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The state of local retail 2020: Chicago, IL.


We analyzed transactions for every day of the 2019 calendar year at over 40,000 local retail businessses across the United States, including Chicago. The result is a comprehensive look at when local retail businesses make the most money, when they process the most transactions, and when customers tend to spend a little extra when they're out shopping.

The impact of COVID-19 on Chicago retail businesses.

2020 has been a challenge for local businesses across the U.S., and there's no question that local retailers in Chicago have faced unprecidented challenges all year.

So before we take a look back at 2019, it's important to keep in mind the impact that COVID-19 has had on local retailers. According to our data, the average Chicago retail business saw total consumer spending from April through October, 2020 increase 8% compared to the same timeframe in 2019. Additionally, 20% of retailers in Chicago that were transacting before the pandemic hit were closed as of the last week of October.

Our research has shown that some types of retail businesses have fared quite well during the pandemic (sporting goods stores, home improvement stores, etc.), while others (clothing stores, book stores, etc.) have struggled. Whether a local retail business has struggled or thrived through 2020, this report gives insight on which days and months will be extra important for retailers in this unpredictable year.

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How much do retail shops in Chicago make on an average day?

On a given day, retail shops in Chicago brought in $892 in revenue. On a typical day, the average retail business also processed about 12 transactions while seeing customers spend an average of $75.83 per ticket.

Sales Revenue Transactions Ticket Size
$892 12 $75.83
     

 

What days of the week are retail shops in Chicago busiest?

Fridays and Saturdays are busy at retail shops across the country, and things were no different for Chicago retail businesses.

Fridays were particularly big, as 18% of all retail revenue in Chicago came in on that day alone. On the other hand, Sunday was the slowest day of the week for Chicago retail shops, with 8% of revenue coming in on that day.

 

Saturday was the busiest day of the week in terms of foot traffic, with Chicago retail businesses processing an average of 15 transactions per day.

 

 

Chicago locals spend more per transaction on weekdays, with Tuesdays claiming the largest average ticket size of the week at $82.04 per ticket. Locals are the most frugal on Sundays, when they spent an average of $21.23 less than on Tuesdays.

 

 

What time of year do retail shops in Chicago make the most money?

Chicago locals clearly love to shop regardless of the season, but what does the average year look like from week to week at retail shops in Chicago? Let's take a look.

 

Top 5 days for Chicago retail businesses.

#1 #2 #3 #4 #5

5/10/19

Mother's Day Weekend

12/14/19

5/11/19

Mother's Day Weekend

12/21/19

Weekend before Christmas

2/14/19

Valentine's Day

Friday Saturday Saturday Saturday Thursday

 

Chicago retail shops on prominent days.

Retail shops look to events and holidays to generate big sales for their business. Here’s how prominent days rank compared to the average day.

  Day rank based on total sales How much did restaurants that were open make?
Day Day Rank Total rev vs avg % of restaurants open Avg rev Rev vs avg Avg txns Txns vs avg Avg ticket Ticket vs avg
New Year's Day 363 -76.40% 27% $636 -28.70% 10 -11.90% $61.37 -19.10%
Super Bowl Sunday 334 -48.10% 51% $752 -15.70% 12 3.60% $61.75 -18.60%
Valentine's Day 5 74.30% 89% $1,441 61.50% 19 63.10% $75.10 -1.00%
St. Patrick's Day 313 -38.40% 52% $878 -1.60% 13 13.70% $65.61 -13.50%
Easter Weekend 11 53.90% 96% $1,181 32.40% 16 36.50% $73.55 -3.00%
Easter Weekend 15 48.30% 89% $1,224 37.20% 18 49.00% $69.82 -7.90%
Easter Sunday 362 -74.40% 30% $624 -30.10% 13 10.80% $47.83 -36.90%
Cinco de Mayo 310 -37.80% 57% $805 -9.80% 14 16.70% $58.63 -22.70%
Mother's Day Weekend 1 103.80% 100% $1,506 68.80% 19 58.00% $81.00 6.80%
Mother's Day Weekend 3 84.30% 91% $1,497 67.80% 21 75.90% $72.34 -4.60%
Mother's Day 288 -23.20% 58% $975 9.30% 16 35.80% $61.02 -19.50%
Memorial Day Weekend 21 41.90% 100% $1,045 17.10% 13 11.50% $79.62 5.00%
Memorial Day Weekend 48 30.10% 86% $1,110 24.50% 16 38.50% $68.15 -10.10%
Memorial Day 360 -63.00% 43% $636 -28.70% 12 2.00% $53.02 -30.10%
Father's Day Weekend 12 53.30% 100% $1,130 26.70% 14 21.60% $79.03 4.20%
Father's Day Weekend 36 35.50% 91% $1,101 23.40% 16 37.90% $67.89 -10.50%
Father's Day 322 -42.50% 53% $799 -10.40% 14 17.10% $58.01 -23.50%
13th of July 353 -55.60% 35% $932 4.50% 17 40.50% $56.42 -25.60%
Labor Day Weekend 44 30.40% 95% $1,008 13.00% 14 18.60% $72.26 -4.70%
Labor Day Weekend 53 28.10% 83% $1,141 27.90% 17 45.10% $66.87 -11.80%
Labor Day 339 -49.10% 42% $886 -0.60% 16 32.50% $56.87 -25.00%
Halloween 297 -26.30% 80% $676 -24.20% 9 -24.40% $76.01 0.20%
Thanksgiving Eve 146 8.00% 85% $935 4.80% 12 5.30% $75.49 -0.50%
Thanksgiving 364 -76.70% 24% $699 -21.60% 13 13.80% $52.22 -31.10%
Christmas Eve 95 18.10% 63% $1,375 54.10% 17 47.60% $79.19 4.40%
Christmas Day 365 -92.30% 13% $444 -50.20% 10 -17.70% $45.84 -39.60%
New Year's Eve 302 -28.40% 70% $753 -15.50% 12 -1.20% $64.84 -14.50%

Methodology

Womply analyzed daily revenue for over 40,000 retail shops in all 50 states, including Chicago, as well as the District of Columbia for all 365 days of the 2019 calendar year. Retail businesses were only included in the analysis if they qualified as small businesses, Womply had a full year of transaction history, and the business recorded multiple transactions per day, on average.

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