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 Cafe). They envisioned the creation of a group of business owners who could provide networking support, resources and technical assistance to 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.
Since 2015 the BBCENS and has been networking, collaborating, and partnering with its membership in an effort to inform the public about the efficacy of its membership, and the number and variety of businesses that are in close proximity and spread throughout the nine wards of Evanston. In doing so, we are proud to say that many alliances have been established with city and community-based agencies and institutions.
Over the past five years the work of the BBCENS has been extensive. It has sponsored multiple workshops for it's membership (e.g., How to Prepare Youth for the Workplace Setting; 2020 Tax Information; Effective Communication Strategies for the Workplace Setting). In addition, in 2019 it sponsored two social gatherings for members: Valentine and Christmas parties. It has informed the larger public about the numbers and types of business through it's annual Le Tour de Noir Entrepise and Expo (2016-2020). And, members active in leadership of the BBCENS have added visibility and viability to the BBCENS through the city-wide agencies, boards and committees that they serve on.
The print directory, in it's fourth year of publication, is an additional tool used to inform the public about the number and variety of black-owned businesses. It is updated annually, to reflect changes and growth in the industry. For example, initially, most businesses listed were brick and mortar; today the directory includes online and home-based businesses as well. Our website, keeps current BBCENS activity, new businesses, and governmental policies that might impact businesses. It is updated as new information is provided.
The BBCENS seven-member board meets quarterly (January, April, September) to plan, review, and set policy for the upcoming year. Meetings are open to membership, and dates published on line. The Board wishes to acknowledge the scores of volunteers who help to plan the annual Bus Tour and Expo.
The BBCENS continues to work in cooperation with the City of Evanston, Evanston Community Bank and Trust, a Wintrust Bank, and Byline Banks (formerly First Bank and Trust). These alliances have provided additional visibility, along with media, personnel resources, meeting space and funding that expanded and enhanced the work of the BBCENS, which is inclusive, covering the Black Diaspora: African American, Haitian, Belizean, Jamaican and African.
(Event rescheduled due to COVID-19)
The 5th Annual Le Tour de Noir - Bus Tour & Outdoor Expo
Save the Date: Saturday, July 30, 2022
Location and Details Coming Soon...
For further information, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Larry or Jean Murphy at (847) 859-6408 or Clarence or Wendy Weaver at (847) 833-9764.
Black Business Expo and Marketplace 2020
Black Business Expo and Marketplace 2018
Black Business Expo and Marketplace 2018
"5th Annual Le Tour de Noir - Bus Tour"
Bus will depart at 10:00am and Return at 12:30pm to the New Robert Crown Center, 1801 Main Street, Evanston
Black Business Tour of Evanston North Shore – is the 5th annual narrated bus tour that is sponsored by City of Evanston and Evanston Community Bank and Trust. These alliances rovides additional visibility, along with media, personnel resources, meeting space and funding that expands and enhances the work of the BBCENS, which is inclusive, covering the Black Diaspora: African American, Haitian, Belizean, Jamaican and African. Le Tour highlights Black-owned businesses located in all nine wards of the city. Narration includes the rich history of Blacks in the Evanston/North Shore community.
The buses returns participants to the Robert Crown Center for the "Small Business, Big Impact 4.0! Business Expo & Market Place. The Expo offers the opportunity to meet local business owners and purchase their products and services. This celebration of black entrepreneurship in Evanston, Rogers Park and the North Shore reflects the diversity of the Black Diaspora: African American, Haitian, Jamaican, Belizean, African and more. Returning in 2020: A Red Carpet Fashion and Hair Show highlighting the products and services of our member vendors!
The cost of the BUS TOUR is $25, click on the red tab below to register and pay.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM PREVIOUS YEARS
Expo 2017: www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsffGJwunqU
Expo and Market Place
"Small Business, Big Impact 4.0! Business Expo & Market Place"
Saturday, April 4, 2020
Held at the New Robert Crown Center, 1801 Main Street, Evanston
12:30pm to 4:30pm
BBCENS Members Advantage...Evanston-based Black-owned business will receive a discount on early registration when you re-new/pay your membership dues before Saturday, February 29, 2020…a reduction from $60 to $50. Act now to lock in the $50 member-only Early Registration.
The regular fee of $60 will go into effect March 1st and registration will open for non-members.
