Thriving Thursdays


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

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January 20, 2022Semicolon


Need a new bookstore to visit? Check out Semicolon, a black woman-owned bookstore in Wicker Park!

November 18, 2021Brown Sugar Bakery


Brown Sugar Bakery is a Black-owned Bakery with two locations: one on 75th Street, and the other on Navy Pier. Check them out!

November 11, 2021Black-owned Candle Companies 


Fall is the season of candles! Check out this list of Black-owned candle companies that are making amazing scents!

November 4, 2021Black-Owned Self Care Products 


Winter and Fall time means staying inside, which is more opportunity to practice self care! Here is a list of Black-owned self care products.


October 28, 2021Black-Owned Restaurants 


What are some black-owned restaurants in the Chicagoland area that you love? Let us know down below!


October 21, 2021Give Me Some Sugah 


Give Me Some Sugah is a Black-owned bakery located in South Shore, Chicago. Check out their Instagram page:

October 14, 2021Tier NYC


Tier NYC is a black-owned loungewear brand. It’s a bit pricey, but they have many different designs and cute colors!

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.

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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:


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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.