January 21, 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.)?!

Local Businesses: What's Open

3700 N. Clark
Coming Soon!

Our concept is simple and unique... we only have ONE LOVE - quality chicken finger meals! At Raising Cane's® you get an exceptionally high quality product served quickly and conveniently. We can do this because we offer a limited menu. The specialized systems developed by Raising Cane's® allow us to maintain a level of quality unmatched in the industry. Our commitment to this concept will not allow us to compromise our quality, cut corners or clutter our menu with new products that do not fit our core menu offering.

947 W. Wellington 
(773) 687-9128

Latin Fuego is your go-to for tasty, quick, and cheap eats featuring @mozzarepas & @campeonchicago. We want to be a latin fusion option for all.

3466 N. Clark
(773) 360-7235

Hacienda D'Suarez is Wrigleyville's newest Mexican restaurant! With tacos, tortas, fajitas, quesadillas, and so much more, Hacienda D'Suarez offers great daily specials available for delivery via DoorDash and GrubHub. Order directly on their website and welcome them to the neighborhood!

Businesses Coming Soon
Raising Canes - 3700 N. Clark
Kim Us - 3422 N. Broadway
Envision Psychic Gifts II - 3023 N. Broadway
The Green Flamingo Plant Shop - 3333 N. Broadway NOW OPEN!!
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.**


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. 

Illinois Tier 2 Mitigations & Updates
The City of Chicago (Region 11) has moved into Tier 2 of the Illinois Mitigation Measures. Please read the City of Chicago  We continue to reach out to the Governor's office to allow our businesses to open up with larger capacities. Many regions are already in Tier 1 and we hope to see movement to this next Tier if all metrics are met. 

The full reopening regulations in Chicago are available on the City's website at chicago.gov/reopening. BACP will hold a webinar on the new Mitigation Measures set by the State this Thursday, January 21st, at 2:00 pm. To register and learn more visit chicago.gov/businesseducation.
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.
REMINDER: Extension of Business Relief
As a reminder, last month the Chicago City Council passed a law to extend critical regulatory relief into 2021. The following measures are now in place:
  • Extension of License Expiration Dates: All licenses that expire between March 15, 2020 and June 15, 2021 will be considered active until July 15, 2021 and those businesses can operate during that time without renewing their license or paying a fee.
  • Extension of Sidewalk Café Permit Expiration Date and Extension of Reforms: All current Sidewalk Café Permits will be considered active through May 31, 2021 and businesses with a Sidewalk Café Permit can operate their current Sidewalk Cafes until that date without renewing. Additionally, all Sidewalk Café Permits issued for the 2021 season will benefit from the temporary reforms implemented in 2020: permit fee reduction of 75%, the ability to extend in front of neighboring property and an expedited permit issuance process.
  • Extension of Expanded Outdoor Dining Program: The Expanded Outdoor Dining Program, through which bars and restaurants can operate outside on private property or closed streets, has been extended to last through the end of 2021.
Restaurant Relief Fund for Workers
If you operate a coffee shop, bar or restaurant, please let your workers know of the The Chicago Restaurant Worker Relief Fund.  This fund was created to help Chicago restaurant, bar and coffee shop workers who are experiencing hardship from the COVID-19 crisis. This fund will provide emergency relief grants based on need to these workers who have lost wages or employment due to the shutdown for the pandemic.

Grants will be awarded to applicants who meet eligibility requirements, including demonstrated need, as assessed by Southern Smoke Foundation, a nonprofit organization that also administers a national food and beverage Emergency Relief fund.
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

Thursday, 1/21 Webinar at 2:00 PM: Navigating the Tier Two Mitigation Measures

Presented by the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection

On January 18, the State of Illinois announced that Chicago has met the required metrics to move to Tier Two Mitigation Measures. Join this webinar to learn about these new regulations and how to stay compliant.

Register for the 1/21 Webinar


Friday, 1/22 Webinar at 9:30 AM: Getting Started in SEO: An Introduction to Search Engine Optimization

Presented by Edwin Romero, edwindanromero.com

Search Engine Optimization (SEO), or the process of improving search engine visibility, is a marketing channel that is often either overlooked or misunderstood by small business owners. In this webinar, we will review the significance of SEO for small business owners, how SEO can serve as a long term, cost efficient marketing channel and what fundamental best practices should be kept in mind when optimizing for SEO.

Register for the 1/22 Webinar


Wednesday, 1/27 Webinar at 3:00 PM: Transform Your Dream Into a Real Startup

Presented by Score Chicago

Do you have what it takes to start and run a successful business? If so, do you know what 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 forward to realize your dream. The webinar will also cover pricing, promotion, competition and marketing to give you a competitive edge.

Register for the 1/27 Webinar


Friday, 1/29 Webinar at 9:30 AM: How to Start a Business in Illinois

Presented by Maura Mitchell (Women's Business Development Center) and Lema Khorshid (Fuksa Khorshid Law Firm)

Are you considering starting a business in Illinois?  During the webinar we will take an initial assessment to help you recognize your startup strengths, introduce you to five basic startup steps, and review some legal tips recommended for startups. 

Register for the 1/29 Webinar

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 

Brown Line Construction Through March
Construction on the CTA's Brown Line will be taking place until Wednesday, March 31st from Southport to Addison. The work will include parking restrictions under and next to the track, temporarily restricting alleys and garages, and closing sidewalks. Keep a look out for posted construction notices in the area as the work continues. We will continue to provide updates as we receive them from CTA.
For more information, please visit the CTA-RPM website here
Thank you to our sponsor Byline Bank for supporting small, local businesses in our community!


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