October 29, 2020

The Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce stands strongly with the IL Restaurant Association in its fight to keep our restaurants open.  The Governor's State order has forced our restaurants to close and many jobs will continue to be lost.  Restaurants are the nucleus that keeps the social fabric of our community together.  When restaurants close, we lose the heartbeat of our neighborhood.  We will continue to reach out to our legislators for emergency funds on the local, State and Federal levels to help retain our businesses.  We ask you support local businesses now more than ever, remember to take safety precautions, and know that our businesses are doing all they can to keep their doors open and staff employed.
Please note: The curfew has been lifted and business will be able to sell liquor and to-go cocktails until 11PM daily.

Take Action to Call on State Leaders to Allow for Indoor Service in Regional Mitigation 

 The IRA is calling on Governor Pritzker and the General Assembly to take a pragmatic, tiered approach to mitigations and provide direct financial support to struggling restaurants around the state. Unless the state of Illinois takes a more reasonable approach to mitigation, thousands of restaurants are at risk of permanent closure.
COVID-19 cases are rising in Illinois, but the fact is that restaurants are not to blame. Restaurants are highly-regulated, frequently inspected, and held to the highest health standards. Keeping people safe is what restaurants do every single day. Closing restaurants for indoor service will result in the exact opposite of the intended impact of slowing the spread, as it drives people further into uncontrolled, unmonitored private gatherings where few safety precautions are in place.
Send a message to the Governor and leaders in the General Assembly to consider these urgent requests for relief and collaborate with the restaurant industry to allow for restaurants and bars to safely maintain their indoor operations. 

East Lake View Neighbors - Meeting Tonight Re: Liquor License

There will be a meeting tonight at 6PM for the ELVN discussing a liquor application for packaged goods at 3221 N. Broadway.  Please email ELVN Board President should you wish to be included in tonight's virtual meeting. You must live with the ELVN boundaries. You may visit ELVN's website here.
Halloween in Lakeview EEEKs!

If you're looking for safe and creative ways to celebrate Halloween this year, look no further! We've rounded up what Lakeview East businesses have to offer, from spooky treats to virtual costume contests and so much more. 

Join Us for Safe, Halloween Fun with Storytown Improv!
Join us virtually on Halloween from 1-2 PM for a safe and spOoOoky Halloween event with Storytown Improv featuring magic by John Sturk! Tune in LIVE at 1 PM to join the fun. It's sure to be a fang-tastic time! Costumes highly encouraged.
Giver's Gift is Going Virtual!

The Lakeview East Giver's Gift Promotion is back for the 24th year, with more businesses than ever before! Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, our office is taking the necessary precautions to carry on with the program, safely. We will be completely virtual this year, meaning - receipts will be emailed to us instead of brought into the office. Click here for more details!
Long Overdue: Updates on the Book about Lakeview East
The project is underway! Our book about Lakeview East is in motion and you can follow along at www.longoverduebooks.com/lakeview-east. So far we have chapters featuring our great local spots like InklingBlack & CaspianWrigley BBQ, and Chilam Balam. Look for articles coming in November on Stella's, Dry Hop, Ms. T's, and newcomer Empanada Mama and the Pie Man.

Reminder, this project is open to everyone - residents, former residents, business and restaurant owners. These can be your memories, things you love about the neighborhood, or even works of fiction/poetry that use Lakeview East as the location. Everyone is welcome. 

To be involved and/or contribute a chapter, please email Chris O'Brien at chris@longoverduestories.com 
2020 Lakeview East Neighborhood Guides

If you're looking to shop locally for decor, apparel, media, and more, the 2020 Lakeview East Retail Guide has it all. Shop our list of neighborhood shops and retailers to support local, small businesses here!

The 2020 Lakeview East Beauty Guide includes all the best beauty and salon offerings right here in Lakeview East! Everything you need to look good, feel good, and live well. View the full guide here

Feast your eyes upon the 2020 Lakeview East Dining Guide, including everything from upscale dining destinations to more casual restaurants and top-notch bar fare. When in #LakeviewEast, experience how #LakeviewEATSView the New 2020 Lakeview East Dining Guide here

Interested in Al Fresco dining options? Click here to browse outdoor dining in Lakeview East, and click here to check out outdoor dining in Wrigleyville!
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.**


Donate books for CPS students in the Chicago Cubs Toyota Prius Lot, 1106 West Waveland Avenue
With Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students continuing to learn virtually, it is critical to build at-home libraries to increase independent reading time, especially in homes with limited financial resources. 
To support students in Lakeview-area CPS schools, the Chicago Cubs and Cubs Charities are hosting a drive-in book drive for community members to drop off new and gently used books in the Toyota Prius Lot from noon to 3 p.m. CST Saturday, November 7. Books should be appropriate for students from pre-kindergarten through 8th grade, including books suitable for primary grades, novels appropriate for middle school and books in Spanish for elementary school students. Please note community members will not need to leave their cars to donate books in the Toyota Prius Lot, located across from the Cubs' front office building on Waveland Avenue.
If you can't make it to the drive, the Cubs Store at Gallagher Way will accept book donations between Friday, October 30, through Sunday, November 15. The Cubs Store is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST. 

