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If You Eat And Drink At Any Of These 70+ Restaurants Thursday, You’ll Be Helping Domestic Violence Victims

The fundraiser, dubbed "Industry Night," is unprecedented and will benefit Chicago's oldest domestic violence group.

Inside Funkenhausen.
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WEST TOWN — More than 70 members of Chicago’s bar and restaurant scene will come together Thursday to participate in “Industry Night,” a fundraiser that will generate money for Connections for Abused Women and their Children (CAWC) — Chicago’s oldest charity dedicated to domestic violence.

The fundraiser is, by far, the largest of its kind, CAWC leaders said. It all started with Daniella Caruso, co-owner of West Town German restaurant Funkenhausen.

Caruso had recently volunteered at a domestic violence fundraiser, so the issue was “top of mind.” After talking with leaders at CAWC, Caruso was deeply troubled to learn that, despite the city’s population of 2.7 million, there are only about 150 beds available for emergency shelter.

“I think that any sort of domestic violence and domestic abuse — whether it’s emotional, psychological, sexual — those are all very hot button issues right now. Now is a better time than ever to have this conversation,” she said. “In the restaurant industry, there are a lot of people who care deeply about these issues. Knowing that, it made sense to bring all these people together under a common goal.”

Stephanie Love-Patterson, the executive director of CAWC, has worked for domestic violence charities in Chicago for more than three decades and said the industry-wide support for Caruso’s idea is “unheard of.”

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” she said. “It’s incredible and amazing and it sends such a big message. … This is casting a net all throughout Chicago.”

Founded in 1977 and headquartered at 1117 N. Kedzie Ave. in Humboldt Park, CAWC is Chicago’s oldest domestic violence group.

The charity provides the following services, which come at a high cost:

  • 24-hour hotline — $1,000 pays for one month of the telephone bill.
  • A 12-bed emergency shelter with a confidential address in Wicker Park — $5,000 pays for three months of shelter; $250 pays for transportation expenses for 10 survivors; $500 pays for job interview-appropriate clothing for seven survivors; $100 pays for school supplies.
  • Free medical services for survivors and domestic violence trainings for staff at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County — $2,500 pays for one year of counseling for a child who has witnessed domestic violence.
  • Substance abuse services at the Haymarket Center
  • Community outreach services with groups such as local police districts and churches

On Thursday night, a portion of the proceeds from 55 different bars and restaurants across the city will go directly toward CAWC. For every Old Fashioned sold at The Violet Hour in Wicker Park, for example, $1 will be set aside for CAWC.

Alexa Markoff, the fundraising director for CAWC, called the effort “unprecedented.”

“I’ve never seen an industry come together like this,” she said. “In the real world, these restaurants are all competing. Now, they’re uniting. They are bending over backwards to make this successful.”

Caruso said she hopes Thursday’s fundraiser is just the beginning of a conversation within the industry about domestic violence.

She has a few long-term goals, one of which is to facilitate trainings for manager who aren’t sure how to spot signs of abuse among their staff.

“My hope is to show this community, West Town and all of Chicago — there is a network of people who care, and who believe you, and who want to help in whatever way they can,” Caruso said. “I think that that’s really important.”

Domestic violence comes in many forms, Patterson said; it can be physical, emotional, sexual and psychological. Recognizing red flags early on is important. Read more about how to spot signs of domestic violence at CAWC’s website.

There’s a chance that more businesses will join in before Thursday night, so follow Industry Night on social media for updates.

West Town residents who want to participate on Thursday and get to know their neighbors might consider joining the American Bocce Co. in a Chicago Avenue Industry Night bar/restaurant crawl. The group will start at Cleos before hitting Funkenhausen, Flo and Bar Biscay.

Here’s the latest list of participating businesses and deals:

