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This group was created in 2013 when Austin Weekly News and Wednesday Journal saw the need to help bridge the gap between the city and the suburbs. This free networking group has over 300 members representing a variety of businesses across Chicagoland. All female professionals are welcome to attend. The group meets the first Monday of every month at 8:00am at Alice's Restaurant, 5658 West Madison Street in Chicago.


Women empowering women for success through networking, resource sharing and leadership development.


Creating opportunities for diverse women to build relationships and inspire each other throughout their personal and professional lives. Utilizing networking meetings, resource fairs, educational forums, and social gatherings and word of mouth to bring together women of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds using local media as a vehicle.

Upcoming Meetings: 

Jan. 9th 

Feb. 6th

Mar. 6th

Apr. 3rd

May 1st

June 5th

July 3rd

Aug. 7th

Sept. 4th

Oct. 4th

Nov. 6th

Dec. 4th

There is no fee to join, we just ask that you consider purchasing your own breakfast to support this restaurant.

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See Video and Photos from the first West Side Women's breakfast here.

The Austin Weekly News' West Side Business Network has started several Event Planning Committees in order to support the Network's mission of bringing professionals together to make connections and improve our community. 

Increase your business references while having fun! Joining an event planning committee will be an educational experience to add to your repertoire, plus you'll be providing the public with access to much needed resources. Let your business expertise benefit the communities you love! 

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Dawn from Chicago  

Posted: May 10th, 2013 5:50 PM

Dear Crystal, you are such a sweetheart! Thank you for gracing us with your love and light at West Side Women!

Crystal from Chicago  

Posted: May 10th, 2013 4:59 PM

Kudos to all the Westside Women Leaders who are meeting to network and make our community the best !!! It is a pleasure seeing you all on the first Monday of every month !!! Dawn you are doing a fantastic job....!!!

Ollie from chicago  

Posted: April 18th, 2013 10:47 AM

Dawn, I had a great time at the last meeting in April. Looking forward to May breakfast while connecting with great people. Thanks you.

Renee Martinez from Chicago  

Posted: April 5th, 2013 10:43 AM

Thanks for the opportunity to connect!

Susan from Chicago  

Posted: March 13th, 2013 9:48 AM

"Connecting women from the west side and the suburbs" is a cool mission.

Athena from Chicago  

Posted: March 13th, 2013 9:09 AM

Please know that I truly appreciate you, and admire your connectivity!

Sharon from Chicago  

Posted: March 12th, 2013 8:53 PM

Thanks for the recent invite to the breakfast. I saw a picture of myself, didn't realize I was being photographed. I actually looked pretty pensive.

Rosie from Sankofa Safe Child Initiative, Chicago  

Posted: March 12th, 2013 12:08 PM

Hi Dawn, I am loving your support such as highlighting women in business. Thanks a million

Athena W. from Chicago  

Posted: March 11th, 2013 8:26 PM

Good going Dawn!

Nicole Berry from Chicago Park District  

Posted: March 11th, 2013 8:24 PM

I love it. Very smart niche.

Commander Barbara West from Chicago Police Department  

Posted: March 11th, 2013 9:38 AM

Dawn thanks for the links this is great information we will pass it on at community events.

Cheryl E Haugh, DC, MEd from Oak Park  

Posted: March 11th, 2013 9:31 AM

Dear Dawn, I will get to the April 1 meeting of West Side Women. Seems like a good connection. And probably opportunity to volunteer. Impressive list of women, too. Thanks for keeping me in the loop. Cheryl E Haugh, DC, MEd AltCare Health Center, LTD

Angela from Oak Park  

Posted: March 8th, 2013 4:59 PM

What a great event! I enjoyed meeting all the women and learning about their business. Can't wait till the next event.

Dawn from Chicago and Oak Park  

Posted: March 8th, 2013 4:25 PM

Windy, we really, really missed you. Please come on April 1st!

Windy Matil Pearson from Freeport, Illinois  

Posted: March 8th, 2013 4:13 PM

Hello Dawn sorry I missed it in Atlanta. See you soon.

Alisa Starks from Chicago  

Posted: March 8th, 2013 3:36 PM

Great turnout! This type of networking event is needed.

Joanna Sobran from Chicago  

Posted: March 8th, 2013 3:35 PM

Can't wait to attend the next event! Thanks for putting this together Dawn. Joanna

Lilangel Logan from Chicago  

Posted: March 8th, 2013 3:12 PM

It was wonderful meeting you in person at the Women's West Side & Oak Park Area Networking Group meeting for March. I had a great time meeting the many inspiring women that are creating change everyday locally! I was able to network with quite few people that were interested in utilizing my project management and community outreach experience for their organizations. I am very excited for all of the projects I may be working on in the near future!

Dawn from Chicago and Oak Park  

Posted: March 8th, 2013 2:41 PM

Save the date for the next West Side Women April 1st, 2013 8am Alice's Restaurant 5638 W. Chicago Avenue in Chicago