Your BBCENS Expo and Market Place registration includes:
1. Annual BBCENS membership fee.
2. A listing in the BBCENS printed business directory and on this website to promote your business, promotions and special events throughout the year.
3. A table, two chairs and signage that will allow you to promote your business at the Expo and Market Place 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.
4. A free copy of the printed BBCENS business directory.
5. Workshops (Spring and Summer 2020) that will enhance your business.
Space is limited and available to any member of the Black Business Consortium of Evanston North Shore. Space is reserved on a "first come, first served" basis.
Become a member of the Black Business Consortium of Evanston/North Shore!
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 and events that will enhance your business.
• Posting on BBCENS website
• Listing in BBCENS print directory
• Free copy of BBCENS print directory
To register may register online or request an application and mail with a check, made payable to Black Business Consortium of Evanston North Shore, to:
Black Business Consortium Evanston North Shore (BBCENS)
P. O. Box 6532
Evanston, IL 60204-B
For questions, please contact us.
SPECIAL ACTIVITIES, MEETINGS AND PROMOTIONS WILL BE POSTED HERE.
Applications for the City of Evanston's Entrepreneurship Support Emergency Assistance Grant Program are now being accepted. This program grants up to $2,500 in assistance for small businesses located in Evanston. Funding is limited, and applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. Please review the Entrepreneurship Support Program Emergency Guidelines before applying. A webinar/presentation slides regarding the program and application process are available online, https://cityofevanston.wufoo.com/forms/emergency-assistance-entrepreneurship-grant/
Comcast is giving $10,000 to 100 minority-owned Chicago-area small businesses
Evanston minority-owned businesses are eligible for these cash grants. This is the link to the web site to apply: www.comcastrise.com/apply
This Business Directory is updated regularly. Inclusion in this directory is not an endorsement or recommendation of these products, services and businesses.
A PDF of the current printed directory can be found here:
Black Business Consortium of Evanston North Shore (BBCENS)
Larry and Jean and Murphy, Clarence and Wendy Weaver, Founders
P. O. Box 6532 Evanston 60204-B (847) 859-6408
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
P. O. Box 5683 Evanston 60204 847-348-9214
Certifies, develops, connects, and advocates for minority suppliers by creating sustainable and profitable relationships between minority business enterprises and major buying organizations.
BLACK-Building Leadership And Community Knowledge
Email: email@example.com Phone 872 216 7058
African American civic and community leaders who share the common goal of improving the quality of life among African Americans throughout the nation. Our work at the grassroots level is to educate and engage communities and to provide neighborhood-based services and solutions addressing community problems.
C&W Foundation, Clarence and Wendy Weaver, Co-Founders
1901 Church Street, Evanston, IL 60201
A food pantry that serves high need families in the greater Evanston area. "CREATING HEALTHY CHANGE ONE MEAL AT A TIME". A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
The Chessmen Club of the North Shore, Inc. Reynold Martin, President
P. O. Box 1265 Evanston 60204-1265
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
The branch meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, 7:30 pm.
Evanston Local Marketplace (ELM)
Bryant Wallace and Clarence Weaver, Co-Founders
An ecommerce platform that brings Institutional Buyers and small businesses together to benefit the local spend inititative in Evanston and the Northshore.
Haitian Congress to Fortify Haiti Marie Lynn Toussaint, Esq., Chairperson
1900B Asbury Ave. Evanston 60201 (847) 530-0851
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
Inspiring, connecting and equipping young women, orphans, adoptees, foster youth, and alumnae to thrive. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Founders: Jared Davis and Peter Braithwaite
Our mission is to be a pioneer and be an innovator of new ways to support traditional Black businesses, Entrepreneurs and professionals.
ARTS, CULTURE AND ENTERTAINMENT
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
Committed to supplying the very best in theatre from original plays to the best of Broadway.
Jumpilicious Jump Rope Entertainment Danielle Sanders, Instructor
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (773) 957-5475
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
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)
Collects, preserves and educates people about Black history on Chicago's North Shore.
AUTOMOBILE SERVICES AND DRIVING LESSONS
American Defensive Driving School Doug Whitmore, Owner
1640 Orrington Ave. Evanston 60201 (847) 425-1640
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
Providing 24/7 roadside assistance, brake and auto repair, and tire changes for more than 37 years. Free estimates.
BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTORS
A. G. Tuckpointing Antwan Green, Owner
B & B Handyman Services Willie Brown, Owner
Cath Associates, Inc. Frantz Cartright, Owner
2401 Main St. Evanston 60202 (847) 332-2600
Project, program and construction management, owner representation
Chuck's Refrigeration Charles Perrin, Owner
Heating and air conditioning; installation and repair of stoves, washers and dryers
Coley's Gas Appliances 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 for over 28 years.
Diggs & Diggs Painting MacArthur Diggs, Owner
1925 Darrow Ave. Evanston 60201 (847) 864-2916
Evanston 60202 (847) 306-3444
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
Specializes in commercial and residential foundations, flat work, excavation, custom stamping and colored decorative concrete.
Lee’s Welding and Repair Lee Johnson, Owner
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
Established in 2000, contractor services include remodeling, carpentry, electrical, painting, plumbing, siding, windows and doors.
TJ's Lawn Service Tim Reid, Owner
224.723.0435 Email: email@example.com
Contractor services include mowing, edging, trimming, lawn work, weed maintenance, blowing, snow removal and more...
True Power Electric Dion Jones, Owner
9020 Ewing Ave. Evanston 60203 (847) 477-3230
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
Landscape contractor services since 1980. Certified DBE.
Turner Repair Services Keon Turner, owner
Phone: (224) 637-9086
Ebike/electric Scooter upgrades and pairs
Watts Painting & Decorating, Inc. James Watts, Owner
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (847) 866-9154
“We do it right the first time.”
BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
Avec Amour Mixologist on the Move Valerie Surpris, Owner (773) 949-7331
Mobile bartending: professional and licensed mixologists.
Final Result Pest Control Sanderson Jolicoeur, Owner (224) 307-2266
Residential and commercial pest control services. We solve any pest problem!! Bed bugs, roaches, mice, rates, etc.
InSync Data Systems Paul Mark Wallace, Solutions Architect
848 Dodge Ave. #341 Evanston 60201 (847) 328-9905
Committed to business technology, community development and exceptional customer service.
Logan Consulting Services Dr. Gilo Kwesi Logan, President
P. O. Box 5585 Evanston 60204 (847) 977-1141
Committed to working with clients to inspire and develop the most effective global leadership competencies in the world.
Northside Transformative Law Center Emmanuel André, Esq.
1543 W. Morse Ave. Chicago 60626 (312) 219-6544
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
Insightful, actionable and collaborative qualitative research to help you effectively reach diverse audiences and identify solutions..
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
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
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
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 Code Tonya Patterson, Executive Director
1655 Foster Evanston 60201 (331) 303-2633
Empowers people and communities that are underrepresented in the tech sector through fun, engaging and accessible learning events. A 501(c)(3) organization.
FESTIVALS AND EVENTS
Evanston Haitian Community Festival Gerald Daye and Lisa Laude-Raymond
P. O. Box 5465 Evanston 60204 (773) 226-4996
Held annually in James Park (Oakton Street and Dodge Avenue) on July 4 , this is the 31st 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: email@example.com (847) 732-3232
A group of Evanstonians committed to remembering those who came before us that shaped our lives and our community. 2019 marks the 10th anniversary, and the event will be held on Saturday, August 10, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at James Park, 300 Dodge Ave., Evanston.
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
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
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
727 Howard St. Evanston 60202 (847) 859-9427
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 Main St. Evanston 60202 (800) 465-4919
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
Providing funeral services designed to meet the needs of each family since 1963.
HEALTH CARE, MEDICAL AND MASSAGE
Ashley Lauren Georgia Parker, President
636 Church St., #701 Evanston, IL 60201 (847) 733-9470
A prestige beauty brand manufacturing and distributing the finest quality natural hair and skin care products, with the purest natural ingredients, since 1998.
Melaleuca "The Wellness Company" Gregory Davis, Independent Marketing Executive . Director 3
1723 Crain St. Evanston, IL 60202 (847) 942.8791
Enhancing the lives of those we touch by helping people reach their goals.
Bodyworks by Carla Carla Eason, Owner
Evanston 60201 (847) 312-9558
A mobile massage company that allows its customers to be relaxed, renovated and renewed via individual sessions, corporate events and spa parties.
