Let’s Talk Womxn Chicago is the founding group of this national movement. Started in July 2020 with ten women, Chicago is now 40 women business owners strong. Our forum is open and we actively reach out to all women entrepreneurs we can find to join us. With the incredible help of the Illinois Restaurant Association and Choose Chicago, Chicago was the first to conceive of and launch several collaborative women-led initiatives. We actively and intentionally disseminated these through all our Let’s Talk cities. This spirit of cross-pollination is very strong among all our cities. Our relationships are stronger than even as we help each other with staffing, resources, counsel, and move to joint sourcing with vendors. We have published opinion pieces jointly, and met with the governor of Illinois and the City Council of Chicago, because of our combined strength. We are beyond overwhelmed by the support given to us by women’s groups, our guests, media and all of Chicago. Let’s Talk Womxn Chicago looks forward to continuing to grow together.
Chicago collaborative initiatives include:
- Women’s Restaurant Week, adopted by Let’s Talk DC, Atlanta, and LA RE:Her
- Multi-Restaurant Tasting Menus, adopted by DC, Phoenix, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, SF Bay Area, Boston, Lexington & Louisville
- Gift baskets, adopted by DC, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Lexington & Louisville
Chicago is delighted to embark on its next round of exciting initiatives including:
- Let’s Talk Womxn Supper Club & Conversation, a monthly in person dinner with five of us
- Let’s Talk Womxn Picnic in White, with the City of Chicago on July 11th in iconic Millennium Park for up to 5000
- Let’s Talk Womxn Social Summer, to cross-promote each other
Let’s Talk Women
Picnic in White
Sunday July 11th 12-3pm. Millennium Park
Closing event for Taste of Chicago To-Go
Join thousands of guests dressed in breezy summer whites for a picnic hosted by the City of Chicago and Let’s Talk Womxn on the lawn of the iconic Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. Apart from gourmet fare and cocktails, this closing event for Taste of Chicago To-Go includes entertainment by women performers on stage, a power-women soundtrack, interviews with women restaurateurs, and speakers. Guests are encouraged to dress in white in solidarity with inclusive and diverse women power. Join us to make this the biggest annual women power celebration in Chicago. We invite everyone regardless of gender to bring their families and friends to this festivity around summer, dining out, and coming together as a city.
Guests should pre-order a picnic lunch and optional cocktails, alternatively there will be limited offerings on site. Each gourmet picnic bag includes a delicious grain salad, dips and crisps, the main course, and two desserts with varied curations by top female restaurateurs and chefs across the city including: Vermilion, Saigon Sisters, Paramount Group/Eden, Demera, Frontera, Bistronomic, The Dandy Crown, Antique Taco, Savory Crust, TeaGeschwendner, No Bones Beach Club, La Luna, Teertsemasesottehg, Justice of the Pies, and Pretty Cool Ice Cream.
Let’s Talk Womxn Chicago is thankful to United Airlines and Sysco as Champions for this event and to Uber Eats for sponsoring the technology. This event is presented by Let’s Talk Womxn and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE).
Preorders have ended, but come on over to buy on site!
Chicago Womxn Members
Clodagh & Amy Lawless
Diana Boldin Davila
Teerts Emases Ottehg