  • About Last Knife – 168 N. Michigan Avenue – $1 per every food & drink item sold
  • Avec – 615 W. Randolph Street – $1 per each order of dates sold 
  • Bar Biscay – 1450 W. Chicago Ave – $1 per plate & drink sold
  • Bayan Ko – 168 N. Michigan Avenue – 5% of total sales
  • Big Star Wicker Park – 1531 N. Damen Avenue – $1 per each walking taco sold
  • Big Star Wrigleyville – 3640 N. Clark Street – $1 per each walking taco sold
  • Bite Cafe – 1039 N. Western Avenue – 10% of all sales
  • Blackbird – 619 W. Randolph Street – $1 per cocktail du jour sold
  • Boeufhaus – 1012 N. Western Avenue – $2 per ribeye sold
  • Broken Shaker Chicago – 19 E. Ohio Street – $1 per drink sold
  • Cherry Circle Room – 2 S. Michigan Avenue – $1 per plate sold
  • Cleo’s – 1935 W. Chicago Avenue
  • Dorian’s – 1939 W. North Avenue – $1 per cocktail sold
  • Dove’s Luncheonette – 1545 N. Damen Avenue – $1 per each order of Burnt Ends Hash sold
  • Dusek’s – 1227 W. 18th Street – $1 per each Thalia Hall Pilsner sold
  • El Che Steakhouse & Bar– 845 W. Washington Boulevard – $1 per empanada sold
  • Emporium Fulton Market – 839 W. Fulton Market – $1 per specialty cocktail sold
  • Emporium Logan Square – 2363 N. Milwaukee Avenue – $1 per specialty cocktail sold
  • Emporium Wicker Park – 1366 N. Milwaukee Avenue – $1 per specialty cocktail sold
  • Empty Bottle – 1035 N. Western Avenue – $1 per each draft beer sold
  • Farm Bar –  1300 W. Wellington Avenue – $1 per glass of Santome prosecco sold, $4 per bottle sold
  • Farmhouse Chicago – 228 W. Chicago Avenue – $1 per glass of Santome prosecco sold, $4 per bottle sold
  • Farmhouse Evanston – 703 Church Street – $1 per glass of Santome prosecco sold, $4 per bottle sold
  • Filini – 221 N. Columbus Drive – $1 per specialty cocktail sold
  • Flo – 1434 W. Chicago Avenue – 10% of food & liquor sales
  • Frontier – 1072 N. Milwaukee Avenue – $1 per burger sold
  • Funkenhausen – 1709 W. Chicago Avenue – $1 per plate sold, $5 per Krombacher boot
  • Galit – 2429 N. Lincoln Avenue – $5 from every “The Thyme is Nigh” cocktail sold
  • Gemini – 2075 N. Lincoln Avenue – $1 per entree sold
  • Good Measure – 226 W. Chicago Avenue – $1 per plate sold
  • Graze (all three locations) – $1 per smoothie sold all day
  • Houndstooth Saloon – 3369 N. Clark Street – $1 per plate sold, $1 per specialty cocktail sold
  • Ina Mae Tavern & Packaged Goods – 1415 N. Wood Street – $1 per beignet sold
  • Inner Town Pub – 1935 W. Thomas Street – 20% of total sales 
  • Ironside Bar & Galley – 546 N. Wells Street – $1 per plate sold, $1 per specialty cocktail sold
  • Kumiko – 630 W. Lake Street – $3 per prawn sold, $3 per Seaflower cocktail sold
  • La Sirena Clandestina – 954 W. Fulton Boulevard – $1 per empanada sold
  • Longman & Eagle – 2657 N. Kedzie Avenue – $1 per plate sold
  • Ludlow Liquors – 2959 N. California Avenue – $1 per cocktail sold
  • Maplewood Brewery & Distillery – 2717 N. Maplewood Avenue – $1 per drink sold
  • Mfk. – 432 W. Diversey Parkway – $1 per plate & drink sold
  • Mi Tocaya Antojeria – 2800 W. Logan Boulevard – $1 per steak burrito sold, $1 per margarita sold
  • Moneygun – 660 W. Lake Street – $1 from each Old Fashioned
  • O’Shaughnessy’s Public House – 4557 N. Ravenswood Avenue – $3 per Moscow Mule sold, $1 per Jameson shot sold
  • Oriole – 661 W. Walnut Street – 10% of total sales
  • Portsmith – 660 N. State Street – $1 per plate sold
  • PQM – 825 W. Fulton Market Street – $1 per each BBQ lamb sandwich sold
  • Pub Royale – 2049 W. Division Street – $1 per drink sold
  • Punch House – 1227 W. 18th Street – $1 per each Space Juice
  • Revival Food Hall – 125 S. Clark Street – $1 from all cocktails sold
  • Roots Handmade Pizza – 1924 W. Chicago Avenue – $1 per mozzarella sticks sold, $1 per Solemn Oath Lu Kolsch sold
  • Saint Lou’s – 664 W. Lake Street – $1 from each polenta chips sold
  • Smack Dab – 6730 N. Clark Street – 10% of total sales
  • Spilt Milk – 2758 W. Fullerton Avenue – $1 per specialty cocktail sold entire month of May
  • Spinning J Bakery & Soda Fountain – 1000 N. California Avenue – 10% of total sales
  • Split Rail – 2500 W. Chicago Avenue – $1 per every item sold
  • Steingold’s – 1840 W. Irving Park Road – $1 per bagel sold
  • Table, Donkey, and Stick – 2728 W. Armitage Avenue – 10% of total sales 
  • Thalia Hall – 1807 S. Allport Street – $1 from each Thalia Hall pilsner sold
  • The Fifty/50 – 2047 W. Division Street – $1 per order of 6-piece wings sold, $1 per Forbidden Root draught beer
  • The Hideout – 1354 W. Wabansia Avenue – 10% of total sales
  • The Loyalist – 177 N. Ada Street – $1 per burger sold
  • The Press Room – 1134 W. Washington Boulevard – $1 per alcoholic beverage sold, $5 per bottle of wine sold
  • The Promontory (restaurant) – 5311 S. Lake Park Avenue W. – $1 for every cocktail sold, $2 from all burgers sold
  • The Promontory (venue) – 5311 S. Lake Park Avenue W. – $1 from all online ticket sales sold
  • The Publican – 837 W. Fulton Market – $1 per each Krombacher sold
  • The Ruin Daily – 328 S. Jefferson Street – $1 per all draft beers sold
  • The Violet Hour – 1520 N. Damen Avenue – $1 per each Old Fashioned sold
  • Volo – 2008 W. Roscoe Street – $1 per each flatbread, bottle of wine, and dessert sold
  • Walton Street Kitchen + Bar – 912 N. State Street – $1 per entree sold
  • Young American – 2545 N. Kedzie Avenue – $1 per cocktail sold

If you need help, or if you believe a friend, loved one or co-worker is experiencing domestic violence, call CAWC’s 24-hour hotline (773-278-4566), the Chicago Domestic Violence Helpline (877-863-6338) or the National Domestic Violence Hotline (800-799-7233.) If you experiencing an emergency, call 911.