At Dream Town we’re not about being the biggest, but we are about supporting small businesses and our community. In honor of that we’re kicking off our first month of DT Supports Small, an initiative that will highlight some of the Chicagoland area’s best small businesses. In honor of Black History Month, we’re focusing on some of our favorite Black-owned businesses we think you’ll absolutely love.
The Silver Room
thesilverroom.com | 1506 E 53rd St, Chicago
Established in 1997, this Chicago institution has focused on creating a global community through art and culture. They offer a wide variety of apparel, gifts and more from artisans across the city.
Third Coast Comics
thirdcoastcomics.com | 6443 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago
Bringing long-time fans and casual comic enthusiasts together, Third Coast Comics is a mecca for all things pop culture.
Little Black Pearl
blackpearl.org | 1060 E 47th St, Chicago
With a long history of creating beauty and igniting change, Little Black Pearl’s mission and services are vast. They support the local arts through their gallery, founded the Carver 47 Food & Wellness Market, and offer a host of art and design courses to Chicago area high school students.
semicolonchi.com | 515 N Halsted St, Chicago
Chicago’s only Black-woman owned bookstore and gallery space, Semicolon offers a thoughtfully curated selection. Their community-forward mission led to the creation of #ClearTheShelves, a program that invites Chicago Public School students to shop the store free of charge each month as they seek to raise literacy rates across the city.
apt528.com | 3311 W Carroll Ave, Chicago
Looking for quirky housewares? This colorful shop offers a variety of handmade artisan furniture, décor, textiles and more perfect for adding a bit of personality to your space.
kidochicago.com | 1137 S Delano Ct, Chicago
Founded by parents, this creative children’s store features a vibrant selection of everything your kid needs to be stylish and socially conscious. Kido’s mission supports families in raising better citizens through community, inclusivity and representation.
bluechicago.com | 536 N Clark S, Chicago
This world-renowned locale has been home to the best of Chicago’s melodic Blues scene since 1985, and a destination for fans from all over the globe. Legends like Koko Taylor, Willie Kent and so many more have graced the stage of this historic spot.
Muntu Dance Theatre
muntu.com | 1809 E 71st St, Chicago
Founded in 1972, this renowned dance company is regarded for its innovative interpretation of traditional African dance and dedication to preserving the music and folklore of African, Caribbean and African American culture.
Black Ensemble Theater
blackensembletheater.org | 4450 N Clark St, Chicago
Founded by playwright Jackie Taylor in 1976, this company has grown from a small community arts organization to an internationally renowned institution. The only theater in the nation whose mission is to eradicate racism, the Black Ensemble Theater utilizes a variety of outreach programs to bring the community together.
BJ’s Market & Bakery
bjsmarket.com | 1737 E 95th St, Chicago
Chef and owner John Meyer opened BJ’s Market & Bakery to pay homage to his heritage, celebrating the love-filled cooking of his mother and grandmother. The chef-driven menu is a culinary melting pot, melding African, Appalachian and Cajun flavors.
Luella’s Southern Kitchen
luellassouthernkitchen.com | 4609 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago
Inspired by his great grandmother, chef and owner Darnell Reed opened Luella’s Southern Kitchen to celebrate his love and passion for Souther culinary history. Showcasing some of his favorite dishes, this restaurant’s expansive menu is sure to delight.
Sip and Savor
sipandsavorchicago.com | 5301 S Hyde Park Blvd | 528 E 43rd St | 78 E 47th St
Looking for some of the city’s best coffee? Serving certified fair trade roasts from around the world, Sip and Savor’s menu includes delicious pastries and small bites from Chicago’s best local bakeries.
Batter & Berries
batterandberries.com | 2748 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago
Looking for a new brunch spot? This locale is known for their unique French toast flights, seasonally-focused menu, bold flavors, and world-class service.
Justice of the Pies
Specializing in sweet and savory pies, quiches and tarts, Justice of the Pies was founded to celebrate a love of anything made with a crust. Founded by Maya-Camille Broussard in honor of her late father, a self-proclaimed pie master and criminal defense attorney, this world-class baker is committed to amazing baked goods and positively impacting their community.
In search of vegan treats? Look no further—Tubby’s Taste combines bold flavor combinations and unique ingredients to create showstopping sweets guaranteed to impress vegans and non-vegans alike.
13thflow.com | 4131 S State St, Chicago
This gym boasts a unique approach to fitness and wellness, focusing on providing members with customized methods to achieve results.
bodishak.com | 4704 N Broadway, Chicago
Designed to help you meet your fitness goals through engaging workouts and a supportive vibe, this gym believes that getting in shape should be fun and rewarding.