Though the lights are dim, the energy is magnetic at the modern and iconic Pump Room at the Chicago Public Hotel. Six shaggy, white chairs in the back center of the room became the new meeting place for career women—from those who just graduated on Sunday (congrats!) to media moguls.
Styled in laced up pumps paired with the latest in chic buttoned-up dresses and over-sized skirts to match, nearly 100 fashion and food bloggers and other entrepreneurial women gathered to celebrate the new women’s magazine in town, FW: Chicago.
FW: Chicago has an all-female team of seven digital strategists, social media butterflies and editors led by Kendra Chaplin, Vice President of Operations for Human Capital Media (HCM) and Founder of FW: Chicago. These chic and savvy Chicago women produce digital and print original content about the lifestyles and careers of fellow Chicago women who live, work, and play in the city.
The magazine launch party was held on Thursday, June 18, 2015. Men and women attendees sipped on complimentary wine and made their way across the room to snack on red velvet cupcakes and Tiramisu mousse from A Sweets Girl. Light conversations of business mixed with pleasure lasted well into the night of this two-hour event. The attendees left with black tote bags, which included a June preview issue of the magazine along with other goodies.
INSIDE FW: CHICAGO
The preview issue was light, but filled with vibrant color and rich content about female entrepreneurs. Article titles were written with a black sharpie font to give the magazine a scrapbook look. They included: Meet the Team, Game-Changing Workouts, Female Leadership: Overcoming Obstacles and Stereotypes, Stealing the Spotlight: African Cuisine, and the cover story, Leading By Example, which explores and inspires women to be leaders in their community through one woman’s story.
Cheers to fabulous women doing fabulous things!
Amanda Elliott is a writer and speaker and a relationship builder. She believes that meeting people in person is important. After attending numerous fashion, startup, and creative events, she founded Windy City Cosmo is 2015 to help people make connections in the city as they build their businesses, start and end relationships and see and be seen. Over the past three years, the entrepreneurs she’s interviewed have become the most successful in Chicago and Windy City Cosmo won an award in 2017 for her work for female entrepreneurs.