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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Please join us on 10/8:

Midwest Business, Extreme Weather and Climate Change: Risks and Opportunities

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Even under the most optimistic scenario, extreme weather events such as floods, droughts, and tornadoes are expected to intensify in the midwest over the next several decades. And while they occur far from Illinois, hurricanes and coastal flooding will still affect us.

How will these changes affect Midwest businesses? What can business owners do to protect themselves? Will climate change and extreme weather lead to new business opportunities?

The reality is that we are off to the races in terms of climate change. Climate change is accelerating, and at some point, we could reach a tipping point. But the good news is that climate change and extreme weather are also creating new and exciting business opportunities. It is not hopeless. If we can manage our fear and focus on the positive, we can change our lives for the better --- and save the planet while we are at it.

Please join us for a stimulating evening of networking and speakers on 

Date: Wednesday October 8, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Polish Museum of America - 
984 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60642
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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!