Michelle Foik and Katy Pizza restored and refurbished a Masonic temple in Old Irving Park in 2018, converting it to a pub where they make their own beer and blend cider made with Michigan apples. The duo named their business for the Greek goddess of chaos and have managed to find creative ways to adapt to the disruption caused by the pandemic—including expanding their patio and installing heaters, while also growing their to-go business and kicking off cider canning and distribution. In March, Eris Brewery and Ciderhouse host a socially distanced St. Patrick’s Day celebration featuring a three-course Irish meal with beer and cider pairings, plus a performance by the Trinity Irish Dancers.
Women’s History Month provides an opportunity to look at the exceptional efforts that have been made to earn social, political and financial equality for women, while also acknowledging the ongoing efforts to push the movement forward and make sure past gains aren’t erased. History isn’t just made by sufragettes and feminist authors—innovators in every industry help to provide jobs and spaces for women to shine.
You can help by supporting Chicago’s women-owned businesses, including a feminist sex store, one of Chicago's best breweries and a coffee shop focused on sweet brews. These 10 entrepreneurs and trailblazers showcase the diversity and versatility of women throughout Chicago—and many of them are giving back to their communities in an effort to help lift up others.