Mark Smithivas

Is it local, or lo-cal?

Chicago dad and social media manager for Local First Chicago. Loves coffee and my two rugrats, not necessarily in that order.

I believe small locally owned businesses are good for our economy and connect the community in ways that keep our city livable and unique.

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published Shop Local Rewards 2017 in Shop Local 2017 2017-11-21 18:10:17 -0600

Shop Local 2017 Rewards

How do I participate in Local First Chicago's (LFC) 2017 Holiday Shop Local Rewards campaign so I can apply for a reward?

Shop at locally owned businesses in Chicago on Saturday, November 25, 2017.

Collect your receipts.

Submit up to one application per method for a reward by 11:59 CST November 27, 2017. Include images of your receipts*. Application methods include:

Facebook 

Post a PUBLIC description of your shopping day (where you went, your favorite find, your favorite part of the day) on your Facebook page with:

1) an image of the applicant and their receipts*

2) indicate in your post for which Reward you are applying (see table below)

3) tag @localfirstchicago and

4) include hashtags #shoplocalchicago and #shopsmall = 1 entry

Instagram

Post a description of your shopping day (where you went, your favorite find, your favorite part of the day) to your Instagram feed with:

1) an image of the applicant and their receipts*

2) indicate in your post for which Reward you are applying (see table below)

3) tag @localfirstchcago and

4) use hashtags #shoplocalchicago and #shopsmall = 1 entry

Email

Send an email to info@localfirstchicago.org with

1) a description of your shopping day (where you went, your favorite find, your favorite part of the day)

2) an image of the applicant with receipts* and

3) indicate in your email for which Reward you are applying (see table below);= 1 entry

Wait patiently for November 30, 2017 upon which date random applications will be selected using a randomizer app. Four randomly selected applicants will be selected for one of four rewards (see table below) and will be contacted by their application method including social media and/or email and/or phone for the physical receipt backup required to substantiate the application. If no response is received within 48 hours another entry will be randomly drawn.

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The four selected applicants will be asked to choose local, independent shops to which they would like gift certificates. LFC
will purchase the gift certificates at designated shops and deliver them to the randomly selected applicants. The minimum
gift certificate value is $75 per business (e.g. a Local Focal $250 reward recipient can choose up to 3 businesses; $75 + $75 + $100 = $250 at 3 businesses).

One application per person per type (total of 3 possible entries). Applications that do not include tags and hashtags as described above are invalid. Applications must be complete upon submission. Applications missing any required component will be discarded. Once an application has been randomly selected as the reward recipient, that applicant is removed from the pool of entries. Rewards are in the form of gift certificates only; no cash rewards. Rewards program open from November 25 to 11:59pm CST November 27. Randomly selected applicants will be notified via contact information provided by them with their application and will be required to provide their name, address, phone number, email address and zip code. Open to Chicago, US residents only. No purchase nor donation to Local First Chicago required to apply. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed oradministered by, or associated with, Instagram, Facebook nor American Express.

*Minimum of $25 per receipt; gas, groceries, medications, beverages, liquor, memberships and professional services are EXCLUDED from this program. Redact personal information on the receipt while leaving the items purchased visible. Receipts must include the name, address and phone number of the local, independent Chicago business.

**Gift certificates will be purchased on the applicant's behalf at local, independent shops of their choice with the exception of liquor stores, pharmacies or their unregulated equivalent.