Local First Chicago Offers 5 Tips for Shopping Locally this Halloween Encourages Citizens to Buy Local for Candy, Costumes and Party Supplies

Local First LogoOctober 2, 2013 – Chicago, IL – Halloween shoppers spent an average $79.82 in 2012 according to the National Retail Federation and seven out of 10 Americans celebrated the holiday in 2012.  Local First Chicago is encouraging citizens across the Chicago area keep some of those Halloween shopping dollars  in their local communities. Some of the ways locally-owned businesses can be used during Halloween include:

  1. Buying your candy or treats from a local merchant such as Salted Caramel, in the Andersonville neighborhood, Windy City Sweets in the Lakeview East neighborhood or Candyality with locations in downtown Chicago and the Southport neighborhood. (www.saltedcaramel.net, www.windycitysweets.com, http://candyality.com/)
  2. Using local costume stores, resale and consignment shops for costume ideas and materials such as Knee Deep Vintage in the Pilsen neighborhood or Chicago Costume in Lincoln Park. (www.kneedeepvintage.com, www.chicagocostume.com)
  3. Using locally-owned stores for party supplies and decorations such as Doolin’s in the River West neighborhood or Village Paperie or Fixture in the Roscoe Village neighborhood. (www.doolins.com, www.villagepaperie.net, www.shopfixture.com)
  4. Using local businesses such as caterers to provide food for Halloween celebrations such as Majani Catering in the Bronzeville neighborhood or FIG Catering in the Pilsen neighborhood. (www.majaniecatering.com, www.figcatering.com)
  5. Many local venues are hosting events or are available for rental for private parties such as the Swedish American Museum, in the Andersonville neighborhood or Volo Restaurant Wine Bar, Wishbone North or Village tap in the Roscoe Village neighborhood. (www.swedishamericanmuseum.org, www.volorestaurant.com, www.wishbonechicago.com, www.villagetap.com)

“There are more ways to shop locally than most people realize,” said Peter Locke, Board President, Local First Chicago. “Studies have shown that shifting just a few dollars a week, especially during holiday months, have a tremendously positive impact for communities. It improves the local economy, encourages jobs and even reduces your carbon footprint. It pays to shift your thinking to local shopping and local business usage for all of your holiday activities.”

Campaign Supporting Partners include: Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce, Andersonville Chamber of Commerce and Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce.

Those looking for more information can visit Local First Chicago’s website at www.eatdrinkbuylocal.org.

About Local First Chicago:

Local First Chicago (LFC) works to build thriving, local communities by educating citizens, community groups and policy makers on the positive and enduring local economic and community benefits gained from local, independently owned businesses. LFC is a network of locally owned, independent businesses, community organizations and citizens joined together to keep money and character in our neighborhoods and build a thriving local living economy. www.LocalFirstChicago.org


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