Chicago Legacy Business List

Chicago Legacy Business List and Overview


Chicago Legacy Business Overview

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods. Chicago neighborhoods are anchored by Chicago Legacy Businesses. Chicago Legacy Businesses are often multi-generational, family-owned, and locally operated. Business owners often live in their community and employ people from their community.

Chicago Legacy Businesses are a reflection of Chicago which is culturally rich and ethnically diverse. Their authenticity and uniqueness contribute to the quality of life for Chicagoans.

Pressure from rising rents and competition from national chains has forced many Chicago Legacy Businesses to close. The economic impact of the pandemic has made it even more challenging for Chicago Legacy Businesses to survive.

Chicago Legacy Businesses have been supporting Chicago and serving Chicagoans for decades. Now is the time we must recognize, celebrate and support them.

By recognizing and celebrating Chicago Legacy Businesses, Preservation Chicago hopes that Chicagoans will choose to support them by “voting with their wallets”. The simplest way for individuals to support Chicago Legacy Businesses is by shopping, dinning and drinking at these establishments.

Additionally, Preservation Chicago hopes that City of Chicago will take steps to pass a Chicago Legacy Business Protection Ordinance to help recognize, celebrate and financially support Chicago Legacy Businesses. Successful legacy business programs have been implemented in San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles and others.

The list and map below is a work-in-progress and is the result of hundreds of responses through a crowd-sourced request for nominations through social media. This Chicago Legacy Business list is a great start, but is far from complete. Preservation Chicago will proactively reach out to chambers of commerce and other neighborhood organizations to try to fill in some of the gaps in the list so that the wonderful diversity that makes Chicago great is better reflected.

We invite you to submit any additional Chicago Legacy Businesses that haven’t yet been added to the list through the website contact form, email or send us a tweet. General rules for Chicago Legacy Businesses include: located in Chicago, locally-owned, and in business for at least 25 years old.

Link to learn more about specific strategies to Support Chicago Legacy Businesses.

