January 19th, 2022
Planning The Year Ahead
Is the cold bringing you down? We are planning for the warm weather already!
We know how tough Chicago winter is for our community. From freezing temps to shoveling out and the awful black ice storm we had nearly two weeks ago, we can't help but start thinking about what spring and summer have in store for us! Keep an eye out for our finalized schedule of events coming out soon. For a teaser of what's to come:
Belmont Sheffield Music Fest
Fri, May 27, 2022 through Sun, May 29, 2022

Start planning now for the summer kick off festival that's taken over Sheffield for nearly two decades! The Belmont Sheffield Music Fest this year will be filled with amazing music, incredible performers, local artists, and delicious local treats.
17th Annual Festival of the Arts
Sat, September 10, 2022 & Sun, September 11th, 2022

The Lakeview East Festival of the Arts showcases more than 150 juried artists featuring paintings, sculpture, photography, furniture, jewelry and more. These original pieces are for sale in a wide range of price ranges. In addition to the art, the Festival has become a center of activity for the weekend with live demonstrations, entertainment stages, family activities and a garden oasis.

For more than 17 years, the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce has presented one of the most unique and popular art festivals in Chicagoland. Every aspect, from artists to musicians to vendors and everything in between, is specifically selected by the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce in order to bring the best to the heart of Lakeview.
We are now accepting applications for our juried art festival. We have a limited amount of spots, as artists from around the world apply to come to Lakeview East.
Lakeview Social & Supper Club Returns - End of February
We are ready to support our restaurants in a big way this year with the return of our Lakeview Social and Supper Club!
Our first event of the year is slated for the end of February with PR Italian Bistro! You need to be a member of the Supper Club to receive the exclusive pre-sale ticket prices and information. Sign up below to join!
New City Wide Mandates
Effective January 3, any individual age 5 and older will be required to show proof of vaccination to dine indoors, visit gyms, or enjoy entertainment venues where food or drink are being served. 

To help stop the spread of COVID-19, the City of Chicago has issued Public Health Order 2021-2, which requires certain establishments to verify that patrons are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The Public Health Order will remain in effect until the City of Chicago is through this Omicron-driven surge and the risk of overwhelming hospital capacity has passed. 

Lakeview East has a variety of locations offering the Covid-19 vaccine.

To find a vaccination location closest to you, please follow the button below.

Vaccine availability is subject to change. Appointments are required at most locations. Click a location with vaccine “In stock” to take the next step and schedule your appointment.
New Laws and Crime Reports in Lakeview East
2022 Puts Over 300 New Pieces of Legislation Into Effect January 1st.
From the $12 minimum wage increase to new state holidays, plenty of changes have been happening at a city and state level. Find out more about all the new changes and how they'll impact you by clicking below!
We extend our support for the victims of these crimes and are coming together with local community groups and elected officials at all levels of Illinois government to change the way these crimes are being handled.

We are coming together with neighborhood groups to have our local voices raised. If you'd like to become involved with neighborhood meetings, we've linked them below and look forward to your support.
CAPS Meetings - Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy
Needed to Re-Schedule Your Holiday Party? Lakeview East Private Event Spaces Offer Perfect Spaces for your next memorable event!
Lakeview East Private Event Space Guide 2022
The Private Event Space Guide is LIVE! We've compiled all the spectacular, special spaces in our historic neighborhood. Dazzle guests with an event space that caters to one of a kind private or semi-private experiences and enjoy our list of top venues throughout the neighborhood! Whether you're looking to host a meeting, holiday party, wedding, or just celebrating, we know all the best spots!
Businesses: Start the New Year Right with Membership to the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce
The 2022 Membership year has started for our business community. The Chamber provides numerous benefits year round for our businesses. From permit assistance to marketing, street festival opportunities and business connections, we serve the areas of SSA #17 and SSA #8 by providing access to valuable resources, discounts, and relationships that help businesses save money and market their hard work! Learn more about member benefits by clicking below or contacting mary@lakevieweast.com
New Business Alerts
Lakeview East's Neighborhood Guides
Lakeview East Job Board
Job Board on the Lakeview East Website is now active!
Are you looking for a new opportunity? The Lakeview East Job Board is open! Our 500+ members can post their open positions directly to our website!

If you would like to become a member to post jobs and events to our website, please email mary@lakevieweast.com
Upcoming Promotions
The Mary Meyer School application deadline is February 1, 2022!

