• Sponsors of Le Tour de Noir Entreprise Evanston (bus tour of Black-owned businesses) and Black Business Expo + Market Place

    Black Business Consortium of Evanston/


  • About Us

    The Black Business Consortium of Evanston/Northshore (BBCENS) is a group of Black business owners who have agreed to come together to share resources, network, discuss common concerns, and facilitate support among each other.


    The BBCENS was conceptualized in January of 2015 by business owners Clarence and Wendy Weaver (C&W Market and Ice Cream Parlor) and Larry and Jean Murphy (YoFresh Yogurt Cafe). While acknowledging the many contributions of late 20th Century business pioneers such as Sam McKinley (Best Taxi) and Carl Davis (Davis Transportation), they envisioned the creation of a group of business owners who could provide networking support, resources, and technical assistance for each other. In February 2015, their vision materialized as over 20 Black business owners came together at a joint meeting and reception to discuss how best to make this happen. Two viable ideas that emerged from the initial group meeting gave birth to the creation of a Directory of Black-owned businesses, and a tour of the same, with a target date of Black History Month, 2016.


    The BBCENS is now working in cooperation with the City of Evanston's Economic Development Department to plan the 2018 Le Tour de Noir Entreprise Evanston and Black Business Expo & Market Place, scheduled for Saturday, February 24, 2018. This cooperative effort will document the history of of Black entrepreneurship, visibility to the larger Evanston public, as well as media and personnel resources to expand and enhance the work of the BBCENS.


    For further information, email us at blackbusconsortiumevanston@gmail.com or contact Larry or Jean Murphy at (847) 859-6408 or Wendy Weaver at (847) 833-9764.

  • For Businesses

    Your $35.00 BBCENS annual membership fee includes:


    1. Listings in the BBCENS printed business directory and on this website to promote your business, promotions and special events throughout the year.


    2. Workshops (April and October 2018) and events (Summer 2018) that will enhance your business.


    3. A free copy of the printed BBCENS business directory.


    4. A table, two chairs and signage that will allow you to promote your business at the Expo by selling products, offering services, doing demonstrations and sharing information. We recommend that you bring samples, products, coupons and flyers. Note: all food sales require a City of Evanston permit.


    The 2019 Expo and Market Place date, location and time will be announced.

    Space is limited and available to any member of the Black Business Consortium of Evanston/Northshore. Space is reserved on a "first come, first served" basis. In 2018, the Expo was held on Saturday February 24th at the Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave. in Evanston from 3:30 -7:30 p.m.


    If you have additional questions, please make sure to contact us!

  • Membership

    Become a member of the Black Business Consortium of Evanston/Northshore!

    Our Mission & Benefits

    The organization is loosely structured to enable members to focus their time and energies on the effective management of their respective businesses rather than in the operations of a governing body. It meets together twice yearly as a joint body. Membership is voluntary and regulated by the cooperative spirit of its individual members.


    Your membership comes with the following benefits:


    • Networking and mentoring opportunities

    • Job postings on BBCENS website

    • Member of Merchant Association (BBCENS applying for)

    • Free publicity

    • Free table at annual Business Expo and Market Place to sell products and services and share information

    • Workshops (April and October 2018) and events (Summer 2018) that will enhance your business.

    • Posting on BBCENS website

    • Listing in BBCENS print directory

    • Free copy of BBCENS print directory

    To become a member, please fill out our membership form (supported by Google Forms), and pay online . You may also mail a check, made payable to Black Business Consortium of Evanston/Northshore, to:



    c/o Jean C. Murphy

    P. O. Box 6532

    Evanston, IL 60204-B


    For questions, please contact us.




    Sponsored by the Black Business Consortium of Evanston/North Shore

    Saturday, April 21, 2018

    8:30-10:00 a.m.

    YoFresh Cafe

    635 Chicago Ave., Evanston

    Free Continental Breakfast



    Hiring, Retaining and Mentoring Youth Employees
    Artie Murray, Murray, Ltd., Human Resources Consultant


    Marketing Strategy 101
    M. J. Leman, Digital Marketing Consultant, Chicago Martech


    For more information, call (847) 859-6408.


    Sponsored by T & T's Travel and Gifts

    Sunday, April 29, 2018

    1:00-5:00 p.m.

    Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center

    1655 Foster St., Evanston

    Table Cost: $25.00


    Come purchase gifts for the special woman in your life.


    For more information, contact:

    Willie Shaw (847) 864-4618

    T & T's Travel and Gifts



    Wednesday, July 4, 2018

    2:00-10:00 p.m.

    Location: James Park

    Oakton Street and Dodge Ave., Evanston


    Fun, music, food, sports and games for the whole family!


    For more information, contact Gerald Daye at (773) 226-4996 or geralddaye@yahoo.com.


    P. O. Box 5465 Evanston IL 60204


    Sponsored by the Black Business Consortium of Evanston/North Shore

    Saturday, July 21, 2018

    Time and location TBD


    EVERYTHING You Should Know About Opening & Managing a Small Business

    Robin Rue Simmons, 5th Ward Alderman and Minority, Women & Evanston Business Enterprise (M/W/EBE)

    and a representative of the John Marshall School of Law


    For more information, call (847) 859-6408.


    Sponsored by the Black Business Consortium of Evanston/North Shore

    Saturday, October 20, 2018

    Time and location TBD


    Getting a Tax Refund: Sound Accounting Practices

    for Small Businesses

    Neville Allen, CPA


    For more information, call (847) 859-6408.

  • Business Directory

    This is the 2017-2018 Business Directory. To see the online Tour Map (link below), go to upper left tabs and check on "View." From the drop down menu, choose "Show List". From the list on the right, choose the business whose details you would like to see. To start, click here.


    The Chessmen Club of the North Shore, Inc. George Dotson, President

    P. O. Box 1265 Evanston 60204-1265

    Website: www.chessmenclub.org   

    Building bridges to better health, better education and better communities. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.


