Bloomingdale Chamber's Parade of Gingerbread Houses kicks off Dec. 1

Bloomingdale Chamber of Commerce's "Parade of Gingerbread Houses" returns on Friday, Dec. 1 through Jan. 8. The heartwarming tradition will unfold as 20 local businesses and nonprofits display their gingerbread houses for the public.

Visit local small businesses to view their gingerbread houses, each specially decorated with edible decorations. Participants collect stamps on their map at each stop with each stamp providing them an entry into a drawing to win a $200 prize.

Throughout the month, participants have the chance to win instant prizes, with the first five individuals to obtain three stamps will receive a gift card to a local business.

Follow the Bloomingdale Chamber on Facebook to learn about upcoming instant incentives.

The Parade of Gingerbread Houses also includes a philanthropic angle, encouraging the public to vote for their favorite house by making a donation into the ballot box.

All proceeds collected will be donated to St. Isidore Parish to support their PADS program for the homeless. Last year, the community's generosity resulted in a $950 donation, and with more businesses participating this year, the hope is to surpass $1,000.

The Bloomingdale Chamber extends heartful gratitude to the sponsors whose support helps make this event possible: NOW Foods, S.B.C. Waste Solutions and Blue Rock Training Center.

The chamber invites everyone to join in the festivities by following the map. Further details and the map itself can found at or on the chamber's official website,

Maps can also be picked up at of the 20 businesses listed below:

• Bloomingdale Bank & Trust, 165 W. Lake St., Bloomingdale;

• Pan American Bank & Trust, 108 W. Lake St., Bloomingdale;

• Bloomingdale Chamber of Commerce, 104 S. Bloomingdale Road, Bloomingdale;

• Spenga, 148 E. Lake St., Unit 148A, Bloomingdale;

• Blue Rock Training Center Inc., 121 Fairfield Way, Suite 350, Bloomingdale;

• Bloomingdale Park District, 172 S. Circle Ave., Bloomingdale;

• Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Starck Real Estate, 181 S. Bloomingdale Road, Bloomingdale;

• Bloomingdale Public Library, 101 Fairfield Way, Bloomingdale;

• Eye Level Learning Center, 148 S. Bloomingdale Road, Suite 101, Bloomingdale;

• The Goddard School, 92 Stratford Drive, Bloomingdale;

• Bright Shen Acupuncture, 142 S. Gary Ave., Unit 111, Bloomingdale;

• St. Isidore Catholic Church parish office, 427 W. Army Trail Road, Bloomingdale;

• Just A Taste Confections, 145 Hiawatha, Carol Stream;

• Painted Tree Boutiques, 368 W. Army Trail Road, Bloomingdale;

• Secondhand Curves, 366 W. Army Trail Road, Suite 350, Bloomingdale;

• Fruitful Yield, 366 W. Army Trail Road, Bloomingdale;

• Big Blue Swim School, 145 W. Army Trail Road, Glendale Heights;

• Parkway Bank & Trust Company, 2250 Bloomingdale Road, Glendale Heights;

• Bloomingdale Chiropractor, 303 E. Army Trail Road, Suite 101, Bloomingdale;

• Outpatient Family Medicine Transformed, 303 E. Army Trail Road, Suite 417, Bloomingdale.

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