The Fort Wayne Challenge continues! This April, we invite you to explore the city virtually with six challenge categories—30 total challenge items. 

The third category of the challenge: Support Local Businesses. In this uncertain time, our restaurants, boutiques, breweries, and other small, local businesses need support from the community. This section of the challenge offers 5 fun ways for you to experience what Fort Wayne has to offer while playing an important role in supporting our local businesses. Let's begin!

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Fort Wayne Challenge: Support Local Businesses

☐  Shop one of Fort Wayne’s great boutiques online! Many are even offering free shipping and local delivery. Click Here

☐  Pick up takeout or order delivery from a local restaurant. Click Here to see an up-to-date list of restaurants open for carryout.

☐  Shop curbside at The Water Street Mercantile or other local groceries — and visit the Ft. Wayne Farmer's Market on Saturdays.

☐  Grab brews to go from a local brewery! Take home a growler or snag an assortment of cans featuring your favorite brews.  Click Here

☐  Give to hospitality workers currently out of work. Click Here to view the Fund the Fort page and donate to local businesses with fund drives available.


Share your progress with friends using our Instagram Stories checklist! Follow along on our blog as we continue to highlight the six different categories of the challenge.

Click here to see the full Fort Wayne Challenge!



  • Step 1: Print or download this Fort Wayne Challenge Checklist.
  • Step 2: Check off one or more of the challenges as you complete them.
  • Step 3: After completing one or more of the challenges, upload a photo of your checklist here.
  • Step 4: For a bonus entry, upload a second photo of you completing one of the challenges.

Upload your photos by May 8 for a chance to win a Fort Wayne prize!