Date: Saturday, December 9th
Time: 12 PM – 6 PM
Location: The Rookery, 2109 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60622
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Girls Rock! Chicago (GR!C) is excited to be hosting a handmade pop-up market at The Rookery (2109 W. Chicago Ave.) during the West Town Chamber of Commerce Winterfest. The event will take place on Saturday, December 9, 2017 and will include local businesses all over West Town. There is no charge to enter the market or peruse any shops involved in the Fest, and Fest-goers can enjoy free refreshments and children’s activities in the Shapiro Ballroom as well. The Market is also a benefit for Girls Rock! Chicago. All of the Vendors will make a donation to the organization. So stop by, let’s be merry, shop local artisans and stores, and support a great organization!

Girls Rock! Chicago will also be participating as a vendor. GR!C is a nonprofit dedicated to building socially just community with girls, transgender youth, and gender non-conforming youth by developing leadership, fostering self-esteem, and encouraging creative expression through music. You can pick up limited edition t-shirts and tote bags designed and printed by local artists, CDs of the original songs written by our campers, locally screen-printed posters of your favorite women in music, and more at the GR!C table.

We are also recruiting vendors!!

We’re looking for makers of all sorts–knitters, jewelers, woodworkers, stitchers, and more–to join us for this pop-up market. Vendors are asked to donate $50 to enter and will keep all of their proceeds throughout the day. We will provide a table and chair, and both Girls Rock! Chicago and the West Town Chamber of Commerce will be marketing the event. Please email with a sample of your work to apply.

YOU'RE INVITED! 8th Annual Autumn Auction

Please join us for Girls Rock! Chicago’s Eighth Annual Autumn Auction on Thursday, November 16th at the beautiful Chicago Athletic Association Hotel from 6 – 9 PM. We’ll be serving cocktails and hors d’oeuvres with plenty of unique items and experiences for you to bid on.

ADVANCE TICKETS ($50): Available here

All tickets will be held at the door with our guest list, and there is no need to bring a receipt.

Our deepest thanks to Land and Sea Dept. for generously sponsoring this event.

A sample of our bidding table:

Tuition to Let’s Rock Camp 2018 / Tuition to Girls Rock Camp 2018 + GR!C swag + first choice instrument! / Chicago Blackhawks tickets / Curated 10 LP set from Reckless Records / Weekend retreat at a Door County lake house / Sourcepoint Healing Session with Magnolia House / Two one-hour massages with Reilly Gill, LMT / Stay at a skyline bed & breakfast / Sprout Home Chicago gift basket / Art by Dan Grzeca / Dark Matter Coffee gift basket / Whiner Beer Company Brewery Tour / Tour, tasting, and roasting at Metropolis Coffee Company / Facials & microblading at Enfuse Medical Spa / Handmade pottery by Annie Coleman / Photo session with Emma Meyer Photographry / Vichcraft gift basket / Artwork by Chris Hefner / Burger bonanza from Kuma’s Corner / Ticket subscription to The Promontory / Primo camping gear from Yeti / complete set of Cards Against Humanity / professional makeup from Kryolan / couple’s retreat at Allyu Spa / cut and color at Nomobo Salon / two trapeze classes at TSNY / weekend retreat at midcentury lakehouse in rural Wisconsin / bluetooth earphones from Shure / Chicago Symphony Orchestra tickets / two tickets Angel Olsen at The Riviera Theatre / two tickets to Todd Rundgren at Park West / gift certificate to Southport & Irving / voice lesson with Elaine Dame & Jennifer Hall / Ableton Live Standard from Reverb / Gretsch Boxcar round neck guitar / Field Notes gift box / Chicago Theatre package including Lookingglass Theatre Company tickets / Two VIP Pitchfork Music Festival passes / Make-your-own-Vans shoes / & SO MUCH MORE!

Financial Aid for Volunteers Now Available

Girls Rock! Chicago values each and every one of our volunteers. We recognize that many of our volunteers take unpaid time off from work to spend their week at camp, and that many others simply can’t afford to make that sacrifice. In an effort to welcome and support more people who want to volunteer but can’t afford to miss hours of work, we are offering financial aid to volunteers.

We are able to offer a limited number of stipends of up to $150 per person per camp week. This can also include Ventra passes for getting to and from camp throughout the week. We will carefully consider each application on a case-by-case basis and award financial aid as generously and fairly as we possibly can.

Girls Rock! Chicago is committed to uplifting people and communities who have been historically marginalized and silenced. As a conscious effort to welcome and elevate people of color in our volunteer base, we are reserving fifteen full awards for volunteers of color only. We believe that our volunteer mentor demographics should reflect our camper demographics.

Apply for volunteer financial aid here.

See You at Volunteer Orientation

All Girls Rock! Chicago volunteers, new and old, must attend a mandatory volunteer orientation. This training will cover everything you need to know to feel like a rock camp expert, including:

– Camp Volunteer Roles
– Camp Week Schedule
– Child & Youth Development
– Oppression & Privilege
– Camp Week Activities

We’ll provide light refreshments. You’ll also get a chance to meet the staff and your fellow volunteers, tour the camp space, and complete fun and exciting paperwork!

There are two options for volunteer orientation:

Saturday, July 8th from 10 AM – 2 PM
Thursday, July 13th from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM.

Both sessions will be held at Suder Montessori, 2022 W. Washington Blvd. Hint: you only need to attend one!

Want to get a head start on your rock camp education? Check out our Volunteer Resources at the bottom of this page!

Please RSVP to


ROCK CAMP CANNOT HAPPEN WITHOUT GEAR and with over 30 guitars, 20 basses, 20 drum kits, 8 keyboards, and 4 turntables (not to mention back-ups kept on hand in case anything breaks/shorts out), this is no small task.

On Saturday, July 15th, the above-mentioned gear must migrate from our storage space (East Bank Storage: 429 W. Ohio) to our host school (Suder Montessori: 2022 W. Washington Blvd.). We have the enormous truck, so now all we need are roughly 25 sets of helping hands. We’ll also need help setting up the gear in classrooms on Sunday, July 16th! Special shout out to any camper dads/cis-male supporters who’ve been wanting to get involved but are unable to participate within the camp setting: this is the perfect opportunity for YOU! Each shift will require a minimum of 15 volunteers:

SHIFT 1: 8am – 11:30am | East Bank Storage |429 W. Ohio | Chicago IL
SHIFT 2: 12pm – 6pm | Suder Montessori | 2022 W. Washington Blvd. | Chicago IL


SHIFT 3: 9am – 12pm | Suder Montessori | 2022 W. Washington Blvd. | Chicago IL
SHIFT 4: 12pm – 6pm | Suder Montessori | 2022 W. Washington Blvd. | Chicago IL

If you’re available to help that day for one or both shifts (YOU ROCK!), please email