    Evanston Branch NAACP Rev. Michael C. R. Nabors, President

    2010 Dewey Ave., #302A Evanston 60201 (847) 864-0038

    Website: www.illinoisnaacp.org/evanston/ Email: naacpev@aol.com    

    The branch meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, 7:30 pm.


    Haitian Congress to Fortify Haiti Marie Lynn Toussaint, Esq., Chairperson

    1900B Asbury Ave. Evanston 60201 (847) 530-0851

    Website: http://haitiancongress.org/ Email: haitiancongress@rocketmail.com

    Mobilizing Haitians in the Diaspora to help develop Haiti. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.


    Young Masterbuilders in Motion, Inc. Kim Wright, Founder

    (773) 941-1200

    Website: www.theymim.org Email: info@theymim.org

    Inspiring, connecting and equipping young women, orphans, adoptees, foster youth, and alumnae to thrive. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.


    African American History and Genealogical Study Group of Evanston

    300 Dodge Ave., Levy Center Evanston 60202

    Mattie Amaker, Discussion Facilitator

    Meets twice monthly to discuss African-American history and genealogy on the second Tuesday (day) and fourth Tuesday (evening).


    Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre Tim Rhoze, Artistic Director

    927 Noyes St. Evanston 60201 (847) 866-5914

    Website: www.fjtheatre.com/ Email:fjtheatre@cityofevanston.org

    Committed to supplying the very best in theatre from original plays to the best of Broadway.


    Jumpilicious Danielle Sanders, Instructor

    North Chicago (773) 957-5475

    Email: jumpiliciousjumprope@gmail.com

    Learn fun freestyle tricks and master the Double Dutch Rope.


    Path Press, Inc. Bennett Johnson, Owner

    P. O. Box 5683 Evanston 60204 (847) 492-0177

    Website: www.pathpressinc.com Email: pathpressinc@aol.com

    Quality books about Third World people. Provides opportunities for persons of African descent to write and publish their stories, ideas and concerns.


    Shorefront Legacy Center Dino Robinson, Founder and Director

    2214 Ridge Ave. Evanston 60201 (847) 864-7467

    (lower level of Sherman United Methodist Church)

    Website: www.shorefrontlegacy.org Email: shorefront@me.com   

    Collects, preserves and educates people about Black history on Chicago's North Shore.


    American Defensive Driving School Doug Whitmore, Owner

    1640 Orrington Ave. Evanston 60201 (847) 425-1640

    Website: www.beasafedriver.com Email: doug@beasafedriver.com   

    Whether an experienced driver or looking to become a new member of the driving community, a program can be designed for each individual.


    Lincolnwood Service Bobby Hilliard, Owner

    2949 Central St. Evanston 60201 (847) 864-2002

    Reliable, courteous routine vehicle maintenance services to help keep your car on the road.


    Smitty's Auto Repair & Towing William Smith, Owner

    1422 Dodge Ave. Evanston 60201 (847) 475-1780

    Website: http://smittystowing.com/ Email: smittystowing@comcast.net

    Providing 24/7 roadside assistance, brake and auto repair, and tire changes for more than 36 years. Free estimates.


    A. G. Tuckpointing Antwan Green, Owner

    (773) 458-9527


    B & B Handyman Services Willie Brown, Owner

    (773) 706-8861


    C & B Construction Clifford Washington, Owner

    1142 Florence Ave. Evanston 60202 (847) 331-7965

    Email: cliffordwashington66@yahoo.com


    Cath Associates, Inc. Frantz Cartright, Owner

    2401 Main St. Evanston 60202 (847) 332-2600

    Website: http://www.cathinc.com Email: fcartright@cathinc.com

    Project, program and construction management, owner representation


    Chuck's Refrigeration Charles Perrin, Owner

    (847) 561-9413

    Heating and air conditioning; installation and repair of stoves, washers and dryers


    Coley Gas, LLC Chris Coley, Owner

    2011 Emerson St. Evanston 60201 (847) 942-1113

    Specializes in detailed gas grill cleaning, gas fire pits, gas line installation for outdoor kitchens, gas logs sets; fireplace, gas leak & gas grill repairs.


    Community Builders of Evanston William Smith, Owner

    1233 Hartrey Ave. Evanston 60202 (847) 529-1628

    Email: wbysmith@gmail.com             

    General contractor


    Diggs & Diggs Painting MacArthur Diggs, Owner

    1925 Darrow Ave. Evanston 60201 (847) 864-2916


    Hot Ice Heating and Cooling Otis Bell, Owner

    Skokie 60076 (847) 420-4142


    JL Construction Jonas Lee, Owner

    Skokie 60076 (847) 858-1690


    Kelvin Company, LLC Paul Boynton, Owner

    2150 Ashland Ave. Evanston 60201 (847) 869-4094

    Website: https://www.kelvincompany.com/ Email: info@kelvincompany.com

    Specializes in commercial and residential foundations, flat work, excavation, custom stamping and colored decorative concrete.


    Lee’s Welding and Repair Lee Johnson, Owner

    (312) 316-3056

    Email: leeweldingrepair@gmail.com

    Wrought iron fencing and wood chain link; a/c cages; hand rails; burglar doors


    McFadden Construction & Welding Jessie McFadden, Owner

    Evanston 60202 (847) 492-9537


    PDQ Construction, Inc. Calvin Lynn, Owner

    424 South Blvd. Evanston 60202 (847) 791-7183

    Website: http://pdqcontractor.com/ Email: info@pdqcontractor.com

    Established in 1994, contractor services include remodeling, carpentry, electrical, painting, plumbing, siding, windows and doors.


    True Power Electric Dion Jones, Owner

    9020 Ewing Ave. Evanston 60203 (847) 477-3230

    Email: truepowere@hotmail.com

    Specializing in electrical construction and renovation, the company strives to provide excellent workmanship and complete customer satisfaction.


    Turf Care Landscaping, Inc. Constance J. Lytle, President

    1018 Darrow Ave. Evanston 60202 (847) 475-1677

    Email: connie.lytle@gmail.com

    Landscape contractor services since 1980. Certified DBE.


