Forth Approved: 12.18.17 by Julie Schumacher

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As we look to the end of 2017, here are some of our favorite things along with a few upcoming events. We're taking next week off from Forth Approved, but we'll be back in the New Year to share exciting events and features from our fantastic community. Enjoy the holidays with your loved ones. Thank you for a wonderful, women-filled year!

YEar in review / Year ahead

Want some serious inspiration? Revisit seasons 1 & 2 of Go Forth, our awesome podcast.

Want to set an intention for 2018? See the ones our members set in 2017.

Want to boost your career next year? Try our career cootie catcher for some fun accountability.

Want to take a working sabbatical? Check out part 1 and part 2 from Julie on making it work.

Want to be more transparent in your entrepreneurial work? Elise has some tips.

Want to plan an event? Here are 6 tips.

Want more feminist media in your life? Here you go!

Want to love yourself more? Ask Amelia how she does it.

GO, DO & SEE

This Week & Upcoming
Dec 19: Coworking Meetup Day with Deskpass

Dec 20: Gift wrapping workshop with Argaman & Defiance

Dec 31: Party Noire NYE

Jan 7: Fifty Feminist Mantras book launch party for an intentional 2018

Jan 10: Free open house at Chopping Block with chef Alia Dalal

Jan 14: Black Girl in Om Self-Care Sunday

Jan 17: Plant-powered protein cooking class with Alia Dala

READ, WATCH, STREAM & SHOP

Amelia put together her year end gisticle of 17 good things in 2017.

Taylor has 3 truths to grow your community.

We LOVE venues #9 and #11 mentioned in this Venue Report on dreamy spots in Illinois.

Chicago Magazine talks a year of angry stitching with craftivist Shannon Downey.

Erin at 312 Food has been crushing it with blog content lately. Check out her gourmet food gift guide and Chicago restaurant wait list hacks (yes!).

Black women who redefined wellness in 2017, including Lauren Ash.

The Frost House got some serious love in Curbed and in Dwell.

Shop local for lovely handmade gems and scents at Mojo Owl, added shop hours on Tuesday from 11 on. 

New site for Tiny Bold Creative. Congrats Alison & friends!

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Forth Approved: 12.4.17 by Julie Schumacher

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GO, DO & SEE
This Week

Dec 3: Victorian Holiday Traditions: Lecture, Workshop & Open House at Department of Curiosities

Dec 4: Trans Sex 101 at Early to Bed

Dec 5: Slow Food Chicago's December Food Book Club

Dec 6: Drink & Draw: Home for the Holidays with Kate Lewis hosted by Spudnik Press.

Dec 7: Craftivism 101 - Embroidery based resistance with Badass Cross Stitch
Dec 7: Next Bites' Happy Hour hosted by Motor Row Brewery

Dec 9: Opening reception for Rotofugi's December Print Exhibit STAY POSITIVE featuring Vichcraft.

Dec 10: Goldfinch's gallery-wide Flatfiles Show featuring some of Veronica Corzo-Duchardt's Coffee & Sugar Series.
Dec 10: Self-Care Sunday with Black Girl in Om
Dec 10: HoliDose with Milk Handmade, LeCoeur Watches, Nourishing Notes, Hand + Cloth, Canary Lane and Here.

Upcoming

Dec 11: Slow Food Chicago's Annual Meeting

Dec 14: Feminist Freelancer Coworking & Cocktails
Dec 14: Gift wrapping workshop with Argaman and Defiance.

Dec 17: Gift wrapping workshop with Argaman and Defiance.

READ, WATCH, STREAM & Shop

Chicago Woman profiles 5 women who've taken action since the election.

Grab a print of winterbureau's breath poster for your 2018 meditations.

L'Oreal Thompson Payton shares why an American Black woman joining the royal family has her celebrating.

Recent faves from Rebellious Magazine include thoughts on loving yourself right now, a theater lover's gift guide, and woot! a Rebellious gift guide.

Betsey Mikell shows how to win over millennials like The Onion.

Taylor Morrison shares some reflections on turning 25, thoughts on creating solidarity in action with The Free Woman, AND a new shop Emancipation.

Forth co-founder Julie Schumacher shares how to balance self-employment with a kid in school.

Nicole Vasquez of The Shift, Second Shift and Deskpass shares some startup wisdom on Bootstrapping in America.

Erin of 312 Food is curating some primo gift guides, including for Chicago lovers and wine lovers.

Lauren Ash of Black Girl in Om helps HBFIT restart their series Oh She Glows and talks creating space for black women in yoga over on Bust.

Uplevel your personal brand with these tips from Jessica Zweig.

Stream Badass Crossstitch's Topple the Patriarchy mix while you read about Shannon Downey in Atlas Magazine's Presence issue.

Claire of Centered by Design shares her inspiration for her bebe girl's nursery.

Erin Huizenga helps you figure out which design thinkers you need: strategists, makers or harmonizers. AND! Check out Till School this summer in Boulder.

Snag this adorable veggie friendly tote from Alia Dalal's shop and support Purple Asparagus.

Christmas pie preorders have started for Baker Miller. Order on their site!

We spy new websites from Creative Genius Law and LT in the City. Congratulations!

Forth Approved: 11.27.17 by Julie Schumacher

Desk calendar from Light and Pine

Desk calendar from Light and Pine

Keeping it short so you can (locally) shop your (online) faces off.

CYBER MONDAY SALES

Sure it's fun to shop online. Why not support awesome, local, women-owned businesses at the same time?

Canary Lane: Once a year sale is going on now!

Early to Bed: 10% off and free US shipping.

Le Coeur Watches: 10% off with code WATCHLOVE.

Le Papier Studio: 20% off everything.

