EDGEWATER — The Edgewater business community will celebrate International Women’s Day on Sunday with a business crawl highlighting women-owned shops.
The fourth annual International Women’s Day Crawl will kick off at 11 a.m. Sunday in Edgewater, and will feature at least nine local businesses and organizations owned or operated by women.
This year’s festival will highlight business on Broadway’s northern corridor, between Granville and Thorndale avenues. Each year, the idea of the business crawl is to showcase different commercial corridors in Edgewater and the female entrepreneurs that make the community more vibrant, said Christina Pfitzinger, executive director of the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce.
“We want to celebrate women-owned businesses in Edgewater, mark their achievements and make them more visible in the community,” Pfitzinger said.
The business crawl will have stops at eight businesses: Farm Bar, Chicago Mosaic School, Edge Of Sweetness, Bark Bark Club, Gallery 1070, Fixer, Margaret Hagerty State Farm and Ethiopian Diamond. Businesses will provide samples of their products, show off their shops and provide “interactive experiences” with the owners, according to the chamber.
The Chicago Mosaic School, 1127 W. Granville Ave., will host a create-your-own mosaic station. Gallery 1070, 1070 W. Granville Ave., will host a Koval spirits tasting, host projects from a local arts charity and hold a meet-and-greet with Pax the Goat, Edgewater’s pet mayor.
New to this year’s event is the inclusion of women-run businesses, which will also be highlighted along the crawl. Those organizations include SmackDab, Greenstar Brewery, Work+Shelter and Loom Chicago.
For example, Edge Of Sweetness, 6034 N. Broadway, will include a tasting from Hooked On Fish, an Edgewater-based fish delivery service that operates out of a shared kitchen.
The idea of pairing businesses this year shows how much collaboration contributed to a thriving retail community, Pfitzinger said.
“An event like this really shows how interconnected we are as a community,” she said.
Loom Chicago will also be the beneficiary of the crawl’s fundraising effort. Portion of tickets sales for the crawl will benefit Loom Chicago, which is part of Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program and offers women studio space, workshops and materials to help them produce goods.
The International Women’s Day Edgewater Crawl will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Chicago Mosaic School will serve as the official check-in location for the crawl. Tickets for the crawl cost $35 for non-chamber of commerce members and can be purchased here.
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