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“Badass Women of Chicago History” Storytelling Event – TBD 2020



After thoughtful consideration, we have decided to reschedule our annual storytelling event “Badass Women of Chicago History” to June 5. All existing tickets for the March 20th date will be honored. Sleeping Village has sent an email to existing ticket holders regarding this change. Thank you for your understanding!

What Badass Women of Chicago History About

At “Badass Women of Chicago History” the audience won’t hear the names they already know, like Jane Addams and Gwendolyn Brooks. True to the Chicago Detours ethos of sharing stories and places locals don’t even know. Instead, the characters presented will be Chicago heroines on the peripheries of history.

We will donate a portion of the ticket sales and a hold a giveaway to raise money for the Chicago Women’s Health Center.

During intermission, volunteers (from both Detours and CWHC) will circulate through the crowd with prizes. People get prizes when they donate to CWHC. You can donate via cash, Venmo or credit card. Prizes include gift cards for Chicago Detours walking tours, CWHC and Chicago Detours t-shirts and tote bags, cool pins, and an exclusive postcard designed just for “Badass Women of Chicago History” featuring artwork by presenter Nicole Marroquin!

Badass Women of Chicago History Event Details

We have an amazing lineup of storytellers ready to share the stories of Badass Women of Chicago History you ought to know!

This year’s storytellers:

  • Tracy Baim is the Executive Editor and Publisher of the Windy City Times and the author of many books on LGBT Chicago. She will tell us about trailblazing icon Vernita Gray.
  • Lolly Bowean of the Chicago Tribune will tell us about Ethel Payne, “the First Lady of the Black Press.”
  • Elizabeth Gomez is a performer, storyteller and founder of Windy City Rollers. She will share the story of one of roller derby’s first stars, Ivy King.
  • Nicole Marroquin is an artist, educator, and co-founder of the Chicago Raza Research Consortium. She’ll share the story of Lola Navarro, a badass community organizer and activist.
  • Francesca Peppiatt of Glessner House and the Stockyards Theatre Project will tell us about Katharine Dexter McCormick. Her passion for science and gender equality changed the world.

Event Location and Time

The 3rd Annual “Badass Women of Chicago History” will be at Sleeping Village, 3734 W. Belmont Ave.

Friday, June 5th, 2020. 

Doors at 7:00pm (but you can get there earlier).

Show at 7:30pm.

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This event in 2019 was a huge success! We sold out, had awesome speakers and a very good time. Read about it in our recap here.

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