We will be sharing your events and posts using the hash tag#ShopLocalChicago
Please consider including it in your posts.
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 that listed 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!
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:
- Requesting a Local First Chicago window decal
- Including Local First Chicago’s logo in your marketing materials
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 10,000.
Local First Chicago values the impact your business has on our communities and we are here to help you thrive.
Your generous gift will enable us to carry out our annual holiday shop local campaign, hold educational events, consult with local small businesses and business groups, engage with media partners, and more.
Local First Chicago is a 501c3 organization. Your generous donation will be tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact us.
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