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Eat, Drink and Buy Local

Everybody shops, and Independent Retailer Month is bringing a global Shop Local campaign to highlight the important role local businesses play in the community economy. Locally owned Chicagoland businesses will be take part with special events and promotions during July.

Local First Chicago ( is a nonprofit network of locally owned, independent businesses, community organizations and citizens, and will be offering Chicago 175th birthday specials throughout July. The association also pledges to pay a living wage, invest in the community and treat the environment with respect.

To find events and promotions and help create a listof 175 Reasons We Love Local Businesses, visit, add a reason and enter a raffle for great prizes from local businesses.

Follow Local First Chicago on Facebook and Twitter.