Chicago Encourages Residents to Shop Local During Holiday Season
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Chicago leaders are encouraging local residents and visitors to support the local economy by spending at local small businesses.  Officials says it’s more important than ever to shop and dine locally during the holiday shopping season as the city’s economy continues to stabilize.  The holiday shopping season unofficially kicks-off during Thanksgiving weekend with dedicated days like Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday.