Chicago launches 'Black Shop Friday' to promote supporting Black-owned businesses this holiday season

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The retail tradition of Black Friday is getting a new twist here in Chicago.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot is set to announce the launch of Black Shop Friday, a campaign to encourage Chicagoans to buy from Black-owned businesses on November 27-- the day after Thanksgiving.

Lightfoot, along with Chicago Urban League and Chicago marketing agency O'Keefe Reinhard & Paul, are set to announce "Black SHOP Friday" Tuesday.

The campaign includes a new website with a list of names and locations for more than 500 Black-owned businesses.

"The site will be updated on an ongoing basis and allows consumers to search by category and/or neighborhood to find the merchandise and gifts they are looking for throughout the holiday season," the Mayor's office said in a statement.

The initiative is slated to launch November 24.
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