    Watts Painting & Decorating, Inc. James Watts, Owner

    Email: wattspainting@comcast.net (847) 866-9154

    “We do it right the first time.”


    InSync Data Systems Paul Mark Wallace, Solutions Architect

    848 Dodge Ave. #341 Evanston 60201 (847) 328-9905

    Website: http://insynccs.com/ Email: info@insynccs.com

    Committed to business technology, community development and exceptional customer service.


    Logan Consulting Services Dr. Gilo Kwesi Logan, President

    1716 Hovland Ct. Evanston 60201 (847) 977-1141

    Website: www.loganconsultingservices.com Email: logan@drloganspeaks.com

    The "Diversity Doc" helps to develop in leaders competencies to succeed in an increasingly complex and diverse global society.


    Northside Transformative Law Center Emmanuel André, Esq.

    1543 W. Morse Ave. Chicago 60626 (312) 219-6544

    Website: www.Northsidetlc.com Email: eandre@northsidetlc.com

    A space where community members, families and professionals come together to advocate and accompany individuals who are navigating the criminal justice system.


    Research Explorers, Inc. Lisa McDonald, Owner

    1111 New Trier Ct. Wilmette 60091 (847) 853-0237

    Website: www.researchexploreres.com Email: lisa@researchexplorers.com

    Insightful, actionable and collaborative qualitative research to help you effectively reach diverse audiences and identify solutions..


    Sunshine Enterprises/ Robin Rue Simmons, Program Manager

    Community Business Academy 

    Website: www.sunshineenterprises.com/cba

    Grow your business and build your community.


    Horton Janitorial Service Todd M. Horton, Owner

    1331 Cleveland St. Evanston 60202 (847) 596-1360

    Window cleaning and custodial services for home and business.


    Parker and Sons Carpet Cleaning Carl Parker, Owner

    1531 Cleveland St. Evanston 60202 (888) 947-2793

    Website: www.parkerandsonscleaning.com Email: Parker3522@sbcglobal.net

    A family-owned business since 1950 that offers friendly and efficient residential and commercial cleaning services. “We love to clean and it ‘SHOWS’.”


    Huntington Learning Center Cheri Reid, Owner

    9418 Skokie Blvd. Skokie 60077 (847) 675-8600

    Website: https://huntingtonhelps.com/center/skokie

    Providing students on the North Shore with exceptional tutoring and test prep since 2003.


    The Honey Bee Company, LLC Rachel O. Williams, Owner

    2906 Central St., #258 Evanston 60201 (847) 864-4032

    Website: www.paigeandpaxton.com Email: questions@paigeandpaxton.com

    Offers in- and out-of-school solutions that train students in STEM education from an early age through the use of books, games and resources.


    She Is CodeTonya Patterson, Executive Director

    1655 Foster Evanston 60201 (331) 303-2633

    Website: www.sheiscode.com Email: info@sheiscode.org

    Empowers people and communities that are underrepresented in the tech sector through fun, engaging and accessible learning events. A 501(c)(3) organization.


    Evanston Haitian Community Festival Gerald Daye and Lisa Laude-Raymond

    P. O. Box 5465 Evanston 60204 (773) 226-4996

    Website: https://www.facebook.com/evanstonhaitiancommunityfestival/

    Email: geralddaye@yahoo.com

    Held on July 4 annually in James Park, Oakton Street and Dodge Avenue in Evanston, the 2018 event is the 30th year of providing food, fun, sports and live entertainment for the whole family! A 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization.


    Evanston Remembrance Reunion Picnic (E-Fam)

    Dwayne A. Aiken, Hayden Hollowood Brammer, John Murray

    Email: efamerrp@yahoo.com (847) 732-3232

    A group of Evanstonians committed to remembering those who came before us that shaped our lives and our community, scheduled for August 18.


    Jamaican Independence Day Festival
    Sponsored in August by the Evanston Cricket & Social Club in James Park


    Body Science Personal Fitness Training (PFT) Tony Duncan, Owner

    335 Ridge Rd. Wilmette 60091 (847) 920-9740

    Website: www.bodysciencepft.com Email: info@bodysciencepft.com

    A group of highly motivated, energetic, talented fitness trainers. committed to plying, prodding and pushing discipline and attention to personal training.


    Dietrich 21 Dietrich Horsey, Owner

    739 Main St. Evanston 60202 (773) 571-8844

    Website: https://d21.fit/ Email: workout@d21.fit

    Receive help establishing a sustainable synergy of effective training and proper nutrition to bring you to your BEST and keep making it better!


    Hip Circle Empowerment Center Malik Turley, Owner

    709 Washington St. Evanston 60202 (847) 328-5767

    Website: http://hipcircle.org/ Email: info@hipcircle.org

    Offers belly dance and fitness for women, girls and families through classes, workshops, personal training, fitness nutrition coaching, parties and more.


    The Fitness Matrix Albert Ferguson, Owner

    2409 and 2306 Main St. Evanston 60202 (800) 465-4919

    Website: http://thefitnessmatrix.me/ Email: getfit@thefitnessmatrix.me

    Prepare to perform! Martial arts,sports conditioning and personal training


    Haliburton Funeral Chapel Nathan Haliburton, Owner

    1317 Emerson St. Evanston 60201 (847) 864-6135

    Courteous care for families throughout their most trying times since 1975.


    Thompson Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc. Philip L. Gillette, Owner

    1917 Asbury Ave. Evanston 60201 (847) 869-3172

    Email: Thompsonfuneral1917@yahoo.com

    At need and pre-need services since 1963.


    Ashley Lauren Larry and Georgia Parker, Owners

    636 Church St., #701 Evanston, IL 60201 (847) 733-9470

    Website: http://stores.ashleylaurennaturalproducts.com/

    Email: alproducts@netzero.net

    A prestige beauty brand manufacturing and distributing the finest quality natural hair and skin care products, with the purest natural ingredients, since 1998.


    Bodyworks by Carla Carla Eason, Owner


    Website: http://www.bodyworksbycarla.com/ Email: info@bodyworksbycarla.com

    A mobile massage company that allows its customers to be relaxed, renovated and renewed via individual sessions, corporate events and spa parties.


