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TECH TIME | DwellSocial Expands Naperville Delivery to 5 Days / Week, Meet Co-Founder Allen Shulman

Allen Shulman, Co-Founder of DwellSocial


Allen Shulman was a custom home builder on Chicago's Northshore for 15 years before founding BrightNest in 2010, a website that helped people take better care of their homes. BrightNest was acquired by Angie's List in 2013 where Allen worked until 2017 when he co-founded DwellSocial, a platform that brings amazing food from Chicago's best restaurants to almost anywhere in the Chicagoland area. Starting this month, DwellSocial will be delivering food to the Naperville area five-days a week, Wednesday-Sunday.

Allen has been married for 32 years and has three children. A foodie, Allen and his co-founders pivoted DwellSocial at the beginning of the pandemic-- from a home services business that matched customers with contractors, to a platform that brings the best restaurants in Chicago to the suburbs. Allen’s deep seated belief in the power of sharing great food together is why this quote from Guy Fieri really hits home:

Food is maybe the only universal thing that really has the power to bring everyone together. No matter what culture, everywhere around the world, people eat together.

“I believe DwellSocial provides people with a unique opportunity to have an amazing restaurant experience right at home,” Allen says. “It’s an awesome privilege and responsibility that we take very seriously.”

Unlike on-demand delivery that is often warm and soggy, DwellSocial restaurant partners prepare all their food to be finish-cooked at home, guaranteeing that the food will taste exactly as intended. DwellSocial works with amazing restaurants, from old favorites like Pequod’s Pizza, Do-Rite Donuts and Sweet Mandy B’s, to MICHELIN awardees avec and HaiSous Vietnamese Kitchen, to new restaurants such as Five Squared Pizza, Bangaroos Aussie Pies, and many more.

“This wouldn’t have been fathomable three years ago,” he says. “Being on the forefront of this change has been a once-in-a lifetime experience.” -Kristen Kucharski, Photos by Mike Catuara


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