Send Them Chicago

Send Them Chicago experiences an 80% increase in new customers since getting online.

When longtime Chicago lover and resident, Melodie Bishop, heard about Google’s Illinois Get Your Business Online event, she jumped at the opportunity to turn her hobby into a full-time business. After eighteen years of creating Chicago-themed gift baskets for friends and family, Melodie launched Send Them Chicago, www.sendthemchicago.com, as a full-time venture in the summer of 2012.

The website was easy to set up and has really helped me turn Send Them Chicago into a thriving business.

Melodie has lived in Chicago for nearly two decades and has always been an ardent fan of the city’s food, sites, and people. She collects items from local artisans and food producers and creates gift baskets featuring Chicago’s finest. From “My Kind of Romance” baskets with chocolate, wine and suggested romantic strolls, to the “Hometown Favorites” basket with iconic Chicago sports team memorabilia, the baskets can be custom ordered for special visitors or shipped to someone missing the city.

Since launching her website, Melodie has seen a 90% increase in inquiries and converted 80% of those inquiries into new customers. “The website was easy to set up and has really helped me turn Send Them Chicago into a thriving business,” says Melodie.

With the site up and running, Melodie has plans to expand its capabilities to include online ordering. Eventually, she would like to open a brick-and-mortar store and continue to share her love for the city of Chicago with visitors, locals and anyone with a hankering for something only the Windy City can provide.