I am honored to announce our partnered charity for our October & November Girls Night Out:
It is truly amazing how social media can be utilized these days. I stumbled across this amazing charity, "Community Threads", when familiarizing myself with local businesses and people via Instagram. In only a few moments I realized what a great organization they were and I immediately knew I wanted to partner with them. I am privileged to provide their bio here to help spread awareness of the tools we have in Chicagoland to help those in need.
We are a Christian, volunteer driven, nonprofit thrift store that serves God and loves people by providing quality, low cost, goods in an environment that conveys respect to our customers, donors and volunteers in order to run programs and make grants that transform our community.
What We Do
Community Threads is a one of a kind thrift store; what really sets us apart is that we are truly nonprofit using our profits to help our neighbors. We strive daily to provide the highest quality clothing, furniture, housewares, books, games, and, just about anything else you can think of, all at the lowest possible price. You can find great quality brands in our store but you won’t pay more for them.
Your purchase, donations and service at Community Threads help fund real change in your community. It supports our affiliates (and more) who provide help to the home-less, scholarships for kids and training for future leaders and safety for inner-city youth through a family-plex.
In addition, Community Threads supplies goods to many in need, from clothing given to refugees, blankets given to animal rescue shelters, you name it Community Threads answers the call!
Community Threads began as a response to the needs of people in our community. This store is a source of funds to a network of christian charities that engage with the problems related to poverty. Some feed and clothe the homeless, shelter struggling families and provide a safe place for victims of abuse. Some bring education to children that may be denied it otherwise. Some provide recovery programs for addictions and some provide leadership training. It is our goal at Community Threads to provide our customers with quality merchandise at low prices and turn store profits into grants that serve these purposes.
We started off in a modest store in Buffalo Grove and have grown into our new location in Arlington Heights. Over our first five years in business we have not only gotten larger but have also been able to give away close to $1 Million dollars to worthy causes.
I would like to personally invite you to our inaugural Girls Night Out event on October 11, 2016!
Grab your best girls and enjoy a fun night out of networking, shopping and mingling at the Connolly's Public House in Oak Park.
It's FREE to attend, but please register your ticket via Eventbrite. Our vendors will be doing giveaways and raffles all night :) http://connollysgno.eventbrite.com/
If you're not sure what it's all about... you can see pics from previous Girls Night Out meet ups from our sister city, Northern Virginia Housewives!http://bit.ly/2a4ua19
For vendor or advertising information, please email me directly at: Ally@housewivesinthecity.com
It has been just past one week since Chicago Housewives went live and I am so excited!
With the initial excitement of the brand, blog and social pages starting to tone down it has likely left many of you with the same question that I once had… What makes up a Chicago Housewife?
I first came across the Housewives in the City brand when living in the D.C. area. I was helping a friend with their small business and was introduced to NOVA Housewives. When I was asked to tag along to one of the events; I had never heard of them before and a few things were most certain: I was not a wife (at the time), not a girlfriend, I didn’t have a house, in fact was going through a terrible breakup and looking for a new place to stay. All things considered, I decided to go. What did I have to lose?
My first event was in a hotel banquet room, I walked in the door, signed my name on a name tag and was pleasantly greeted by a group of cheerful women, a voluptuous hors d'oeuvres buffet and brightly colored, fully loaded swag bags.
Where was I? Was this like H.A., Housewives Anonymous? Not at all, I was in a room full of entrepreneurs, passionate business employees, wives, divorcees, mothers, daughters, single ladies and everything in-between. They were shopping, socializing, eating, drinking; relaxing! What an awesome idea! An organized night out for women of all different backgrounds, ages and careers, mingling together. Enjoying great food, beverage and shopping local businesses, all under one roof.
That is exactly what it is to be a Chicago Housewife. If you are a woman who wants to network, socialize, eat, drink, shop and experience local businesses, you’re a Chicago Housewife!
Welcome to Housewives in the City, Chicago edition.
I am a lover of life, food, places and all things people. I am newly married, equally as new of a stepmom (of 4!) and a recently transplanted Chicagonian. My day would not be complete if it did not involve a large quantity of coffee, lots of laughter and a few solid hours of social media.
Several years in the corporate world helped me to realize that white gloving intricate formalities to coworkers, or to people I never got to meet, left me deeply unsatisfied. I had spent many successful years in the hospitality industry which was a great way to connect with people but I did not feel that industry was the right fit for me, my new family and what I wanted for our future.
My husband and I moved to greater Chicago this summer, and I was looking for ways to meet other women in the community. This search led me to the founder of Housewives in the City, based in NOVA. I have been to several of her events and they were so impactful on me!
Housewives in the City was not available in the this area yet which opened a window for creating the Chicago chapter. I absolutely love Chicago, it is the cleanest, most friendly concrete jungle I have ever trekked in; what an awesome solution for my desire to connect with people! I am so thrilled to help unite women all over the Chicago area with our monthly GNO events!
Hi, I'm Ally!
I am a transplanted Chicagonlander who absolutely loves experiencing life! Many years of traveling, living all over the world, experiencing many hard and equally as wonderful things have led me to where I am today and I am so happy to share that with you through our GNO events, on our sites and by connecting with all of you!