Support These Female-Owned Restaurants & Businesses in Chicago

Chicago’s culinary energy is charged up with fierce female chefs, who are proving that there's more to the Windy City than deep-dish pizza and loaded hot dogs.
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Sarah Grueneberg, chef and partner at Monteverde Pastificio in Chicago

Sarah Grueneberg, chef and partner at Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio

1. Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio, West Loop, 1020 W. Madison St., Sarah Grueneberg, chef and partner and Meg Sahs, owner and partner

2. Honey Butter Fried Chicken, Avondale, 3361 N. Elston Ave., Christine Cikowski, executive chef

3. Mindy’s Hot Chocolate, Wicker Park, 1747 N. Damen Ave., Mindy Segal, owner and executive chef

4. Found Kitchen, Evanston, 1631 Chicago Ave., Amy Morton, owner

5. Girl and The Goat, 809 W. Randolph St., Stephanie Izard, owner and executive chef

6. Little Goat, West Loop, 820 W. Randolph St., Stephanie Izard, owner and executive chef

7. Duck Duck Goat, West Loop, 857 W. Fulton Market, Stephanie Izard, owner and executive chef

8. The Chicago Diner, Lakeview, 3411 N. Halsted St., Jo Kaucher, co-owner

9. Hai Sous, Pilsen, 1800 S. Carpenter St., Danielle Dang, co-owner

10. Vivere, The Loop, 71 W. Monroe St., Gina Capitanini, co-owner

11. Parachute, Avondale, 3500 N. Elston Ave., Beverly Kim, co-owner and chef

12. Floriole Cafe & Bakery, Lincoln Park, 1220 W. Webster Ave., Sandra Holl, owner and chef

13. Black Dog Gelato, Ukrainian Village, 859 N. Damen Ave., Jessica Oloroso, owner

14. Brown Bag Seafood Co., Streeterville, 340 E. Randolph St., Donna Lee, owner

15. Elizabeth, Lincoln Square, 4835 N. Western Ave., Iliana Regan, owner and executive chef

16. Goddess and Grocer, Bucktown, 1649 N. Damen Ave., Debbie Sharpe, co-owner

17. Goddess and Baker, The Loop, Legacy Tower S. Wabash Ave., Debbie Sharpe, owner

18. Scone City, Wicker Park, 1632 W. Division St., Jessica Canning, owner

19. Southport Grocery and Cafe, Lakeview, 3552 N. Southport, Lisa Santos, owner

20. Middle Brow Bungalow, Logan Square, 2840 W. Armitage Ave., Polly, co-owner

21. RPM Italian, River North, 52 W. Illinois St., Giuliana Rancic and Molly Melman, co-owners

Yasmin Gutierrez

Yasmin Gutierrez, chef partner at Beatrix

22. Beatrix, River North, 519 N. Clark St., Janet Kirker, executive chef and partner, Rita Dever, Susan Weaver and Yasmin Gutierrez, chef partners

