The Rogers Park Business Alliance (RPBA) is trying to inspire holiday shoppers to shop in their own communities and visit Rogers Park store merchants with a cash-back program. Shoppers who spend $100 at neighborhood merchants will receive $25, and those who spend $150 will receive $50.
Customers must spend at least $20 in at least three merchant locations, get receipts as proof of purchase between Nov. 22 and Dec. 31, and submit this rebate form by Jan. 13.
Eligible shopping locations must be in the Special Service Areas (SSAs) (click here for a Rogers Park map):
- Howard, on the south side of the street from Sheridan to Ridge
- Howard, on the north side of the street from Sheridan to Paulina
- Paulina, from Rogers to Jonquil
- Rogers, from Howard to Clark Street
- Clark, from Wallen to Birchwood
- Morse, from Sheridan to Clark
- Glenwood, from Farwell to Greenleaf
- Lunt, from Clark to Ravenswood
- Ravenswood, from Lunt to Greenleaf
- Greenleaf, from Clark to Ravenswood
- Sheridan, from Devon to Farwell
No grocery items, prescriptions and tobacco purchases are allowed, and the maximum for liquor purchases is $30.
To find out more about the RPBA, they will be sponsoring a meeting with Alderman Joe Moore of Ward 49 at 6:30 p.m., on Thurs., Dec. 12th, at Good to Go Jamaican Cuisine located at 1947 W. Howard. Guests must RSVP by noon on Thurs., if they'd like to attend.
RPBA is also encouraging entrepreneurs to do business in its community. According to a recent Claritas study, the target consumer market in Rogers Park is largest within ages 18 to 44 at 46 percent; 30 percent are ages 45 and over; and 24 percent are up to age 17.
The largest demographic in Rogers Park is 34 percent Hispanic followed by 28 percent African American, 27 percent white, 6 percent Asian, 4 percent biracial and 1 percent another race.
The biggest industry in Rogers Park is in supermarkets and grocery stores with $68 million followed by clothing stores with $21 million, full-service restaurants with $17 million and furniture/home furnishing stores with $7 million. Rogers Park spending, according to the study, was $468 million.
Education stats in 2011 for Rogers Park residents, according to City Data, in 2011 are 22.8 percent with bachelor's degrees, 10.7 percent with master's degrees, and 3 percent with either a professional school degree or doctorate degree.
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