Pledge Local This Holiday Season

Shop with Intention. Dine with Intention. Celebrate with Intention. Self-Care with Intention. Here in Andersonville, we are determined to Spend the Holidays with Intention for the 2020 season, making a conscious effort to choose local now more than ever before. If you would like to see your favorite small businesses survive past the holiday season, now is the time to take action.

The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce will make every effort to continue to highlight the individuals behind your favorite businesses, their stories, and how they are making shopping, dining, celebrating and self-care options accessible to you whether you choose to safely visit Andersonville in person or engage with the businesses online this holiday season. Join us in keeping Andersonville local, independent and thriving well past the COVID-19 era. Click here to learn more about the campaign.

Upcoming Holiday Events



Andersonville Thanksgiving Meals & Offers

Thursday, November 26: Thanksgiving may look a little different this year for all of us, but that doesn’t mean it has to be any less flavorful! We are working to pull together a roundup of Turkey Day offerings and menus from our neighborhood restaurants, speciality food stores and caterers to help you celebrate with bellies full. Please check back soon!


Small Business Saturday

Saturday, November 28 | All Day: Andersonville celebrates the national Small Business Saturday movement the Saturday after Thanksgiving with special offers from participating businesses. While many businesses will hold in-person shopping hours, customers are highly encouraged to shop online. 

Late Night Andersonville Series

Fa la la la Fridays | November 27, December 4, 11 & 18 The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce is encouraging shoppers to stay home and shop online (pajamas encouraged) for the Late Night Andersonville Shopping Series this season. Participating retailers will all use a consistent promotional code AlwaysAndersonville to grant shoppers access to deals, discounts, and offers online between a certain time window each Friday. 

Curbside Pick-Up in your PJs | December 3, 4, 10, 11
As a continuation of the Late Night Andersonville series, participating Andersonville retailers will keep their shops open later, until at least 7PM, on four nights throughout the season specifically for order-ahead curbside pick-up. Skip the shop-in-person social distancing lines, order online during Fa la la la Fridays, and pick-up your gifts, all in one trip to the neighborhood! 

Andersonville at Home for the Holidays: Virtual Variety Show

Sunday, December 13 | 7PM: Although we cannot all gather for the traditional caroling and festivities that are often found throughout the Andersonville business district during the holiday season, the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce will bring the holiday tunes, warm feels, and Shop, Dine & Celebrate with Intention messages directly from the small business community straight to your homes on Sunday, December 13 (new date!) in an online virtual variety show. Akin to this summer’s Andersonville at Home: A Midsommarfest Experience & Fundraiser, the Andersonville at Home for the Holidays program will premiere on both Facebook and YouTube with live commenting during the experience. Viewers are encouraged to tune with warm drinks in hand, ready to check out great gift ideas to shop that night. The Chamber will also encourage ordering from Andersonville Restaurants in advance to enjoy during the program. More information coming soon!

Lucia Lantern Family

St. Lucia Festival of Lights

Sunday, December 13: The Swedish American Museum is currently assessing the feasibility of a COVID-safe St. Lucia Festival of Lights, which would fall on Sunday, December 13.


Holiday Highlights

Andersonville Gift Guide 

RMP Chicago Events has created a beautifully-curated Andersonville Gift Guide for 2020 geared specifically toward online shopping and shipping.

Andersonville Holiday Drives

Check out this page for a roundup of Andersonville business-led coat, toy, and food drives.

Virtual Santa Tracker

Where in Andersonville is Santa this Holiday Season? He’s making his list and checking it twice to make sure all of your holiday gifts can be shopped locally. There are plenty of opportunities to see Santa virtually this season, including a contest for 10 lucky winners to have a one-on-one with Santa himself via Zoom!