February 3, 2021

Support Local Restaurants with #TakeoutThursdays!

Help support our local restaurants and spread the local love by ordering takeout for your chance to win a $100 Lakeview East Gift Card!

Takeout Thursdays is a local effort to encourage residents to support our amazing restaurants by ordering takeout and delivery. Since our restaurants are currently closed for indoor service, it's important to help support them however we can! Ordering in at least once a week is a great way to do so, and what better day than Thursdays (aka Friday Jr.)?!

The Super Bowl festivities this year may not be everything they have been in the past, but don't let that stop you from having a great night cheering on your favorite team...or just your favorite of the two teams. Find out how you can support your favorite local spots by getting takeout, fan gear, or even a socially distanced, safe reservation for the game. 

You know what they say: you can't buy love... but you can buy local, and for us, that's close enough! See what our lovely Lakeview East businesses have going on for the big day. 
Local Businesses: What's Open

3127 N. Broadway
(773) 414-4869
Choc Choc means "well-moisturized skin" in Korean. Choc Choc believes that the key to a beautiful face is a well-moisturized skin and life. Korean cosmetics are known to be 10 years ahead of skincare in the U.S. with innovative skincare technologies and natural ingredients. At Choc Choc, the staff cares about your skin. And so, with deep considerations, they handpick the best of Korean cosmetics with a wide variety of products catered to your specific skincare needs.

Lakeview East's boutique plant store is open! Please note that The Green Flamingo is cashless, face masks are required and the staff will be limiting the number of customers in shop to protect you and their team. Aside from plants, The Green Flamingo also offers fresh flowers by the stem - build your own custom hand tied bouquet to brighten up your space!

3037 N. Clark
(773) 687-9052

Pizzeria Flora is Lakeview East's newest neighborhood spot for pizza and delicious Italian fusion cuisine. You can never go wrong with a slice or a whole pie (thin crust or deep dish), a crisp salad, hearty pasta, or one of the daily specials. There really is something for everyone! Stop in and welcome them to the neighborhood!

Prospect Equities
(917) 859-6073

Hi! My name is Jennifer Kosick and I am a realtor with Prospect Equities that helps renters, buyers, and sellers. I am so happy to be here in Chicago and a part of the Chamber of Commerce and be surrounded by creative and gifted people. Click here to view my current listings!
Businesses Coming Soon
Sunrise Mart - 3110 N. Broadway - NEW!
Hacienda D'Suarez - 3466 N. Clark - NOW OPEN!
Les Fleurs du Mal - 915 W. Belmont - NOW OPEN!
Raising Canes - 3700 N. Clark
Kim Us - 3422 N. Broadway
Envision Psychic Gifts II - 3023 N. Broadway
Breakfast House - 3928 N. Sheridan
CVS - 1035 W. Addison
Cumin - 1039 W. Belmont
COVID-19 Updates
The Lakeview East Chamber is committed to providing the latest updates and resources for our community during this difficult and uncertain time. Please visit the below pages on our website for up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 and small business resources including the Paycheck Protection Program, City Ordinances, financial resources and grants, and more.

**Please scroll down to the Business & Government Affairs section for more specific information.**

Paul Lisnek's new book, "Assume Treason", is available now! 
Did you know Paul has been a resident of Lakeview since 1985?! Here's a little more about the book and Paul:

Assume Treason
Jury consultant Matt Barlow are back using their skills on behalf of a presidential candidate in the latest presidential contest. A political story filled with threats and bombings of one campaign office after another.. the race tightens and apparent ties to a stealthy network of white supremacists plays a role as the Democratic National Convention set in Chicago is soon to be held.
It is second in the series of "Assume" books written by Paul Lisnek, the first being 'Assume Guilt," a legal crime who-done-it revolving around corrupt Illinois politicians. The books are set in Chicago and as reviewer Al Bresloff (Around the Town) wrote "reading Lisnek's books is like taking a bus ride down Michigan Avenue," familiar and accurate. The books are available (signed copies!) at Unabridged Bookstore on Broadway, and also thru Amazon and the publisher Written Dreams Publishing.

If you didn't know, Paul Lisnek is the political analyst for WGN TV and can been seen on all of WGN's #1 rated news programs. He anchors "WGN-TV Political Report" on Sunday Mornings at 9am, and hosts the politics and theater podcast "Behind the Curtain," on WGN Radio. He is the host for "Broadway in Chicago Backstage," and "Newsmakers" both seen on the Comcast Network. A former jury consultant himself, Lisnek worked in the O.J. Simpson and Phil Spector cases among many others. The Museum of Broadcast Communications downtown is host to the Paul M Lisnek Gallery, a tribute to Paul's life and career.

