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Your financial support helps Local First Chicago fulfill its mission to educate citizens, community groups, and policy makers on the positive and enduring economic, social and environmental impacts of local, independently owned businesses.

To help further spread this message, LFC makes the following available to all Chicago local independently owned businesses:
  • Unlimited use of the LFC logo to show your wide support for our mission
  • An LFC decal to display at your front entrance identifying you as a true local business
  • Inclusion in LFC's online community with a link to your website
  • A marketing kit that makes it easy for you to participate in our city-wide educational Unwrap Chicago holiday campaign and other buy local campaigns

Spring is a great time to shop at your local independently owned stores. Local flower and garden centers have truly unique items to make your home beautiful while supporting your local community at the same time. Get out side and enjoy Chicago's many local independently owned restaurants with sidewalk cafes, which are great for people watching and seeing friends.

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"!  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.


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

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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.

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Local First Chicago is an affiliate of the American Independent Business Alliance

and the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies