August 4, 2021
Celebrations & Grand Openings Galore
S. Rosengard & Co. Antiques
3347 N. Broadway
On Friday, July 23rd, The Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce welcomed S. Rosengard and Co. Antiques to the neighborhood. This brand new shop specializes in everything antique. The group was all smiles and the event was marked with champagne and popsicles! This quirky little shop has all the best relics and antiques that would be perfect in any home. Stop by and say welcome to the neighborhood!

Upcoming Grand Openings & Celebrations
Pedestrian Coffee | 10:30AM | August 6th | 939 W. Belmont
This brand new coffee shop is the perfect place to start your morning commute. Situated perfectly outside the Belmont El Station, they will be offering the following specials for their grand opening day
• Free 8oz coffee on request
• Free samples their savory and sweet treats, made in house daily
• Everyone who walks in will receive a coupon good for 25% off your next purchase of drink, their roasted coffee beans, or any of their branded merchandise (that have the Pedestrian coffee logo on it)

This local coffee shop strives to make incredible coffee blends and roasts more accessible to the everyday person. They ethically source their coffee directly from growers and ethically minded importers to ensure the most sustainable practices in the coffee trade.
Musashiya Ramen | All August Long + 2:30PM August 10 | 2938 N. Broadway
Join us in celebrating Musashiya Ramen on their 1-year anniversary! This cozy restaurant offers authentic ramen and other Japanese dishes. For the month of August, they have rolled out special offers!
Event #1 (8/1 - 8/31):
- Free $10 with purchase of $50 gift card
- Free $20 with purchase of $100 gift card
Event #2 (8/1 - 8/16):
- Free sweet treats for all dine-in customers
Event #3 (8/1 - 8/31):
- Get a free edamame with any shared social media post
Don't miss out on these great offers, and let's congratulate Musashiya Ramen on their anniversary in the Lakeview East Neighborhood!
Sundae Stop | 5:30 PM | August 10th | 931 W. Belmont
They made it through the pandemic and now we are here to celebrate their first year in business with balloons, a ribbon cutting, and a party all evening long!

Please join Sundae Stop for their anniversary ice cream social! With ice cream specials, in house made waffle cones, and other sweet treats starting at 5:30, you're not going to want to miss this SWEET anniversary celebration.

Theatrical phenomenon Blue Man Group resumes its Chicago Residency at Lakeview’s Briar Street Theatre on August 18. Blue Man Group is a dynamic combination of art, music, comedy and technology, known for its award-winning theatrical productions, iconic characters and multiple creative explorations. As three bald and blue men explore our world, together we'll discover music, laughter and surprises at every turn. 35 million people of all ages, languages and cultures know what Blue Man Group is really about. Now it's your turn. Tickets start at $49. Click the button under their picture to buy tickets today!

For groups of 10 or more, email

PrideArts Grand Re-Opening Party
August 28 | 7:00PM | 4139 N. Broadway
Join us for the Grand RE-OPENING of PrideArts! We are thrilled to celebrate the return of staged in-person theatrical performances at the Chicago institution. There will be a ribbon cutting, beverages, a show, and post-show meet and greet.

PrideArts aspires to be a year round facility where people from the neighborhood and from around the globe can see excellent queer centric works which are essential viewing for all.
Market Days Returns This Weekend
Market Days | August 6-8
In honor of the iconic Northalsted Market Days Fest coming up next weekend, we're sharing some Lakeview East recommendations for the best gay bars and clubs on Halsted.

Hydrate | 3458 N Halsted St
Hydrate Nightclub is Chicago's premiere destination for shows, music, dancing, and the best late-night party in the city. Plus, they've got a national and international reputation for bringing the best the best DJ's to Chicago.

Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club | 3700 N Halsted St
The Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club is a venue for every type of occasion and every demographic. With an innovative martini and cocktail list of more than 200 offerings, upscale contemporary cuisine, entertainment by the world famous Kit Kat Divas and “South Beach meets Hollywood” inspired decor, Kit Kat is a world-class entertainment hotspot.

Sidetrack |3349 N Halsted St
Sidetrack is dedicated to providing entertainment and hospitality in a respectful, safe, and inclusive space for the LGBTQIA+ communities. Sidetrack was named the Most Popular Bar in Illinois by, the Most Visited Bar in Chicago by LYFT, the Best Gay Bar in Chicago by TimeOut and the #1 Gay Bar in the U.S. by Yelp in 2021.

