This February, we are sharing our favorite Black-owned businesses in Lakeview East. These businesses and their leaders are integral parts of the Lakeview East Community, and we are honored to have their thriving businesses in our neighborhood.
Ms. T’s Southern Fried Chicken | 3343 N Broadway
Owned by Nita Tanner, Ms. T’s Southern Fried Chicken has become the go-to spot for delicious, southern-style cuisine. Ms.T can often be found behind the counter, making patrons smile with her hospitality & incredible comfort food. Ms. T’s has received numerous accolades and recognition for their continued success in the neighborhood. Next time you’re craving some southern soul food, stop into Ms. T’s Southern Fried Chicken & support this Black-owned business!
Christopher LeMark is the CEO and Founder of Coffee, Hip-Hop, & Mental Health. LeMark created this non-profit organization with the mission of normalizing therapy and making it more accessible to black and brown communities. Through coffee sales and donations, CHHAMH provides free therapy sessions to those in need. CHHAMH has garnered support from major media outlets, which has helped them grow their organization and expand their mission. Christopher LeMark and Coffee, Hip Hop, & Mental Health are doing essential work by de-stigmatizing mental health, and they will be reopening in the neighborhood soon at their new home at 1051 W. Belmont.
Body Brite is a medical spa owned by Jenise Powell. Jenise has an eye for all things beautiful & helps others achieve their beauty goals through her vast knowledge of Med Spa services. This Lakeview East beauty boutique offers luxury skincare treatments at affordable MedSpa prices. Their mission is to help your beauty shine with an impeccable level of service. BodyBrite is dedicated to providing their clients with a diverse menu of services that will have you leaving feeling like your best self! We are so happy to have BodyBrite in the Lakeview East neighborhood, so be sure to book with this Black-owned business for your next spa treatment!
Owned by Kevin Grossett, Irie Jerk Bar & Grill serves authentic Caribbean food to the Wrigleyville area. Kevin opened Irie Jerk Chicken in 2017 with one goal: to bring “irie” to Wrigley. The Jamaican Patois word means everything from good vibes to a friendly greeting. This delicious spot prides itself on having the best jerk chicken in Wrigley. Their 24 hour marinated and in-house smoked meats will leave you full but craving more. Complete with a full beer list and creative cocktail menu, Irie brings a taste of island life to the windy city. Irie Jerk Bar & Grill regularly hosts events, so stop in and support this Black-owned business!
Boasting as one of the best Comedy clubs in Chicago, Laugh Factory’s President of Operations is Curtis Shaw Flagg. Flagg began as an intern and worked his way up to become an integral figurehead for the company. He is extremely dedicated to the neighborhood, and serves as a member of the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Laugh Factory has become a well-known comedy club and numerous comedic legends have walked through their doors. As well as hosting comedic legends, Laugh Factory prides itself on being a place where lesser-known comedians have a chance to catapult their career. Curtis Shaw Flagg’s leadership and creativity has solidified Laugh Factory’s successes, so stop into Laugh Factory on N. Broadway and see the iconic venue in action!
Jasper Robinson is the General Manager for both Deuce’s Major League Bar and Casey Moran’s. In his free time, Jasper serves on the board for the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce as the Vice President and specializes in helping businesses in the Wrigleyville area. Jasper has helped make memorable experiences for thousands of Cubs fans and neighbors throughout the years, hosting one of the best pre and post game parties Wrigleyville has to offer. In the off season, Jasper’s creativity helps create incredible and immersive pop up experiences that change throughout the seasons. These two establishments are thriving in the Wrigleyville neighborhood and are the go-to spots for any kind of celebration. Deuce’s is known for their all-out decor and social experiences on top of having an extensive food and beverage menu. Casey Moran’s impressive facility boasts a spacious beer garden and multiple full-service bars. We are grateful for Jasper’s hard work and dedication in maintaining these successful businesses, and make sure to check them out next time you’re in Wrigleyville!