Shake Shack Brownie Batter Hot Cocoa Shake Hand: spun brownie batter hot cocoa frozen custard made with Ghirardelli cocoa, topped with whipped cream, brownie brittle and mini-marshmallows.

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. 

Chicago Moves to Phase 4
Please be advised that, effective January 31, Chicago has met the metrics set by the State of Illinois to move to Phase Four COVID-19 regulations. In order to avoid reversing the progress that the city has made in recent weeks, a number of regulations will remain in place in Chicago under Phase Four. Some restrictions will be eased, such as the prohibition of bar seating and the non-essential business curfew, but most of the capacity regulations will remain in place. Here is an overview of Phase Four regulations in Chicago:

Details of the full regulations can be be found at chicago.gov/reopening

Restaurants and Bars
  • Indoor capacity remains restricted to the lesser of 25% or 25 people per room or space
  • Food must be available at all times in order to offer indoor service. This means that bars, taverns or breweries without a food license can operate indoors as long as they partner with a food establishment so that food is available to patrons at all times (e.g., making menus available and allowing delivery, allowing patrons to order from third-party delivery services).
  • Maximum of six patrons at indoor or outdoor tables
  • Patrons can sit at bars, with six feet of social distancing between parties
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times, except when patrons are seated and actively eating or drinking
  • Patrons must be seated whenever they are eating or drinking
  • Tables must be six feet apart
  • Reservations are encouraged
  • Two-hour time limit no longer required
  • The sale of alcohol must end at 11pm, including alcohol sold for on-site consumption, delivery or carry out
  • Establishments must close for on-site service at 12am
Event Venues
  • Indoor capacity remains restricted to the lesser of 25% or 25 people per room or space
  • Indoor events can serve food or drinks, but indoor service guidelines must be followed:
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times, except when patrons are seated and actively eating or drinking
  • Six people per table
  • Patrons must be seated whenever they are eating or drinking
  • Tables must be six feet apart
  • Alcohol service must end at 11pm, and patrons must be off-premises by 12am
Health and Fitness Centers
  • No limits on operating hours (non-essential business curfew repealed)
  • 40% capacity, with no more than 50 people in any one space
  • Group classes of 15 or fewer can resume under the 40% capacity restriction
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times
Indoor Recreation
  • No limits on operating hours (non-essential business curfew repealed)
  • 40% capacity, with no more than 50 people in any one space
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times
Movie Theaters and Performance Venues
  • No limits on operating hours (non-essential business curfew repealed).
  • 40% capacity, with no more than 50 people in any one space
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times
Retail Stores
  • No limits on operating hours (non-essential business curfew repealed)
  • Grocery stores and pharmacies can operate at 50% capacity, all other stores at 40% capacity
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times
  • Alcohol sales from establishments with a Package Goods license must end at 9pm
  • No limits on operating hours (non-essential business curfew repealed)
  • Can operate indoors at 25% capacity
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times
Personal Services
  • No limits on operating hours (non-essential business curfew repealed)
  • 40% capacity, with no more than 50 people in any one space
  • Face coverings can be removed only for services that require their removal
Places of Worship
  • 40% capacity, with no more than 50 people in any one space
  • Special events capped at no more than 25% capacity or 25 people, while following indoor dining regulations
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times
To track Chicago's progress on the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, visit chi.gov/coviddash. The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) will monitor the impact of the return of limited indoor dining - which resumed on January 23 - for at least two weeks (one incubation period) before considering further loosening of regulations. 
Local Restaurant Grants Available

PPP Updates - Applications Now Open
The second round for PPP loans is now open for applications. You can still apply even if you already received the first PPP loan.  Some banking portals have scheduled days for first and second draws, however you need to check with your local banking representative to understand their application process. All loans are processed by the SBA (Small Business Administration) through your local financial institution.  

Key recent updates and documents from the SBA include:

Updated PPP Loan Applications and Process Details

Updated applications have been released for First Draw and Second Draw PPP loans. PPP applications must go through participating PPP lenders, who then route them to the SBA for approval. Per this guidance, the SBA continues to call upon our lending partners to assist eligible borrowers in underserved and disadvantaged communities and address potential barriers to access to capital.