Light & Pine: 20% off your purchase with the code MERRYHAPPY 

The Living Room: 20% off events (4hrs or longer) booked today.

Modern Sprout: 20% off our entire site and free shipping with a $100 purchase!

Mojo Owl: Free shipping or local delivery on all gem jewelry or catch Nors at the Holiday Market at Lincoln Park Zoo tomorrow night.

Po Campo: 20% off everything!

Sarah Drake Design: 15% off side wide with code THANKYOU.

South Loop Loft: 25% off with code MOVINGSALE

Sugar Beet Schoolhouse: 20% off winter camps and classes.

GO, DO & SEE

Nov 28: Free Coworking Meetup Day with Deskpass.

Nov 30: Preview the holiday M2057 collection by Maria Pinto, sample plant-based, locally sourced and made snacks from Here and sip on juice cocktails + bubbly.

Dec 2 & 3:  Renegade Craft Fair Le Coeur Watches, Modern Sprout, Nourishing Notes, Argaman & Defiance, Po Campo, Vichcraft.

Dec 3: Global Healing Kitchens: India cooking class with Alia Dalal.

Dec 3:  Department of Curiosities Open House & Workshop, led by Caroline Bellio.

 

Forth Approved: 11.13.17 by Amanda Glandon

Photo: Claire Staszak

Photo: Claire Staszak

GO, DO & SEE

This Week

Nov 13-14: Parissa Behnia speaks at Women in Growth Stage Tech's Think Tank 2.0.

Nov 16: Ladies Room Chicago hosts Feminist Freelancer Coworking & Cocktails.

Nov 16: Rebellious Magazine hosts Body Love Live!

Nov 16: Support Englewood + I Grow Chicago at the Gather Gala.

Nov 17: Claire Staszak hosts an open house celebrating her new design studio with an extra special giveaway.

Nov 18: Katie Jayne Sprenkle talks holiday entertaining at Macy's.

Nov 19: Emily Nejad of Bon Vivant Cakes hosts Drunken Donuts at Festive Collective.

Upcoming

What's upcoming? Thanksgiving, that's what! Next week is pretty event-free due to the holiday, but we'll be back with more the following week.


READ, WATCH & STREAM

Listen to Jennifer Smith Tapp and Lisa Guillot on the two final episodes of Go Forth Season 2!

Honey Butter Fried Chicken got lots of love during their popup in Oakland.

Jenna Blazevich whipped up some amazing lettering for The Atlantic and Netflix.

Lauren Ash was profiled in Shape Magazine.

Forth Approved: 11.6.17 by Amelia Hruby

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This week we're excited to host a panel + wrap party to celebrate the end of season two of the Go Forth podcast! We'll be at WeWork Fulton Market on Thursday, Nov 9 from 7-9:30pm with some of our favorite podcast guests discussing creative entrepreneurship + community. Be sure to RSVP here and get there early to snag a seat and some treats from YumSquared Bakery!

GO, DO & SEE

This Week

Nov 7: Jessica Zweig joins a panel of women discussing celebrating failure.

Nov 9: Join us at the Go Forth Season 2 Wrap Party & Panel!

Nov 9: Learn about macrame and weaving at Festive Collective.

Nov 12: Black Girl in Om hosts their monthly Self-Care Sunday at REUNION.

Upcoming

Nov 13-14: Parissa Behnia speaks at Women in Growth Stage Tech's Think Tank 2.0.

Nov 16: Ladies Room Chicago hosts Feminist Freelancer Coworking & Cocktails.

Nov 16: Support Englewood + I Grow Chicago at the Gather Gala.

Nov 17: Centered by Design hosts an open house celebrating her new design studio with an extra special giveaway.

Nov 18: Katie Jayne Sprenkle talks holiday entertaining at Macy's.

Nov 19: Emily Nejad of Bon Vivant Cakes hosts Drunken Donuts at Festive Collective.


READ, WATCH & STREAM

Catch up on season two of the Go Forth podcast before we launch the two final episodes this week!

Amelia Hruby launched the pre-order for her 50 Feminist Mantras book just in time for holiday gift season.

Check in with Lauren Ash + Deun Ivory on the season three preview for the Black Girl in Om podcast.

Alia Dalal shares a recipe for butterfinger-y clusters that are too sweet to believe.

Forth Approved: 10.30.17 by Amanda Glandon

Photo: Bon Vivant Cakes

Photo: Bon Vivant Cakes

GO, DO & SEE

This Week

Nov 2: Rebellious Magazine hosts Feminist Trivia Night at Ladies Room Chicago.

Nov 3: Pilot Light hosts the Feed Your Mind Gala.

Nov 5: Paige Worthy leads a free community yoga class at Zen Yoga Garage.

Upcoming

Nov 7: Jessica Zweig joins a panel of women discussing celebrating failure.

Nov 9: Join us at the Go Forth Season 2 Wrap Party & Panel!

Nov 9: Learn about macrame and weaving at Festive Collective.

Nov 13-14: Parissa Behnia speaks at Women in Growth Stage Tech's Think Tank 2.0.

Nov 16: Ladies Room Chicago hosts Feminist Freelancer Coworking & Cocktails.

Nov 16: Support Englewood + I Grow Chicago at the Gather Gala.

Nov 18: Katie Jayne Sprenkle talks holiday entertaining at Macy's.

Nov 19: Emily Nejad of Bon Vivant Cakes hosts Drunken Donuts at Festive Collective.


READ, WATCH & STREAM

Christine Cikowski of Honey Butter Fried Chicken talks about service on the Go Forth podcast.

Annie Frances wrote about Lydia Crespo/Argaman + Defiance on her blog. 

Argaman + Defiance, Production Mode, and Wulfka were featured on the Coat Check Chicago blog.

Bon Vivant Cakes is officially accepting orders for cookie dough pops!