These last few years have decimated small businesses and this year, you can help support local efforts by shopping at the annual Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce Small Business Saturday 5K. The annual event started virtually in 2020 and is hosting its second in-person event. Born out of the pandemic, this is a chance to support your local shops.
Participants in the 5k will get a race map, a Team Wicker Park or Team Bucktown race shirt, and coupons for participating local businesses. Hosted on Black Friday, take a guided run through the area and shop over 50 local entrepreneurs on a 14-mile stretch.
A few of the participating local shops, like the BIPOC, and woman-owned BFF Bikes, a full-service bike shop, or the beloved Black, woman owned bookstore and gallery space Semicolon Bookstore offers visitors an extensive range of shopping possibilities. From handmade natural beauty products at Mojo Spa, to a boutique gift and jewelry shop One Strange Bird, and a natural cosmetic tattoo shop, Cyprus Cosmetic Collective, and more, this Small Business Saturday event is a chance to stray away from big-box spending and invest in your local businesses.
Filled to the brim with indie bookstores, local art galleries, boutique clothing stores, vintage shops, record stores, cafés and so much more, there’s an endless amount to peruse after completing your triumphant 5k. Registration is $35 for adults and $15 for children, with all proceeds going back into supporting local businesses through the holiday season. Register here!
Registration is $35 for adults and $15 for children, with all proceeds going back into supporting local businesses through the holiday season. Register here!
When: Saturday, November 26th from 8 AM to 2 PM. Every hour will begin a new round of guided team runs. Address: 1948 W North Ave. Chicago, IL 60622
[Featured photo via: Photo via: Andrea Zelen (H2 PUBLIC RELATIONS)]