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Edgewater Women’s Day Event To Showcase Women-Led Restaurants And International Cuisine

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The team at The Growling Rabbit will be one of many women-led restaurants participating in the Dinner Crawl

The diverse culture in Edgewater has given rise to many new women-led businesses in the neighborhood. With many of these women immigrants from other countries, the restaurant scene in Edgewater is as diverse as its residents.

For International Women’s Day on Wednesday, March 8, the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce has put together a unique dinner crawl event celebrating these businesses and giving participants access to sample food from around the world. A portion of proceeds from the crawl will be donated to Girl Forward, helping girls displaced by conflict and persecution.

“The women-led businesses in Edgewater are an important part of our community. They provide valuable goods and services and give back to the neighborhood in lots of ways,” said Katrina Balog –Executive Director of the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce. “This dinner crawl highlights the women who are making their mark on Edgewater. We have included long-time businesses like Uncommon Ground (sampling at the Edgewater Chamber office) and several new businesses. Nine of the participating businesses are less than five years old.”

The event also highlights the strong immigrant presence in Edgewater by focusing on international cuisine. According to the Chamber, the most recent census figures from the American Community Survey from 2010-2014 show that 29 percent of Edgewater’s population is foreign-born as compared to 21 percent city-wide. Edgewater has benefited from this diverse population in many ways, including having an abundance of authentic cuisine.

Balog added, “On November 11, 2016 the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce released a letter to the Edgewater community that affirmed our commitment to all the people who call Edgewater home. We are committed to valuing, respecting and guarding the diversity of every person in our community. Using this event to raise funds for Girl Forward is just one way we can support the newest members of our community as they integrate into their new life in Edgewater.”

People who take part in the crawl can check in at the Chamber of Commerce at 1210 W Rosedale. Participants will be welcomed by The Shannon Rovers, Irish Pipe Band and they will receive a map of participating restaurants and then proceed to locations of their choosing for a sample/tasting between 5 p.m.– 8 p.m.

You can purchase tickets online at http://intldinner.bpt.me/ or at the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce from 4:00 – 7:30 p.m. the day of the crawl. With their map, crawlers may walk to participating locations throughout Edgewater. Crawl fee is $30 for members of the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce, $35 for the general public.

Stop locations on the dinner crawl include:

Summer Noodles & Rice, 1123 W. Granville Ave

Kwai Fah Acupuncture, 1208 W. Granville

AVP Jewelry and Beads, 1127 W. Granville

Ethiopian Diamond, 6120 N. Broadway

RAM Art Studio, 6054 N. Broadway

Independent Spirits, 5947 N. Broadway Chicago (Serving until 7:00 pm)

The Growling Rabbit, 5938 N. Broadway

Edgewater Chamber of Commerce, 1210 Rosedale

Mango Pickle, 5842 N. Broadway

Alice and Friends, 5812 N. Broadway
Herb (recently featured on Check, Please)
5424 N. Broadway

Steep Theatre, 1115 W. Berwyn

Indie Café, 5951 N. Broadway

 Additional participants include Edge of Sweetness, Maddiebird Bakery, Tina’s Italian Ice, Phoenix Bean Tofu, Aartwerk Studio, Salon Echo, Fireside, and Girl Forward. More stops are being added.

For more information, visit https://www.edgewater.org/.

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