Shop small, shop local around the Fox Valley

  • The Lily Haven Cottage booth at Past and Present Shoppes features meditation spinner rings, back just in time for Christmas.

    The Lily Haven Cottage booth at Past and Present Shoppes features meditation spinner rings, back just in time for Christmas. Courtesy of Past and Present Shoppes

  • At Mum 117, a gift shop in Crystal Lake, you can virtually shop, get curbside delivery, gift wrapping, and more.

    At Mum 117, a gift shop in Crystal Lake, you can virtually shop, get curbside delivery, gift wrapping, and more. Courtesy of Mum 117

  • Check out the one-of-a-kin holiday and gift items at the Past and Present Shoppes in North Aurora.

    Check out the one-of-a-kin holiday and gift items at the Past and Present Shoppes in North Aurora. Courtesy of Past and Present Shoppes

Daily Herald report
Updated 11/23/2020 4:18 PM

This holiday season, consider buying your gifts locally to support the shops, restaurants and businesses in the community.

Algonquin-Lake in the Hills


The Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Chamber of Commerce encourages residents to remember to shop local this holiday season. Gift more thoughtfully by giving the gift of local this holiday season. Pledge to put your money where you home is. For a directory of local restaurants and businesses, visit or


When you #ShopSmall, you show your support for your community. This year Small Business Saturday falls on Nov. 28. Although this holiday season may look a little different, you can still share joy. The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce encourages you to "Shop Small" and support your favorite small businesses -- both in-store and online -- all holiday season long.

Cary-Fox River Grove

This holiday season, the Cary-Grove Area Chamber of Commerce is encouraging you to "Keep the Cheer Here" by supporting local.

The Cary-Grove Community has one-of-a-kind dining, retail, experiential, and specialty local businesses. The chamber has rounded up some of the best places so you can knock out your holiday shopping without going too far. The "Keep the Cheer Here! Support Local Holiday Guide" is available at

In addition, save your Cary-Grove Community receipts from Nov. 21 and Dec. 17 for a chance to win $1,000 cash or a second-place prize of $300 in "Cary-Grove Cash." The Cary-Grove Area Chamber of Commerce Support Local Promotion campaign supports community businesses by offering drawing tickets for receipts of any goods or services purchased from Cary-Grove Area Chamber of Commerce members between Nov. 21 and Dec. 17. Receipts can be dropped off at the Cary-Grove Area Chamber of Commerce office, 445 Park Ave., Cary, or emailed to

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Crystal Lake

This holiday season, make it a priority to support locally owned businesses in downtown Crystal Lake. On Small Business Saturday Nov. 28 (and every day), Downtown Crystal Lake encourages residents to support the businesses that support your community.

Downtown merchants offer a wide variety of items at competitive prices. Many offer gift wrap, gift registry, special orders, and other personal services.

Shop downtown before you shop online.

For a directory of downtown businesses, visit Follow

Dundee Township

The Northern Kane County Chamber of Commerce encourages resident to shop local this holiday season. Carpentersville, East Dundee, Gilberts, Sleepy Hollow and West Dundee have many small businesses that need your support. For a directory of local restaurants and businesses, visit or



The Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce encourages local residents to participate in Small Business Saturday on Nov. 28. Small businesses are counting on all of us. Show them how much they mean to our communities.

For every $100 spent, $68 stays in your community when you shop local. To find a map of local businesses in South Elgin and Elgin, visit


Small Business Saturday Nov. 28 was created in 2010 to get people to bypass the national chains on the first weekend of the shopping season and support locally owned stores and restaurants. Many small businesses are the heart and soul of Geneva. We need small businesses, and small businesses need us. There all little things that we can do that can make a big impact:

• Shop local and shop small -- in person, by phone, or online -- and take advantage of local delivery or curbside pickup.

• Buy gift cards for local businesses. Supporting them now helps them stay in business so you can use the cards later.

• Support local shops and restaurants throughout the holiday season and beyond will lessen the financial impact this outbreak is having on the community.

Remember this holiday season when you help small businesses, you help everyone in the community.

Visit to learn more information about the specialty shopping and dining.

When you want to give the perfect gift, consider a Geneva gift certificate, redeemable for merchandise at more than 160 participating shops. Gift certificates are available in denominations of $5, $10 and $20 and may be purchased at the Geneva Chamber of Commerce office or online at


The Hampshire Chamber of Commerce is offering a "5 for 50 Gift Card" with a minimum purchase $10 per restaurant.

Support five local restaurants and get a $50 gift card! Choose any 5 from these participating restaurants: Allen's Corner, Chick n Dip, Copper Barrel, Dairy Queen, Mama Toom Thai, Red Ox, Rosati's, Rose Garden, and Subway.

Submit your receipts from 5 of the above restaurants to the Hampshire Chamber, 113 W Oak Knoll Drive, Hampshire, and choose your gift card.

Gift cards awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Promotion ends Dec. 31, 2020. Participants choose from available gift cards while supplies last. Visit


The holidays are a great time to support local Huntley businesses. Grab dinner from your favorite restaurant -- and pick up a restaurant gift card for someone on your shopping list.

With all of Huntley's great restaurants, you'll be finished with your shopping in no time!

Having your hair or nails done, grab a gift card. Treating yourself to your favorite goody, grab a gift card. Shopping for yourself? What a great time to grab a gift for someone on your list.

For a local restaurant guide, visit or

North Aurora

Support local, small businesses by "Shopping Small" on Saturday, Nov. 28, at Past and Present Shoppes, 22 E. State St. Stop in for raffles, sales, treats, one-of-a-kind finds, new merchandise and more. There will be discounts in every booth, up to 20% off. Get 10% off everything Dixie Bell Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit

St. Charles

On Small Business Saturday, Nov. 28, be sure to stop in at local stores and restaurants.

Spend local this holiday season to win the holiday drawing contest.

This new campaign supports St. Charles Chamber of Commerce Small Businesses. The community is encouraged to "Spend Local, Support Local and Gift Local." Save your receipts for a chance to win up to $500, starting Small Business Saturday Nov. 28 to Dec. 26.

The first prize is up to $500, second prize is up to $250 and third prize is up to $100. The actual prize award will be a St. Charles Chamber gift card which can be used at any member establishment. The value of the prize will be based on the actual dollar amount spent at our local small business members, up to the maximum prize amount.

To be submitted in the drawing, members of the public are asked to drop off their receipts, from small businesses members, to the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce, 216 Riverside Ave., by Jan. 11.

Winners will be pulled and announced on Jan. 18. All receipts must be placed in one envelope for drawing and include their name, phone number and email clearly written on the outside of the envelope.

Receipts must be dated between Nov. 28 to Dec. 26. Eligible receipts will be verified, per contest requirements, to be entered into drawing. Small business is defined as locally owned and managed, as determined by the St. Charles Chamber.

Now more than ever, local businesses need your support.

If you can't visit a shop in person, consider ordering online or purchasing a gift card. The St. Charles Chamber of Commerce offers gift cards in various amounts that can be used at several participating businesses in St. Charles.

Online you can purchase gift cards at values $10, $25, $50, $75, and $100 at If you would like a different customized amount between $5-1000, you can call the chamber at (630) 584-8384.

You will have the option to pick up the card from the chamber office, or they can mail it to your address; they will mail within 2 business days.

Sugar Grove

The Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce says when you shop local, more of your money will be kept in the local economy. You embrace what makes your community unique, and you help create local jobs. The chamber encourages residents to "Shop. Eat. Enjoy. Repeat."


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