Members of the community who donate books at the Book Drive or the Cubs Store at Gallagher will receive a 20% discount to redeem at the Cubs Store at Gallagher Way.
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 LAST CHANCE to Experience Wrigleyville's Spookiest Pop Up!

Eat, drink, and be SCARY at Deuce's Major League Bar: Nightmare on Clark St! Tables are first come, first served. No reservations or ticketing required. Outdoor service only starting 10/30. Social distancing and face coverings will be enforced. 

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. 

Updated Business Restrictions Go Into Effect Friday, October 30
Yesterday, Governor Pritzker announced additional restrictions to include Region 11 (City of Chicago) starting Friday, October 30th. Region 11 has triggered additional mitigations due to a sustained increase in its positivity rate as well as a sustained increase in COVID-related hospitalizations for more than seven of the past ten days.

The City of Chicago's curfew remains in effect unless the Mayor makes an announcement to change the existing local order.  Businesses still must cease liquor sales at 9PM and businesses must close by 10PM for outdoor dining.

The State has placed Chicago under the Tier 1 restrictions. Mitigation measures will take effect October 30th for the City of Chicago and will include:

* No indoor service
* All outside bar service closes at 11:00 p.m. (City's curfew remains - bars must have food license)
* All bar patrons should be seated at tables outside
* No ordering, seating, or congregating at bar (bar stools should be removed) 
* Tables should be 6 feet apart 
* No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting
* No dancing or standing indoors
* Reservations required for each party
* No seating of multiple parties at one table

* No indoor dining or bar service
* All outdoor dining closes at 11:00 p.m. (City curfew remains at 10 p.m.)
* Outside dining tables should be 6 feet apart
* No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting
* Reservations required for each party
* No seating of multiple parties at one table

Meetings, Social Events, Gatherings
* Limit to lesser of 25 guests or 25 percent of overall room capacity
* No party buses
* Gaming and Casinos close at 11:00 p.m., are limited to 25 percent capacity, and follow mitigations for bars and restaurants, if applicable

These mitigations do not apply to schools or polling places. For the full announcement please read here.

The following citywide updates went into effect on Friday, October 23rd at 6:00 AM
  • Business curfew on non-essential businesses beginning at 10:00 PM
    • In effect nightly from 10:00PM-6:00 AM
    • Last call for serving liquor at 9:00 PM
    • Take-out and curb-side pick-up at restaurants still permitted
  • Bars, breweries, and taverns without a food license are prohibited from operating any indoor service
  • Increased emphasis of current guidelines
    • Max. 6 people in your personal bubble (e.g., no household gatherings >6 people of non-household members)
    • Face coverings in all indoor and outdoor public settings
To clarify a few guidelines:
  • All non-essential businesses must be closed to the public between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. This includes bars, restaurants, health and fitness centers, event venues, personal services, non-essential retail and most establishments that were deemed non-essential during the Stay at Home Order earlier this year. Essential businesses, such as grocery stores, pharmacies and hardware stores, are exempt. Additionally, restaurants may remain open for take-out or delivery of food.
  • Bars, taverns, breweries and other establishments that sell alcohol for on-site consumption without a Retail Food Establishment License must close for indoor service. Outdoor service may continue, including rooms with retractable roofs and tables that are within eight feet of walls that are at least 50% open.
  • All liquor sales for on-site and off-site consumption must cease at 9:00 p.m. This applies to all establishments that sell alcohol, including those with a Package Goods, Tavern or Consumption on Premises-Incidental Activity License. The delivery and pick-up of alcohol must cease at 9:00 p.m. as well.
For more information, please read the latest Health Order, which includes a comprehensive list of the businesses that are considered essential. Please note that transportation, including taxis and ride-hail services, are considered essential.
Please be aware that BACP will continue enforcing the new regulations listed above along with the existing regulations. Please read the curfew order here.
Halloweek Guidelines - BACP
As we approach Halloween, BACP wants to remind everyone of the importance in continuing to follow the reopening guidelines to ensure a safe and responsible celebration. Halloween cannot become an excuse to have parties that flout reopening rules. BACP will continue to enforce the guidelines during Halloween, including the requirement to have patrons seated while eating and drinking, to keep no more than six people per table, to maintain capacity limits, to wear face coverings except when seated and eating and drinking and to ensure social distancing. Please visit chicagohalloweek.org for the guidelines for a safe Halloween and read this flyer for Best Practices for Bars and Restaurants during Halloween. 
2021 City Budget
The 2021 Budget was presented at City Council with some of the following requests:
*  Refinancing and Restructuring Debt (including TIF surplus)
*  Property tax increases
* 1.75% cloud tax
* .3 cents per gallon gas tax increase

