ladies room chicago goodbye

Almost exactly a year ago, two of us from Rebellious Magazine – Karen Hawkins and Jessie Kibbe – joined forces with a third badass cofounder to launch Ladies Room Chicago, the city’s first co-working community for women and GNC folks. We’ve reached the end of the road for now, and a slightly edited version of our farewell message is posted below.


It is with heavy hearts that we announce that Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, is the last day of Ladies Room Chicago.

We’ve been generously hosted by Coalition Impact for the last year, and they recently sold the building to owners who aren’t interested in continuing the co-working business.

We’ve made the hard decision to start shutting things down as quickly as possible. Which means we don’t have a Plan B, and we aren’t sure yet where we’re going to land next.⠀

When we started just a year ago, we were the first co-working community for women & GNC folks in the Chicago area. Now, there are several others, with more on the way. We’re excited to watch this movement grow and become even more diverse and dynamic. 

We want to thank everyone who has joined us on this journey to create a welcoming, inclusive & feminist-powered workspace in Chicago. We couldn’t have done it without you!

We’re saying goodbye – for now – and we look forward to seeing you soon once our paths cross again.

Love & Thanks,
Karen and Jessie

P.S. Everything must go! Stay tuned for details about how to get your hands on our beautiful furniture. 

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Karen Hawkins

Karen Hawkins is the Founder and Rebelle in Chief of Rebellious Magazine. She is a recovering mainstream media reporter and editor who wants to thank her former boss for naming the online magazine she's...