    Carl E. Hill, MD

    841 Dodge Ave. Evanston 60202 (847) 491-1150

    A Family Medicine practitioner who is on staff at NorthShore University Health-Evanston Hospital and Presence St. Francis Hospital.


    Dental Art Specialists Drs. Jazmine & Melvin Dillard, III, Owners

    1964 Dempster St. Evanston 60202 (847) 563-4484

    Website: http://dentalartspecialists.com/ Email: DAS.Evanston@gmail.com

    An orthodontic and pediatric dental practice that provides superior customer service, compassionate care and a friendly environment your children will enjoy.


    Fresh Face M. C. Marjorie Carson, CEO and Founder
    (800) 906-8102
    Website: www.freshfacemc.com/ Email: freshfacemc@gmail.com

    Life isn’t perfect, but your make-up can be!


    Rosemary Hickman Licensed Massage Therapist

    (847) 814-1861

    Therapeutic and relaxing, “happiness is not a destination, but a journey.”


    Scrubfusions Ashley Askew-Bell, Owner

    Email: www.scrubfusions.com/home Email: info@scrubfusions.com

    Natural handmade beauty, bath and home products


    Studio-SLK Sandy Lewis-Kadiri, Owner

    1934 Maple Ave. Evanston 60201 (847) 868-8353

    Website: www.studio-slk.com Email: contact@studio-slk.com

    A high-end salon that caters primarily to multicultural women, affordably providing professional hair services, exquisite customer care, and flexibility,


    Undertonez LLC Breanna Jackson, Owner

    1724 Sherman Ave. #204 Evanston 60201 (815) 575-5058

    Website: http://www.undertonez.com/ Email: generalinfo@undertonez.com

    Professional life coaching and guided meditation services.




    Xcessible Solutions Milton Nivose, Consultant

    (888) 896-9391

    Website: https://www.xcessiblesolutions.com/ Email: info@xcessiblesolutions.com

    A home modification consultancy providing services and products for the elderly and disabled.



    Mz. Kim's Bling & Things! Kim Wilson, Independent Consultant

    Website: https://paparazziaccessories.com/129754/

    Email: kimwilsona1229@gmail.com

    Paparazzi Accessories is known for $5 bling. All items are lead- and nickel-free, fun, fashionable and affordable. Check our upscale Zi Collection.


    LEGAL/IDENTITY THEFT SERVICES                                  

    LegalShield/ID Shield Independent Associates:

    Kathyleen Brooks https://kb69.wearelegalshield.com/ (224) 628-8313

    Rhonda K. Craven https://rhondakc_54.wearelegalshield.com/ (773) 606-6532

    Sheila Hilliard https://hilliards.wearelegalshield.com/ (847) 528-9328

    Protect your family, business, and personal identity with simple, comprehensive coverage .


    Motivational Speaker/Corporate Trainer                               

    L. C. Training Events Lisa Laude, Coach

    Lisa Laude Speaks (786) 838-1837

    1427 Church St. Evanston 60201

    Website: https://www.facebook.com/lisalaudespeaks/ Email: lisalaude@gmail.com

    Inspire, motivates, trains and coaches you on how to lift your life.


    Nspire Network Dale Greenwell
    1625 Kirk St. Evanston 60202 (847) 456-8815
    Website: https://www.nspirenetwork.com/greenwell/

    Email: dgreen507@gmail.com  

    Introducing CHERISH, premium sanitary napkins, a more comfortable, dryer and better alternative to the pads currently on the market, as well as other products.



    InteleTravel Charles Toney-Jones, Independent Travel Agent
    (847) 733-8993
    Website: http://charlestoney-jones.inteletravel.com/booktravel.cfm
    Email: charles1244@gmail.com

    Help loved ones plan trips; travel the globe for education; create an exciting new career; and travel for less.

    J. P. Limousine Service Pierre Jean-Paul, Owner
    Personal car service (847) 269-7472


    Let Us Drive You Valery Coffey, Owner
    Personal car service (847) 361-8511


    Marjorie B Travel, Inc. Marjorie Bolden, CEO
    (773) 761-1228
    Website: http://marjorieb.mtravel.com/ Email: marjoriebtravel@gmail.com
    Where you want to go, we’ll help you get there.


    T & T’s Travel and Gifts Willie Shaw, Owner

    (847) 864-4618

    Website: http://www.tttravelgifts.com/

    Enjoy exciting, fun-filled, educational tours, travel, and Afro-centric gifts with an emphasis on affordability.


    Hinman LNG, Inc. Vaughan A. Jones, Principal

    825 Elmwood Ave., #2S Evanston 60202 (312) 868-6026

    Website: www.hinmanlng.com/ Email: hsfvajones@hinmanlng.com

    Established in 1995, Hinman LNG provides assessments, logistics and consultation for liquefied natural gas and other industrial fuels.


    JFI Packaging Group, Inc. Jerry W. Lacy, President & CEO

    5250 Old Orchard Rd. #300 Skokie 60077 (312) 733-5242

    Website: www.jfipackaging.com Email: jerrylacy@jfipackaging.com

    Since 1995, a diversified supplier of paperboard packaging and materials. Designs, manufactures and converts folding cartons, point-of-purchase displays and more.


    Honeycomb Insurance Agency Alvin Perryman, Owner

    960 Grove St. Evanston 60201 (847) 905-6083

    Website: http://www.honeycombinsurance.com/

    Email: sales@honeycombinsurance.com

    Making life sweeter than honey and the honeycomb by providing customized insurance programs to fit demanding lifeststyles.


    Insurance Center Neville Muir, Owner

    1937 W. Howard St. Chicago 60626 (773) 338-4800

    Website: http://www.insuredcenter.com/contact.aspx 

    An independent agency that has been serving the public since 2004.


    Jim Lee-State Farm Insurance Jim Lee, Owner

    721 Dodge Ave. Evanston 60202 (847) 328-4630

    Website: www.Jimleeinsurance.com Email: Jim@jimleeinsurance.com

    Helping people and businesses manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected and realize their dreams through insurance products since 1978.


    Robert Reece Insurance & Financial Services Robert Reece, Owner

    1603 Orrington Ave. #500 Evanston 60201 (847) 424-1065

    Website: http://www.bobreeceinsurance.com

    A full-service insurance and financial services agency providing the widest selection of policies at competitive rates and personal, professional service.


    Terry Performance Group Keith Terry, Owner

    1603 Orrington Ave, #600 Evanston 60201 (847) 867-1192

    Website: www.terryperformancegroup.com

    Email: kterry@terryperformancegroup.com

    Provides targeted advisory healthcare and management consulting services to small and medium-sized businesses, organizations and trade associations.


    Western & Southern Life Edith M. Woolridge, Financial Representative

    5250 Old Orchard Rd. #S425 Skokie 60077 (847) 912-8381

    Website: www.WSLife.com/agent/ewoolrid Email: edith.woolridge@wslife.com

    Helping you with all your family’s life insurance and financial needs.


    Good News Laundromat Jeffery Kelly, Owner

    817 Noyes St. Evanston 60201 (847) 864-6135

    Website: www.goodnewslaundry.com Email: jkelly@goodnewslaundry.com

    Offers self-serve, coin operated washers and dryers; drop-off service; free Wi-Fi and a wholesome atmosphere quiet enough to study.


    Jackson Movers Anthony Jackson, Owner

    P. O. Box 627 Skokie 60076 (224) 223-5457

    Email: evanston125@yahoo.com

    Moving, hauling and delivery service for more than 40 years.


    Joey's Movers and Trucking, Inc. Joey Brooks, Owner

    7333 Ridgeway Ave. Skokie 60076 (847) 674-7779

    Website: www.joeysmovers.com

    Celebrating 37 years of experience with residential and commercial moves as well as trucking services.


    Bah's Hair Braiding Bah Fatoumata, Owner

    309 W. Howard St. Evanston 60202 (847) 869-7549


    Breezybundles - Online Briyana Jackson, Owner

    (773) 931-6905

    Website: www.shopbreezybundles.com/ Email: Briyana99@gmail.com

    Accessories, extensions and closures. “I make hair contact before eye contact.”


    Church Street Barber Shop Sam Johnson, Owner

    1905 Church Street Evanston 60201 (847) 328-9749

    African-American men, women and boys have patronized this community mainstay for haircuts since the 1940s.


    C .J. Design Clarence Weaver Jr., Owner

    (847) 708-5088

    Custom wooden bath boards to fit your personal needs or to purchase as a gift. Relax, enjoy the sound of music, your favorite bottle of wine and the smell of candles.


    Cutting Edge Hair Gallery Donna Walker, Owner

    1706 Dodge Ave. Evanston 60201 (847) 424-1624

    Website: www.facebook.com/cuttingedgehargallery/

    Email: walkerboyd@gmail.com

    A unisex hair salon serving men, women and children. Specializes in cuts, coloring, ethnic hair braiding, eyebrows and lashes, chemical service.


    Divine African Hair Brading Marcel Tagro, Owner

    703 Howard St. Evanston 60202

    Website: www.facebook.com/Divine-African-Hair-Braiding-424728697540518/

    Email: tagrowinner@gmail.com

    Your one-stop shop for your divine style. Weaves, braids and accessories.


    Ebony Barber Shop Gigi Giles, Owner

    1702 Dodge Ave. Evanston 60201 (847) 475-9701

    Email: sweett3530@msn.com

    Providing haircuts and hot shave services since 1962.


    Executive Studio Hair Salon Diana Austin, Owner

    801 Main St. Evanston 60202 (847) 570-5822

    Website: www.facebook.com/Executive-Studio-139143582806099/

    Email: Hair_Diva@ameritech.net

    A comfortable upscale hair salon for women, men, boys and girls. The salon has a barber and hair stylists. Services of a massage therapist are available as well.


    Hair by Paula Beauty Salon Paula Williams, Owner

    1829 Emerson St. Evanston 60201 (847) 475-2286

    Haircuts and blowouts


    ikandi Hair Studio Kandi Corbbins, Owner

    1705 Central St. Evanston 60201 (847) 475-2634

    Website: www.ikandihairstudio.com/ 

    Stylists support, enhance, and create beauty, with a focus on healthy hair whether relaxed or natural.


    Lash2 Squared Shannon Jackson, Owner

    (773) 669-LASH (5274)

    Email: shannonj@lashsquared.com

    Licensed aesthetician, premium eyelash extensions, eyebrow grooming specialist. Lashes are just the beginning of your beauty needs.


    Michèle Lamothe Salon Michèle Lamothe, Owner

    609 Howard Street, Evanston 60202 (847)644-8921

    Website: www.facebook.com/Michèle-Lamothe-Salon-1040531732671836/

    Email: michele_lamothe@yahoo.com

    A multicultural salon offering a variety of services including blowouts, natural hair care, extensions, custom wigs, makeup and much more!


    On Point Hair Salon Tenille Flowers, Owner

    329 Howard St. Evanston 60202 (847) 424-1266

    Website: www.styleseat.com/i/tenilleflowers

    Quick weaves, sew-ins, braids


    R Evans Ventures Rovean Evans, Owner

    8644 Skokie Blvd. Skokie 60077 847-972-1276

    Website: https://www.revansventures.com/ Email: revansventures@comcast.net

    Research and development of apparel and hair care items utilizing at least 90% natural fibers.


    Studio 876 LLC Camile Panton, Owner

    815 Main Street Evanston 60202 (224) 634-0729


    Style Rite Beauty Salon Styling by Verona

    725 Howard Street Evanston 60202 (847) 475-8100

    Website: www.getfave.com

    We do all kinds of braids.


    The Lavish Hair Lounge Alexandria Nivose and Tanesha Staffney, Owners

    814 Dempster Street, Evanston 60202 (224) 307-2872

    Website: www.facebook.com/The-Lavish-Hair-Lounge-169736289751273/

    Making women look and feel beautiful.


