Women-Owned Businesses in Chicago

March is Women’s History Month and this year we also celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave American women the right to vote. While it’s crazy to think that women once weren’t allowed to vote; women today are setting records, shattering barriers, and pushing for more. We’ve still got a way to go as a country, but it’s important to remember how far women have come in the last century. 

To celebrate Women’s History Month this year, we are highlighting a few of our favorite women-owned businesses in and around the city.

Food & Drink –  

    • Mi Tocaya Antojeria – a colorful, laid-back Logan Square restaurant serving multi-regional Mexican small plates, desserts & cocktails. Owned by Chef Diana Dávila Boldin. 
    • Mindy’s Hot Chocolate – a James Beard award-winning family-friendly restaurant known for its seasonal fare, rich desserts & hot chocolate. Owned by Chef Mindy Segal. 
    • Saucy Porka – an Asian-Latin fusion lunch spot with locations in both the Loop and Hyde Park. Co-owned by Chef Amy Le.

Boutiques & Novelties –  

      • Cultivate Urban Rainforest – an independent plant shop and art gallery based in Evanston, IL. Owned by Louise Rosenberg.  
      • Humboldt House – a home shop in Humboldt Park specializing in mid century furniture, vintage home and bar accessories and more. Owned by Claire Tibbs. 
      • Reciclarte Studio – a Pilsen-based studio and shop specializing in handcrafted art using everyday recyclable materials. Owned by Leticia Rodarte.
      • Faie Afrikan Art Gallery – a Bronzeville gallery showcasing art from the African diaspora for over two decades. Owned by Faie Ecwards. 

Books & Gifts –  

    • Marguerite Gardens Florist – an all natural and eco-friendly flower shop offering imaginative custom arrangements & floral design classes in West Town. Owned by Marguerite Gluck.
    • Women & Children First – a 41 year old independent, feminist, and child focus bookstore located in Andersonville. Owned by Ann Christophersen and Linda Bubon. 
    • Volumes Book Cafe – a family-run shop with a handpicked selection of books, with a sit-down space for espresso, beer and wine. Owned by Rebecca George and Kimberly George. 
    • The Book Cellar – an independent bookstore offering a selections from first time authors, local authors, and in-shop cafe. Owned by Suzy Takacs. 

Clothing + Accessories

  • Tilly – a snug Andersonville boutique specializing in vintage clothing, jewelry, furniture and artwork. Owned by Susan Lynch. 
  • Alice & Wonder – a budget-friendly boutique offering clothing and home goods for $100 and under in Lincoln Park. Owned by Ali Reff. 
  • Mineralogy – a collection of limited edition mineral jewelry and natural diamond engagement rings handmade by owner Theresa Cowan. 

We encourage you to highlight women-owned businesses you’ve worked with by sharing their information with your own network. A post on your social media page, a mention in your newsletter, or a good review/testimonial are a few simple and great ways to show your support.  You can also visit the women-owned business directories listed below to help you find other businesses you can support.