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Embrace the Spirit of Giving: Shop Local This Holiday Season

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The holiday season is upon us, and as we gear up for the festivities, there's no better way to spread joy than by supporting small businesses in our community. Chicago, with its vibrant and diverse neighborhoods, is home to a plethora of unique local shops, each offering a special touch to your holiday shopping experience.

To make your small business shopping experience even more delightful, Block Club Chicago has compiled the "Ultimate Guide to Shopping Local in Chicago for the Holidays in 2023." This guide is a treasure trove of unique and thoughtful gifts that showcase the talent and creativity of local artisans and entrepreneurs.

Explore the local businesses featured in Block Club Chicago's Small Business Gift Guide and discover the joy of giving back to the community that makes your holidays brighter.

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The SBAC Heads to Springfield to Fight for the Small Business Community

By emma@sbacil.org | April 8, 2024

Download SBAC Lobby Day Brochure here SBAC INSIGHTS PAGE The Small Business Advocacy Council (SBAC) is gearing up for a crucial visit to the capital on Wednesday, April 10, 2024, as the legislative session commences in our state capital. Building upon the successes of the previous year, we are determined to make significant strides for…

WGN News Highlights Policy Change for Vacant Storefronts

By emma@sbacil.org | February 27, 2024

Help Us Reduce Vacancies in Local Communities! SBAC INSIGHTS PAGE WGN News Highlights Policy Change for Vacant Storefronts Vacant storefronts litter neighborhood business districts in disinvested communities, causing blight, impacting safety, and depressing economic activity. Because of the negative impact of vacant properties in neighborhoods across the city, a robust coalition of chambers and place-based…

Proposed Updates to Chicago’s Retailer and Food Vendor Rules

By natalia.borowska | February 19, 2024

Visit the BACP website SBAC INSIGHTS PAGE Proposed Updates to Chicago’s Retailer and Food Vendor Rules The Department of Business and Consumer Affairs (BACP) has published proposed updates to the City of Chicago’s Retailer Rules. The Department has also introduced certain rules for food vendors.   BACP is accepting public comments until February 26, 2024,…

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