People can say one thing for sure about local business owners. They’re working—really hard—to get customers in the door through fun promotions.

The latest is “9TEEN STRONG,” a Monopoly-style game in which 19 local retailers offer game pieces to customers who make a purchase. If players acquire a group of the same-colored pieces, they win $300.

The groupings are all laid out on a Monopoly board that is available for $1 at participating retailers or for free online.

The game began on Wednesday, Jan. 15. Participating businesses are located throughout Beverly, Morgan Park and Mt. Greenwood, as organizers hope to boost the local economy during a frigid time of year, when people might be reluctant to venture outside, especially after the holidays.

The game comes in the wake of S&T Provisions, of Mt. Greenwood, hosting scavenger hunts in the community, offering prizes while boosting sales and the business’ profile.

Local business associations have also hosted several promotions lately, including Holiday Bingo, which offered prizes for shopping locally. That game was sponsored by the Morgan Park Beverly Hills Business Association, which, along with the Mt. Greenwood Community Business Association (MGCBA), is also assisting with “9TEEN STRONG.”

Local shoppers have shown they aren’t afraid to visit local shops during cold, snowy weather, as hundreds of people streamed up and down 111th Street in Mt. Greenwood for the Mt. Greenwood Chamber of Commerce Trick or Treat Safety Walk on Halloween despite a steady snowfall. The MGCBA also hosted its annual Holiday Stroll in early December, which brought a large crowd to 111th Street to enjoy promotions and treats at local businesses.

A similar turnout for “9TEEN STRONG,” which runs until Feb. 5, would be a delight.

Participating retailers include S&T Provisions, The Plug T-Shirt Store, Bacon and Jam, Barraco’s, Cutrone, Face to Face Salon and Spa, Fat Tommy’s, Firewater Saloon, Hinky Dink’s, Diggity Dogs, Grant’s Wonderburger, Shrader’s Goods, Cakewalk Chicago, Sweet Freaks, The Quilter’s Trunk, Americanos, County Fair, Nine One One BBQ Shack and Open Outcry Brewing Co.

Non-retail businesses supporting the game—and making donations to local youth organizations—include Lorenz and Sellis Realty Group, F45, Southside Knockout, Athletico, Allstate Insurance-Jack Hallberg, Yahz Ink, Gyro Grill, the Bensman Group, City Fence Solutions, Memories by Rocio, and Endless 3dge.

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