For over 75 years Mary Meyer School students have learned through purposeful play. A gem of a preschool quietly tucked away in a graystone house on Pine Grove Avenue, they are looking for wonderful families to join their preschool community. They are currently accepting applications for the 2022-23 preschool year for children who will turn three years of age by 12/1/2022. Apply through their website at www.marymeyer.org and sign up for a schoolhouse tour on January 22nd or 23rd.

If your New Year's Resolution for 2022 is, "I want to write a book," we can't think of a better spot to have paused scrolling in the newsletter.
Long Overdue is offering three writing classes to help depending on where you're at in the book writing journey.
·        Turn the Page - Three-day workshop to go from big idea to one completed page (or a one-page outline)
·        Feedback Circle - If you have a rough draft completed, first off, nice work!! Now let's gather some feedback and keep improving the story.
·        Final Draft - The last part of the journey, working with an editor and book designer to bring the book across the finish line.
Check out the website here and/or the 2021 end-of-year newsletter. You can also email Chris O'Brien (Founder) directly at chris@longoverduebooks.com.
Let's start and finish your "long overdue" book this year!
Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in the 15th annual Chicago Restaurant Week promotion taking place Friday, March 25 – Sunday, April 10, 2022. Chicago Restaurant Week has a history of generating significant awareness and sales for restaurants and your participation is welcome. Registration ends January 21, 2022. This year’s program emphasis will be on dine in, but will also include takeout and delivery options based on current city and state mandates. You must be a partner of Choose Chicago in order to participate. For more information on Choose Chicago partnership opportunities and Chicago Restaurant Week please contact partnership@choosechicago.com
Stay in the know by following our Wrigleyville Web Page
Jon Lester Retires
"One of the best postseason pitchers in recent major league history is calling it quits.
Former Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs left-hander Jon Lester announced his MLB retirement Wednesday morning, telling ESPN's Jesse Rogers his body can longer hold up over a full MLB season."

Source: NBC Chicago
Culvers Looking into Wrigleyville Location
A Culver's franchisee plans to open his seventh Illinois location this spring on Chicago's North Side, and then another one later this year on the West Side.
Live Music Returns to the Neighborhood
954 W Belmont Ave
Sluggers Dueling Pianos
3540 N. Clark Street
Metro Chicago
3730 N Clark
The Vic
3145 N. Sheffield
Monsignor Murphys
3019 N. Broadway
Uncommon Ground
Business & Government Affairs
Check out all the BACP Webinars here!
Friday, 1/21 Webinar at 9:30 AM
Business Licensing 101
Presented by the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP)
Attendees will learn the process to obtain a business license and how to access free resources and support for your business.
Wednesday, 1/26 Webinar at 3:00 PM
Transform Your Dream Into a Real Start Up
Presented by Score Chicago
Do you have what it takes to start and run a successful business? Is so, do you know whtat the start-up journey is like? Or what initial steps you need to take? This webinar will help you assess your prospects, give you the initial direction you need and inspire you to move forwar to realize your dream. The webinar will also cover pricing, promotion, competition and marketing to give you a competitive edge.
1/28 Webinar at 9:30 AM
Nuts and Bolts of Business Planning and Financial Readiness for Start-ups
Presented by Geri Aglipay, Small Business Majority
Learn the nuts and bolts for starting a sustainable small business that is prepared to weather economic changes. Key tips will be provided on laying the foundation from a business planning and financial readiness lens.
DPD Chicago Recovery Grant Application First-Round Application Deadline 01/31/22
The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) is accepting applications for the Chicago Recovery Grant to support local commercial, mixed-use, and light manufacturing development. All are welcome to apply. City staff will prioritize projects in areas of Chicago where there is a history of disinvestment or limited private investment.

