Local First Chicago is a non-profit network of locally owned, independent businesses, community organizations and citizens joined together to build and nurture a thriving local living economy. Unlike most large franchises and public companies, local independent businesses invest in their community, and treat the environment with the respect it deserves. Learn More
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"! Check out the Eat, Drink & Buy Local website for events and to take "The Pledge" to shift your shopping to locally owned stores.
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!
Featured Local Businesses
1714 N Wells , Chicago IL 60614Greenheart Shop is Chicago’s premier nonprofit shop carrying a wide selection of high quality fair trade and eco-friendly gifts handcrafted by artisans around the world. Find unique home décor, kitche...
News + Announcements
03/07/13 - Chicago Businesses Benefit from “Buy Local First” Campaigns - A recent survey of independent businesses showed that Buy Local campaigns have a positive impact on businesses and that public awareness of the benefits of locally owned businesses is increasing. At the same time, businesses reported challenges including difficultly accessing capital and a customer base still reeling from the recession.