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Supported by Bank of America and PNC BankSouth East Chicago Commission’s 2021 Southside Shop Local campaign began November 8, 2021 with 64 participating businesses.

Shoppers were invited to register purchases of $15.00 or more made in person or online from November 8 – December 6, 2021 to qualify for the $500 Shopping Spree Grand Prize Drawing.

With nearly 100 submissions, all qualified entries were confidentially assigned a private numerical identifier for the random drawing. Today, December 7, 2021 we are happy to confirm the winner of the $500 Grand Prize Drawing was Andrea Hargrave who made her qualifying purchase from Absolutely Anything Essential Gift Shop in Bronzeville.

Congratulations to this year’s Grand Prize winner Andrea and also to Absolutely Anything Essential!

NBC5 Chicago Kye Martin helped feature Anything Essential for Small Business Saturday.

Thank you to all of the businesses and the shoppers on behalf of all of this year’s campaign collaborators including the 51st Street Business AssociationSpecial Service Area #61Hyde Park Chamber of CommerceQuad Communities Development Corporation (QCDC)Washington Park Chamber of Commerce and Woodlawn Chamber of Commerce.

Please continue to support shop small and support local businesses in your neighborhoods this holiday season and throughout the year.