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.
Sarah Grueneberg, chef and partner at Monteverde Pastificio in Chicago
Sarah Grueneberg, chef and partner at Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio
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Ain't She Sweet Café, 526 E. 43rd St. and 9920 S. Western Ave., Margot and Ayana Strotter, owners

All Together Now, Ukrainian Village, 2119 W. Chicago Ave., Erin Carlman Weber, co-owner

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

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

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

Beatrix, various locations, Rita Dever and Susan Weaver, chef/partners, and Yasmin Gutierrez, partner and executive pastry chef

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

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

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

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

Brown Bag Seafood Co., various locations, Donna Lee, owner

Cafe Tola, various locations, Victoria Salamanca, co-owner

Cafe Selmarie, Lincoln Square, 4729 N. Lincoln Ave., Birgit Kobayashi & Jeanne Uzdawinis, co-owners, and Kyleen Atonson, executive pastry chef

Cesar's Restaurant, 3166 N. Clark St. and 2924 N. Broadway, Sandra Sanchez and Lourdes Duran, co-owners

CheSa's Gourmet Food Truck, Chesareé Rollins, owner

The Chicago Diner, Lakeview, 3411 N. Halsted St. and 2333 N. Milwaukee Ave., Jo Kaucher, co-owner

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

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

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

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

First Slice Pie Cafe, various locations, Mary Ellen Diaz, owner and chef

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

Goddess and Grocer, various locations, Debbie Sharpe, co-owner

Yasmin Gutierrez
Yasmin Gutierrez, chef partner at Beatrix
| Credit: Courtesy of Yasmin Gutierrez

HaiSous, Pilsen, 1800 S. Carpenter St., Danielle Dang, co-owner

Hema's Kitchen, 2439 W. Devon Ave. and 2411 N. Clark St., Hema Polta, owner and chef

Hewn Bread, Evanston, 810 Dempster St., Ellen King and Julie Matthei, co-owners

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

Hoosier Mama Pie Company, 1618 1/2 Chicago Ave. and 749 N. Chicago Ave., Evanston, Paula Haney, co-owenr and chef

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

Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream, various locations, Jeni Britton Bauer, owner

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

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

Kinzie Chophouse, River North, 400 N. Wells St., Nicole Flevaris, co-owner and chef

Klein's Bakery & Cafe, 4155 N. Broadway and 426 W. Diversey Pkwy., Jessica Klein, co-owner

Majani, 7167 S. Exchange Ave. and 756 E. 111th St., Nasya Emmanuel, co-owner and chef

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pretty Cool Ice Cream, various locations, Dana Cree, co-owner

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

Mary Nguyen Aregoni, Theresa Nguyen and Mama Suu
Credit: Courtesy of Saigon Sisters

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

Saucy Porka, 335 S. Franklin St. and 1164 E. 55th St., Amy Le, owner

Smack Dab Chicago, Rogers Park, 6730 N. Clark St., Christine Forster, co-ownerRogers Park, 1615 W. Howard St., Simone Freeman, owner

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

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

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

Split-Rail, West Town, 2500 W. Chicago Ave., Zoe Schor, owner and executive chef, and Michelle Szot, general manager

Strings Ramen, various locations, Katie Dong, executive chef

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

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

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

Vosges Haut-Chocolat, various locations, Katrina Markoff, owner

Vanille Patisserie, 2108 N. Clark St., Sophie Evanoff, owner

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

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

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

Zoe Schor, owner and executive chef and Michelle Szot, general manager
Zoe Schor and Michelle Szot of Split-Rail in Chicago
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Vanille Patisserie, Lincoln Park, 2108 N. Clark St., Sophie Evanoff, owner and chef

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

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

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

Closed temporarily

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

Black Dog Gelato, various locations, Jessica Oloroso, owner

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

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

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

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

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

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

Elske, West Loop, 1350 W. Randolph St., Anna Posey, co-owner and pasty chef

Diana Dávila, owner at Tocaya Antojeria
Diana Dávila, owner atstrong /strongMi Tocaya Antojeria 
| Credit: Courtesy of Diana Dávila

HaiSous, Pilsen, 1800 S. Carpenter St., Danielle Dang, co-owner

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

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

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

Goddess and Baker, various locations, Debbie Sharpe, owner

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

Kal'ish, Uptown, 1313 W. Wilson Ave., Gina Marino-Kalish, owners

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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