Support Windy City Businesses This Year on Small Business Saturday
As the biggest shopping season of the year arrives, many people are plotting their holiday shopping trips to the big box retailers and huge corporations, many of which offer great deals on shopping holidays like Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
While it’s always great to get a great deal on a gift for yourself or a loved one, it’s also important to support the local businesses that provide the lifeblood of your local economy.
If you live in or near Chicago, you simply must take advantage of Small Business Saturday this year, where some of the best local business await your visit and support.
To help you decide which Chicago businesses to include in your Small Business Saturday shopping trip, OML Worldwide has listed some of our favorites below.
Dusek’s Beer and Board
1227 W. 18th Street, Chicago, IL
This innovative Chicago eatery, re-established in 2013 after a hiatus, specializes in food-and-beer pairings, with menu items like braised veal cheeks, a ham sampler and a locally sourced beef plate among the things you can choose.
Once you choose your meal, you can ask for the recommended beer pairing, with craft offerings like the high-gravity sour ale from San Francisco or the equally stout Belgian Strong Ale.
Flowers for Dreams
1812 W. Hubbard Street, Chicago, IL
If you’re in the market for a beautiful bouquet for any occasion, Flowers for Dreams on Hubbard Street is among the most expertly serviced flower shops in the city.
Not only will you get carefully curated, sourced and cared for flowers from local growers, you can also enjoy free delivery. What’s more, each bouquet sold at Flowers for Dreams benefits an amazing local charity, so your money really is doing more for Chicago.
Geek Bar Beta
1941 W. North Avenue, Chicago, IL
This geek-themed bar is the first of its kind in Chicago and perhaps the entire country. Head in for geek-inspired dishes like the Bluth Family Special and the Royale with Cheese. As for desserts, the names are equally inspired, with offerings like the Mad Sweeney and the Fizzy Lifting Drink.
They have entire range of Doctor Who-inspired cocktails, as well as “Mocktails” that come with or without alcohol; our particular favorite is the “Benedict Cucumberpatch,” which comes with ginger beer, jasmine, lime and cucumbers.
Local Goods Chicago
5354 W. Devon Avenue, Chicago, IL
Head to the brick-and-mortar Local Goods Chicago store to peruse items from over 100 local artisans.
Tailors, sculptors, glassmakers, artists, and more have placed their handmade items for sale in this great store. If you’re visiting the city, you can get an array of locally-made Chicago-themed merchandise for your souvenirs.
The ultimate local business with work from plenty of Chicagoans, Local Goods Chicago is the perfect place to get an array of goods from artists that call Chicago home.
5247 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL
This local boutique and artists’ gallery features work from over 90 tenants, ranging in styles from apparel to jewelry, paintings, home furnishings, gift ware, accessories, and more.
Anderson will celebrate its 8th anniversary this year, and continues to remain dedicated to providing a space for local retailers and artists to display and sell their work.
OML Worldwide loves Chicago, and we hope you’ll take advantage of Small Business Saturday this year by patronizing some of these amazing local Chicago businesses.
Whether you’re looking for a holiday gift, a delicious meal, an interesting cocktail hour or a new piece of art for you home, there is a small business in our city that can answer the call. These great local artisans and creators are some of the best things about being from Chicago.
As always, if you need luxury Chicago car service for any occasion or special event, contact OML Worldwide at (847) 948-8050.
Photo Credit: Dimitry B.