Four Chicago Based Women-Owned Businesses to Shop in Honor of International Women’s Day


Let’s hear it for the girls! Women all over the country are leading the Nation in small business growth and show no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Between fierce support systems, a fearless approach in presenting their ideas and creative geniuses, women business owners know how to get it done. 

It’s probable that you’ve supported various women-owned businesses in the past, but in honor of International Women’s Day, we are here to help you shop with intention. Help keep the celebration going and consider stopping in and showing your support to one of the many women-owned businesses in your community. Whether it’s a simple mid-day treat or a unique gift for an irreplaceable woman in your life, here are four Chicago-based businesses led by strong, dedicated women. 

The Chopping Block

222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 107 

The Chopping Block, Chicago’s largest recreational cooking school and gourmet retail store, offers guests a large slate of demonstration and hands-on classes, as well as wine and cocktail classes, private cooking parties and corporate team-building events.


Asrai Garden

1935 W. North Ave- Bucktown 

Founded by Elizabeth Cronin in the heart of Chicago’s Wicker Park in 1999, Asrai Garden is a retail outpost known for stunning floral arrangements, luxurious fine jewelry, and magical curiosities. The shop’s second location opened in 2018, connected to Ace Hotel in the West Loop. 


Vosges Haut-Chocolat

951 W. Armitage- Lincoln Park 

Vosges Haut-Chocolat’s intriguing chocolate creations are made with the finest ingredients from around the world, sourced by Founder and Chocolatier Katrina Markoff. Katrina’s fusion of indigenous spices, flowers, roots, herbs and liqueurs with premium chocolate creates a sensory experience that nurtures awareness of and appreciation for the world’s diverse cultures.



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The list doesn’t end here! Check out the long list of women-owned shops and offices around Chicago to support this International Women’s Day. 



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