Ladies, Wine & Design

Ladies, Wine &
a bit of Design Chicago

A conversation series for Chicago Creatives

A monthly meetup for creative ladies. We'll wine, dine, and have casual conversations and activities relating to creativity, business, and life. If you're a female student or creative and would like to join, please RSVP. It's free and reservations are first come, first serve.

January 10, 6-9pm Letterpress Studio Tour

Join us at Steel Petal Press for a tour from the owner, Shayna! We'll see the ins and outs of how this awesome studio & retail shop is run. We'll head to Revolution Brewing next door for drinks afterwards. CLOSED
Location: Steep Petal Press
Special Guest Host: Shayna Norwood

February 8, 6:30-9:30pm Handmade Valentines Workshop

Time to spread the love! We'll hand craft some cards and enjoy sips & snacks. Make some extra so we can send them to Lurie Children's too! Cost covers materials, drinks & snacks. CLOSED
Location: evolveHer
Special Guest Host: Jennifer Hines

March 22, 6-8pm Taking Risks

We all have dreams. But somehow along the way, we can begin to fear taking the risks necessary to make those dreams a reality. We'll hear from fashion designer Angela Wang, as she shares about the risks she's taken to get where she is today. CLOSED
Location: X • Angela Wang Showroom
Special Guest Host: Angela Wang

April 12, 6:30-8:30pm Accountability

Accountability and productivity... two of the toughest challenges to face as an entreprenuer! Join us for a conversation with two Chicago-based small business owners as they share tips about how to stay productive and hold yourself accountable when you are your own boss.CLOSED
Location: Fuzzy Math
Special Guest Host: Michelle Starbuck Amos & Emily Wentz

May 16, 6:30-8:30pm Tactical Leverage

Join us as we hear from the esteemed Katherine Darnstadt of Latent Design. She'll share about the work she's done in Chicago and the impact its having on our community. CLOSED
Location: Project Management Advisors
Special Guest Host: Katherine Darnstadt

June 21, 6:30-8:30pm Exhilaration & Rage

There's a lot going on in the world. And with so much stimulation, a lot of emotions can be stirred up. Join us at Digital Kitchen where Kelly Dorsey will lead the discussion on finding meaning in design, Trump’s America and more! CLOSED
Location: Digital Kitchen
Special Guest Host: Kelly Dorsey

July 19, 6:30-8:30pm Lessons in Freelance

Are you a freelancer struggling to find your voice? Afraid to leave your job to illustrate full time? Join us at Designation to hear from Shauna Lynn as she shares all about her experiences working as a freelance artist. CLOSED
Location: Designation
Special Guest Host: Shauna Lynn

Sept 5, 5:30-7:30 Pathway to a Career in UX

“User Experience Design” has become increasingly broad and complex as the demand for UX Designers rises. Join the conversation with designers at Sprout Social to talk about how the industry has evolved, what it means to be a UX Designer today, and how might one start a new career in UX. CLOSED
Location: Sprout Social
Special Guest Hosts: Boo Fagan, Erinn Dornaus, Jing Guo, Rachel Sinon

Nov 15, 6:30-8:30 Plan Tomorrow Today

You’re an ambitious multi-passionate person. You’re fueled by a desire to do more, create more and be more. But something’s missing. Maybe it’s accountability, focus or clarity. You need motivation, and an action plan. Plan Tomorrow Today is for people who crave clarity, purpose and direction to build a roadmap for their next 90-days.CLOSED
Location: Second Shift
Special Guest Host: Lisa Guillot

Feb 20, 6:30-8:30 Finding Your Voice

Writer Britt Julious joins us to talk about finding your unique voice and perspective as a creative, and how to leverage it in your professional (and personal) life!
Location: The Living Room
Special Guest Hosts: Britt Julious

Mar 21, 6:30-8:30 So what does it mean to be a "real" industrial designer?

This event will feature 4 panelists from the industrial design industry who will discuss what it means to be a "real" industrial designer, with the goal of squashing the notion that you have to fit into one specific box in order to be considered a true industrial designer.
Location: The Living Room
Special Guest Hosts: Liz Daily, Kim Wilkens, Kelly Lin & Emily Taylor

Apr 18, 6:30-8:30 Creating Amazing: The Making of A Femtrepreneur

We all love hearing stories about successful businesswomen - but how did they get where they are?

Andrea Herrera of Amazing Edibles joins LWD Chicago to help remove the mystery around becoming an entrepreneur, covering topics such as being a woman entrepreneur, starting your own business, customer acquisition and retention, and pathways through passion projects
Location: Amazing Edibles
Special Guest Hosts: Andrea Herrera

Jessica Walsh started Ladies, Wine & Design in New York after doing a lot of thinking and reading on why there are so few women creative directors. She believes we can change that through mentorship and championing others' work. We couldn't agree more, and we also think it would be fun to meet other lady designers, so we reached out to her and tada - Ladies, Wine & Design Chicago was born.

Read her original musings and more:

12 Kinds of Kindness
Ladies, Wine, and Design
Ad Age: What We Can Do About the Dearth of Female Creatives?

Numbers show that there's a very small percentage of women leading the creative industry. However, the people we could be most inspired by most are other talented ladies. Let's build a list of women we have admired, worked with, or had our eyes on! Email us if you want to nominate someone for this list, especially women in Chicago.