Dental Art Specialists Drs. Jazmine & Melvin Dillard, III, Owners
1964 Dempster St. Evanston 60202 (847) 563-4484
An orthodontic and pediatric dental practice that provides superior customer service, compassionate care and a friendly environment your children will enjoy.
Melanin + Me Ashley Askew-Bell, Owner
Natural and organic beauty products that promote healthy skin.
Rosemary Hickman Licensed Massage Therapist
Therapeutic and relaxing, “happiness is not a destination, but a journey.”
Skillz Physical Therapy
839 Dodge Avenue
Personalize physical therapy for every injury.
Smile Suite Orthodontics, Dr. Kimeberly Mays -Smith, Orthodonist
2422 Main Street Evanston 60201 (847) 665-1504
Website: https://smilesuiteortho.com/ The Smile You Desire.
Undertonez LLC Breanna Jackson, Owner
1724 Sherman Ave. #204 Evanston 60201 (815) 575-5058
Professional life coaching and guided meditation services.
HOME-BASED INDEPENDENT ASSOCIATES/
Velma’s Elegant Designs Velma Walker-Towns, Owner
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org(773) 508-1185
Unique decorative vases made to order.
Xcessible Solutions Milton Nivose, Consultant
A home modification consultancy providing services and products for the elderly and disabled.
Mz. Kim's Bling & Things! Kim Wilson, Independent Consultant
Website: paparazziaccessories.com/129754/ (773) 587-8730
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:
Email: kb69.wearelegalshield.com/ (224) 628-8313
Email: 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
Inspire, motivates, trains and coaches you on how to lift your life.
TRANSPORTATION AND TRAVEL
InteleTravel Charles Toney-Jones, Independent Travel Agent
Help loved ones plan trips; travel the globe for education; create an exciting new career; and travel for less.
Let Us Drive You Valery Coffey, Owner
Personal car service (847) 361-8511
Marjorie B Travel, Inc. Marjorie Bolden, CEO
Where you want to go, we’ll help you get there.
T & T’s Travel and Gifts Willie Shaw, Owner
Enjoy exciting, fun-filled, educational tours, travel, and Afro-centric gifts with an emphasis on affordability.
Shea Layne Skincare, Owner (312) 543-2494 Website: https://www.shealayneskincare.com Email: email@example.com Our company was created as a lifestyle that empowers individuals to embrace their authentic selves through self care. We specialize in handmade natural bath bombs and shea butter bar soaps, handcrafted soy candles, brown sugar scrub, massage & body oil, shea butter lotion, vegan lip balm, lip scrub and beard oil to help create the perfect gift for everyone.
INDUSTRIAL SUPPLIES AND SERVICES
Hinman LNG, Inc. Vaughan A. Jones, Principal
825 Elmwood Ave., #2S Evanston 60202 (312) 868-6026
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
Since 1995, a diversified supplier of paperboard packaging and materials. Designs, manufactures and converts folding cartons, point-of-purchase displays and more.
INSURANCE AND FINANCIAL
Honeycomb Insurance Agency Alvin Perryman, Owner
Evanston 60201 (847) 924-6412
An independent health insurance agent with AGA Medicare Options, representing most major Medicare Advantage & Medicare Supplement Insurance plans.
Insurance Center Neville Muir, Owner
1937 W. Howard St. Chicago 60626 (773) 338-4800
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
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
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
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
Helping you with all your family’s life insurance and financial needs.
Shea Layne Skincare, Owner
Our company was created as a lifestyle that empowers individuals to embrace their authentic selves through self care. We specialize in handmade natural bath bombs and shea butter bar soaps, handcrafted soy candles, brown sugar scrub, massage & body oil, shea butter lotion, vegan lip balm, lip scrub and beard oil to help create the perfect gift for everyone.
MOVING AND STORAGE
Jackson Movers Anthony Jackson, Owner
P. O. Box 627 Skokie 60076 (224) 223-5457
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
Celebrating over 38 years of experience with residential and commercial moves as well as trucking services.
PERSONAL SERVICES AND HAIR CARE
Bah's Hair Braiding Bah Fatoumata, Owner
309 Howard St. Evanston 60202 (847) 869-7549
Breezybundles - ONLINE Briyana Jackson, Owner
Accessories, extensions and closures. “I make hair contact before eye contact.”
