Seven black women smiling and laughing at the Ace Hotel in Chicago for the Changemakers event by Bumble photography by Jasmine Oliver

How to Celebrate Women’s History Month in Chicago

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

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Image | The Second City

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 Themselves. This mimosa-and-madness-fueled feminist foray takes on everything from having it all to having that sick feeling your government is trying to send your sex back to the Middle Ages. Join them as they dismantle the patriarchy and tackle insanely relevant topics in today’s society, all with a sharp wit and even sharper tongues. Grab your tickets for a discounted admission here.

Positive Reflections with Elise Swopes

Saturday | March 9th | 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Apple Michigan Ave | 401 North Michigan Ave. | Free

Made by Women Series by Apple on Michigan Ave in Chicago as featured in ways to celebrate Women's History Month in Chicago on The Haute Seeker
Image | Apple

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

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Image | Chicago Feminist Film Festival

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. 

Edgewater Crawl

Friday | March 8th | 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

1133 W Catalpa Avenue | 1133 W Catalpa Ave.| Free

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Image | Edgewater Chamber of Commerce

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

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Image | Aponte Art

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

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Image| Binny’s

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

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Image | Westside Women Unite

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 “sheros,” rooted/raised/restored as leading legacy leaders of the Westside of Chicago who is making a positive impact on this city. To purchase tickets to the luncheon, visit the event page.

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

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Image | Black Girls Love Art

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

TLC music tribute event flyer in Chicago at The Promontory featured in Ways to celebrate Women's History Month in Chicago on The Haute Seeker
Image | Afrotrak

Join Afrotrak as they pay homage to legendary female music trio TLC. The night will feature three artists who will reenact a live performance of TLC’s classic songs backed by a live band. Tickets available here.

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

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Image | A Fine Line

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 hors d’oeuvers and a wine reception by a local mother/daughter catering duo. For more details and to purchase tickets, visit the event page.

Mom’s Moment

Friday | March 1st | 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Little Beans Cafe | 1809 West Webster Ave. | Free

Event Flyer for Mom's moment at Little Beans Cafe in Chicago featured in ways to celebrate Women's History Month in Chicago on The Haute Seeker
Image | Ollie and Jaimie

Kick off Women’s History Month 2019 with a group of powerful “momprenuers.” Six different women will host a meet and greet and roundtable discussing their unique journeys and stories of entrepreunership and motherhood. Entry to the event is free, however donations are encourage and will benefit the non-profit organization New Moms. For more details, including a list of participating speakers, visit the event page.

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

Women on a poster for event at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago featured in ways to celebrate Women's History Month in Chicago on The Haute Seeker

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 activitites such as networking, panel discussions with art advocates, and an embrodiery workshop. Space is highly limited. Ticket includes admission to all event activities, two drink tickets and workshop materials. To join the conversation, visit the event page.

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

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Image | Dresscode Tech

To celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) Dresscode Tech and FWD will host the Chicago IWD Kick Off Party and Code Pop-Up. The event will give attendes the opporunity to network with like-minded people while also having the opportunity to take a Dresscode coding lesson. To attend the event, that focuses on women and their growth in the tech space, visit the event page here.

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

Chicago Work by artists Jessica Campbell on display at the MCA and Talbott Hotel image featured in ways to celebrate Women's History Month in Chicago on The Haute Seeker
Image | Installation view, Chicago Works: Jessica Campbell, MCA Chicago

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

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Image | HEART

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 HEART’s year-long anti-sexual assault program on college campuses, a program of Reliance supported by AAUW. The presentation will provide an overview of working with Muslim student populations and Title IX offices, as well as the barriers facing this work and the strategies professionals can use in their advocacy roles. To learn more, visit the Facebook page.


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 women-owned businesses.


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37 Comments

  1. Yonnah M

    I wouldn’t have guessed that there were so many events in honor of Women’s History Month. A few of these seem really interesting to me. I’ll have to see what going on in Detroit.

    1. Taylor J

      Thanks! Yes, I know Detroit has some amazing things going on in general so hopefully they have some women-focused ones!

  2. Ciara

    Wow, there’s so many great things going in in Chicago! This would be such a convenient resource for anyone in the area.

  3. cendu

    love love love! you’ve got so many things we can see and do. I’ve never been to Chicago but I really want to now lol. We’re actually trying to pick a spot for our first family vaca with the baby so maybe this would be a good choice.

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