Hungry Monkey in the Chicago Sun Times

We were so happy to be featured in Chicago's Sun Times last week, alongside some other fantastic small businesses.

There are more than 1.2 million small businesses in Illinois; the city of Chicago alone boasts 7,300 restaurants. Combined, they account for some of the biggest economic and labor casualties of the COVID-19 pandemic as stay-at home-orders have grounded potential customers and diners and put businesses on the brink.

While financial recovery programs still find their footing, in the past couple of weeks, a few Illinois small businesses have discovered a different kind of lifeline thanks to a wave of national exposure that has put an emphasis on goods from Chicago and beyond.

“We now have something we didn’t have before — hope,” said Lake Forest resident Cindy Kienzle, the founder and owner of The Hungry Monkey Baking Company, after her baked goods were evangelized by comedian/TV personality Howie Mandel on the growing online platform Talkshop Live.

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