Lucky Horseshoe Lounge |3169 N Halsted St
This Boystown lounge at the corner of Halsted and Belmont is the city's only bar featuring a daily lineup of male dancers. Good drinks, dancers and performances, the Lucky Horseshoe is an icon of North Halsted.

The North End | 3733 N Halsted St
The most northern bar in the neighborhood, The North End is a gay sports bar that's been around since 1983, offering cold drinks, a great beer selection, pool, darts, and all the games on TV.

Roscoe's |3356 N Halsted St
Roscoe's is an entertaining gay bar with a welcoming environment for anyone and everyone. Whether you come to get a drink, dance all night, sing your heart out, shoot some pool or grab food on the sidewalk cafe, there's something for everyone.

Lark | 3441 N Halsted St
Pizza, sandwiches, burgers & snacks pair with house cocktails in a pub setting with a patio & DJs. Lark’s dining experience is hip, friendly, fun and perfect for date night, groups, weekday dinner or weekend brunch with the family.

Replay Lakeview | 3439 N Halsted St
Vintage video games are what makes this bar so iconic and funky. Love beer, bourbon and arcade games? Replay is a must. 18 vintage arcade games, 26 draft beers and 56 varieties of bourbon, whiskey and scotch, Replay is a good time all the time. 

Pick up a Market Days Tee Shirt or Tank Top at CRAM!
Dine Out's Final Dates
We are winding down the summer with three last dine outs. We have loved all the outpouring of community support and how much fun has been had all summer long. With so many dining and retail options on Broadway and Sheffield, we hope to keep supporting our neighborhood businesses with these events and are now bringing live entertainment to the streets!

Remaining Dates & Times:

Fridays: 3-11pm
Saturdays: 9am-11pm
Sundays: 9am-9pm

August 13 - 15
August 27 - 29
September 17 - 19

Festival of The Arts
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 16 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.
If you are a merchant or food and beverage member business and would like a booth at this event, please reach out to
attn: FOTA
Member Food & Beverage 
$350 plus city fees ($75)
Member Merchant
$200 includes 10 x 10 pop up
Lakeview East's Neighborhood Guides
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New Member Highlight
Fulfilling a childhood fantasy just steps from Wrigley Field, Bill Rush is beyond excited to call Wrigleyville home and introduce our community to Bill Rush Photography and Design. After a decade on staff with The Weather Channel, Bill decided to branch out and start his own independent content creation studio, Bill Rush Photography and Design, in 2015. 
Since BRPD’s inception, Bill’s artwork has been seen in galleries nationwide and internationally, he’s photographed clients ranging from Nick Offerman to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, and he’s captured corporate and event photography for businesses such as The Arthritis Foundation, Mercedes Benz, and Coca-Cola. Bill is an APA National Award Winning Photographer and you may have seen his work in popups and artist markets throughout the city. Bill is eager to join our Wrigleyville business community and connect with fellow small businesses in the neighborhood. In addition to custom fine art prints, services include commercial and event photography, portraiture and headshots, graphic design, video production, content creation, and more! 
Follow Bill Rush Photography & Design on Instagram at @photo_brush and Bill can be reached at, by phone at 404-668-6458, or by email at

Featured Members

3335 N. Clark St.

Experience a little slice of Mexico when dining in this casual, authentic Mexican restaurant. Well known for their margaritas, pair one with their rich, melty queso. Their outdoor seating is wonderful for enjoying your food on a summer evening! When baseball is back, get there early on game day because seats fill up fast at this neighborhood favorite

1333 W. Belmont Ave

This practice is working to build life-long relationships between their staff and their patients by consistently providing their patients with compassion, excellence and value. Lakeview Pediatrics is committed to improving the lives of the children they serve by providing quality care in a child-centered environment. The listen to their young patients and their families and guide patients along a path of optimal health and wellness.

