Today is International Women’s Day, a day to acknowledge the perseverance and determination of women everywhere. What better way to celebrate than by supporting your local and nationwide women-owned businesses (luckily, Chicago is FULL of them)! We compiled a list of just some of the hundreds of thousands of women-owned businesses nationwide, so you know your money is going to a fellow female. Happy shopping/eating/spending!
Uncommon Ground – link
A Chicago jewel, the weekend brunch is a must try! Their menu changes seasonally, and they use organic, sustainable, and locally grown ingredients whenever possible. In the summer, enjoy dishes made using produce from their certified organic rooftop garden above their Edgewater location.
Located: 1401 West Devon Ave., Chicago, IL 60660 & 3800 North Clark St., Chicago, IL 60613
Women & Children First – link
Not only women owned, but over the years Women & Children First has grown to be one of the largest Feminist Bookstores in the country with over 30,000 books by or about women on the shelves! Be sure to keep an eye out for the many special events and book signings they have with well-known female authors throughout the year.
Located: 5233 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60640
Art Effect Boutique – link
A “one stop shop,” the Art Effect Boutique offers a wide and continuously changing selection of clothing, jewelry, accessories, home goods, and bath and body products.
Located: 934 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago, IL 60614
The Growling Rabbit – link
An adorable, laid back cafe that is very vegetarian and vegan friendly! Recently relocated from Roger’s Park to Edgewater, The Growling Rabbit features a slightly updated look with the same delicious food.
Located: 5938 N. Broadway Ave, Chicago, IL 60660
Dovetail – link
A store full of handcrafted and vintage items, that is devoted to the principle of buying better–not more. Swing by for gorgeous jewelry, home goods, and more!
Located: 1452 W. Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60642
Ethiopian Diamond – link
Whether you’re already a fan of Ethiopian food or simply an adventurous eater, Ethiopian Diamond is the go-to for Ethiopian food in Chicago. Just don’t forget to make sure your hands are clean before you chow down.
Located: 6120 N Broadway St., Chicago, IL 60660 & 7537 N Clark St., Chicago, IL 60626
Lori’s Shoes – link
Lori opened her first shop in a small storefront in Lincoln Park in 1983. Since then, Lori’s has expanded to occupy nearly 4,500 sq. ft. and sell shoes, bags, accessories and, most recently, apparel.
824 Armitage Ave., Chicago, IL 60614 (See website for suburban locations)
Badass Cross Stitch – link
Cross stitchers unite! If you are a fan of the craft, you have to look into Badass Cross Stitch. Not only are the patterns created by a woman, but many feature various influential women and women leaders–just check out the Badass Women Series!
Twisted Scissors – link
A funky salon that specializes in bold color and cuts. If you have been contemplating an edgy new style, this is the place to get it done!
Located: 2001 N. Point St., Chicago, IL 60647
Dirt Body Care – link
Reasonably priced body scrubs that are good for your skin and the planet! Dirt body scrubs are all natural and never use parabens, mineral oils, petroleum, artificial colors, or animal testing.
Badala – link
Gorgeous handcrafted accessories and kitchenware. Badala provides employment to female artisans in East Africa and Central America, with the goal to eventually put an end to poverty and sex trafficking worldwide.
Mater Soap – link
Handcrafted, small batch soaps that are made using 100% natural and sustainably-sourced plant ingredients.
S’well – link
S’well was founded in 2010 as a way to combat plastic water bottle waste. Fast forward seven years and it is the fastest growing female-owned business in the country!
Juniperseed Mercantile – link
Juniperseed Mercantile is where you can find eco-friendly alternatives to many common but wasteful household items. They offer handmade cleaning solutions, beauty products, and cloth versions of everyday paper goods.
Kosås – link
Handcrafted in L.A., Kosås lipsticks are not only rich in color but they do not contain any parabens, preservatives, or synthetic fragrances. As well as being gluten, egg, nut, soy, and cruelty free.
Rae Vena – link
Describing herself as a Visionary Pop Surrealist, Rae Vena’s piece are rich with color and play with perspective. View her work on her website or at one of the many festivals and art fairs she attends.
Le Feu De L’eau – link
Translated into English, Le Feu De L’eau means “the fire of the water.” Appropriate, as Le Feu De L’eau candles are sculpted using water rather than molds!
Wunderkid – link
Created to encourage young creatives to pursue a career in the arts, a portion of every sale is put into a tuition fund for the artist.
Cleanse by Lauren Napier – link
Not only are Cleanse wipes easy and effective at removing makeup, pollution, and impurities from the skin, but you can rest assured knowing that they contain only pure ingredients and complex natural compounds that have been deemed safe by the World Health Organization.
Mila – link
A curated selection of worldly goods from artisans and Fair Trade Organizations across the globe!
Soko – link
Handcrafted and ethically-sourced jewelry, Soko utilizes mobile technology to introduce small-scale and marginalized artisans into the global market.
Moon Juice – link
No doubt you heard about their “sex dust” when Gwyneth Paltrow revealed that she adds it to her infamous $200 smoothie, but Moon Juice offers a wide variety of different holistic and plant-based juices, milks, and snacks.
Moonrise Whims – link
Love cross stitch but don’t know how to do it yourself? Or simply want to support another artist’s work? Moonrise Whims offers numerous beautiful designs, many with funny or empowering sayings.
Isabel Halley Ceramics – link
Handcrafted pottery that is not only incredibly chic but also undeniably unique!
Sprinkles Cupcakes – link
Founders of the Cupcake ATM, by now the bullseye topped cupcakes have become iconic. Not to mention that it was founded and is owned by a woman! As if you needed another reason to eat a cupcake today…