Church Street Barber Shop Sam Johnson, Owner
1905 Church St. Evanston 60201 (847) 328-9749
African-American men, women and boys have patronized this community mainstay for haircuts since the 1940s.
Cutting Edge Hair Gallery Donna Walker, Owner
1706 Dodge Ave. Evanston 60201 (847) 424-1624
A unisex hair salon serving men, women and children. Specializes in cuts, coloring, ethnic hair braiding, eyebrows and lashes, chemical service.
Divine African Hair Braiding Marcel Tagro, Owner
703 Howard St. Evanston 60202
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
Providing haircuts and hot shave services since 1962.
Executive Studio Hair Salon Diana Austin, Owner
801 Main St. Evanston 60202 (847) 570-5822
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
Stylists support, enhance, and create beauty, with a focus on healthy hair whether relaxed or natural.
NailedByKadi, Kadian Dixon Nail Artist
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Lash Squared Beauty Bar & Lash Lounge Shannon Jackson, Owner
Website www.facebook.com/lashsquared/ (773) 669-LASH (5274)
Specializes in lash extensions and esthetic service for both women and men. We also provide suites to beauty professionals at a reasonable rate.
Michèle Lamothe Salon Michèle Lamothe, Owner
609 Howard St. Evanston 60202 (847)644-8921
A multicultural salon offering a variety of services including blowouts, natural hair care, extensions, custom wigs, makeup and much more!
Reese's Barber Studio Armando Taylor, Owner
1000 Foster St. Evanston 60201 (773) 960-2035
Studio-SLK Sandy Lewis-Kadiri, Owner
1934 Maple Ave. Evanston 60201 (847) 868-8353
This high-end salon opened in 2012 and caters primarily to multicultural women, providing professional hair services, exquisite customer care and flexibility at affordable prices.
Studio 876 LLC Camile Panton, Owner
815 Main St. Evanston 60202 (224) 634-0729
Style Rite Beauty Salon Styling by Verona
725 Howard St. Evanston 60202 (847) 475-8100
We do braids of all kinds.
The Lavish Hair Lounge Alexandria Nivose and Tanesha Staffney, Owners
814 Dempster St., Evanston 60202 (224) 307-2872
Making women look and feel beautiful.
Wesley's International Hair Design Wesley Poole, Owner
3419 Church St. Evanston 60203 (847) 679-9430
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.
PHOTOGRAPHY AND PAINTINGS
Artist and political activist. Concept paintings, handpainted designer screens, masks and sculpture, paintings, nature, portraits and still life.
Jason Michele Trippel Photography Jason M. Trippel, owner
Email: www.mydejaviews.com (847) 722-5552
Events | Weddings | Video
Rich Foreman Photography Rich Foreman, Owner
936 Sherman Ave. Evanston 60202 (847) 864-4549
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
“Pictures today, memories tomorrow.”
POSTAL SERVICES AND MAILING
Caribbean Shipping & Postal Service Maurice McKenzie, Owner
705 Howard St. Evanston 60202 (847) 864-9150
Notary public; Fed Ex & UPS; mailboxes and rentals; key duplication; ships boxes and barrels; authorized bill payment center and U-Haul neighborhood dealer.
PRINTING AND REPRODUCTION SERVICES
Evanston Quicksigns Warren and Marilyn Pitts, Owners
7526 N. Paulina Ave. Chicago 60626 (312) 520-7468
Offers a wide variety of printing and marketing solutions for all of your projects, events and campaigns.
Fresh Prints of Evanston - ONLINE Seth Simmons, Owner
Website: www.freshprintsofevanston.com/ (847) 736-8938
An online company established in 2017 that provides top tier screen printing and custom apparel. Free design help. Bulk orders. No minimums.
Jet Blue Print-ONLINE Tynon J. Arthurs, Manager
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
Cicely L. Fleming, 9th Ward Alderman (224) 204-4017
Honorable Lionel Jean-Baptiste, Circuit Court Judge (312) 310-4357
Daley Center, 50 W. Washington St., Rm.2807, Chicago, IL 60602
Devon Reid, 8th Ward Alderman (872) 203-4291
Bobby Burns, 5th Ward Alderman (847) 766-5871
RADIO AND TELEVISION
Evanston Live TV Meleika Gardner, Creator
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
Promoting Haitian Music and Culture
@ properties Roger N. Williams, Broker, PSA
1821 Benson Ave. Evanston 60201 (847) 975-9006
Stop looking and start finding.
