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Urban Juncture

Rebuilding a historic Chicago neighborhood into a Black food & culture hot spot


We raised $9 million to bring delicious Black cuisine from across the globe to 51st Street and the CTA Green Line station, the heart of Bronzeville.
We purchased and renovated 16,000 sq. ft of building space and acquired two other nearby properties.
Our first restaurant, The Bronzeville Jerk Shack, won "Best Jerk Chicken in Chicago" from RedEye.
We created award-winning community garden and bicycling initiatives that bring neighbors and guests together celebrate Bronzeville.
We engaged 1000 people per week in events and activities during the 2015 summer season.

Our Team

Bernard is a former partner at McKinsey & Company, which he joined after earning his PhD from MIT. He serves on the Board of Governors of Metropolitan Planning Council and lives in Bronzeville.
Richard Mott Restaurateur
A Chicago restaurateur with 25 yrs experience, Richard has developed three-star restaurants (North Pond and Fuse), casual eateries, ~20 cafés, a catering company, and a 40,000 sq. ft. shared kitchen
Kirby Johnson Director, Bronzeville Incubator
South Side native who ran his first enterprise, a music promotion company, out of his college dorm room and retired from his second to return home to help the next generation of entrepreneurs