Chicago Legacy Business List

Chicago Legacy Business List  
Alcala’s Western Wear 1972
Andy’s Deli  1918
Ann Sather Restaurant 1945
Ba Le 1988
Balzekas Motor Sales 1919
Barba Yianni  ???
Bari 1973
Berghoff 1898
Berlin 1980s
Beverly Bike and Ski 1921
Billy Goat Tavern 1934
Birrieria Ocotlan 1973
Bob Inn 1945
Budackis Drive In  ???
Calo Ristorante 1967
Calumet Bakery 1935
Calumet Fisheries 1948
Capt’n Nemos 1971
Cary’s Lounge 1972
Central Camera 1899
Chicago Diner 1983
Chicago Filmmakers 1976
Chipp Inn 1897
Chiu Quon Bakery 1986
Cho Sun Ok 1980
Cole’s appliance & furniture 1946
County Fair Foods 1964
Crane Company 1855
Cubbie Bear 1953
Daley’s 1892
D’Amato’s Bakery 1970
Danny’s Tavern 1980s
Decorators Supply  1883
DiCola’s Seafood 1933
Dinkel’s Bakery 1922
Disco City 1976
Donnellan Funeral Home 1913
Duk’s Red Hots  
El Milagro 1950
Exchequer Restaurant 1969
Exit 1981
Facets 1975
Fat Johnnies Famous Red Hots 1972
Felix Lock Service 1916
Ferrara Bakery 1908
Fireside Bowl 1941
Fox’s Restaurant 1960’s
Foxes Pub Pizza, 1934
Frances’ Deli 1938
Franco’s Ristorante 1989
Gale Street Inn 1985
Garcia’s Tacos 1991
Geja’s Cafe  1965
Gene & Georgetti 1941
Glasscott’s Groggery 1937
Goldstar 1934
Greek Island 1971
Green Door Tavern 1921
Gulliver’s Pizza & Pub 1965
Guthrie’s Tavern 1986
Hagens Fish Market 1946
Harold’s Chicken Shack 1950
Harvestime Foods  1995
Henry Frerk and Sons 1888
Hopleaf 1992
Huttenbar 1985
Hyman’s Auto Supply & Hardware 1927
India Sari Palace on Devon 1973
Inner Town Pub 1983
Italian Fiesta Pizzeria 1919
Italian Village 1927
Iwan Ries & Co. 1857
Janson’s Drive-In 1960
Jeffery Pub 1965
Jim’s Original (Hot Dog) 1939
Joe’s Barbershop 1968
Joseph’s Finest Meats 1977
Kasey’s Tavern 1974
Kelly’s Pub,  
Ken’s on Western 1956
Kingston Mines 1968
Kopi Cafe,  1991
L&L Tavern 1960s
La Crêperie 1972
La Pasadita 1976
La Villa 1972
Laschet’s Inn 1971
Lawrence’s Fish & Shrimp 1950
Lottie’s Pub 1934
Lou Mitchell’s  1923
Lyon and Healy Harps 1864
Mack’s Motor Sales 1934
Magic Inc. 1926
Margies Candies 1933
Marie’s Pizza 1940
Mario’s Italian Ice 1954
Mark II  1950s
Mellow Yellow  1976
Merz Apothecary 1875
Middle East Bakery 1981
Milano’s Pizza 1984
Monk’s 1978
Montrose Saloon 1976
Moody’s Pub 1959
Moon’s Sandwich Shop 1933
Morgan Locksmith’s 1962
Murphys Bleachers 1930s
Music Box Theatre 1929
Myopic books 1995
Nisei Lounge 1951
North Side Federal 1935
Nuts on Clark 1981
Old Fashioned Donuts 1972
Old Town Ale House 1958
Old Town School of Folk Music 1957
Optimo Hats 1995
Orange Garden 1932
Original Soul Vegetarian 1982
Orlando glass and trim 1918
Oscar Wastyn Cycles 1910
Palace Grill  1938
Pasta Fresh  1989
Patel Brothers Grocery 1974
Paulina Meat Market  1949
Performers Music 1981
Phoenix Bean Tofu 1990
Phyllis’ Musical Inn 1954
R.J. Grunts 1971
Rainbo Club  1936
Rainbow Cone 1926
Reebie Storage 1880
Regal Men’s Wear c. 1955
Resi’s Bierstube 1972
Roeser’s Bakery  1911
Romanian Kosher Sausage 1957
Ronny’s Steak House 1963
Roscoes 1990s
Sayat Nova Armenian Restaurant, 1970
Schubas Tavern 1989
Schulze and Burch Biscuit Company  1896 
Second City 1959
Seminary Co-Op Bookstore 1961
Shinnick’s Pub 1938
Sidetrack 1982
Simon’s Tavern 1934
Skyway Bowl 1950s
Superdawg 1948
Svea Restaurant 1934
Tastee Freeze 1950
The Burwood Tap  
The Fish Keg 1951
The Hideout 1934
The Spice House 1957
The Walnut Room 1907
Timber Lanes bowling alley ???
Top Notch 1942
Topo Gigio c. 1995
Town Hall Pub  1960
Tufanos  1930s
Unabridged Bookstore 1980
V&V Supremo Foods 1964
Valois 1921
West Irving Shoe repair  1918
Western Automatic Music 1937
Whirlaway Lounge 1980
Wolfy’s 1967
Wonderburger 1954
Phil’s Pizza 1960
Fontano’s Subs 1960
Carm’s Italian Beef 1929
Conte Di Savoia 1948
Pompei 1909
Al’s Italian Beef 1938
Scafuri 1904
Miller’s Pub 1935
Barry-Regent Cleaners 1950
Pride Cleaners 1959
Hollander Moving & Storage 1888
Pickens-Kane 1914
Gordon’s Ace Hardware 1950
Tenenbaum True Value Hardware 1923
Southport Lanes 1922
Burhop’s Seafood 1926
Chicago Theater 1921
Vic Theater 1912
Park West 1916
Metro 1980s
Pearl’s Place 1990s
Medici  1960s
Powell’s Books 1970
The Cove Lounge  
Thai 55  
Bruno’s Lounge 1956
Marshall Pierce & Company 1928
Clark-Devon Hardware 1924
Vince & Gino’s (barbershop 1960
Sky-Ride Tap