Now Open on Michigan Avenue
*410 N. Michigan
Awaiting you is an immersive experience from Argentina, enjoy 5411 Empanadas, Joan of Arc, Paxci-Trisquel rugs, and other authentic goods.
*Argentine Connection is now closed.*
605 N. Michigan
Here you will find handmade Mexican clothing, tropical décor, jewelry, art and other cultural treasurers. The beautiful space is host to cultural events like mezcal tastings, local art exhibitions, soccer viewing parties and more.
400 N. Michigan
The Nordic House Chicago showcases the uniqueness of the Nordic region through an immersive experience of images, video, quality retail goods, food and culture.
World Business Chicago invites you to stop by three cultural pop-up retail experiences featuring Chicago small businesses offering authentic goods, apparel, and more from Argentina, Mexico and Nordic nations. These shops offer great finds from a home country, a favorite destination, or for the hard to buy person on your gift-giving list. This project has transformed vacant or underutilized storefronts with culturally influenced experiences hosted by local small businesses; the perfect intersection of economic development + culture + small business.
Pick up a promotional passport at one of the three cultural experiences, get stamps from each, and while supplies last, enjoy a limited-edition keepsake.
The Consular Showcases, part of Chicago’s COVID Recovery Plan, are a series of “pop-ups” that focus on a consulate, their culture, and Chicago businesses that represent that culture. Each showcase has transformed a vacant downtown storefront by highlighting small, local businesses, providing residents, guests and visitors with an enriching, immersive experience.
These showcases are intended to:
- Highlight Chicago’s culturally diverse communities.
- Promote small Chicago businesses and provide them with a unique opportunity to market themselves and grow revenue.
- Increase foot traffic and commercial spending in downtown Chicago.
The Cultural Showcases Program was first piloted with Colores Mexicanos located at 605 N. Michigan Avenue, opening as a temporary pop-up in 2021. This retail experience was so successful, Colores Mexicanos extended its lease and inspired the 2022 openings of The Argentinian Connection and the Nordic House.
Apply for Summer 2023 Cultural Showcase Pop-ups
World Business Chicago invites interested local, small businesses, with culturally authentic products, to apply for Summer 2023 Cultural Showcase pop-ups. Email: Nicolette Peters at npeters@worldbusinesschicago.
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