Always Andersonville



Dubbed the ‘local’ capital of Chicago, Andersonville has always been a fantastic holiday shopping and dining destination. We are excited to re-launch the #AlwaysAndersonville Shop Local Holiday Campaign for the third year, asking Andersonville consumers to pledge supporting local, independently-owned businesses this holiday season. Every person that takes the pledge will also receive their own Shop Local Passport. Please visit our Holidays in Andersonville landing page for event details.


“Find it Here. Buy it Here. Keep us Here.” By actively choosing to purchase from a vibrant local business this holiday season instead of scouting a lesser price online, you help to build a stronger local economy and thriving Andersonville business district year-round. Will you take the pledge to shift your shopping?




Did you know, #AlwaysAndersonville is part of a year long campaign? The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce launched the hashtag during the 2017 holiday season, and since then, it has been used over 2.3k times on Instagram alone! Check out the feed here.

In March 2018, the Chamber also launched #AlwaysAndersonville: The Podcast, the first neighborhood podcast of its kind in Chicago created by a local Chamber of Commerce. The podcast releases a new episode every Tuesday, sharing the stories of our business owners, streaming on Apple Podcasts and Podbean.


The #AlwaysAndersonville Shop Local Passport is back! This is a FREE booklet featuring more than 130 local businesses. Passports are available for pick up starting on Small Business Saturday, November 30, at Meeting House Tavern (5025 N Clark) from 12-2PM. If you miss pick-up day, you can also pick up passports at the Chamber offices at 5217 N. Clark, #3, Monday-Friday between 10AM-4PM. They are also available at various businesses around Andersonville. Use it to track your local spending this holiday season – participants in the #AlwaysAndersonville passport will be eligible to win prizes!

Photographed by Sam | © 2018 TK Photography |

#AlwaysAndersonville Passport distibution during Small Business Saturday on November 24, 2018. Photographed by Sam | © 2018 TK Photography |

Small Business SaturdayUSING YOUR PASSPORT

1. Between November 30 – December 31, 2019 purchase a product or service at 10 or more of the locations listed inside. Be sure to have each business sign-off on your visit and purchase.

2. At the end of the Holiday Season, mail or drop off your filled in passport to the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce at: 5217 N. Clark, #3 |
Chicago, IL 60640. Passports are due by January 10, 2020.

3. Once we receive your passport, you will automatically be entered to win prizes, including one Grand Prize winner for the Andersonville Experience 2020, which includes tickets and special perks for ALL of our 2020 events!


As you plan ahead to shift your holiday spending locally this season, we have created several ways in which to get to know our business owners in the neighborhood! Discover their stories via the following platforms:


Early to Bed owner Searah Deysach photographed for the 2019-20 Neighborhood Guide by Anjali Pinto.

The 2019-20 Andersonville Neighborhood Guide introduces 40 business owners and their stories using beautiful photos and narrative, and provides categorical directory information for our 375+ membership. Pick up a FREE copy of the Guide at neighborhood locations or the Chamber office.

Several of our businesses have created short commercials for their shops in partnership with member Jack Brandtman. Check them out here:

In Fine Spirits
Orange Shoe Personal Fitness
Strange Cargo


Nick and Selene Idell of AlleyCat Comics are featured in Episode 83 of #AlwaysAndersonville: The Podcast, recording in Studio C at Transistor (5224 N Clark).

#AlwaysAndersonville: The Podcast releases a new episode every Tuesday featuring an interview with different business owners and community members of Andersonville.

Holiday 2019 Pledges To Date

Ian G Dan Miche Celia Bucci
Rachel Frields Lynn Mooney Becca Greenstein
Sarah Hollenbeck The Scillia Family Randazzle
Maja Stina Sunleaf Kate W Chris & Lindsay Lenard
David & Loch Amy Giordano Anne Wagner
Kathy Vega Hardy Dennis H. Julie N.
Bob and Carrie M. Sarah Palmer Skylar Grieco
Deanna Mulherin Jill B. Andrea Arntsen-Harris
Valarie B. Don Cortelyou Jan Viscum
Ally Brisbin Mary Bradley Kristin Pichaske
Jancey Wickstrom Jill Knobeloch Caitlin Botsios
Matt & Paige Haedo Justin Harner Charlie Marie McGrath
Sarah Leonard Jodie Eason Cindy Nicholson
Paul Hickey Daun Longshore Richard Kendall Wolf
Searah Deysach 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman The Dinges Family
Kristina Pagulayan Jenny Seidelman Gina Logan
Rachel Doyle Taylor Doyle Shelley Crosby & Sally Selwan
Jessica Starr Larisa Michelle Wilkinson, owner of Neighbor in the Know
Anonymous Hallie Borden Selene Idell
Megan Grandstaff Little Alex Indigo Carolyn Liesen
Over 30 Years in A-ville! Breezy Snyder Jill R
Ellen Shephard Jennifer Gillingham Jake Trussell
Andrew Dolder Michael Herring Laine Vargus
Jenna Countryman @properties Ellen Baren Realtor Pam Lowenthal
Your Name Here!

Whether this is your first – or fiftieth – holiday season celebrating in Andersonville, thank you for supporting the #AlwaysAndersonville campaign and for pledging to do your part to support local, independent businesses.