February 2016

Women-Owned businesses thrive from attaining certification through the Women's Business Development Center. Emilia DiMenco shares three easy tips to guide you through the process. more


These simple exercises are part of a series developed by health and wellness expert, Bija Bennett, that are tailored to which direction you are traveling in. more

Health + Wellness


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The A-list chef invited FW: Chicago into her home to discuss her career, her laid-back life at home with her husband, and the magic of giraffes. more


The president and owner of NWC Food Incubator has seen many facets of the food industry and currently has plans to expand to the city from Evanston to further support entrepreneurial food businesses. more

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The president of Bluedog Design and her team are branding consultants to major food companies and products. With over 38,000 products sold in an average grocery store, it takes a team of experts to gain the attention of shoppers. more

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The CEO and Co-Founder of Real Food Blends is proof that necessity really is the “mother” of all invention. Julie Bombacino was inspired to start her business because of her son's special needs. more


The goddess behind the Goddess Grocer Group and caterer to the rockstars shares her lasagna recipe as served to the Grateful Dead. You should try this at home! more

Entertaining + Recipes

Most Chicagoans have come to terms with winter and embraces a few months of blustery winds and snow—one exception being dry skin. So, we’ve rounded up a handful of products that will keep you super-hydrated all season long. more


The co-founder and CEO of Isabelli Media Relations' love for food that was instrumental in the founding of the company five years ago. Today they have one of the most impressive rosters of clients in the hospitality industry in Chicago. more

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This Emmy Award winning journalist is a rising star in the Chicago media scene. With a strong sense of family and roots, she has conquered reality tv and worked her way up to solo anchor at MundoFox. She is one to watch and be inspired by. more


FW: Chicago celebrates the release of the February food issue with a sold out fete at Prime & Provisions. From Top Chef Stephanie Izard to many of Chicago's top women in food, it's no surprise that guests braved the cold to help us celebrate. more

Launch Party

The culinary world of Chicago is vast. We found a few notable rising stars to keep an eye on—Gina Stefani launching Mad Social, Amy and Clodagh Lawless opening The Dearborn and pastry chef Amy Arnold from Dine|Amic Group. more

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This month Cheryl Sloane from G Boutique gives us a peak into her purse. This expert of all things feminine always has a few sexy things on hand. This Valentines day, maybe you should too! more

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Kathy Herbert is an entrepreneur with deep roots in the food industry that began at the age of 16 with bagging groceries. Her career took her to the C-Suite and, now, as an entrepreneur and supporter of women-led food businesses. more

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Chicago is one of the premier culinary destinations in the world. Here, 20 women who have made their mark on the local food scene. Some names you already know, others you should know. more

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She might have a last name that is near and dear to the hearts of pizza-obsessed Chicagoans, but she is an accomplished entrepreneur in her own right. Jeanne Malnati shares her insights on workplace culture, honesty in the office, and why communicati more


Approaching Valentine’s Day, Bela Gandhi shares her secret to finding happy love. First step, replacing self-sabotaging behaviors with successful strategies. Here are some “stop” and “start” behaviors that you might want to think about. more

Love + Friendship

Michael Del Piero, a 2016 DreamHome Designer and the creative force behind Michael Del Piero Good Design, has shared six easy ways to incorporate those souvenirs and impulse purchases from your travels into your home. more


This Valentine’s Day feel sexy, powerful and awesome. Celebrate in the season’s sexiest (and cheekiest) bras, panties, and ultimate lounging pieces. more

Fashion + Style

Co-owner, Honey Butter Fried Chicken and Sunday Dinner Club makes our list honoring women in the Chicago's culinary scene. Meet Christine Cikowski. more

Food + Culture