Black Champaign County


Through events, live music and history, the greater Champaign County area is rich in Black culture. Home to many Black-owned businesses from restaurants to shops, you can listen to live music, pick up a sweet treat, enjoy some barbecue and go shopping all while supporting our Black-owned business owners. Discover their brilliant stories and ensure they continue to thrive in the Champaign-Urbana area.

Featured Businesses

Wood N' Hog Barbecue

The smell of wood-fired BBQ hits you immediately as you enter the door to Wood N’ Hog BBQ, where you’re greeted by the smiles of the owners, siblings Okema and Michael. You know immediately this is a family venture, with years of finely-tuned family recipes that you’re now invited to partake in.

Plant Mode 

Matthis Helmick is a self-proclaimed "downtown Champaign guy." He was born and raised in Champaign-Urbana and spent many years in the downtown businesses, from starting his career in retail at Dandelion (a beloved thrift shop that recently closed) to bartending and spinning records (as Beats by Otter) at numerous downtown bars and clubs. If you asked him even a year ago if he would ever have envisioned having his retail shop, Plant Mode, on Walnut Street, one of the main roads heading through downtown, he wouldn't have believed it. To understand how he got here, you have to go on a little journey with him. Learn more about his story

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