This month is all about the celebration of women and their historical contributions to society and culture. The recognition and celebration of women in the U.S and across the globe date back to the 1900s which was the first International Women’s Day. Women’s History Month started a little later and did not become fully recognized until the 1980s by the U.S government.
Women’s History Month not only celebrates the historic achievements of women, but it also reminds us that there are still many barriers for us to overcome and even many significant feats to be made. If you are looking to celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, look no further. Laugh, network, build, pamper, encourage, create and more as you celebrate Women’s History Month in Chicago with these 15 local events.
She the People: All-Female Comedy Revue
Sundays & Thursdays | March 3rd – 31st | 7:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
Up Comedy Club | 230 W. North Ave. | $13 – $26
The women of Second City bet you 72 cents on the dollar you’ll fall head over heels for She the People. A lineup of Chicago comedians come together at UP Comedy Club each Sunday to deliver this hilarious Girlfriends’ Guide to Sisters Doing it for
Positive Reflections with Elise Swopes
Saturday | March 9th | 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Apple Michigan Ave | 401 North Michigan Ave. | Free
Celebrate Women’s History Month with Apple. Discover the power of daily affirmations with graphic designer Elise Swopes. As part of their Made by Women series, she’ll share how having a positive practice has influenced her life and art. As a part of the session, you will compose a list of affirmative statements that speak to you using the Notes app on iPad with Apple Pencil. Bring your device to the event, Apple will also provide some as well. To register for the event, visit the website here.
Chicago Feminist Film Festival
Friday | March 1st | 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Film Row Cinema | 1104 S Wabash Ave. 8th Fl | Free
The Chicago Feminist Film Festival showcases independent, international films in inclusive public spaces for under-represented artists to share their work—particularly women, people of color, queer, and transgender folks, given their struggle for visibility in the mainstream film industry. Check out the complete schedule of films by visiting the website here.
Friday | March 8th | 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
1133 W Catalpa Avenue | 1133 W Catalpa Ave.| Free
Celebrate International Women’s Day in Edgewater. The Edgewater Crawl includes food tastings, drink samples and live pop up activations throughout the several businesses stops along Broadway’s southern end between Bryn Mawr and Berwyn. A portion of ticket sales for this event will be donated to GirlForward, a community of support dedicated to creating and enhancing opportunities for girls who have been displaced by conflict and persecution. Visit the website for participating women-owned businesses and to purchase tickets.
Paint Your ICON! BYOB Sip & Paint, Celebrate Women’s History Month
Sunday | March 10th | 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Workshop 4200 Studio#30 | 4200 West Diversey Ave. | $35
Who is your icon? Who inspires you? Grab your girls or come solo to paint your icon at studio30 for Women’s History Month in Chicago. Attendees can select their icon from a pre-selection of iconic women or submit their own. No experience is necessary for this creative event. For tickets, visit the event page.
Bourbon Women Night 2019
Wednesday | March 27th | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Binny’s Lincoln Park| 1720 N Marcey Ave. | $40
Meet with industry spirits aficionados at Bourbon Women Night hosted by Binny’s in Lincoln Park. Taste spirits and network with the women of the spirits industry over small bites, a selection of over 100+ spirits from around the world, and rare selections of Binny’s Handpicked Single Barrels led by the Whiskey Hotline. Tickets include swag, small bites, tasting, and more. To register, visit the website here.
Westside Women Unite’s 2nd Annual Women’s History Celebratory Luncheon
Friday | March 1st | 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location Provided to Registrants Only | $15
Westside Women Unite’s, a community organization that revitalizes the westside neighborhoods of Lawndale, Garfield, and Austin through entrepreneurship will host its 2nd Annual Women’s History Month Celebration. The event will honor sung and unsung “
Black Girls Love Art Presents: Wellness Matters
Saturday | March 30th | 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Pearl Paint Sip & Hip | 2105 W Division St. | $15 – $20
Wellness Matters hosted by Black Girls Love Art is an artist showcase and an evening of networking dedicated to uplifting women and shining a light on the importance of mental wellness. The event will feature live music, DJ sets, wellness discussion, and more with a portion of proceeds will benefitting a non-profit that focuses on mental health education. For more details and to purchase tickets, visit the event page.
No Scrubs: A TLC Music Tribute
Thursday | March 7th | 8:00 p.m.
The Promontory | 5311 South Lake Park Ave. | $15 – $20
A Fine Line
: Food, Film, and Female Heroes in Chicago
Thursday | March 21st | 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
National Hellenic Museum | 333 S. Halsted St. | $45
Experience the award-winning film, A Fine Line, while honoring starring chefs in attendance, in honor of Women’s History Month. A Fine Line explores why less than 7% of head chefs and restaurant owners are women hearing candid insights from world-renowned chefs. A personal story unfolds on a Greek American, small-town restaurateur on a mission to do what she loves while raising two kids and the odds stacked mightily against her. The event will feature
Friday | March 1st | 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Little Beans Cafe | 1809 West Webster Ave. | Free
Kick off Women’s History Month 2019 with a group of powerful “
MOVEMENT: An Afternoon of Art + Activism
Saturday | March 9th | 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Woman Made Gallery | 2150 S Canalport Ave. | $25
Join USNC for UN Women in partnership with Woman Made Gallery for a weekend brunch and learn, celebrating the impact of artistic expression and feminist social advocacy. Tickets include an interactive, all all-inclusive afternoon of discussion and
International Women’s Day Kick Off Party and Coding Pop-Up
Thursday | March 7th | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Elevate Digital | 328 S. Jefferson St. Suite 540 | $15 – $20
To celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD)
The Talbott Hotel & MCA Host an Evening With Artist Jessica Campbell
Wednesday | March 6th | 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Talbott Hotel | 20 E Delaware Pl. | Free
In honor of Women’s History Month, The Talbott Hotel and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago welcome Chicago-based artist and cartoonist Jessica Campbell for an intimate lecture and conversation, moderated by MCA Curatorial Assistant, Nina Wexelblatt. Campbell will speak about her first solo museum exhibition currently on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art in which she re-envisions the life and artwork of Emily Carr (1871-1945), one of Canada’s most renowned landscape painters. Campbell’s exhibit at the MCA runs through July 7. To register for the event, visit the website.
Bringing Intersectionality to Sexual Health & Advocacy
Thursday | March 21st | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum | 800 S Halsted St. | Free
Join Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and The American Association of University Women (AAUW) for Women’s History Month in conversation with Nadiah Mohajir, the founder and executive director of HEART, and Zeina Zaatari, Director of the Arab American Cultural Center, University of Illinois at Chicago. The session will explore
As I mentioned in my guide to celebrating Black History Month in Chicago, celebrating Women’s History Month is also something that each and every one of us can do beyond the month of March. If you are up for the challenge, support women-owned businesses only this month or dine at women-owned and operated restaurants. No clue where to start? Check out some great resources such as Bossy Chicago for a directory of businesses as well as Chicago Woman Magazine for profiles and features about