Women-Owned Restaurants

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The Dearborn

The restaurant industry is one of the largest employers in the world, providing jobs for millions of people globally. Yet, despite this, the representation of women in leadership positions in the industry remains low. However, in recent years, more and more women have taken the culinary world by storm and have opened successful restaurants of their own. This trend is particularly evident in Chicago, where women-owned restaurants are thriving and making a big impact on the city’s dining scene.

From innovative cuisine to classic comfort food, these women-owned restaurants offer a diverse range of dining experiences and are pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in the industry. In this article, we take a look at some of the best women-owned restaurants in Chicago and showcase the talented female chefs and restaurateurs who are making their mark in the city.

Flour Power

Flour Power, a Latina-owned mom-and-pop pasta shop, brings high-quality, family-inspired flavors to their dishes. With 20 years in the culinary and hospitality industries, Wilson Bauer and Alice Richter serve up their locally-sourced, seasonal food in a homey and inviting environment. Flour Power is an elevated alternative to chain restaurants. 

Kasama

Genie Kwon and Timothy Flores invite you to enjoy their modern Filipino restaurant. Honored with a Michelin Star and awards worldwide, “Kasama” means “together” in Tagalog, the native language of Filipino people, and you feel this togetherness through food. Their daytime menu features sweet and savory dishes, including their Kasama Combo Sandwich and the Halo Halo dessert. 

Kamehachi

Known as Chicago’s Original Sushi Bar, Kamehachi highlights the unique flavors and traditions of Japanese cuisine. “Kamehachi” means “eight turtles” in Japanese, signifying long life and good luck. Co-owners Sharon Perazzoli and Giulia Sindler bring the riches of their ancestry to Old Town. From their maki rolls to their sake, Kamehachi establishes its place in Chicago as a premier woman-owned restaurant.

The Dearborn

Owned by sisters Amy and Clodagh Lawless, The Dearborn specializes in welcoming hospitality and delicious tavern food. Located in the heart of the Loop, The Dearborn honors the sisters’ Irish heritage and Chicago’s past.  Their Midwest-focused menu with its warm, familiar flavors and nostalgic dishes is perfect for a midday lunch or a night with friends. 

Mi Tocaya Antojeria

“Mi tocaya” means “my namesake,” a term of endearment in Spanish, and Chef Diana Davila brings her cherished memories of her homeland to every dish at Mi Tocaya Antojeria. Inspired by Mexican favorites, Chef Davila has recreated dishes and brought regional specialties into the spotlight. Every dish, including the Duck Carnitas, Steak Burrito, and Sangria Ponche, will leave you feeling satisfied yet craving more. 

Dip and Sip Donuts

Nestled in Roscoe Village, Dip and Sip Donuts serves up fresh, from-scratch donuts and fresh roasted coffee daily. All of their donuts are crave-worthy (at least Eater Chicago and NBC think so). The All You Need is Bacon donut is Dip and Sip’s claim to fame with its rich maple frosting and brown-sugar candied bacon. Try their Mexican Hot Chocolate donut, which pairs delectably with their Metropolis Coffee and you’ll have the best morning ever. 

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