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Shop Local All December - Check Out These Events!

Supporting locally owned businesses is not a one-day event, but a movement and an economic strategy.  So after Small Business Saturday, the buy local movement in the Chicago area keeps right on going! 
Opened on December 10, Boutique Metztli will pop up at Six Corners for the holiday season. It runs daily from 3-7pm at 4007 N. Milwaukee Ave., offering Mexican folk art, weavings, photography and more. The proceeds from sales will benefit Centro San Bonifacio, a grassroots Latino health organization.
The Chicago Art Girls Holiday Pop Up Shop 2014 takes place Saturday and Sunday, December 13th and 14th from 11am to 5pm at Alexander Graham Bell Elementary School, 3730 N. Oakley.  Find out more at http://www.chicagoartgirls.com/

Chicago Fair Trade hosts its Holiday Pop Up Shop at 2031 N. Damen Ave. Pop Up Shop hours go through December 24, including Tuesday-Friday 12-7pm, Saturdays 11am-7pm, and Sundays 12-5pm; also only open on Monday, December 22 from 12-7pm.  Details here
On December 14, the Revolution Craft Show will be held at Revolution Brewing, 3340 N. Kedzie Ave., from 12-6pm. The show will feature art, beer, music and food all from local vendors.  Details here
Midway International Airport will have a Holiday Artisan Fashion Market on December 15 from 10am-4pm. The market will be in Concourse A, beyond the security checkpoint.
O’Hare International Airport will also have a Holiday Artisan Fashion Market on December 18 from 10am-4pm. If flying through, the market will be in the upper level of terminal 3 in the main hall near Concourse L, beyond the security checkpoint.
On Friday, December 19 from 6-10pm, is Late-er Night Andersonville!  Take advantage of 4 more hours of the same discounts from Late Night Andersonville, plus once again enjoy free entertainment, refreshments, and pictures with Santa.  Visit http:// www.andersonville.org/ events-2/ late-night-andersonville/ to download the Late Night Coupon and view the event schedule.
A Pre-Kwanzaa Holiday Market & Celebration takes place December 19-20.  Opening reception December 19, 4pm - 8pm featuring jazz vocalist, Dee Alexander. Participate in the pre-Kwanza celebration Saturday, December 20, 10am - 7 pm, to learn about the seven principles. Come early for Early Bird Discounts (10am - noon) . FREE Admission and secure parking at the Chicago Park District's Harris Park, 6200 S.Drexel Avenue. For more information call 773-955-ARTS. Visit www.africanfestivalchicago .com for details.
The Chicago Reader hosts the Made in Chicago Holiday Market on Saturday, December 20th at Block 37 (108 N. State).  Dozens of vendors will be selling locally made goods from 9 am - 7 pm.  For details visit https://www.facebook.com/events/753647164684658/?fref=ts


If you know of more buy-local events in the Chicago area, let us know so we can spread the word! 



Thank you for joining us to build new Chicago traditions that strengthen our economy, expand employment and nurture a sense of community.

We are taking our campaign year-round! "Eat, Drink & Buy Local 365"! Together we are working to keep millions of dollars in Chicago. Based on studies of similar efforts, it is likely we will generate 2-3 times as much economic activity in our community than we would if we spent our money at national chains.

Chicago is a city of vibrant neighborhoods rich with character. By shopping local year-round, you experience Chicago's unique flavors and textures while supporting our city's local living economy.