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#LoveLocal: Time Out Chicago celebrates local shops, food and culture

This holiday season, we're reimagining Black Friday to celebrate Chicago's best independent businesses.

By Morgan Olsen

Hey Chicago,

The end of 2020 is upon us, and what a year it has been. As our city grapples with further reopening rollbacks, one thing has become abundantly clear: Social distancing will be with us for the long run, and that spells danger for the places that make city life worth living. But with the holiday season upon us, there's an opportunity for us all to show up for Chicago businesses like never before.

That's why this year, we're turning Black Friday into Independents Day.

We're remixing the consumer holiday (November 27 this year) into a day devoted to spending money with Chicago businesses—whether you're buying gift cards for the best restaurants in Chicago, shopping local artwork, stocking up on cheeky holiday cards from a nearby gift shop or buying flowers from your favorite florist.

It's a natural fit. Our editors have been seeking out the best of city life since 1968. We know that our cities are nothing without their restaurants, shops, cafés, bars, theatres, music venues, cinemas, art galleries—and all the other local, independently run places where people come together to eat, drink, laugh, think, create, cut loose and fall in love.

The truth is, many local businesses have already been forced to close their doors forever—and more will follow suit if we don't show up as a community to back them however we can. We must look out for the bartenders, waiters, cooks, artists, musicians and designers who have always welcomed us with open arms.

We’re determined to help. Our ongoing Love Local campaign shines a spotlight on the people, places and organizations that are fighting for survival and helping us feel normal again. We're using this space to tell their stories and share their shoppable wares so that you can pitch in to lend a hand.

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to learn more about the amazingly heroic things that Chicago businesses are doing to stay afloat during the rollercoaster ride that is 2020. Keep scrolling to see Time Out's Love Local campaign in action and please consider supporting a Chicago business today.

Morgan Olsen
Time Out Chicago 


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