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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

Business Forum: Risks and Opportunities due to Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Please join Local First Chicago and our distinguished speakers for a Business Forum: Risks and Opportunities due to Extreme Weather and Climate Change.


  • US Representative Jan Schakowsky
  • Jack Darin: Sierra Club, Illinois Chapter - Director
  • Bryan McGannon: American Sustainable Business Council - Dir. of Policy
  • Irv Cernauskas: Irv & Shelly's Fresh Picks - Owner
  • Ellen Wesley: Sustainable Solutions LED - Senior Account Executive
  • Lesley Tweedie: Roscoe Village Bikes - Owner
  • Andrew Clarke: Ground Floor Partners - President

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.


  • Admission is FREE using promotion code October8
  • Please register on our Eventbrite site
  • Complimentary appetizers, beer, cider, and wine provided by local, independently owned businesses.
  • Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Polish Museum of America - 984 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago

This event made possible by the generous support of our sponsors.

Thank You !

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