    Wesley's International Hair Design Wesley Poole, Owner

    3419 Church St. Evanston 60203 (847) 679-9430

    Website: www.wesleysinternationalhairdesign.com/

    Stylists give clients of all ages the hairstyle or look that they envision, whether it is short, long, layered, curly, straight or an up-do.


    Rich Foreman Photography Rich Foreman, Owner

    936 Sherman Ave. Evanston 60202 (847) 864-4549

    Website: www.richforeman.com Email: rfphoto@ameritech.net

    An expert event, portrait and commercial photographer with more than 20 years of experience in the studio and on location; digital design and photo restoration.


    Wayne McNair Photography Wayne McNair, Owner

    (815) 483-3198

    Website: http://www.waynemcnair.com/ Email: mcnairjunior@yahoo.com

    “Pictures today, memories tomorrow.”


    Caribbean Shipping & Postal Service Maurice McKenzie, Owner

    721 Howard St. Evanston 60202 (847) 864-9150

    Email: csps721@yahoo.com

    Notary public; Fed Ex & UPS; mailboxes and rentals; key duplication; ships boxes and barrels; authorized bill payment center and U-Haul neighborhood dealer.


    Evanston Quicksigns Warren and Marilyn Pitts, Owners

    7526 N. Paulina Ave. Chicago 60626 (312) 520-7468

    Website: https://evanstonquicksigns.wixsite.com/evanstonquicksigns

    Email: evanstonquicksigns@gmail.com

    Offers a wide variety of printing and marketing solutions for all of your projects, events and campaigns.


    Generation Copy Cornelius D. Scott, Owner

    960 Grove St. Evanston 60201 (847) 866-0469

    Email: generationcopy1@hotmail.com   

    Personalized services for office printing and reproduction needs, including business cards, brochures and posters.


    Jet Blue Print Tynon J. Arthurs, Manager

    1235 Dodge Ave. Evanston 60202 (773) 676-7097

    Website: www.jetblueprint.com Email: start@jetblueprint.com

    A family-owned business established in 2017 that allows customers in Evanston and surrounding areas to have a better option for printing.


    Peter Braithwaite, 2nd Ward Alderman (847) 801-9386

    Email: pcbraithewaite@cityofevanston.org


    Cicely L. Fleming, 9th Ward Alderman (224) 204-4017

    Email: cfleming@cityofevanston.org


    Honorable Lionel Jean-Baptiste, Circuit Court Judge (312) 310-4357

    Daley Center, 50 W. Washington St., Rm.2807, Chicago, IL 60602
    Email: lionel.jean.baptiste@gmail.com


    Robin Rue Simmons, 5th Ward Alderman (847) 521-6434

    Email: rsimmons@cityofevanston.org


    Evanston Live TV Meleika Gardner, Creator

    Website: http://evanstonlivetv.com/ Email: evanstonlivetv@gmail.com

    Vignettes created to give the people of Evanston a voice. Be heard!


    Radio La Différence Jean-vil Joseph, Producer

    1900 Asbury Ave. Evanston 60201 847-571-7312

    Website: http://www.radioladifference.com/ Email: info@radioladifference.com

    Promoting Haitian Music and Culture


    Dream Town Realty – North Shore Allie Payne, Broker Associate

    1567 Maple Ave. Evanston 60201 (312) 752-0055

    Website: http://www.dreamtown.com/agents/allie-payne.html

    Specializes in residential real estate sales throughout Chicago, the North Shore and the western suburbs.


    KoenigRubloff Realty Group                               

    Betty Ruffin, Broker (847) 425-5231

    Website: http://bettyruffin.koenigrubloff.com/ Email: bruffin@KoenigRubloff.com

    Charlotte Ruffin, Broker (847) 425-5230

    Website: http://charlotteruffin.koenigrubloff.com/ 

    Email: cruffin@KoenigRubloff.com


    Manchester Realty Bob Parris, Owner and Managing Broker

    3423 Church St. Evanston, IL 60203 (847) 869-1900

    Website: www.manchesterevanston.com Email: info@manchesterevanston.com

    With over 24 years of residential real estate experience, the company is ready to help you achieve all of your real estate goals.


    Mills Realty Leroy Viamille, Managing Broker

    2640 W. Touhy Ave., #212 Chicago 60645 (773) 764-9547

    Website: https://millsreal.com/ Email: leroy@mills1realty.com

    Making the buying, selling, renting and property management process of real estate as cost effective as possible.


    Realty Advisors Elite Cherylette Hilton, Broker/Realtor

    4023 Church St. Skokie 60076 (847) 269-7073


    Badou Senegalese Cuisine Badou Diakhate, Owner

    2055 W. Howard St. Chicago 60645 (773) 293-6913

    Website: http://www.badousenegalesecuisine.com/

    Power your health with delicious Senegalese food for lunch and dinner.


    Bella Noir Desserts Courtney Barrett, Owner

    Evanston 60204 (773) 681-1168

    Website: www.bellanoirdesserts.com Email: bellanoirdesserts@gmail.com

    Bella Noir Desserts is a catering business that gets back to the basics of cooking by preparing delectable desserts and savory and food items from scratch.


    C & W Market and Ice Cream Parlor Clarence and Wendy Weaver, Owners

    1901 Church St. Evanston 60201 (847) 833-9367

    Website: www.facebook.com/C-W-Market-and-Ice-Cream-Parlor-255916181261101/

    Email: cwminimart831@gmail.com

    A neighborhood market and ice cream parlor providing an assortment of goods and fresh items with the finest Homer's homemade ice cream.


    Caribbean American Bakery Michael Humes, President

    1539 W. Howard St. Chicago 60626 (773) 761-0700

    Website: http://www.caribbeanamericanbakery.com/ Email: caribak@aol.com

    Produces and resells the finest Jamaican style baked products in the Midwest and supplies most African and Caribbean stores with wholesale and retail products.


    Claire's Korner Claire, Owner

    1827 Emerson St. Evanston 60201 (847) 328-7650

    Website: www.facebook.com/claireskorner/

    A Jamaican restaurant where jerk chicken and curry goat are among the menu items recommended by customers.


