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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

Get tickets NOW for the Lincoln Park Pizza Tour!

Prices go up April 20

Destinations just added: Harry's Velvet Room, Ranalli's, & Trellis!

A new event from Local First Chicago! Join us for a sampling tour of 16 locally-owned restaurants in Lincoln Park - pizza, desserts, and more!

Sat. April 25, 2 - 5:30 pm

How it works
: Buy a ticket, then eat your way through Lincoln Park! Participants walk or bike (or drive if you must) from restaurant to restaurant in the Lincoln Park area of Chicago. Featured restaurants offer samples of their pizza to tour participants; we’ll also have stops for beverages and desserts along the way.

Bacino’s, Homeslice, Elio Pizza on Fire, Amato’s Pizza, McGee’s Tavern & Grille, Standard Market & Grill, La Diosa, Ten Thousand Villages, Lou Malnati’s, Vosges Chocolates, Annette’s Italian Ice, and Knife & Tine!

Why do it? It'll be fun! It'll be tasty! It's a chance to discover great locally-owned businesses! And it's a fundraiser to support Local First Chicago's work to educate the public about why independent business matters so much for Chicago's economic and social well being. Plus, it'll be fun and tasty!

Ticket prices: $25 adults, $15 seniors 65+, full-time students and volunteers, $10 kids, through April 19;
$20 groups of 6+
After April 19 regular adult ticket prices go to $40, if available.

Buy tickets here: lincolnparkpizzatour.eventbrite.com

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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