Multicultural 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

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

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

    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 Locations

    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

    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

  • Venture outside of the Loop to visit any of these cultural institutions that promote learning and exploration of different heritages. The Art Institute of Chicago museum 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

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

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