Chicago Holds First Black Restaurant Week
Among many things, Chicago is known for its food. It has its own style of pizza, hot dogs and mild sauce is a part of the city’s DNA. While people travel to the Second City from all over the world for experience the Taste of Chicago, Chicago Restaurant Week is meant more for the locals and nearby commuters.
To help specifically highlight black restaurants around the city, Lauren Smith chose to start a new tradition – Chicago’s Black Restaurant Week (CBRW), according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
“I chose the week because before there was Black History Month, way back in 1926, Dr. Carter G. Woodson created Negro History Week, which was always the second week in February,” Smith told WBEZ. “So I said let me honor his initial vision to honor African-Americans who have played a part in our history. And let me do the restaurant week so it can commemorate what he did and so we can start something new in 2016.”
CBRW is set to last through Feb. 13 and includes discounted prices at 15 restaurants throughout the city. With more than 100 black restaurants to choose from, Smith eventually hopes to expand the event to include many more, according to the Huffington Post.
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