Chicago taxes shoppers for not being green affective Feb 1, 2017

The Chicago Checkout Bag Tax takes effect on Wednesday, Feb. 1 affecting retailers of all sizes, from grocery stores to clothing and convenience stores in Chicago. The tax is an extra $0.07 per bag on disposable paper and plastic bags.

Area merchant are coming to the rescue by giving away free reusable bags. The following is a list of merchants helping, as of the time this post goes live.

Jewel-Osco: All 35 Chicago locations; First 100 customers on Saturday, Jan. 28, will receive a reusable bag

Mariano’s: All 13 Chicago locations; First 100 customers on Saturday, Jan. 28, will receive a reusable bag, plus a half off coupon for a second reusable bag purchased that day

Target: All 16 Chicago locations; First 200 customers on Wednesday, Feb.1, will receive a reusable bag

Whole Foods: All 12 Chicago locations; First 1,000 customers will receive a reusable bag


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