Register for Lemonade Day in Chicago

April 11, 2012

As a kid, I was quite the entrepreneur, and I remember sitting outside our metro Chicago real estate with my very first business: a lemonade stand. One year, I even made enough to pay back my parents for the supplies and still walk away with a profit!

Not only did that childhood tradition not grow old, it’s growing in size. On Sunday, May 6, Chicago will host its first-ever Lemonade Day.

Lemonade Day is a free program that teaches youth how to start, own and operate their own business. It started in Houston, Texas in 2007, and non-profit Prepared 4 Life is bringing it to Chicago this year for the first time.

Each child that registers will get a backpack with an Entrepreneur Workbook that teaches the 14 lessons of Lemonade Day, including creating budgets, setting goals, serving customers, repaying investors, and giving back to the community.

Young lemonade-stand operators are encouraged to take the money they make and spend some, save some and share some with their community.

There are two ways to register your child:

1. Visit chicago.lemonadeday.org to register online.

2. Attend an upcoming registration drive, where you can register your child for the event and get all your materials.

Here are the upcoming registration drives around Chicagoland:

*Saturday, April 14, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Orland Square Mall, 288 Orland Square Dr., Orland Park

*Sunday, April 15, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Lincolnwood Town Center Mall, 3333 W. Touhy Ave., Lincolnwood

*Tuesday, April 24, 4 to 5 p.m.: Glen Ellyn Public Library, 400 Duane St., Glen Ellyn

*Wednesday, April 25, 9 a.m.: City Hall, 121 North La Salle St., Chicago

As for the rest of us Chicagoans, get your quarters ready. May 6 is Lemonade Day in Chicago, and our future homeowners need all the economic hope and success they can get.

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