Uptown Small Business Interviews

Uptown Business InterviewsLocal businesses are invaluable to and inextricable from the character, economy, and sense of place and community in Chicago’s many neighborhoods and every city in the world. And in Uptown, this business ecosystem is supplemented by a network of social service agencies serving those most in need across the North Side. As retailing trends continue to change, the interviews are an insightful snapshot of the needs and challenges of opening, running, and growing a business across multiple sectors.

Focusing on minority and woman-owned businesses, broadcasting their stories over social media has also helped educate and endear these establishments to a hyper-local audience.


Alchemia Art of Hair
Emerald City Coffee
First Sip Cafe
Kal’ish Short Order Vegan
Hopleaf Bar
Immm Rice & Beyond
My Chocolate Soul
Tai Nam Market


Alternatives, Inc.
North Side Housing
Sarah’s Circle


Cathay Bank Uptown
Chicago Healing Center
Feingold & Associated, P.C.
Mini TX Pharmacy
The Shift Uptown
Bezazian Library
Uptown Bikes