Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce named official Shop Small® Neighborhood Champion for supporting local businesses with ChillFest pop music fest

sswebThe Wicker Park Bucktown (WPB) Chamber of Commerce, sole service provider of Special Service Area (SSA) #33, has been named an official American Express Shop Small® Neighborhood Champion, in honor of the chamber’s annual ChillFest pop music festival supporting local businesses in Wicker Park and Bucktown on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 25 from 2-6 p.m.

Shop Small® is sponsoring the 100+ local musicians performing in this year’s ChillFest, presented in dozens at the start of the holiday shopping season. Each business hosts 3-4 artists in a dedicated portion of its space, with musicians playing 20- to 60-minute sets. Schedule and more information available at www.chillfestchicago.com.

“We’re thrilled to receive this recognition and support from American Express for one of our favorite events of the year,” says WPB Chamber Executive Director Pamela Maass. “ChillFest makes a real impact in our community, with some small businesses reporting double the sales of a normal Saturday when they host musicians for the festival. And in addition to encouraging residents to ‘shop local,’ we’re giving our local artists a chance to shine.”

About Small Business Saturday

November 25th is the eighth annual Small Business Saturday. Dedicated to supporting the diverse range of local businesses that create jobs, help boost the economy, and enhance neighborhoods around the country, Small Business Saturday was created by American Express in 2010 in response to small business owners’ most pressing need: getting more customers. Learn more at and connect with us on ShopSmall.com, instagram.com/shopsmall, facebook.com/SmallBusinessSaturday.

About the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce

The Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce serves as a cornerstone of the Wicker Park and Bucktown commercial districts, advancing the financial goals of neighborhood businesses through the creation of a dynamic economic climate, increasing the neighborhood’s visibility and viability, and encouraging profitable relationships within the community. The Chamber administers Special Service Area (SSA) #33, guided by a Commission of SSA taxpayers who serve on active committees. For more information, please visit www.wickerparkbucktown.com.