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Andersonville Chamber of Commerce highlights COVID-friendly shopping, dining
--From a press release
2020-12-03

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CHICAGO (Dec. 2, 2020) — From shopping in your pajamas to late-night curbside pick-up to Glogg-to-go, the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce (ACC) is rolling out a festive line-up of COVID-friendly shopping and dining offers to encourage residents and visitors to shop safely this holiday season and support the neighborhood's 100+ local businesses.

"The Chamber has been working hard to cultivate COVID safe virtual events this December, including our popular Late Night Andersonville series, which shoppers can participate in online safely from the comfort of their homes," comments Director of Marketing & Communications Joelle Scillia, "Shopping with Intention has never been more important. That means shopping locally, earlier and often. We know shopping on Amazon is tempting because of the ease of free shipping, but this year Andersonville retailers are combating that theory, with many offering free shipping or later curbside pickup hours for local gifting."

Late Night Andersonville: Fa la la la Fridays — Dec. 4, 11 & 18

The Late Night Andersonville shopping series is an Andersonville tradition — and this year the Andersonville Chambers of Commerce is encouraging shoppers to stay home and shop online (pajamas encouraged!). Late Night Andersonville: Fa La La La Fridays will be held on three consecutive Fridays during December. Participating retailers will grant shoppers access to deals, discounts, free shipping and other offers.

Participating retailers include: AlleyCat Comics, Andersonville Fine Foods, Andersonville Galleria, Bryn Mawr Jewelry, City Olive, Early To Bed,Edgewater Candles, ENJOY: An Urban General Store, Five Elements Home, Foyer Shop, Full Kit Gear, Gus Giordano Dance School — GUS Legacy merchandise, In Fine Spirits, Kopi Cafe and Boutique, Martha Mae: Art Supplies & Beautiful Things, RAYGUN, Skin Q, Squishy Face & Co., StellaLily,Strange Cargo, Swedish American Museum Holiday Store, Terry's Toffee, Uvae Kitchen and Wine Bar, The Wooden Spoon, Winifred Grace and Women & Children First.

For full details, visit the Late Night Andersonville event page: www.andersonville.org/events/holiday-events/late-night-andersonville/ .

Late Night Andersonville: Curbside Pick-Up in PJs — December 3, 4, 10, 11

As a continuation of the Late Night Andersonville series, many Andersonville retailers will keep their shops open later, until at least 6 pm or 7 pm, on four nights throughout December 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!

Participating retailers include: AlleyCat Comics, Andersonville Fine Foods, Andersonville Galleria, Bryn Mawr Jewelry, Cassona Home, Early To Bed,ENJOY: An Urban General Store, Foyer Shop, Foursided, Full Kit Gear, Gus Giordano Dance School — GUS Legacy merchandise, In Fine Spirits, Kopi Cafe and Boutique, Milk Handmade, RAYGUN, Strange Cargo, Swedish American Museum Holiday Store, Uvae Kitchen and Wine Bar, The Wooden Spoon, Winifred Grace and Women & Children First.

For additional details and pick-up times, visit the Late Night Andersonville event page: http://www.andersonville.org/events/holiday-events/late-night-andersonville/.

More Shopping Experiences

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

Partisan, an e-commerce site dedicated to helping artisan makers generate sales during the pandemic, has partnered with the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce and local Andersonville retailers to offer a virtual shopping experience. Participating retailers will be offering a variety of gift sets to match budgets big and small, with a variety of products including candles from Edgewater Candles, a luxurious take care package from Milk Handmade and self-care products from Skin Care for Gents. Additional retails partners include Rattleback Records and Squishy Face and Co. The platform launched on Small Business Saturday and will run through December 22, 2020.

Holiday shopping and a visit with Santa often go hand-in-hand. This season, the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce is offering plenty of opportunities to see Santa virtually or at a safe distance, from Zoom appearances to portraits with your pets. For a complete list of events, visit the 2020 Santa Tracker page.

Holiday Meals, Treats, Spirits and Catering in Andersonville

Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year's are right around the corner, and although celebrating the holidays looks quite different this year for many, there are still plenty of opportunities to support your favorite Andersonville bakeries, restaurants, bars and caterers.

Among the highlights, Simon's Tavern is selling its traditional Glogg to enjoy at home — an Andersonville tradition! Uvae Kitchen and Wine Bar is transforming into a retail pop-up, featuring build-your-own wine and cheese gift baskets. Many products will be sourced from other local business, including Andersonville Fine Foods, Rewired Café and Twidly Bits. Defloured is offering a humorous line of "Kiss My A** 2020" cookies. For a complete list of holiday sweets, holiday dinners-to-go and cocktails, beer and wine specials and more, visit the Holidays Meals & Catering in Andersonville pagehttp://www.andersonville.org/events/holiday-events/holiday-meals-catering/ .

Uvae Kitchen and Wine Bar's pop-up businesses will also be featured on #AlwaysAndersonville: The Podcast on Wednesday, December 16.

The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce fosters a vibrant environment in which Andersonville businesses can thrive by attracting a diverse customer base; providing business support services and advocacy; and engaging in business attraction, long-range planning, and economic development.


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