Why should I shop at local independently owned businesses?
  • 1. Puts more dollars back into your community
  • 2. Creates and preserves local jobs
  • 3. Preserves what makes your neighborhood unique
  • Read the Studies

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EXPRESS YOUR UNDYING LOVE FOR MOM!

Express your undying love for Mom this Mother's Day with a unique gift from a local independently-owned store while supporting your local community at the same time. Local flower and jewelry shops have truly unique items to show your Mom just how much you care. Take her to a special brunch at one of Chicago's many local independently owned restaurants.

EAT, DRINK & BUY LOCAL 365 !

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.

EXPERIENCE the REAL CHICAGO THIS YEAR! 

EAT, DRINK & BUY LOCAL 365!