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Chicago’s first-ever Women’s Restaurant Week kicks off today

Find dining discounts at women-powered restaurants throughout Chicago.

Morgan Olsen
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Morgan Olsen
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For the next six days, Chicagoans are invited to celebrate the city's top women restaurateurs during the inaugural Women's Restaurant Week. Spanning Wednesday, August 26 through Monday, August 31, the event spotlights more than 15 women-led eateries, all of which are offering dining deals.

The lineup includes a mix of prix-fixe menus, takeout discounts and buy-one-get-one offers at spots like Danielle Dang's HaiSous, Diana Davila's Mi Tocaya, Dana Cree's Pretty Cool Ice Cream and Sandra Holl's Floriole.

The festivities bring to life the James Beard Foundation's Let's Talk Forum, which was founded by Vermilion's Rohini Dey in an effort to help women-owned restaurants "support each other, take collective action, and survive this crisis together." All of the chefs, mixologists and restaurateurs participating in Women’s Restaurant Week belong to the forum.

"It's been incredibly gratifying to come together and back each other at the most brutal time our industry has ever faced," Dey said in a press release. "We plan to continue our collective action, and have a drink together sometime soon! We hope Chicago will rally and help us all survive."

Take a look at the dining deals you can find at women-led restaurants and bars throughout Chicago below and plan your weekend accordingly.

Bar Sotano: Special offer on food and drink created by women on staff in the bar's pop-up garden

Bistronomic: $41 prix-fixe menu

Bittersweet: $28 peach upside-down cake

Brindille: $46 three-course menu

The Dandy Crown: Specialty cocktails crafted by women on staff

The Dearborn: $45 three-course menu

Demera: 15 percent off dine-in, takeout and delivery orders with the code "WOMENWEEK"

Floriole: TBD

HaiSous: TBD

J Lohr Vineyards and Wines: TBD

Kumiko: Complimentary karaage (Japanese fried chicken) and shio koji pickles with your purchase of Miho Imada's "Seaside" sparkling sake

Mi Tocaya: TBD

Parachute and Wherewithall: $12 Bing Bread Cookbook

Prairie Grass Café: Curbside dinner specials

Pretty Cool Ice Cream: $10 pints of Thai tea coconut swirl, sweet corn and black raspberry swirl

Saigon Sisters: $40 Special World Tour Menu for two to three

Sugar Bliss Cake Boutique: 10 percent off pickup and delivery orders

TeaGschwendner: BOBO to-go orders

Vanille: BOGO dipped cones at French Market and Lincoln Park

Vermilion: $45 four-course outdoor feast

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