Celebrate Women’s History Month with these citywide events in Chicago

Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Autherine Lucy Foster
From left to right: Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Autherine Lucy Foster

March is Women’s History Month. There are a number of events taking place across Chicago to celebrate the occasion and provide educational opportunities to youth, adults, and seniors alike.

These are just some of the events in the city. If you have an event of your own that you would like to promote, email us at events@thechicagoedge.com!

International Women’s Day Edgewater Crawl

When: Sunday, March 8, 2020, 11 AM – 2 PM

Where: Edgewater Chamber of Commerce
1210 W Rosedale Ave, Chicago, IL 60660

Come out and celebrate women-owned/operated businesses and organizations in Edgewater on International Women’s Day with food tastings, drink samples and live pop-up activations along the crawl’s route. Walk along Broadway and Granville as you tour women-owned/operated businesses, chat with inspiring small business owners and savor the neighborhood’s unique flavors.

Join the international movement, support a great cause and help the business community attain #EachforEqual right here in Edgewater! A portion of ticket sales benefit Loom Chicago, a local nonprofit that supports women with refugee status to create beautiful hand-made fiber crafts, such as knitwear, crochet, accessories, jewelry, apparel and home decor.

Monday Matinee: Harriet (2019)

When: Monday, March 23rd, 2020, 2 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Where: Edgewater Library
6000 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60660

The incredible true story of Harriet Tubman, and her quest to lead hundreds of slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad.

Women’s History Film Screening: In the Time of the Butterflies (2001)

When: Friday, March 13, 2020, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: Harold Washington Library Center
400 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60605

Tale of the Mirabal sisters, who helped overthrow Dominican Republic dictator Gen. Trujillo, the tyrannical leader who ruled from 1930 to 1961. Based on true events.

Make a Reusable Stencil with the Electronic Cutter

When: Thursday, March 12, 2020, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. & Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Where: Harold Washington Library Center
400 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60605

Learn the basics of Inkscape software as you design a stencil with the electronic cutter. Create a one-of-a-kind message in celebration of the 19th Amendment and women’s history.

How it works: Capacity of eight participants, Sign up 15 minutes before start time, must be present within five minutes of start time. This event is for ages 14 and up. Basic computer skills required. If you have a group of four or more and would like to arrange a private class, email makerspace@chipublib.org.

Suffragist Stenciled Tote Bag

When: Saturday, March 28, 2020, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: Harold Washington Library Center
400 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60605

Celebrate the ratification of the 19th Amendment with a hand-stenciled tote bag! Learn the proper tools and techniques to create a high quality stenciled piece. Stencils will be provided but attendees are encouraged to attend the Maker Lab stencil making classes to create their own special stencils. The capacity is 12 participants. Sign up is 15 minutes before start time. Must be present within five minutes of start time. This event is for ages 14 and up.

Fairytale Collage Workshop

When: Saturday, March 28, 2020, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Where: Harold Washington Library Center
400 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60605

Create a one-of-a-kind collage with artist Maryann Miceli. Meet the artist and experiment with story-telling using colorful illustrations. All materials will be provided. This class is limited to 12 participants. Register online to reserve a spot. Participants not present within 5 minutes of the program’s scheduled start time may forfeit their seats. Maryann Miceli’s collage exhibit, Nighttime Stories, is on display March 1 – April 29, 2020 in the Popular Library Display Cases on the ground floor of Harold Washington Library Center. This workshop is presented in celebration of Women’s History Month.

We Compose! for Women’s History Month

When: Saturday, March 28, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Where: Women & Children First
5233 N Clark St, Chicago, IL

The past, present, and future of classical music belongs to all of us. Explore the role of women in classical music – as muses, as performers, and as creators – and examine how these roles have shaped our shared history, our collective memory.

Each month, oboist and composer Laura Adkins shares the stage with different guest musicians, performing everything from arrangements of famous opera arias to 13th-century chant to contemporary solo works. Learn about new female composers and performers and dive into your own memories and beliefs about women in classical music.

This information was furnished via the office of state senator Heather Steans.

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