Compass Evanston Allie Payne, Licensed Real Estate Broker
814 Dempster St. Evanston, IL 60202 (312) 752-0055
Website: www.compassevanston.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Specializes in residential real estate sales throughout Chicago, the North Shore and the western suburbs.
KoenigRubloff Realty Group
Betty Ruffin, Broker (847) 425-5231
Charlotte Ruffin, Broker (847) 425-5230
Manchester Realty Bob Parris, Owner and Managing Broker
3423 Church St. Evanston, IL 60203 (847) 869-1900
With over 25 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
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) 423-6644
RESTAURANTS, FOOD AND CATERING
Badge Brew Coffee, Mike Jones, Owner
Connoisseur of coffee. Dedicated to providing you with coffee that works as hard as you do!
Badou Senegalese Cuisine Badou Diakhate, Owner
2055 W. Howard St. Chicago 60645 (773) 293-6913
Power your health with delicious Senegalese food for lunch and dinner.
Bella Noir Desserts Courtney Barrett, Owner
Evanston 60204 (773) 681-1168
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.
Buffalo Joes Howard
1841 W. Howard St., Chicago, IL 773-764-7300
Tossed to order in Joe's sauce; they're served hot and buttery with chilled celery sticks and ranch. Please call ahead for carryout
C & W Market and Ice Cream Parlor Clarence and Wendy Weaver, Owners
1901 Church St. Evanston 60201 (847) 859-6260
A neighborhood market and ice cream parlor providing an assortment of goods and fresh items with the finest Homer's homemade ice cream. Catering Services: Provides hot and cold sandwiches, food trays, ice cream and more for your special event!
Caribbean American Bakery Michael Humes, President
1539 W. Howard St. Chicago 60626 (773) 761-0700
Produces and resells the finest Jamaican style baked products in the Midwest and supplies most African and Caribbean stores with wholesale and retail products.
Chef Q"s Kitchen and Garden, Chef q. ibraheem, owner
Artist, Advocate and Educator. Provides unique culinary experiences through her underground dining, catering, and private dining services.
1827 Emerson St. Evanston 60201 (847) 328-7650
Open since 2004, you will find freshly prepared classic Jamaican cuisine with the flavorful, colorful ingredients of the islands.
Clarke's Yolanda Ewing-Tsatas, Owner
804 Davis St. Evanston 60201 (847) 864-1610
Website: clarkesdiner.com/ Email: email@example.com
Largely known as a breakfast spot but also has a variety of food ranging from hearty and healthy salads, exclusively ground burgers, specialty sandwiches, fresh homemade soups and many other homemade fresh dishes.
Cold Stone Creamery Johnathan Thomas, Owners
1611 Sherman Ave. Evanston 60201 (847) 424-9000
Ice cream, yogurt and sorbet, cold drinks, hand-crafted cakes and more.
Comfort Deserts Reimagined, Harith Razaa, owner 517 Dempster St Evanston, IL 60201 847.905.0101
Da Jerk Pit Okine Dacres, Owner
2430 Main St. Evanston 60202 (847) 905-0323
Serves an array of Jamaican and soul food cuisine in a family style restaurant environment.
Don’s Signature Pies Don Walton, Owner
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (847) 864-3586
The gourmet sweet potato pie!
4 Suns Fresh Juice Gabrielle (Gabi) Walker, owner
1906 Main St. Evanston, IL (847) 425-0444
Facebook and Instagram@4SUNJUICE
Smoothie & Juice Bar-Vegetarian/Vegan-Health Food Restaurant
Good to Go Jamaican Cuisine Dennis and Lenice Levy, Owners
711 Howard St. Evanston 60202 (847) 868-8226
Jerk chicken, fresh juices, catering and room rental for private events.
337 Howard St. Evanston 60202 (847) 733-0711
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
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!”
I'm Soul Hungry Lewis Edwards, Owner
2043 W. Howard St. Chicago 60645 (773) 961-8379
Delicious soul food on the north-side of Chicago. Experience a taste of HEAVEN for yourself. Live entertainment.
