Small Business Development

Behind every local business there’s a story

At Groupon, we believe that successful local businesses are the backbone of vibrant and healthy neighborhoods. What makes a neighborhood great? It’s the combination of interesting and thriving businesses coupled with people who visit frequently. We are the thing that connects them and, together, we can help build amazing communities.


Built by high-school sweethearts Maurie and Flaurie in 1948 is still owned and operated by their children and grandchildren. Superdawg Drive-In serves up its take on the classic American hot dog alongside a menu of original drive-in favorites like Supershakes and Whoopercheesies that have earned it feature spots on the Travel Channel and Food Network.

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Salon 9nb

Nicholas Resanovich has called Salon 9nb his home for many years, first as an independent stylist, now as the owner. “I love the space. I love the neighborhood” he says. He also loves the diversity of the people who end up walking through his business’s doors, who range from college students and young professionals to longtime neighborhood residents.

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BRGR Belly

What does the best burger in Chicago taste like? According to the folks at RedEye, it has flavors of roasted tomato, goat cheese, arugula, and truffle aioli. That burger, known as the Old Time Religion, is what earned BRGRBELLY’s chefs the top prize at the newspaper’s 2015 Battle of the Burger.

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Explore Bronzeville

In 2008 the Bronzeville Alliance formed as a group of Bronzeville Residents and organizations committed to the economic, social and cultural redevelopment of the historic community.  Recognizing the need for targeted, strategic retail recruitment and retention, the Alliance created the Bronzeville Retail Initiative (BRI) in 2009.

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Explore Edgewater

In the Discover Downtown program, Groupon collaborates with local business organizations to highlight a curated selection of the best things to eat, see, and do in distinct neighborhoods. For each campaign, Groupon offers a bundle of services that help drive customers into featured businesses and revenue into the community.

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Explore Uptown

The Chamber for Uptown launched Discover Uptown, a community-wide Groupon promotion designed to celebrate the lakefront community’s local businesses. Participating merchants ran promotions to drive greater awareness of their neighborhood and entice more Chicagoans to explore a part of the city they may not otherwise be familiar with.

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