23. Brothers and Sisters, Ukrainian Village, 2119 W. Chicago Ave., Erin Carlman Weber, co-owner

24. Sushi San, River North, 63 W. Grand Ave., Molly Melman, co-owner

25. Good Measure, River North, 226 W. Chicago Ave., Sophia de Oliveira, co-owner

26. The Darling, West Loop, 905 W. Randolph St., Sophie Huterstein, owner

27. Hema’s Kitchen, Little India, 2439 W. Devon Ave., Hema Polta, owner and chef

28. Anaba Handroll Bar, Wicker Park, 1742 W. Division St., Jill Barron, co-owner

29. Demera, Uptown, 4801 N. Broadway St., Tigist Reda, chef

30. MAD Social, West Loop, 1140 W. Madison St., Gina Stefani, owner

31. Brindille, River North, 534 N. Clark St., Carrie Nahabedian, co-owner and chef

32. Owen & Engine, Logan Square, 2700 N. Western Ave., Bo Fowler, executive chef

33. Sweet Maple Cafe, Little Italy, 1339 W. Taylor St., Laurene Hynson, owner

34. Vermilion, River North, 10 W. Hubbard St., Rohini Dey, owner

35. Chicago Q, Gold CoaSt., 1160 N. Dearborn St., Lee Ann Whippen, owner

36. Amy's Candy Bar, Lincoln Square, 4704 N. Damen Ave., Amy Hansen, owner

37. Vosges Haut-Chocolat, Lincoln Park, 951 W. Armitage Ave., Katrina Markoff, owner

38. Vanille Patisserie, 3243 N. Broadway, Lakeview, Sophie Evanoff, owner

39. Hot Bar, Ravenswood, 4655 N. Lincoln Ave., Megan Miller, co-owner

40. Baker Miller, Ravenswood, 4655 N. Lincoln Ave., Megan Miller, co-owner

41. Sunday Dinner Club, Lincoln Park, 3361 N. Elston Ave., Christine Cikowski co-owner and chef

42. Brown Sugar Bakery, Grand Crossing, 328 E. 75th St., Stephanie Hart, owner

43. Majani, South Shore, 7167 S. Exchange Ave., Nasya Emmanuel, co-owner and chef

44. CheSa's Gourmet Food Truck, Pilsen, 2300 S. Throop, Chesareé Rollins, owner

45. Yassa Restauraunt, Douglas, 3511 S. King Dr., Awa Gueye, co-owner

46. Batter and Berries, Lincoln Park, 2748 N. Lincoln Ave., Tanya Richardson, owner

47. Marisol, The Loop, 205 E. Pearson St., Sarah Rinkavage, chef

48. Belli’s Chicago, Pilsen, 1307 W. 18th St., Alexandra Curatolo, owner

49. Spinning J, Humboldt Park, 1000 N. California Ave., Dinah Grossman, co-owner

Diana Dávila, owner at Tocaya Antojeria

Diana Dávila, owner at Mi Tocaya Antojeria 

50. Mi Tocaya Antojeria, 2800 W. Logan Blvd, Logan Square, Diana Dávila, owner

51. Strings Ramen, Chinatown, 2141 S. Archer Ave., Katie Dong, executive chef

52. Hewn Bread, Evanston, 810 Dempster St., Ellen King, co-owner

53. Lost Lake, Logan Square, 3154 W. Diversey Ave., Shelby Allison, co-owner

54. Bittersweet Pastry Shop, Lakeview, 1114 W. Belmont Ave., Esther Griego and Mindy Gohr, co-owners

55. Cafe Selmarie, Lincoln Square, 4729 N. Lincoln Ave., Birgit Kobayashi & Jeanne Uzdawinis, co-owners

56. Cesar’s Restaurant, Lakeview, 3166 N. Clark St., Sandra Sanchez and Lourdes Duran, co-owners

57. First Slice Pie Cafe, Ravenswood, 4401 N. Ravenswood Ave., Mary Ellen Diaz, owner and chef

58. Hoosier Mama Pie Company, West Town, 1618 W. Chicago Ave., Paula Haney, co-owenr and chef

59. Jennivee’s Bakery, Lakeview, 3301 N. Sheffield Ave., Jenne Vailoces, owner

60. The Jibarito Stop, Pilsen, 1646 W. 18th St., Cely Rodriguez and Moraima Fuentes, owners

61. Kal’ish, Uptown, 1313 W. Wilson Ave., Andy Kalish and Gina Marino-Kalish, owners

62. Kinzie Chophouse, River North, 400 N. Wells St., Susan Frasca, owner and chef