Election Night: Possible Civil Unrest
In the lead up to the election on November 3rd, the City of Chicago is working diligently to ensure that our business community is prepared for the potential for events, large demonstrations, protest activity and civil unrest. The flyer below was prepared by the Chicago Police Department, the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection and the Office of Emergency Management and Communication. It provides an overview of proactive steps businesses can take to stay protected, along with some specific addition items to consider in the days leading up to the election on November 3rd. 


For recordings of past BACP webinars, please click here

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. 

19th District Community Alternative Policing Strategies (CAPS)
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:

Beats 1923, 1924 & 1925 | Wednesday, November 4th, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Beat 1933 | Tuesday, November 10th, 6:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Beat 1922 | Wednesday, November 18th, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Beat 1934 & 1935 | Monday, December 14th, 6:30 - 7:00 p.m.

If you would like to attend future CAPS Beat meetings virtually, email the CAPS office here with your name and address.

3754 N Southport | (773) 327-4444

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Businesses Coming Soon
Everbrook Academy - 538 W. Diversey Pkwy - NOW OPEN!!
Wake N' Bacon 420 W. Belmont - NEW!!
Breakfast House - 3928 N. Sheridan
CMX: The Cinema Experience - 1027 W. Addison
CVS - 1035 W. Addison
Cumin - 1039 W. Belmont Ave

Everbrook Academy is now open! Serving the neighborhoods of Lakeview and Lincoln Park, Everbrook Academy supports 21st century learners, from infants to pre-k students. They also offer a program called The Prep Lab for school agers to support distance learning. Their STEAM curriculum offers hands-on learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Following CDC guidance, they maintain a healthy, safe environment by taking temperature checks upon arrival, implementing enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures and wearing masks when working with children.
Plus, families get additional peace of mind, with livestreaming video and real-time mobile updates. Located at 538 W. Diversey Parkway, schedule a virtual tour today by calling 866.222.0269 or visiting EverbrookAcademy.com.
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 
New Construction at Illinois Masonic
 Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center continues steel installation for their approved parking garage. Semi-trucks will be backing into the NW corner of Sheffield and Nelson. Work should be ongoing through mid-December from 8am - 5pm. More details can be found here.
Red Purple Modernization (RPM) Project - Sign Up For Alerts! 
Construction has begun for the five year phase of the RPM project.  To find out more about this project please visit the RPM website here.  The modernization project has many steps, and it is important to know when and how you or your business may be affected.  Sign up for construction impact alerts in your community here.

Red - Purple Line Modernization Virtual Townhall - November 10th from 5:30-6:30pm
On Tuesday, November 10th from 5:30-6:30pm, the CTA will be hosting a virtual townhall to answer questions about the Red-Purple Modernization (RPM) project. The RPM is rebuilding a 9.6 mile stretch of track that was built close to a century ago. You can propose questions here and RSVP for the event here.
Lakeview East Businesses: Register for the RPM Open for Business Program

We are excited to partner with the CTA for the RPM Open for Business Program, which aims to support small businesses, nonprofit organizations, and major attractions or entertainment venues impacted by CTA's Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) Phase One Project.
If your business is located within the below boundary, it is important for you to register your business. Participants should register for this program to be included in marketing efforts, including campaigns developed by the CTA and LVECC. The campaigns will increase the visibility of the local businesses and encourage people to shop, eat, play, and explore in Lakeview East within the RPM project area.

Applying for the RPM Open for Business Program is easy. The process starts by certifying that your organization meets the eligibility requirements and by providing information for the business directory. After these steps, you can become a participant and receive ongoing information and updates.

For complete eligibility rules, click here.
Questions or need help signing up, reach out to O4BP@purplegrp.com.
Thank you to our sponsor Byline Bank for supporting small, local businesses in our community!


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