Food and Drink

Where to Celebrate Chicago Black Restaurant Week

Now through February 20, raise a glass to Chicago's Black-owned fine dining destinations, cafes, juice bars, barbecue joints, and more.

Luella's Southern Kitchen
Luella’s Southern Kitchen
Luella’s Southern Kitchen

14 days of unbeatable dining deals have splashed down in the Windy City this week thanks to Chicago Black Restaurant Week’s February 6th kick-off. Founded in 2015 by Memphis’ Lauran Smith as a way to spotlight African-American culinary entrepreneurs during Black History Month, the community-oriented event has since spread to cities around the country. The series came to the Chicagoland area in 2016, with numerous registered Black-owned businesses stretching from South Shore to Evanston joining in on the fun, inviting regulars and newcomers alike to check out their spaces, taste their handiwork, and share in their cultural legacy-all with the extra incentive of discounts, specials, and other limited time promotions.

Taste 222 Chicago
Taste 222 Chicago
Taste 222 Chicago

Since its start, Chicago Black Restaurant Week has showcased 200 restaurants and served a whopping 50,000 customers. The seventh annual celebration features a markedly diverse and far-reaching roster of participants. Upwards of 35 different eateries have thrown their hat in the venerable ring, ranging from neighborhood coffee shops like Afro Joe’s in Auburn Greshamand Lincoln Square’s beloved comfort fare specialist Luella’s Southern Kitchen to polished West Loop innovator Taste 222 and plant-based pioneers like The Black Vegan Restaurant in Little Village and Hyde Park’s Can’t Believe It’s Not Meat. Cutting edge Grand Boulevard pop-up bar concept Prāzbar Chicago, a collective dedicated to non-alcoholic spirits, wine, and beer, is also in on the action, as is Uptown’s award-winning Demera Ethiopian Restaurant.

Demera Ethiopian Restaurant
Demera Ethiopian Restaurant
Demera Ethiopian Restaurant

Stop by any one of the standout restaurants on this list to find out what deals lie in store for lucky guests from now until February 20th. And make sure to follow CBRW on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with the latest happenings.

Information listed here may be subject to change depending on the developing situation with COVID-19’s Omicron variant. Please check for the latest updates available or contact each establishment directly for more info.

Luella's Southern Kitchen
Luella’s Southern Kitchen
Luella’s Southern Kitchen

Participating restaurants:

Luella’s Southern Kitchen, Lincoln Square
Hidden Manna Cafe, Matteson
Kitchen + Kocktails Chicago, Streeterville
The Mukase Restaurant, Uptown
Surf’s Up South Shore, South Shore
Haire’s Gulf Shrimp, Greater Grand Crossing
Flippin Flavors, Beverly

Cocoa Chili Restaurant & Catering
Cocoa Chili Restaurant & Catering
Cocoa Chili Restaurant & Catering

Cocoa Chili Restaurant, West Garfield Park
Surf’s Up Bronzeville, Bronzeville
Pink Panini Soups & Salads, Hazel Crest
Taste 222, West Loop
Unbeatable Eatables, Evergreen Park

Afro Joe's Coffee
Afro Joe’s Coffee
Afro Joe’s Coffee

Afro Joe’s Coffee & Tea, Auburn Gresham
Good to Go Jamaican Restaurant, Evanston
Dozzy’s Grill, South Loop
Flavours Seafood Bar, Lynwood
Flammin Restaurant, Park Manor
Lemme Get Ummm, Galewood

Mabe's Deli
Mabe’s Deli
Mabe’s Deli

Mabe’s Deli, Park Manor
CheSa’s Gluten Tootin Free Gourmet Food Truck, Avondale
Prāzbar Chicago (monthly pop-up), Grand Boulevard
Can’t Believe It’s Not Meat, Hyde Park
Surf’s Up Lombard, Lombard
Dock’s Chicago, Douglas

Dickey's Barbecue Pit National
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit National
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit National

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, Douglas
Kozy Korner Deli, Dolton
Copper Still Martini Lounge, Homewood
Eddie’s Food & Liquor, Pullman
Demera Ethiopian Restaurant, Uptown
Surf’s Up Oak Park, Oak Park
The Black Vegan Restaurant, Little Village

Juiced by Shic
Juiced by Shic
Juiced by Shic

Juiced by Shic, Midlothian
Phlavz Bar & Grille, Orland Park
Bureau Bar & Restaurant, Near South Side
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Meredith Heil is a Senior Cities Editor at Thrillist.

