Chicago Cultural Resources

Explore Chicago!

The modern metropolitan city of Chicago is home to more than 2.7 million people residing in 77 neighborhoods. Immigrants from around the globe now reside in Chicago, and have settled into various enclaves within the city. This rich tapestry is what makes Chicago so vibrant, and exciting to explore.

While SAIC is situated in the Loop, these 77 neighborhoods offer new learning experiences that will deepen our appreciation and understanding of diversity.

Learn more about these various neighborhoods.

Support Black Businesses

Use this list to support local black owned businesses! This list contains a sample of local establishments in a variety of businesses, including dining, coffee, books, produce, exercise, galleries, clothing, and other great spaces. Use this list as a way to connect and explore the city.



Chicago has many grocery stores that stock authentic foods from around the world. Here is a sampling of the many grocery stores specializing in global cuisine:

Cermak Fresh Market
A regional supermarket chain with various locations serving a variety of ethnic foods catering to Mexican, Puerto Rican, Greek, Italian, Polish, Russian among other European and Latin American cultures
Various Locations 
Contact through website

Devon Market
A neighborhood international market that stocks basic items as well as international fare
1440 W Devon Ave., Chicago, IL 60660
Email through website

Fresh Farms International Market
An international grocery store stocking imported and local foods
Various Locations
Contact through website

A large supermarket chain specializing in stocking everyday essentials and specialty Asian items
Various Locations

Joong Boo Market
Asian supermarket chain with various locations offering an extensive variety of Asian-specific items, fresh produce, meats, and seafood
Various Locatioons 

La Casa Del Pueblo
A neighborhood grocery with a large selection of ethnic name-brand products
1810 S Blue Island Ave., Chicago, IL 60608 

La Unica Food Mart
A food mart and restaurant specializing in Cuban, Mexican, Colombian, Peruvian cuisine
1515 W Devon Ave., Chicago, IL 60660

Middle East Bakery & Grocery
A grocer offering fresh and dry goods from Middle Eastern, Turkish, and Persian products
1512 W Foster Ave., Chicago, IL 60640

Mitsuwa Marketplace
A national supermarket chain offering a range in Japanese groceries
100 E Algonquin Rd., Arlington Heights, IL 60005

Patel Brothers
A national grocer selling a wide variety of authentic regional grocery and spice products of India and South Asia
Various locations
Contact through website

Sanabel Bakery
A combination retail/wholesale shop with Middle Eastern foods, daily baked goods, and Halal meats
4213 N Kedzie Ave., Chicago, IL 60686

Seafood City Supermarket
A supermarket chain serving a variety of Filipinx fare and groceries
5033 N Elston Ave., Chicago, IL 60630
Contact through website

Cultural Institutions

Venture outside of the Loop to visit any of these cultural institutions that promote learning and exploration of different heritages. The Art Institute is not the only place you’ll find enrichment and inspiration. Here is a sampling of a few of the many cultural museums that specialize in enrichment around the history and art of various cultural groups.

Chinese American Museum of Chicago
238 W 23rd St., Chicago, IL 60616

DuSable Museum of African American History
740 E 56th Pl., Chicago, IL 60637

Haitian American Museum of Chicago
4654 N Racine Ave., Chicago IL 60640

Heritage Museum of Asian Art
218 W 26th St., Chicago, IL 60616

National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 W 19th St., Chicago, IL 60608

National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture
3015 W Division St., Chicago, IL 60622

South Side Community Art Center
3831 S Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60653

Ukranian Institute of Modern Art
2320 W Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60622

Ukranian National Museum 
2249 W Superior St., Chicago, IL 60612

Learn more at the Chicago Cultural Alliance