Simply put, a bakery is a place where baked goods are made. A more complex definition involves your senses and memories. It’s an aroma that reminds you of family. And when it comes to quick treats to specialty cakes for birthdays, weddings and more, there is no need to get some generic, prepackaged big store cake when you can have something from one of these incredible Black owned Chicago area outlets.
I have eaten baked goods from each of these locations and they get the Bean Soup Times seal of approval. And not only will you get an excellent product, but you are helping the local economy and supporting business that create jobs in the community. And all of them are part of our list of 105 Black-owned Restaurant and Eateries in the Chicago area.
Celebrating 10 years in business, Brown Sugar Bakery is the spot! The flavors, the smells, the cozy ambiance and friendly staff make this a great spot to stop in for a slice of cake or one of the giant cupcakes. If you need a specialty cake of the holidays or special event, they will create something pretty and delicious. You can always count on the baked goods tasting just as you remembered the last time you visited. The Bakery is really a hub for activity and has been the scene of live radio broadcasts, featured in local, indie films and you never know who you’ll run into when you stop by. The owner, Stephanie Hart, loves to produce new treats, but her caramel cake, is her signature cake that everyone loves. When you experience her treats, she wants to remind you of home. Brown Sugar Bakery–321 E. 75th St. Chicago, IL 773-224-6262
If you live in Chicago, you’ve seen Angelica’s Bakery products hitting you right in the face when you walk in Jewels Osco grocery store. If you have to buy from the grocery, her cakes are a good choice, but you can also stop by one of their two Chicago area locations as well. Angelicas Bakery opened its first location in the suburbs of Chicago nearly 25 years ago. Today the original recipes of cakes, cobblers and puddings are made the same as they were many generations ago and can be found on the southside of Chicago as well. Friends and family all around the world are now able to enjoy the delicious treats and good feelings that each Angelicas dessert brings via their glass jar delivery system. Angelica’s Bakery, 17535 South Kedzie, Hazel Crest, IL; 1517 East 87th Street, Chicago, IL; (708) 206-0970
Located in Chicago’s Bronzeville community, Abundance Bakery has been serving the community since the 1990s. Owned by William Ball, the bakery has built a strong following and reputation for great morning treats which include huge, bigger-than-your-hand apple fritters and upside down caramel cupcakes. You can also get a pretty big donut and they do specialty cakes as well. Abundance Bakery– 105 E 47th St. Chicago, IL, 773-373-1971.