Happy National half-off boxes of chocolate day! We hope your Valentine's activities were romantic and cliché. We now encourage you to replace all the hearts, red, and pink in your closet with green, purple, and gold as Mardi Gras is this weekend and Fat Tuesday is less than a week away! Eat good and party on.
If partying all day and night on Fat Tuesday doesn't work with your schedule, do not fear! This Saturday, the 18th, there are so many festive events in the area you'll think you're at the center of Bourbon Street.

This Saturday, keep an eye out for a white trolley in Wrigleyville! From 2 pm to 6 pm, we will be passing out beads and goodies to put you in the Mardi Gras spirit!
Oh, to be a Chicagoan on St. Patrick's Day. The parade downtown is on March 11th this year, and so are over a DOZEN parties in Lakeview East and Wrigleyville to prepare you for one of the most fun (and chaotic) days of Spring. Most festivities begin at 9 am and end when the leprechauns come home.
BLVD Veterinary just opened in Lakeview East! BLVD Vet aims to provide gold-standard medical care to all patients and clients in a calm, clean, and welcoming environment. They place a strong emphasis on creating a positive, professional, and supportive work environment for their team. They believe a happy, cohesive staff translates directly into better patient care.

In addition to providing great care and dozens of services, they have a blog that's updated regularly that gives pet owners great advice! Click here to book an appointment, look at all the provided services, and read the latest blog, "5 Things I Would Never Do as a Veterinarian."
Artists Wanted
We are still taking artist applications for The Annual Lakeview East Festival of the Arts on September 9th and 10th, 2023!

Applications are due on March 1st, don't miss out on being featured at one of Chicago's finest art fests.

Food Service Sanitation Managers Certification Class
Join us at the Center on Halsted on February 21st from 9 AM - 5 PM for the Food Safety & Sanitation Manager Class hosted by the Safe Dining Association. The Food Safety Manager Certification credential communicates to the food service and retail industry that you have the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to oversee the safe storage, preparation, and service of food in the workplace.
New Business Alerts
Exciting Things Await
Immerse yourself in Chicago’s first aquatic lounge and get lost in the experience. Today is the GRAND OPENING for Wrigleyville's newest high-end restaurant, Lost Reef Lounge! Be surrounded by exotic fish in dozens of tanks that occupy this Belmont getaway.
Reservations are available now, click here to make yours.

Happy Hour at Lost Reef
Wednesday through Sunday
4 to 6 pm
$10 Classic Cocktails
$10 Burrata
$10 Crème of Elote
$10 Crostini of Carpaccio
$1.75 Freshly Shucked Oysters

Oh, snap! Old Crow has announced they will be hosting Pickle Fest for the first time ever, on Saturday, April 29th! For all of us pickle enthusiasts, this is a big dill. Attendees will indulge in pickle beer, pickle back shots, pickle cocktails, and there will be a special pickle-focused food menu. There will be a live band playing for the whole duration of the fest, and there will even be prizes to be won! Does that pickle your fancy?

Sugar, We're Going Down to Wrigley Field. Do your future self a favor, and get those Fall Out Boy tickets while they are still on sale! Dance Dance at Wrigley on Wednesday, June 21st with your favorite emo boys.

In the midst of typing up this very newsletter, I was interrupted by my google alert ping, that Bruce Springsteen is coming to Wrigley Field with The E Street Band!

Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 am! Don't miss out on this chance to be in the same stadium as a legend.

Mark your calendars for August 9th!
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Live Music in 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
Drew's On Halsted
3201 N Halsted
Uncommon Ground
3800 N. Clark
Business & Government Affairs
Check out all the BACP Webinars here!
Friday, 2/17 at 9:30 AM
Practical and Legal Considerations of Starting a Nonprofit
Presented by Erica Spangler Raz, Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
Learn the ins and outs of starting a nonprofit charitable organization. This workshop covers the similarities and differences of a nonprofit business and a for-profit business, the legal steps to obtain 501c3 public charity status, and the on-going reporting requirements to maintain it.
Upcoming Community Meetings
CAPS Meetings - Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy
Are you, or anyone you know, looking to open a business to Lakeview East? View Storefront Opportunities Here!
Interested in joining the Chamber? The Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce is here to help promote, assist and grow your business!

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