What's a First Draw PPP Loan and a Second Draw PPP Loan?

In general, a First Draw PPP loan is for eligible borrowers who did not receive a PPP loan before the program closed in August 2020. A Second Draw PPP loan is for certain eligible borrowers that previously received a PPP loan, generally have 300 employees or less, and have suffered a 25% reduction in gross receipts.
Choose Chicago Restaurant Week

Don't miss the opportunity to participate in the 14th annual Chicago Restaurant Week promotion taking place Friday, March 19 - Sunday, April 4, 2021. Chicago Restaurant Week has a history of generating significant awareness and sales for restaurants and your participation is welcome. The deadline to register and submit your menu(s) is February 12, 2021. This year the program emphasis will be on dine in, take out, and delivery based on current city and state mandates. You must be a partner of Choose Chicago in order to participate. All additional participation fees have been waived this year. 

For more information on Choose Chicago partnership opportunities and Chicago Restaurant Week please contact partnership@choosechicago.com.


For recordings of past BACP webinars, please click here

Friday, 2/5 Webinar at 9:30 AM
Growing Your Business in Uncertain Times
Presented by Shelby Parchman, Managing Partner, InUrban Strategies
Growing a business can be challenging in the best of times and can seem almost impossible during the challenging times that we are currently facing. However, many businesses are thriving and experiencing strong growth in revenue. What is the secret to their success? It may be easier than you think. Join us for tips on how to develop growth sustainable and effective strategies for your business.
Register for the 2/5 Webinar

Martes 9 de Febrero a las 10:00 a.m.
El Programa de Protección de Cheques de Pago y Cómo Solicitarlo (seminario web en español)
Este seminario web se presentará en español.  This webinar will be in Spanish.
Presentado por la U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) y la Cámara de Comercio Hispana de Illinois
El Programa de Protección de Cheques de Pago (PPP) de la SBA se abrió para una tercera ronda de solicitudes. Este programa proporciona a las pequeñas empresas fondos para costos de nómina, alquiler, servicios públicos y categorías de gastos adicionales. El programa está abierto a solicitudes a través de prestamistas participantes. El seminario web cubrirá el préstamo de PPP y otras oportunidades de financiamiento disponibles a través de la SBA de EE. UU. También cubriremos preguntas comunes y cómo presentar la solicitud.
Regístrese para el seminario web 2/9
Wednesday, 2/10 Webinar at 3:00 PM
Capital, Coaching, and Collaboration for Small Businesses
Presented by Allies for Community Business
Allies for Community Business (formerly Accion Serving Illinois & Indiana) offers loans between $500 and $100,000 to early, emerging, and established businesses at fair prices. Learn about their new lending process and their partnerships with other lenders for opportunities like the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Also learn about how A4CB provides free 1:1 coaching to anyone who wants to start or grow his or her business. Finally, get information about A4CB's
additional services including kitchen space at the Hatchery, City licensing, and procurement certification assistance.
Register for the 2/10 Webinar 
CAPS Meetings - Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy
The 44th Ward is served by the 19th District (bounded by Lawrence, Lake Shore Drive, Fullerton, and the Chicago River). Each police district is divided in beats, and each beat has a team of beat officers assigned to it. Police representatives from these teams and local community leaders conduct the CAPS meetings. For more information on CAPS, visit the Chicago Police Department's web page, How CAPS Works
Upcoming CAPS Meetings:
  • Beat 1934 | February 8th, 6:30pm, Virtual
  • Beat 1925 | February 15th, 6:30pm, Virtual
  • Beat 1924 | February 25th, 6:30pm, Virtual
  • Beat 1923 | March 3rd, 6:30pm, Virtual
  • Beat 1933 | March 9th, 6:30pm, Virtual
To find your beat click here. To register for beat meeting information please email 
The 19th District shares regular updates on its Twitter page. Be sure to check out their updates and follow them on Twitter, @ChicagoCAPS19.
ChibizHub is an online platform build by the City of Chicago to help connect small businesses with service providers. Currently, ChibizHub is providing up-to-date resources related to COVID-19. 

Storefront Opportunities
Are you or anyone you know, looking to move their business to Lakeview East? You can view Storefront Opportunities on our website here!

The Lakeview East area is bustling with new development. For development projects visit our website 
Thank you to our sponsor Byline Bank for supporting small, local businesses in our community!


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