Let your Customers know your Business is
Local and Independent!
Participate in Unwrap Chicago
Unwrap Chicago Poster Front

Spread some "Keep it Local” holiday cheer by displaying an Unwrap Chicago poster in your storefront window. Your neighborhood chamber will be delivering these free posters to your business in early November 2015. Let us know if you need a poster or download the electronic version

Unwrap Chicago Poster Back

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Please consider including it in your posts as well.

We are proud to provide the most comprehensive directory of independent businesses in Chicago.

  • Is your business headquartered in Chicago?
  • Does more than 50% of your business' ownership lives within 50 miles of headquarters?
  • Is your business private, worker, community, or cooperative owned?
  • Can you make independent decisions on business practices, purchases, distribution, business name, and branding?

If you answered YES to all of these questions, please Enter Your Local Business into our directory.

Please note - perspective businesses must meet ethical standards and their business model must be in line with the "spirit" of Local Living Economies.

Let the world know you are an independent business!

Roscoe Village Bikes

People are catching on that shopping local has economic and social benefits in their community. Consumers feel socially responsible when they buy local, so make sure they know you are independent and involved with Local First Chicago by:

Decals and logo inclusion are only available to businesses listed in our local business directory.

Market your special event by listing it in our events calendar.

We are happy to share exciting sales, festivals, open houses, beer tastings, and more with our audience of over 10k.

Finance Your Business with Community Support

Securing finacing for your new or existing busiess in today's lending environment is difficult to say the least. Fortunately a number of organizations are making community financing alternatives available.

Please check out these options