As part of the IL-oveLocal initiative April 11-18, chambers of commerce across the Fox Valley are encouraging residents to support independent local businesses.
"We want and need our local businesses to survive this shutdown and we are working tirelessly every day to help see them through this pandemic," said Margaret Perreault, president and CEO of the Batavia Chamber of Commerce. "Our local businesses don't just happen to fall in the 60510 ZIP code; they are an integral part -- the heart and soul -- of the Batavia community. They employ many of our area residents and are active participants in events and charities. Additionally, people from our local and neighboring communities come to Batavia for the unique products and services they provide"
Each dollar spent at a local, independent business returns 50 times more money to the local economy than shopping at a mega e-retailer.
The chamber of commerce websites feature listings of the local small businesses that need your support, including retail, restaurants and services. Or check out the chamber Facebook pages for special offerings from their member businesses.
• Aurora Downtown (auroradowntown.org)
• Aurora Regional (www.aurora-chamber.com or www.facebook.com/AuroraRegionalChamber/)
• Aurora Regional Hispanic (www.ahcc-il.com or www.facebook.com/RegionalHispanicChamber/)
As part of the IL-oveLocal campaign April 11-18, consider supporting small businesses in Batavia, like Gun Barrel Coffee, a veteran-owned business.
- Courtesy of Gun Barrel Coffee
Batavia (www.bataviachamber.org or www.facebook.com/BataviaChamber/) or Batavia MainStreet (downtownbatavia.com)
Ream's Meat Market in Elburn is open, though limiting the number of people in the store at one time.
- Courtesy of Ream's Meat Market
Elburn (elburn.com or www.facebook.com/ElburnChamber/)
• Elgin Area (www.elginchamber.com or www.facebook.com/elginareachamber/) or Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin (www.downtownelgin.com)
• Geneva (www.genevachamber.com or www.facebook.com/GenevaILChamber/)
• Hampshire Area (hampshirechamber.org or www.facebook.com/hampshireareachamber)
Order treats from Crafts Donuts + Coffee in Dundee for curbside pickup in the morning.
- Courtesy of Crafts Donuts + Coffee
Northern Kane County (www.nkcchamber.com or www.facebook.com/NorthernKaneChamber/)
• St. Charles (stcharleschamber.com or www.facebook.com/StCharlesCoC). Also, join the "Support Local Business Bingo." Tag the chamber with a photo of your completed bingo card to be entered to win a gift card (minimum $25 value)
• Sugar Grove (www.sugargrovechamber.org or www.facebook.com/SugarGroveChamberOfCommerce/)
The family-owned Konrad's Bakery in Lake in the Hills is taking orders for its tasty pastries.
- Courtesy of Konrad's Bakery
Algonquin-Lake in the Hills (www.alchamber.com or www.facebook.com/ALChamber/)
• Cary Grove (www.carygrovechamber.com)
• Crystal Lake (www.clchamber.com or www.facebook.com/clchamber/)
• Fox Lake Richmond Spring Grove Area (flrsgac.com)
• Huntley Area (huntleychamber.org or www.facebook.com/HuntleyAreaChamberofCommerce/)
• Marengo Union (www.marengo-union.com or www.facebook.com/marengounion.chamber.7/)
• McHenry Area (mchenrychamber.com or www.facebook.com/mchenryareachamber/)
• Woodstock Area (www.woodstockilchamber.comor