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How Talking Terps Has Influenced Cannabis Hype Culture

The origins and optimism behind the cannabis brand that sells out drops within minutes. Canabis...

Photo courtesy of Buckle Your Brain
Photo courtesy of Buckle Your Brain
Photo courtesy of Buckle Your Brain

Many cannabis brands describe themselves as “lifestyle brands” and “cultural disruptors.” Few of them actually impact lifestyles or broader cultural trends. Only one of them has figurines up on Stock X right now.

“For OG Terp Crawford to be featured amongst Nike, Jordans, Supreme, BAPE, and PS5s is really sick,” says Hope Lord, co-founder of cannabis lifestyle brand Talking Terps. “Stock X is not taking everyone who makes a toy and putting it up there.”Between their psychedelic graphics, cannabis-adjacent accessories, and famous OG Terp Crawford figurine, Talking Terps has established a cult following amongst cannabis enthusiasts, hypebeasts, and beyond. On paper, it’s a lifestyle brand interested in both cannabis and psychedelics. In action, Talking Terps is an alternative universe that bridges the gaps between toy culture, cannabis culture, psychedelic culture, and American pop culture.

The brand was established as a concept in 2015 by Leor Feit aka Hope Lord, Flatbush Zombies member Antonio Lewis aka Zombie Juice, and Flatbush Zombies spiritual adviser Phil Annand aka PTA Haiti 3000. One year later, the phrase “talking terps” popped in a Flatbush Zombies song, referring to terpenes, a compound found in cannabis.

“We had a show at Red Rocks in Colorado,” Lord recalls. “I had a friend that was part of Blue River Terpenes who brought us the first sample of cannabis-derived terpenes. Then Juice and Erick made a song with it in the chorus.”

Talking Terps
Talking Terps
Talking Terps

Once Talking Terps emerged as a phrase, the graphics, accessories, apparel, events, and, of course, toys were soon to follow. By 2017, the phrase was spotted on one of Snoop Dogg’s t-shirts. In 2019, the concept of Terp Crawford was born, launching the brand towards the collectible toy game.

While the first Terp Crawford was technically a plush pillow, the first toy-named OG Terp Crawford-came in March 2020. The 6-inch tall vinyl sculpture of a humanized weed nug with a joint in his hand and a smile on his face is meant to embody everything Hope, Juice and PTA stand for.

“Our message is to love each other and be happy,” Lord says. “Tread lightly and disrupt nothing.”OG Terp Crawford drops sell out in actual seconds and resell on sites like Stock X for over double their retail price. More than a simple toy, he’s a figure that Talking Terps hopes will evolve into a full-on cartoon character.

“As time goes, the idea for Terp Crawford is for him to be a Mickey Mouse or Bugs Bunny type figure from our world that can cross over,” Lord says. “There should be no reason one day that Terp Crawford’s not throwing a football in some skit on Monday Night Football.”

That’s not just a high aspiration-the team is currently working with 3 Hearts Entertainment to develop a TV show around him. The goal is for Terp Crawford to go global and for Talking Terps to go meta. With their vast graphic library and club of TT enthusiasts, virtual collectibles like NFTs only make sense (though the team can’t let the terp out of the hat just yet).

“I can see Terp Crawford in Japan, speaking in Japanese on TV,” Lord muses. “Once we take him somewhere else, we could do big sculptures, like at KAWS level, maybe. I think we’ll get a TV show. I can’t speak too much on what we’re working on for the metaverse, but it’s got a lot of components. I can say that we’re building a whole new platform called the meta-forest.”

It’s safe to say there will be a sold-out waitlist to get into that forest.
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Danté Jordan is a freelance writer, video producer, and media consultant specializing in cannabis culture and education. Follow him on Instagram.

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