This Latinx Heritage Month, September 15–October 15, United Way of Metro Chicago partnered with our Neighborhood Networks in Brighton Park, Cicero, and Little Village to spotlight Latinx-owned businesses. We published a “passport” featuring just a handful of the hundreds of Latinx-owned restaurants, cafes, shops, and other small businesses that call these vibrant communities home and encouraged residents throughout the Chicago region to #BuyLatinx—this month, and every month.
Check out the list below and plan your next visit to support small businesses and economic development in our neighborhoods.
Brighton Park Neighborhood Network
Huaraches Mexican Restaurant
4231 S. Archer Ave., Chicago (Brighton Park)
6107 W. Addison St., Chicago (Dunning)
1611 E. 55th St., Chicago (Hyde Park)
Family-owned and operated, Huaraches opened its first location in Brighton Park in 2018. After temporarily closing during the height of the pandemic, Huaraches came back strong, opening not one, but two more locations in Dunning and Hyde Park.
“In 2021, we had the opportunity to open up Huaraches #2, and now in 2022, we recently opened up Huaraches #3,” said Andres Rangel, owner of Huaraches Mexican Restaurant. “We feel very fortunate to be able to expand. Each of our locations is managed by an immediate family member, and we help each other out.”
Open 7 days a week, their Brighton Park location serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with homemade tortillas freshly made by order and their famous huaraches. You can build your own or choose a specialty directly from the menu.
Anna’s Gift & Flower Shop
BR Barber Lounge No. 2
Core Juice Bar
De Colores Ice Cream & Coffee Shop
El Rey del Taco y Burritos
Galindo Flower Shop & Events
Tio Luis Tacos
Cicero Neighborhood Network
Imagine Design & Imprints
2345 S. Laramie Ave., Cicero
“We are the impression that impresses.” From flyers and posters to apparel and decals, Imagine Design & Imprints is the one-stop shop for all your printing needs.
Ricardo and Maria Garcia first opened their print shop in Berwyn, relocating to Cicero three years ago. They started small, selling football jerseys for local teams, banners, and t-shirts to their friends and through word of mouth. Today, they have clients throughout the Chicago region—and yes, they deliver!
“If you have the opportunity to start your own business, I say go for it,” said Ricardo Garcia, owner of Imagine Design & Imprints. “You don’t see the gain right away but be consistent and constant. My motivation is my family, my wife, and my kids—to keep pushing. My dream is to have our print shop in a building with more space and an automatic screen-printing machine.”
Little Village Neighborhood Network
La Justicia Restaurant
3901 W. 26th St., Chicago
Family-run since 1966, La Justicia Restaurant in Little Village was founded by Ruby and Lupe Martinez in a small kitchen in the back of a grocery store. The restaurant’s menu features family recipes from northern and southern Mexico.
“Our great food, friendly service, and comfortable atmosphere make dining at La Justicia Restaurant a truly unique experience,” their website says. “We serve traditional Mexican dishes at affordable prices. If you and your family can’t make it in, call ahead and we’ll be happy to prepare your take-out order. And don’t forget about our bar where we serve up some of the best margaritas around.”
Satisfy your craving for authentic Mexican food anytime, any day—they’re open 7 days a week. Plus, they can cater your next party and host it on-site in their event space upstairs.
El Faro Restaurant, 773.277.1155
La Catedral Café & Restaurant
Los Candiles Restaurant, 773.522.8544
Victor’s Barber Shop & Beauty Salon, 773.277.0490
Support Latinx-owned businesses throughout the Chicago region today—and every day! Download our digital passport of Latinx-owned businesses in our Brighton Park, Cicero, and Little Village Neighborhood Networks. Check out the Google map of all businesses here.