  • Grant funding can be used for pre-development, construction, or renovation costs for permanent capital improvement projects.
  • Open to community developers, business owners and entrepreneurs, and property owners. Site control is preferred, but not required.
  • Residential-only development is not eligible, but mixed-use projects are eligible. Further funding opportunities for residential projects are expected to be announced in Q1 2022.
  • Priority will be given to catalytic projects with a strong local impact, that are able to leverage local talents, capacities, and institutions to strengthen and contribute to the community.
  • Applicants from all areas of Chicago are eligible to apply. Priority will be given for projects in historically disinvested areas as well as projects that build upon existing efforts, such as Mayor Lightfoot’s INVEST South/West initiative and community safety initiatives.
  • Priority will be given to projects that demonstrate momentum and are expected to break ground in 2022.
  • The City expects awards to be capped at $5 million, though larger, catalytic projects may be considered.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. The first-round application deadline is Jan. 31, 2022, followed by a second-round application deadline of March 10, 2022. Applicants who are not prepared to apply for either round are encouraged to review all relevant materials and prepare to apply for a third application round in the summer.
Please do not submit duplicative applications for the same project.
Prepare to Apply
Applications will be segmented based on size of the grant. Grant requests should represent no more than 75 percent of anticipated total project cost.
For advice and potential resources to help with your application, please go to the Community Development Grant Resources page.
Chicago Recovery Plan Community Development Grant Information Session
An informational webinar was held Wednesday, Jan. 6. Watch a recording of the webinar heredownload the presentation or read answers to frequently asked questions.
For any additional questions, please email dpd@cityofchicago.org.
BACP Notice: COVID Testing Sites Information (Links)
As the Omicron variant continues to spread, BACP has received an increasing number of inquiries regarding pop-up testing sites from residents and businesses. I am writing you to provide you some helpful information on these sites and how issues and concerns regarding their operation may be reported.
As background, BACP does not license or regulate COVID-19 testing operations. Furthermore, the Chicago Department of Public Health does not oversee or regulate such testing operators. Healthcare providers and laboratories are regulated by State entities.
The office of Illinois Attorney General, Kwame Raoul, urges residents to exercise caution before visiting any testing site.  It is recommended that residents first try to utilize a State-sponsored testing site. Illinois community-based testing sites can be found by visiting: Testing (illinois.gov). For information on COVID-19 testing in Chicago, visit www.Chicago.gov/covidtesting
As it is the State, rather than BACP or the City that regulates COVID-19 testing sites, complaints related to COVID-19 testing sites may be filed with Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul’s Office at Illinois Attorney General Home Page (ilag.gov).
Additionally, the Illinois Attorney General provided further information on COVID-19 testing in a January 11, 2022 press release, available here: Illinois Attorney General - ***CONSUMER ALERT*** ATTORNEY GENERAL RAOUL ENCOURAGES ILLINOIS RESIDENTS TO BE CAUTIOUS OF POP-UP COVID TESTING SITES
Thank you for your continued partnership in keeping Chicagoans healthy and safe.
Ken Meyer
BACP Commissioner
MBMHMC Winter 2022 Emergency Small Business Relief Micro Grants Deadline 01/19/22 (Attachment & Links)
We know COVID-19 is still taking a toll on our small businesses. We will be giving away $200,000 to help businesses continue to pivot to meet city guidelines and help keep their patrons and staff healthy.
Micro grant amounts of $1,000, $2,500 OR $5,000 will be distributed based on need and eligibility requirements.
For any questions, email grants@mbmhmc.com or check out the Frequently Asked Questions at the following link: My Block My Hood My City: WINTER SMALL BUSINESS RELIEF MICRO GRANTS

For recordings of past BACP webinars, please click here
What's on in the Belmont Theater District?
Just minutes from downtown in Chicago's Lakeview and Lakeview East neighborhoods, the Belmont Theater District is home to more than 50 theaters and hundreds of shops and restaurants within a short walking distance.

Amidst recent suspension of group gatherings and, thus, live performances, many Belmont District Theaters have opted into providing digital, remote and streaming programming for patrons to enjoy from the comfort of their own homes.
Community Developments
3160 N. Broadway
Seminary Properties and Management, Ltd. is planning to redevelop the 3160-2 N Broadway property with a transit-oriented, mixed use development. The project consists of 17 units, 6 parking spaces, 17 bicycle parking spaces, and ground floor retail/commercial space. The building will be 4 stories with a partial 5th floor. The top floor is set back 15 feet from the Broadway property line and 60 feet from the rear property line. Floors 2 through 4 are also set back 30 feet from the rear property line.
In order to preserve the historic elements of the existing building, the existing terra cotta accents, sill courses, cornice and coping pieces will be reused in the façade of the proposed building. The remainder of the building will be masonry.
The developer will seek a Type 1 zoning change from the existing B3-2 to B3-3.
Are you, or anyone you know, looking to open a business to Lakeview East? View Storefront Opportunities on our website here!
Interested in joining the Chamber? The Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce is here to help promote, assist and grow your business!
Thank you to our sponsor Byline Bank for supporting small, local businesses in our community!

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