy sessions and services due to COVID-19. Click the link to read more about them and their services, as well as to book an appointment.

About Us

me and the bees

August 20, 2020Me & the Bees Lemonade

Me & the Bees Lemonade was started by Mikaila after she got stung by a bee at age 4. She became fascinated with bees and wanted to help them. She added honey to her Great Granny Helen’s lemonade recipe and Me & the Bees Lemonade was created! You can order online or find a grocery store that carries the Lemonade. A percentage of the sales goes towards helping honeybees.


August 13, 2020Black Therapist Rock

Black Therapists Rock was created to decrease the stigma of mental wellness among black people, and they are dedicated to “healing the wounds of racism and generational trauma”. They offer a therapist directory on their website where you can find therapists close to you that cater to specific reasons. Click here for link.

July 30, 2020…Mental Health Podcasts

Here are 5 different podcasts by black therapists that you could listen to including A Different Perspective, Therapy for Black Girls, and With That Being Said… Take some time to listen to a few or all of them and decide which works best for you. Click here for podcasts.

mental health

July 23, 2020…Mental Health Tasks to Prioritize

Join Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed psychologist in Atlanta, in discussing 4 Mental Health tasks to prioritize for the remainder of 2020. Click here for link.

July 9, 2020…Uplifting Black Lives Playlist

It’s #ThrowbackThursday! This week we’re focusing on songs that are uplifting and supporting black lives.

July 9, 2020…Uplifting Black Lives Playlist

It’s #ThrowbackThursday! This week we’re focusing on songs that are uplifting and supporting black lives.

July 9, 2020…Uplifting Black Lives Playlist

It’s #ThrowbackThursday! This week we’re focusing on songs that are uplifting and supporting black lives.

cookout playlist

July 2, 2020Cookout/ BBQ Playlist

In honor of cookout/bbq season, we found a playlist for any songs missing from yours. What is the one song that must be on every playlist? Click here for playlist.


June 25, 2020Sign the Petition

In March, Breonna Taylor was killed by police officers in her own apartment. While “Breonna’s Law” was passed in Louisville, Ky banning no-knock warrants, the officers who killed Breonna have still not been charged. Here is what you can do to help get justice.

Sign a petition like this one:

Keep her name alive on social media and in the streets with protests.




June 18, 2020How to Celebrate Juneteenth

Here are ways you can celebrate Juneteenth this year! Click here for more information.


Voting Reminder


These 8 policies can decrease police violence. We can make change happen.




June 11, 2020Let’s Educate Ourselves

One way you can help is educate yourself. Here are some films to explore.

13th (Ava DuVernray)

American Son (Kenny Leon)

Dear White People (Justin Simien)

Clemency (Chinonye Cukwu)



June 4, 2020Pride Throwback

Here’s a small throwback playlist  to celebrate pride month! Comment below your favorite.

I Will Survive Gloria Gaynor

Vogue Madonna https:


Just Dance Lady Gaga




May 28, 2020Memorial Day Trivia

For today’s Throwback Thursday, the AACC has compiled a mini trivia to test your historical knowledge! Check our social media stories to participate.

May 21, 2020…Erykah Badu- “In Love With You” 2000

Take some time off, relax, and listen to this calming song by Erykah Badu. What’s your favorite chill song?

May 14, 2020Celebrate!

Whether you are a graduate or know someone who is graduating, this is a time of celebration!

Here is a playlist of graduation songs that you can play at your “at home” celebration! Which one is your favorite? Click here for playlist.

May 7, 2020Natasha Bedingfield “Pocketful of Sunshine” 2009

Finals week can be stressful, so remember to take a break and stay positive.

The Intruders “I’ll Always Love My Momma” 1973

This week’s throwback song is a tribute to mothers in honor of Mother’s Day. What are things you love about your mom?

April 30, 2020Ella Fitzgerald “Take the A Train” 1957

What exciting venture have you decided to take recently?

April 23, 2020Beyonce “Get Me Bodied” 2006

Have you moved your body lately? If you said no, be kind to yourself and have a mini dance party to Get Me Bodied by Beyoncé!

April 16, 2020Whitney Houston “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” 1987

Do you want to dance with somebody for Throwback Thursday?

April 9, 2020Chaka Khan: “Do You Love What You Feel” 1979 

Are you doing anything currently that you love that you didn’t have time for before?


April 2, 2020Funkadelic “One Nation Under A Groove” 1978

We may be separated from each other in our homes or dorms but we can be united by a groove that can free us from the constrictions of isolation.