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Soul Food Shutting Doors In Chicago

Economic problems, changes in diet, and African-American families moving away from the city has decreased demand for soul food restaurants.

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Photo: Jennifer Woodard Maderazo (Flickr)

Southern food made its way north to Chicago after World War II.

As African-Americans leave the city of Chicago, a once-thriving soul food scene begins to wither.

Coupled with changes in diet and data showing Chicago has lost 17 percent of its black population in the past ten years, soul food restaurants are struggling or shuttering.

Hard Time Josephine’s Cooking continues to serve traditional Southern favorites like fried chicken and waffles, but gone are the days where the wait was out the door.

Patron Audria Huntington comes to Josephine’s to eat, but says it’s “a lot more than food.”

“Basically, you have the roots of your culture in the restaurant,” she says.

Read More:

  • Soul food disappearing in Chicago as black population declines, tastes change (Washington Post)
Liz Leslie

Liz Leslie is a journalist based in Chicago. When she's not writing about food, she's likely eating food. Or dreaming about food.

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