This month’s Dream Town Supports Small focus is celebrating Women’s History Month! We’ve curated a list of some of our favorite shops, restaurants and more all owned and operated by some amazing women.
milkhandmade.com |5137 N Clark St, Chicago
Specializing in ethically and sustainably produced goods from independent designers, this women’s boutique offers a curated selection of amazing pieces. From elevated basics to bold accents, this shop is sure to become a fast favorite.
ibishweka.net |9 W Washington St, Chicago
Drawing inspiration from African and Western aesthetic, Idrine Bishweka’s stunning pieces are designed to take women from workplace to play. Evoking an air of luxury, these versatile designs are fashionable and decidedly unique.
Busy Beaver Button Co.
busybeaver.net | 3407 W Armitage Ave, Chicago
Founded in 1995, this unique shop is sure to be your source for custom buttons! Choose from a variety of options or design your own—the options are endless!
Choc Choc Cosmetics
chocchocusa.com | 3127 N Broadway, Chicago
Looking to step up your skincare game this year? Choc Choc—Korean for “well-moisturized skin”—believes that soft skin should be attainable and innovative. Offering a variety of amazing K-Beauty lines and cruelty free options, this shop will quickly become your go-to spot!
artemisiatheatre.org | 1225 W Belmont Ave, Chicago
Dedicated to sharing the untold stories of women, this inclusive theatre company is known for their one-of-a-kind performances and taking creative risks. They believe in inspiring compassion, social justice and amplifying the voices of women through the art of the stage, and do so with the flair Chicago’s renowned theatre scene has come to represent.
jookiekids.com | 4656 N Rockwell St, Chicago
Photographer Jill Liebhaber’s approach is unique—and fun! Known for her ability to snap stunning portraits, Jookie’s specialty is capturing heartwarming family photographs. Praised for her ability to beautifully—and skillfully—wrangle even the most bubbly and energetic child, Jill is able to create gorgeous moments worthy of any mantle.
Hip Circle Empowerment Center
hipcircle.org | 727 Howard St, Evanston
Founded by Malik Turley in 2010, this vibrant belly dance and fitness studio was created to help make health and wellness accessible to women of all ages, shapes and ethnicities. Their goal is to inspire confidence and joy through community.
4legspet.com | 4725 N Damen Ave, Chicago
Perfect for the pet-obsessed, this boutique stocks eco-friendly supplies, healthy food and thoughtful accessories for your favorite furry friend.
Anna Held Floral Studio
annaheldflorist.com | 5555 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago
If you need to commemorate a special occasion or are planning a wow-worthy event, the creative geniuses behind Anna Held Floral Studio can help you bring your vision to life. No matter your budget or style, this boutique studio is the spot.
Cultivate Urban Rainforest
cultivateurbanrainforest.com | 704 Main St, Evanston
Consider yourself a proud plant parent? This independent plant shop and gallery is the place to go. The knowledgeable staff will help you care for your favorite plants and expand your collection.
humboldthouseco.com | 1045 N California Ave, Chicago
Filled with artisan crafts from local and emerging Chicago makers, this beautiful shop strives to build community for all. Whether you’re searching for a one-of-a-kind vintage piece, or are on the hunt for the perfect gift, check out Humboldt House!
Brown Sugar Bakery
brownsugarbakerychicago.com | 328 E 75th St, Chicago
A 2019 James Beard Award Nominee, Brown Sugar Bakery is the brainchild of culinary genius Stephanie Hart. Offering a delectable selection of cakes, artisan chocolates and other sweet treats, this Chicago-based business even ships nationwide!
barromachicago.com | 5101 N Clark St, Chicago
This Andersonville spot specializes in house made pasta, wood-fired dishes and delectable bites highlighting the vibrant food and culture of Rome. Renowned for their exquisite dining experience and attentive service, this restaurant is proud to provide patrons with a memorable meal.
cafetola.com | Various locations across Chicago
Celebrated for their empanadas, Café Tola offers a wide array of Latin-inspired eats—all of which you’ll definitely want to try!