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Andersonville’s ‘InSidewalk Sale’ Offers Pandemic-Friendly Take On Annual Outdoor Shopping Event

The annual sidewalk sale will have an online component for this weekend's event, but plenty of in-person options as well.

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ANDERSONVILLE — An annual event that marks spring in Andersonville is getting a pandemic-friendly twist.

Andersonville’s “InSidewalk Sale” sees local businesses take over part of Clark Street’s sidewalk with merchandise. It has taken place the last two years, with last year’s event happening the week before Chicago’s stay at home order went into effect.

The event will go on this weekend with COVID-friendly protocols, giving neighbors an option to shop from home.

From Friday to Sunday, Clark Street businesses will offer special deals and promotions and bring some of their items to the sidewalk. Thirty-three local businesses are partnering in the event.

The sidewalk selections give people an option to shop outdoors. Some businesses will also offer online shopping sales, including “Instagram flash sales.” A list of businesses participating in the flash sale will be available at the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce’s website.

There will be plenty of in-person events, too.

George’s Ice Cream & Sweets, 5306 N. Clark St., will offer free ice cream cones to the first 100 guests from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Bryn Mawr Jewelry Store will offer 20 percent off all in-stock items and Rattleback Records will offer 25 percent off selected new vinyl releases and put out a $1 record bin.

Andersonville’s newest business — Sandbox Baby Boutique, 5349 N. Clark St., will host its grand opening at 11 a.m. Saturday and will hold a raffle drawing for two newborn layette sets.

A list of participating businesses and promotional sales can be found here.

The InSidewalk Sale is one of the first in-person events held in Andersonville since the coronavirus pandemic, though it has held virtual versions of some events. Earlier this month, the Andersonville chamber cancelled Midsommarfest for second consecutive year.

“We know the Andersonville businesses are counting on your support right now to make 2021 a better, more viable year for everyone,” Joelle Scillia, the chamber’s director of marketing and communications, said in a statement.

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