847 West Belmont Avenue

Mixteco is a healthy, fast casual Mexican restaurant located in Lakeview East. Specializing in tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos, fajitas, enchiladas and much more, they have something for everyone. The menu includes tofu as an option for all vegetarians and plenty of protein options for the carnivores out there. The flavors are unlike anything you’ve tried before.
2934 N. Sheffield

Kirkwood’s guiding principle is that great drinks and a great food selection coupled with a friendly, attentive and an unpretentious staff will result in a positive and powerful relationship between Lakeview East and its neighbors. Kirkwood features multiple TVs to watch your favorite sports game and a fully-stocked bar, plus a huge patio for al fresco dining and drinking during the warm months

1414 N Milwaukee Ave

Cumin is a Nepalese and Indian restaurant located in heart of Wicker Park. They were the first Nepalese/Indian restaurant to venture west side of City of Chicago and have been rated as top tier restaurant in city and have been awarded Michelin's Bib Gourmand from 2011 to 2019, ZAGAT and Yelp rated as well as featured on CHECK PLEASE Chicago. Their dedicate team of Executive Chef, Tandoori Chef, Sous Chef and kitchen support staffs as well as Front of the House staffs work hard every day to provide their guests with ultimate dining experience.

947 W. Wellington Avenue

Latin Fuego is your go to for tasty, quick, and cheap eats! Located in (Lakeview) of Chicago, they want to be a latin fusion option to the corporate and late-night crowd. You might recognize them from our Belmont Sheffield Music Festival where they were serving up their tasty arepas all weekend long

Whether you see her at your favorite piano bar, have her play at your birthday party, or stream her in your living room, she wants YOU to have THE BEST TIME!
Katy has worked as a dueling and solo piano bar entertainer for the past ten years, and it has taken her to amazing places throughout the US, to sea to perform on cruise ships, to Germany as well as The Marshall Islands and South Korea to perform for our troops!

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The Moustache Crawl Returned Last Weekend
This past weekend The Mustache Crawl returned to Wrigleyville. This once a year pub crawl is a hallmark of Chicago Summer. With the help of many crawlers over several years, The Mustache Crawl has raised almost $150,000 for local charities.

With their help this year, they supported the Lakeview East Community Partnership which supports community development projects as well as arts and neighborhood beautification.

Chicago Cubs Make Massive Changes to Roster
In the last month, The Cubs have traded Bryant, Baez, Rizzo, Joc Pederson, Andrew Chafin, Ryan Tepera, Jake Marisnick, Craig Kimbrel and Trevor Williams. These trades signal some big changes happening within the organization.

Photo: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
Vautravers Building Moved 40 Feet to Make Room for CTA Expansion
127-year-old Lake View structure, the Vautravers building, has been moved this past Monday and Tuesday. It started it's very short trip to get out of the way of a Chicago Transit Authority track rebuilding project.
The move 30 feet west and four feet south — as part of the CTA’s Red and Purple modernization — should wrap up by Tuesday night.

Out At Wrigley Returns this August 22nd
Celebrating 20 years of the LGBTQ+ Community and Sports, Out at Wrigley will be having their 20th anniversary of the first ever Gay Day/Pride Day in the history of sporting events in the world! Respond to their Facebook event here
Live Music Returns to the Neighborhood
Metro Chicago
3730 N Clark
Cubby Bear
1059 W Addison St
Sluggers Dualing Pianos
3540 N. Clark Street
Gallagher Way
Wiggleworms at Gallagher Way
The legendary Old Town School of Folk Music will host 45-minute morning music programs each Tuesday from July 6 through September 28 at 10 a.m. Following the music program, guests can enjoy a variety of family-friendly movies on the video board, starting at 11 a.m. each Tuesday.​​
French Market at Gallagher Way
Gallagher Way will host the French Market on select Thursday evenings from July 15 through September 30, starting at 4 p.m. The European-inspired market features 20 vendors, including a mixture of specialty foods, crafts and artisanal goods, along with live music and a new kid-friendly craft booth. 
Fitness Series Presented by Advocate Health Care at Gallagher Way
Presented by Advocate Health Care, the Fitness Series at Gallagher Way kicks off July 5 and runs through September 29, with free weekly outdoor fitness classes for the community, including HIIT and Social Run Club with CrossTown Fitness, and Yoga with Five Keys Yoga.
Movies at Gallagher Way
Lakeview’s historic Music Box Theatre will host seven free movies at Gallagher Way, beginning at 7:30 p.m., with gates opening at 6 p.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at each showing from surrounding restaurants and on-site concessions stands. Visit our website for the movie schedule and to purchase VIP reserved seating.
Business & Government Affairs
Adopt a Landmark Fund
The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) is opening the Citywide Adopt-a-Landmark Fund for applications. Owners of designated Chicago Landmarks throughout the City are eligible to apply for grant assistance to rehabilitate their building. More than $6 million in grant funding is available. 
Additional information, including restrictions and the application itself, is available at Questions can be directed to staff at DPD’s Historic Preservation Division at 

