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Saturday March 21: Cash Mob at Green Grocer Chicago!

 Join Local First Chicago for a cash mob this Saturday!  On March 21, 2015, from noon – 4 pm, we will be at Green Grocer Chicago, 1402 W. Grand Avenue, hosting a new experiment for us – a “cash mob” to support a locally-owned business. 

A “cash mob” is an economic development twist on the “flash mob” concept, in which a number of people gather quickly at a given place and time to carry out some fun activity – dancing, singing, etc.  In a cash mob, people gather at a particular time and place – and then spend money at a specific business.  After wearing green for St. Patrick’s Day, we want to put some green in the cash register of this local grocery store! 

This Saturday’s cash mob is the first use of the tool by Local First Chicago.  The target of the cash mob, Green Grocer Chicago, is a family-owned business selling organic and natural foods, household sundries, beer and wine, and subscription produce shares.  Green Grocer Chicago will offer snacks and door prizes during the cash mob event. 

Green Grocer Chicago opened in 2008, launched by Cassie Green and her husband, Gary Stephens.  Cassie was declared “Best New Green Entrepreneur” by Chicago Magazine in 2008, and was profiled by the Chicago Tribune as a “Remarkable Person” in 2011.  She and Gary have created a business that’s friendly, personal, and fun, as well as providing healthy food in the West Town community for more than seven years. 

Local First Chicago knows that as out-of-state chains such as Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Jewel and Mariano’s grow their dominance of the Chicago market, it makes things tough for smaller locally-owned businesses – and Chicagoans’ grocery dollars leave the state very quickly.  Our cash mob is a small effort to keep our money local! 

Please join us on Saturday from noon-4 at 1402 W. Grand! 

More details about Green Grocer Chicago can be found at greengrocerchicago.com, and about Local First Chicago at eatdrinkbuylocal.org  The event page is at https://www.facebook.com/events/1546414522276149/



Local First Chicago announces its first restaurant tour!  On Saturday, April 25, 2-5:30 pm, join us for the first Lincoln Park Pizza Tour! 

It works like this: buy a ticket from us, and eat your way through Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood, touring the community by foot, bicycle, CTA, or car.  We've got a half-dozen locally-owned pizzerias signed up already who will provide you samples of their pizza, and we'll be adding more destinations (including non-pizza items)!  Many thanks to the destinations who've signed on already: Bacino's, Homeslice, Elio Pizza on Fire, Amato's, Via Carducci, and McGee's. 

More details and ticket sale info coming up soon - watch this space, and our Facebook page, for updates!  But you can start telling your friends and family now!