Pearl’s Place: Chicago’s go-to place for soul food
// By Jacqueline Brennan
Owner Darrell Green says, “It’s the kind of food you actually experience. You don’t just eat it.” So plan to experience delicious home-style Southern cuisine and the service and attention of a fine dining restaurant when you sign up for the Pearl’s Place Community Dinner at Upswell Chicago.
Pearl’s Place is located in Chicago’s historic Bronzeville, just five minutes away from Downtown and the South Loop area. Once known as “Black Metropolis” and among the nation’s most significant centers of African-American owned businesses, Bronzeville is experiencing a modern renaissance, with a diverse business community and thriving night life. Pearl’s Place has deep roots and history in the community, having served Bronzeville residents and all of Chicagoland for more than 30 years.
Known as the go-to place for soul food, the full-service restaurant offers freshly-prepared breakfast around the clock, and lunch and dinner buffets. Green, who believes excellent customer service sets Pearl’s Place apart from nearby competition, shops and hires from within the community whenever possible, and proudly sponsors many local events.
While delighting your palate with a Pearl’s Place menu specially selected by the chef for this Community Dinner, you’ll learn how Bronzeville’s talent is honored through the artwork on the building and the restaurant’s walls, a gallery of sorts showcasing and celebrating local artists.
And don’t forget to ask about the special connection between Pearl’s Place and the Obama Foundation!
What might be on the special menu, you ask? How about a buffet of soul food favorites, featuring fried chicken, turkey, pork chops, dressing, macaroni and cheese, red beans and rice, and collard greens!
Upswell Community Dinners take you into Chicago’s vibrant neighborhoods to eat like a local, get a sense of what life is like in the community, and experience firsthand how bonding over food and mission might lead to new friends and innovative solutions. To sign up for this Community Dinner, just select Pearl’s Place when you register for Upswell.
Before you sign up for Pearl’s Place, please note that this restaurant is not a gluten-free, vegan or vegetarian establishment. Nuts, shellfish, and other allergens may be present in any items.