Today is International Women’s Day, a day to acknowledge the perseverance and determination of women everywhere. What better way to celebrate than by supporting your local and nationwide women-owned businesses (luckily, Chicago is FULL of them)! We compiled a list of just some of the hundreds of thousands of women-owned businesses nationwide, so you know your money is going to a fellow female. Happy shopping/eating/spending!

Uncommon Ground  link

A Chicago jewel, the weekend brunch is a must try! Their menu changes seasonally, and they use organic, sustainable, and locally grown ingredients whenever possible. In the summer, enjoy dishes made using produce from their certified organic rooftop garden above their Edgewater location.

Located: 1401 West Devon Ave., Chicago, IL 60660 & 3800 North Clark St., Chicago, IL 60613

Women & Children First – link

Not only women owned, but over the years Women & Children First has grown to be one of the largest Feminist Bookstores in the country with over 30,000 books by or about women on the shelves! Be sure to keep an eye out for the many special events and book signings they have with well-known female authors throughout the year.

Located: 5233 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60640

Art Effect Boutique – link

A “one stop shop,” the Art Effect Boutique offers a wide and continuously changing selection of clothing, jewelry, accessories, home goods, and bath and body products.

Located: 934 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago, IL  60614

The Growling Rabbit  link

An adorable, laid back cafe that is very vegetarian and vegan friendly! Recently relocated from Roger’s Park to Edgewater, The Growling Rabbit features a slightly updated look with the same delicious food.

Located: 5938 N. Broadway Ave, Chicago, IL 60660

Dovetail – link

A store full of handcrafted and vintage items, that is devoted to the principle of buying better–not more. Swing by for gorgeous jewelry, home goods, and more!

Located: 1452 W. Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

Ethiopian Diamond  link

Whether you’re already a fan of Ethiopian food or simply an adventurous eater, Ethiopian Diamond is the go-to for Ethiopian food in Chicago. Just don’t forget to make sure your hands are clean before you chow down.

Located: 6120 N Broadway St., Chicago, IL 60660 & 7537 N Clark St., Chicago, IL 60626

Lori’s Shoes  link

Lori opened her first shop in a small storefront in Lincoln Park in 1983. Since then, Lori’s has expanded to occupy nearly 4,500 sq. ft. and sell shoes, bags, accessories and, most recently, apparel.

824 Armitage Ave., Chicago, IL 60614 (See website for suburban locations)

Badass Cross Stitch  link

Cross stitchers unite! If you are a fan of the craft, you have to look into Badass Cross Stitch. Not only are the patterns created by a woman, but many feature various influential women and women leaders–just check out the Badass Women Series!

Twisted Scissors – link

A funky salon that specializes in bold color and cuts. If you have been contemplating an edgy new style, this is the place to get it done!

Located: 2001 N. Point St., Chicago, IL 60647

Dirt Body Care  link

Reasonably priced body scrubs that are good for your skin and the planet! Dirt body scrubs are all natural and never use parabens, mineral oils, petroleum, artificial colors, or animal testing.