A girl eats at Luella’s Southern Kitchen. (WTTW News)

The National Black Restaurant Weeks campaign is returning to Chicago with two full weeks of specials and events at 35 Black-owned eateries.

Chesa Rollins, owner of Chesa’s Bistro & Bar, appears on "Black Voices" on May 26, 2023. (WTTW News)

The kitchen at Chesa’s Bistro & Bar is entirely gluten-free, meaning customers with severe allergies can dine without worrying about cross-contamination.

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In 1948, the neighborhood around Milwaukee and Devon avenues was mostly undeveloped prairie. But North Side newlyweds Maurie and Flaurie Berman saw potential, and a Chicago icon was born.

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Purple Pig executive chef Effy Medrano is a native of Toluca, Mexico. But when he moved to Chicago and began working as a teenager at Spiaggia, it set him on a path to cooking Mediterranean cuisine.

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Winners will be announced June 5 at the Lyric Opera.

Chef Mark Mendez of Libertad. (WTTW News)

The colors and flavors of Latino cuisine can be found all over Chicago now, but it hasn’t always been considered worthy of fine dining. Chef Mark Mendez of Libertad said Latino cuisine deserves a spot among the world’s great culinary traditions.

The exterior of Mr. Beef is shown, Monday, March 6, 2023, in Chicago. Joseph Zucchero, the founder of the Chicago Italian beef shop that inspired FX’s ‘The Bear,’ died unexpectedly on March 1, 2023. (Anthony Vazquez / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Mr. Beef, the no-frills sandwich joint in Chicago’s River North, has been a neighborhood staple for decades. But it became a national sensation after it was portrayed by the gritty, fast-paced show released in June 2022. The founder Joseph Zucchero has died at 69.

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When Andy Reyes rhapsodizes about the perfect bowl of birria, he has generations of his forebears speaking through him. His family’s birria recipe dates back to 1926, when his great-grandfather developed his own version of the stewed goat dish in Ocotlan, Jalisco.

Chef Carlos Garza at Carnivale. (WTTW News)

Chef Carlos Garza heads the kitchen at one of Chicago’s biggest and most recognizable restaurants, Carnivale. He said Carnivale’s pan-Latin menu reflects the way he thinks about food — a connecting of cultures.