Get to know Black-owned businesses in the Near West Side

These businesses are among many adding vibrancy of the Near West Side

It is essential to recognize and celebrate the significant contributions of Black-owned businesses to the fabric of our Near West Side community during Black History Month and all year long.

Historically, Black entrepreneurs have had to overcome systemic barriers and discrimination. Despite these challenges, they have not only succeeded in generating profit but also served as inspiring role models for others. Today, the Near West Side thrives with a diverse array of Black-owned businesses.

Learn more about a few of the businesses that call the Near West Side home:

Zero to 100 Fitness and MMA | 706 N. 26th St. 

Zero to 100 Fitness and MMA is a premier mixed martial arts and fitness gym. Offering affordable, quality programs like mixed martial arts, kickboxing and self-defense, the staff passionately helps clients and fighters alike achieve their goals. This gym provides a safe and supportive environment with a strong emphasis on community, welcoming individuals of all ages.  

The Zen Dragonfly | 302 N 34th St.

The Zen Dragonfly is a healing space founded by Angela Smith. She teaches yoga, reiki, divination, tarot and more. Smith’s journey began with addressing the absence of Black women elders in the healing community. Now, through this sanctuary, individuals can embark on a journey of personal growth and empowerment.

JazzyRaé Jewels & Accessories | 4307 W. Vliet St.   

JazzyRaé Jewels & Accessories sells a selection of fashionable clothes and jewelry, curated by JohnRaé Stowers, who is a wife, mother, sister, aunt, educator, friend and sorority member, in addition to serving as Marquette’s associate director of student support services in the Educational Opportunity Program. With a focus on affordability and quality, customers can confidently shop in-person or online for bold pieces that reflect their unique style.

Lisa Kaye Catering | 944 N. 33rd St.

Lisa Kaye Catering is owned by Chef Lisa McKay, who is a prominent figure in the Near West Side culinary scene and the winner of the 2017 Near West Side Partners, Inc.’s Rev-Up MKE competition. Specializing in corporate events, general catering and weddings, her company is known to be a gourmet off-site catering company celebrated for its vibrant blend of Southwestern and Southern cuisines.

By visiting these businesses regularly and actively promoting their products and services, we can help build a stronger, more equitable Near West Side.