    Don’s Signature Pies Don Walton, Owner

    Email: donpie1@att.net (847) 864-3586

    The gourmet sweet potato pie!


    Good to Go Jamaican Cuisine Dennis and Lenice Levy, Owners

    711 Howard St. Evanston 60202 (847) 868-8226

    Website: http://www.goodtogorestaurant.com/    


    Jerk chicken, fresh juices, catering and room rental for private events.


    Harold's Chicken

    337 Howard St. Evanston 60202 (847) 733-0711

    Website: www.haroldschickenevanston.com

    Email: haroldschickenevanston@gmail.com

    Buckets, dinners and sides; free senior deals, discounts, coupons and more.


    Hecky's Barbecue Hecky Powell, Owner

    1902 Green Bay Rd. Evanston 60201 (847) 492-1182

    Website: www.heckys.com/ Email: Hecky@heckys.com

    Since 1983, Hecky's has been serving up some of the best barbecue in the nation for takeout, delivery or catering. “It's the sauce!”


    Jamaica Jerk Stanley and Paulette Waite, Owners

    3357 Dempster St. Skokie 60076 (847) 933-3304

    Website: www.jamaicajerk-il.com/

    Delicious Jamaican and Caribbean cuisine made from scratch with only top quality ingredients and served in a tropical atmosphere. .


    Jennifer's Edibles Restaurant Jennifer Eason, Owner

    1623 Simpson St. Evanston 60201 (224) 717-1835

    Website: www.jennifersediblesevanston.com/

    Known for its modern interpretation of classic dishes and its insistence on only using high quality fresh ingredients, Jennifer’s offers delicious dining and takeout.


    Kingston Grill Patrick Reid, Owner

    1164 Dodge Ave. Evanston 60202 (847) 475-7700

    Email: kingstongrillja@gmail.com

    Succulent jerk chicken and other traditional Jamaican dishes.


    Kizin Creole Restaurant Daniel and Patricia Desir, Owners

    2311 W. Howard St. Chicago 60645 (773) 961-7275

    Website: http://www.kizincreole.com/

    Proud to serve fresh, delicious Haitian and West Indian food in a great environment where everyone is welcomed as family and friends.


    Love That Spice Marlena Jayatilake, Owner

    1893 Sheridan Rd. Highland Park 60035 (847) 780-4658

    Website: www.lovethatspice.com/ Email: info@lovethatspice.com

    Hand-crafted artisan spices and exotic teas


    Ma’s Best, Inc. Brian E. Smith, President

    1429 Tonne Rd. Elk Grove Village 60007 (847) 293-3063

    Website: https://www.facebook.com/masbestrolls/

    Email: brianearl2001@yahoo.com

    Delicious homestyle baked goods


    Mickii’s Cookies, Cobblers & More Michelle Y. Moore, Principal Owner

    Website: https://www.mickiisdesserts.com/ (773) 999-PIES (7437)

    Email: mickiisdesserts@yahoo.com

    Gourmet Desserts the Whole Family Can Enjoy!


    Noir d’Ébène Chocolât et Patisserie--Online Journey Shannon, Owner

    Website: https://www.noirdebene.com/ (847) 864-1896

    An artisanal pastry and chocolate boutique studio featuring incredible edible gifts that are handcrafted with the freshest ingredients available.


    Ovo Frito Cafe Zinnia Iglesias, Co-owner

    1936 Maple Ave. Evanston 60201 (847) 859-6966

    Website: www.ovofritocafe.com Email: ovofritocafe@gmail.com

    Breakfast and lunch daily since 2017.


    Peeled Juice Bar Keith Pegues, Owner

    940 Church St. Evanston 60201 (847) 869-7335

    Website: https://peeledjuicebar.com/ Email: evanston@peeledjuicebar.com

    This oasis for health and wellness serves up a refreshingly healthy selection of handcrafted juices, smoothies, boosters and vegan inspired eats daily.


    Ya Ya’s Delights Hyacinth Grey, Owner

    (224) 307-0677

    Specializing in pastries, Jamaican cuisine and more!


    YoFresh Cafe (YoFresh) Larry and Jean Murphy, Owners

    635 Chicago Ave. #7 Evanston 60202 (847) 859-6408

    Website: www.facebook.com/YoFreshEvanston?fref=ts 

    Email: yofreshevanston@gmail.com

    Established in 2014, this frozen yogurt café and full-service coffee shop serves a wide variety of menu items. Order in or out with Grubhub or UberEATS. Free Wi-Fi.


    Visiting Angels Living Assistance Services Kelly Gilbert, Owner/Director

    518 Davis Street., Ste. 208 Evanston 60201 (847) 424-9300

    Website: www.visitingangels.com/evanston/home

    Email: visitingangelsofevanston@gmail.com

    This locally owned and operated agency provides in-home care services to seniors on the North Shore, delivering reliable and compassionate care.


    Benir La Mode Annice Roberson, Owner

    (847) 877-0266

    Website: https://www.facebook.com/benirlamodedesigns/    

    Email: benirlamode@gmail.com

    Designs hand-custom jewelry and sells hats, sunglasses and handbags for the beauty in you.


    Bosell Imports Lynn Bosell, Owner

    1905 Church St. Evanston 60201 (847) 563-8739

    Website: http://www.bosellimports.comcastbiz.net/4901.html

    Email: koolzick23@hotmail.com   

    A family-owned business specializing in African couture, shea butter, oils, mud cloth and much more.


    Classy Closet Consignment C. Wilder, Owner

    701 Washington St. Evanston 60202 (847) 475- 0355

    Website: https://www.classyclosetconsignment.com/ 

    Email: shopclassycloset@gmail.com

    A trendy consignment and retail shop with affordable designer clothing and more.


    Color Me Africa Fine Arts Soraya Sheppard, President

    1522 W. Howard St. Chicago 60626 (312) 477-6077

    Website: http://www.colormeafricafinearts.com/ Email: soraya@colormeafrica.us

    Sponsoring, celebrating and honoring talented African artists.