63. Klein’s Bakery & Cafe, Buena Park, 4155 N. Broadway St., Jessica Klein, co-owner

64. Longacre, Uptown, 1303 W. Wilson Ave., Gina Marino-Kalish, co-owner

65. Mad Love, Ravenswood, 1810 W. Montrose Ave., Anna Abbey, owner

66. Nohea Cafe, West Loop, 1312 W. Madison St., Michelle Mochoruk Gorman, owner

Mary Nguyen Aregoni, Theresa Nguyen and Mama Suu

67. Saigon Sisters, West Loop, 567 W. Lake St., Mary Nguyen Aregoni, Theresa Nguyen and Mama Suu, owners 

68. Saucy Porka, South Loop, 335 S. Franklin St., Amy Le, owner

69. Smack Dab Chicago, Rogers Park, 6730 N. Clark St., Christine Forster, co-owner

70. Tweet, Uptown, 5020 N. Sheridan Rd., Michelle Fire, owner

71. Wheat’s End Cafe, Lakeview, 2873 N. Broadway St., Susan McMillan and Amelia Fonti, owners

72. XO Marshmallow, Rogers Park, 6977 N. Sheridan Rd., Kat Connor and Lindzi Shanks, owners

73. Vanille Patisserie, Lincoln Park, 2108 N. Clark St., Sophie Evanoff, owner and chef

74. TriBecca's Cubano, The Loop, 125 S. Clark, Christine Cikowski, co-owner and chef

75. Pretty Cool Ice Cream, Logan Square, 2353 N. California Ave., Dana Cree, co-owner

76. Boka, Lincoln Park, 1729 N. Halsted St., Meg Glaus, executive pastry chef and Brianna Meyers, chef

77. Dos Urban Cantina, Logan Square, 2829 W. Armitage Ave., Jennifer Jones Enyart, co-owner

78. Passerotto, Andersonville, 5420 N. Clark St., Jennifer Kim, owner and chef

79. Herb, Edgewater, 5424 N. Broadway, Patty Neumson, owner and chef

Zoe Schor, owner and executive chef and Michelle Szot, general manager

80. Split-Rail, West Town, 2500 W. Chicago Ave., Zoe Schor, owner and executive chef

81. Elske, West Loop, 1350 W. Randolph St., Anna Posey, owner and pasty Chef

82. Izakaya Mita, Bucktown, 1960 N. Damen Ave., Emilie Rose, chef

83. Terra & Vine, Evanston, 1701 Maple Ave., Alpana Singh, owner and chef

84. Prairie Grass Cafe, Northbrook, 601 Skokie Blvd, Sarah Stegner, co-owner and chef

85. Beth’s Little Bake Shop, Evanston, 1814 Central St., Beth Welch, owner

86. Ain’t She Sweet Café, Bronzeville, 526 E. 43rd St., Margot and Ayisha Strotter, owners

87. Bar Roma, Andersonville, 5101 N. Clark St., Julia Zhu, owner

88. Blue Sky Bakery, North Center, 3720 N. Lincoln Ave., Lisa Thompson, owner

89. Cafe Selmarie, Lincoln Square, 4729 N. Lincoln Ave., Birgit Kobayashi and Jeanne Uzdawinis, owners

90. Cafe Tola, Avondale, 3324 N. California Ave., Victoria Salamanca, co-owner

91. Ethiopian Diamond, Edgewater, 6120 N. Broadway St., Almaz Yigizaw, owner and executive chef

92. Himmel’s, Lincoln Square, 2251 W. Lawrence Ave., Diana and Carol Himmel, owners

93. Dream Chef Kitchen, Garfield Park, 611 S. California Ave., Nichelle Benford, owner and chef

94. Kitsune, Ravenswood, 4229 N. Lincoln Ave., Iliana Regan, owner and executive chef

95. Tomate Fresh Kitchen, Evanston, 914 1/2 Noyes St., Tania Merlos-Ruiz, co-owner and chef

96. Two Fish Crab Shack, Bronzeville, 641 E. 47th St., Yasmin Curtis, owner

97. Sol Cafe, Rogers Park, 1615 W. Howard St., Simone Freeman, owner

98. The Perfect Cup, Lincoln Square, 4700 N. Damen Ave., Anne Merritt, owner

99. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream, Southport, 3404 N. Southport Ave., Jeni Britton Bauer, owner

100. Defloured, Andersonville, 1477 W. Balmoral Ave., Johanna Van Dorf, owner