  • The Adopt-a-Landmark Fund from @ChicagoDPD is now open for grant applications. Hundreds of designated Chicago Landmark buildings are eligible to apply. Learn more at 
  • Do you own a Chicago building located in a landmark district? Your rehab project could be eligible for grant funding from the @ChicagoDPD Adopt-a-Landmark Fund. Learn more and apply by Monday, Aug. 16th at 
  • Landmark neighborhood commercial buildings across Chicago are being prioritized by the @ChicagoDPD Adopt-a-Landmark Fund in 2021. Learn how your rehab project may be eligible for grant funding at 
Are you a young or independent inventor, an entrepreneur, or a small business owner whose success depends on guarding your creative work? Then don’t miss your chance to learn how different types of intellectual property (IP), such as patents, trademarks, and copyrights, are critical to your business strategy. 
Register early for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) free online Invention-Con 2021: Capitalizing on your intellectual property, coming August 18-20.
Check out all the BACP Webinars here!
Featured BACP Webinar

Friday, August 6 at 9:30 a.m.

Pitch Your Business: Give a Voice to Your Idea

Presented by Myeisha Grady, Business Advisor at the Illinois SBDC at the WBDC

You have a great business idea but you are not sure how to explain it to others. Here is your opportunity to get tips and tools to help you add a voice to the idea you have in a way that others will want to hear it.

Register by visiting 
Have your voice heard about Chicago's 2022 budget. The Office of Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Office of Budget and Management are organizing a series of Budget Engagement Forums for senior leaders across the City to listen to residents about their priorities and ideas for Chicago's next budget. Participants can visit a City resource fair, listen to a budget presentation, and participate in small group discussions as well as public comment. Registration and masks are required.

Starting this Saturday, we will be kicking off a series of three 2022 Budget Engagement Forums. These events provide opportunities for residents to speak directly to senior leaders across the Mayor's Office and every City department about values and priorities as we enter into a very important budget season. Find the schedule of events below:
South Side 2022 Budget Engagement Forum
Saturday, August 7th from 10 am-12 pm (9:15 volunteer arrival)
XS Tennis, 5336 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60609
Register here
West Side 2022 Budget Engagement Forum
Wednesday, August 11th from 6-8 pm (5:15 volunteer arrival)
Malcolm X College Gymnasium, 1900 W. Jackson, Chicago, IL 60613
Register here
North Side 2022 Budget Engagement Forum
Thursday, August 12th from 6-8 pm (5:15 volunteer arrival)
Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60640
Register here
For recordings of past BACP webinars, please click here
CAPS Meetings - Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy
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
3460 N. Broadway Optima Development
Located on N. Broadway in the middle of a vibrant community, Optima Lakeview will bring together the surrounding architectural aesthetic with our passion for Modernist design to create a truly unique living experience.

Optima Lakeview will feature an undulating façade with deep recesses, shades, and shadows, and setbacks designed for outdoor terraced landscapes. An elegant and sophisticated palette of warm-toned exterior materials — including transparent bronze glass and rich, dark brick — will complement the surrounding neighborhood. Inside the building, a striking, landscaped interior atrium will bring in plenty of natural light and create a connection to nature.

Scheduled for completion in 2022, Optima Lakeview will include one-, two- and three-bedroom apartment homes, 14,000 square feet of commercial space and 40,000 square feet of amenity spaces for residents to enjoy.

Spanning across seven stories, Optima Lakeview’s unmatched amenity floors will feature an indoor basketball court, golf simulator and putting green, fitness center, dog park, children’s center, demonstration kitchen, conference rooms and a rooftop sky deck with resort pool and amazing views of Lake Michigan, Wrigley Field and downtown Chicago. Our in-home concierge program, Optimized Service® provides several conveniences for residents, and our Optima Connect® program helps residents stay connected to their neighborhood through exclusive benefits and discounts.
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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