    EYE Boutique Kloset Salina Roberson, Owner

    817 Main St.. Evanston 60202 (847) 293-3503

    Website: http://www.ebkloset.com/ Email: eyeboutiquechicago@outlook.com

    Customers will find trendy yet, fashionable selections of clothing and accessories to offset every taste and interest.


    Joy’s Boutique Vickie Brown Gurley, Owner


    Website: http://joys-boutique.com/ Email: info@joys-boutique.com

    Unique items for the fashion-forward woman


    Minouchic Boutique Resale Mary Toussaint, Owner

    1900 Asbury St. Evanston 60201 (847) 859-2066

    Website: https://minouchicboutiquefashions.com/

    Email: minouchicboutique@yahoo.com

    Since 2013, this upscale boutique has featured quality vintage, new and resale items for less, including clothing, jewelry and accessories for everyone.


    Stepping Out on Faith Consignment Vivian Killebrew, Owner

    1632 Orrington Ave. Evanston 60201 (847) 733-0980

    Website: www.steppingoutonfaith.com Email: Viviank570@yahoo.com

    Established in 2009, this neighborhood store offers secondhand clothing, shoes and accessories for men and women.


    Tutu Cut3 Boutique Dominique Cunningham, Owner

    Chicago 60645 (847) 401-8382

    Website: https://www.facebook.com/tutucut3boutique/ Email: tutucut3@aol.com

    Custom tutu sets, shirts, shoes and vests


    We R Beautiful Gift StoreOnline Anthony and Nikki Jones, Owners

    Evanston 60201 (847) 204-1814

    Website: www.werbeautiful.com/ Email: werbeautiful@sbcglobal.net

    African American Black Gifts is your one-stop shop cultural & spiritual gift store. Come on and shop until you drop!


    Wham! Bam! Glam! Boutique Yvette Robinson, Owner

    (847) 800-5175

    Website: https://www.facebook.com/WhamBamGlamBoutique/?ref=br_rs

    Email: yvetterobinson20@yahoo.com

    The equipment to make your look POP!!! Fashion jewelry, apparel and handbags



    Dependable Affordable Community Tax Service Doritha L. McCoy, Owner

    2035 W. Howard St Chicago 60645 (773) 381-0888

    Webmail: https://www.facebook.com/DACTaxSerivce/

    Email: customerservice@dactaxservice.com

    Assisting taxpayers and small businesses with taxes in Chicago and the surrounding communities since 2006.


    Desmond A. Taylor & Associates, CPA, Ltd. Desmond Taylor, Owner

    P. O. Box 5790 Evanston 60204 (847) 859-6328

    Website: www.dta-cpa.com/ Email: info@dta-cpa.com   

    Established in 2003, this firm helps individuals and businesses succeed financially through quality tax preparation, accounting and business advisory services.


    N. B. Allen & Associates, Ltd. Neville Allen, Owner

    4350 Oakton St., #203 Skokie 60076 (847) 675-0055

    Website: www.nballen.com Email: info@nballen.com   

    Offers a full range of accounting, tax and financial services designed to meet the needs of businesses on the North Shore.


    Webley’s Accounting Services. P.C. Curtis Webley, Owner

    1941 W. Howard St. Chicago 60626 (847) 328-2246

    Website: www.webleysaccountingservices.com Email: cwebley@wascpafirm.com

    For over 28 years, the company has been providing income tax, compilation, review and audit services to its clients.


    Black Business Consortium of Evanston/Northshore

    Larry and Jean and Murphy, Clarence and Wendy Weaver, Founders

    P. O. Box 6532 Evanston 60204-B (847) 859-6408

    Email: blackbusconsortiumevanston@gmail.com

    A group of Black business owners who share resources, network, discuss common concerns and support each other.


    Evanston Minority Business Consortium, Inc. Calvin Lynn, President

    (847) 791-7183

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    P. O. Box 6532
    Evanston, Illinois 60204-B
    (847) 859-6408
  • Le Tour de Noir Entreprise Evanston + Small Business, Big Impact 2.0! Business Expo & Market Place

    The 2018 Le Tour de Noir Entreprise Evanston – Black Business Tour of Evanston/Northshore – was the 3rd annual narrated bus tour that is sponsored by the Black Business Consortium of Evanston/Northshore, the City of Evanston and the First Bank and Trust of Evanston. This year's tour took place on Saturday, February 24, from 1-3:30 p.m. and departed from the Levy Senior Center (300 Dodge Avenue). Le Tour highlighted Black-owned businesses located in all nine wards of the city, and there were opportunities to briefly visit selected locations. Narration included the rich history of Blacks in the Evanston/North Shore community.


    The buses returned participants to the Levy Center for the "Small Business, Big Impact 2.0! Business Expo & Market Place. The Expo offered the opportunity to meet the owners and purchase their products and services. It also featured entertainment, food, and discussion by some of the participating business owners around the Expo theme of “Small Business, Big Impact 2.0!” It was a celebration of black entrepreneurship in Evanston, Rogers Park and the North Shore that reflects the diversity of the Black Diaspora: African American, Haitian, Jamaican, Belizean, African and more.


    Bus Tour 2016: http://wgntv.com/2016/02/20/black-owned-businesses-celebrated-during-black-history-month/


    Expo 2017: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsffGJwunqU


    Remarks: Dr. Michael C. R. Nabors, President, Evanston NAACP


    Workshop Speakers:

    Alderman Robin Rue Simmons (MWEBE & Sunshine Enterprises)

    Artie Murray (Murray, LTD, HR Consultant)

    Clifford Helm (Business Enterprise Law Clinic, John Marshall School of Law)



    Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre: Donovan Mixon Trio

    DJ: Minister Brian Smith,1225 Productions


    The cost is $20 for the Bus Tour, Expo & Market Place.



    Saturday, February 24, 2018

    Bus Tour: 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.

    Expo & Market Place: 3:30 - 7:30 p.m.



    Levy Senior Center

    300 Dodge Avenue

    Evanston, IL 60202