Jamaica Jerk Stanley and Paulette Waite, Owners
3357 Dempster St. Skokie 60076 (847) 933-3304
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
Known for its modern interpretation of classic dishes and its insistence on only using high quality fresh ingredients. Offers delicious dining and takeout.
Kingston Grill Patrick Reid, Owner
1164 Dodge Ave. Evanston 60202 (847) 475-7700
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
Proud to serve fresh, delicious Haitian and West Indian food in a great environment where everyone is welcomed as family and friends.
1823 Church Street, 60201 (847) 868-8162
The healthiest, deliciously made fast food in the world.
Love Spice Marlena Jayatilake, Owner
1893 Sheridan Rd. Highland Park 60035 (847) 780-4658
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
Delicious homestyle baked goods
Mickii’s Cookies, Cobblers & More Michelle Y. Moore, Principal Owner
Website: www.mickiisdesserts.com/ (773) 999-PIES (7437)
Gourmet Desserts the Whole Family Can Enjoy!
Noir d’Ébène Chocolât et Patisserie Journey Shannon, Owner
1309 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60201
Website: 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
Breakfast and lunch daily since 2017.
Redz Belizean Restaurant
7605 N. Paulina St. Chicago 60626 (773) 973-3919
Our great tasting Belizean food has a mixture of Caribbean-Latin influenced style that is sure to please all taste buds.
Soul & Smoke Courtney Smith, Executive Assistant
1601 Payne #C, Evanston IL 60201 (847) 859-2732
Comfort food from the heart
Sugar Baker, Inc. Teya-Michelle Covin, Owner
Evanston 60201 (224) 808-0038
Sweet Treat Pop Up Shop
Taste of Jamaica
741 Howard St Evanston 60202
Wingz Around the World,
1903 Church Street, Evanston 60201 (847) 563-8572
Delivery or takeout chicken wings and more.
YaMon Jerk Grill
1636 W. Howard St. Chicago 60626 (773) 654-3750
Jamaican, jerk chicken, burgers and tacos
YoFresh Cafe (YoFresh) Larry and Jean Murphy, Owners
635 Chicago Ave. #7 Evanston 60202 (847) 859-6408
Since 2014, this frozen yogurt café and full-service coffee shop has served a wide variety of menu items. Delivery available. Free Wi-Fi.
Visiting Angels Living Assistance Services Kelly Gilbert, Owner/Director
518 Davis St., Ste. 208 Evanston 60201 (847) 424-9300
This locally owned and operated agency provides in-home care services to seniors on the North Shore, delivering reliable and compassionate care.
SHOPPING AND SPECIALTY RETAIL
Benir La Mode Annice Roberson, Owner
Website: www.facebook.com/benirlamodedesigns/ (847) 877-0266
Designs hand-custom jewelry and sells hats, sunglasses and handbags for the beauty in you.
Classy Closet Consignment Emanuel Wilder, Owner
701 Washington St. Evanston 60202 (847) 475-0355
A trendy consignment and retail shop with affordable designer clothing and more.
Color Me Africa Fine Arts Soraya Sheppard, President
Website: www.facebook.com/ColorMeAfricaFineArt/ (312) 477-6077
We empower, uplift, and educate by sponsoring activities that honor and celebrate current and future African artists. A non-profit organization.
Eye Boutique Kloset Salina Roberson, Owner
(ONLINE) (847) 293-3503
Customers will find trendy yet, fashionable selections of clothing and accessories to offset every taste and interest.
Joy’s Boutique Vickie Joy Brown-Gurley, Owner
Website: joys-boutique.com/ 847-471-8763
Specializes in unique women’s clothing and accessories and caters to the fashion-forward woman. Visit this traveling boutique.
Minouchic Boutique Resale Mary Toussaint, Owner
1900 Asbury St. Evanston 60201 (847) 859-2066
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
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
We design, manufacture/decorate and sell custom high-quality apparel, accessories and gifts for sports teams, clubs, businesses and individual orders
We R Beautiful Gift Store – ONLINE Anthony and Nikki Jones, Owners
Website: www.werbeautiful.com/ (847) 204-1814
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 Hopson, Owner (847) 800-5175
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
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
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
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
For over 29 years, the company has been providing income tax, compilation, review and audit services to its clients.