February 17, 2021

LVECC Maintenance Crew

The Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce Maintenance Team has been hard at work plowing and salting in SSA #8 and SSA #17.

If you see them out and about, please make sure to thank them for all their hard work each and every day to make sure our sidewalks and storefronts are clear for pedestrians.
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. With restaurants still operating under limited indoor capacities, 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

StudioFondant brings beauty into the world through modern and ethical approach to making jewelry. Each piece is carefully designed for the optimal fit and a velvety smooth feel. All designs are perfect for casual outfits as well as a dressy occasion. Polymer clay earrings are ultralightweight - you do not have to sacrifice the need to be bold for comfort. All styles are suitable for long wear, even the big and bold designs. 

All pieces are ethically made in the USA. We believe what you buy is a conscious choice to support something - and we know we can make a significant impact with the collective effort of our community. That's why we make it a priority to donate at least 10% of our profits to causes that matter to us. Thank you for supporting this small business and creating a little more beauty in the world.

2915 N. Sheffield
(773) 525-2583

Beauty = Confidence = Power has been our core mantra since our founding in 1993. 
We are highly trained (and opinionated) colorists, creating fresh haircuts for men and women of every age. 
Our Beauty Boutique offers high performance haircare, skincare, makeup, and hand picked scarves & jewelry for you to enjoy well after you leave our salon. 

We welcome your experience at Salon Blue!
Xoxo, MK & Kat

Businesses Coming Soon
Les Fleurs du Mal - 915 W. Belmont - NOW OPEN!
Legendary Lash - 1113-1115 W. Belmont - NEW!
Raising Canes - 3700 N. Clark - OPENING MARCH 9th!
Sunrise Mart - 3110 N. Broadway
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.**

Coffee, Hip-Hop, and Mental Health
If you're in the area, stop by and check out 
Coffee, Hip-Hop, and Mental Health
's cafe at 3243 N. Broadway, open Wednesday-Sunday.  's mission is to normalize therapy throughout Chicago, especially in communities of color. Learn more at the website here.

This new concept coffee shop is a way of fundraising, and they're currently raising funds by selling coffee and merchandise for their year long initiative Normalize Therapy University. Their goal is to offer 250 partial scholarships to individuals and families who are looking for therapy.

Here are three ways to support their mission:
- Purchase a coffee
- Purchase a t-shirt, sweatshirt or hoodie
- Text donate.NTU21 to 77948




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. 

Updates to COVID-Related Capacity Restrictions
The State of Illinois has announced that Chicago can move to Phase 4 without any mitigation measures, effective January 31, 2021. These restrictions are the most up to date and take precedence over the industry-specific guidelines if there are points of contradiction.

The following industries or activities may continue operating under the following regulations:
  • Bars and Restaurants: Can reopen indoors at lesser of 40% or 50 people per space. Food must be available at all times in order to offer indoor service. Bars, taverns or breweries without a food license can reopen indoors as long as they partner with a food establishment (e.g., making menus available and allowing delivery, allowing patrons to order from third-party delivery services). Table size limited to no more than six people per table indoors and outdoors. Bar seating allowed with 6ft distance between parties. Indoor events allowed at 40% capacity with no more than 50 individuals, while following indoor dining guidelines. 
  • Retail stores: 40% capacity
  • Grocery Stores and Pharmacies: 50% capacity (note: big box store that sell a combination of general retail, groceries and/or pharmacies among other goods must operate at 40% capacity)
  • Places of worship:  Limit each indoor space to 50 individuals, while practicing social distancing, or 40% capacity (whichever is fewer). However, special events such as weddings, potlucks, and other community events are limited to 40% capacity with no more than 50 guests indoors and outdoors.  
  • Health and Fitness Centers: 40% capacity with no more than 50 people per space; group classes allowed with no more than 15 individuals per group; Locker rooms and showers can remain open if strict and frequent cleaning measures are in place; Close ancillary accommodations, including saunas, hot tubs, and steam rooms, where social distancing is not possible.
  • Personal Services: Limit to 50 individuals or 40% capacity, whichever is fewer. If a service requires the removal of face coverings (e.g., facials, beard trimmings) employee must wear both a mask and eye protection (e.g. face shield, protective glasses). Physical, occupational and massage therapy allowed.
  • Outdoor Activities: Outdoor museums, performance venues and other outdoor activities can continue at 40% capacity with a maximum of 100 individuals. Group sizes are limited to 50 people or less, with total capacity limited to 100 people, while social distancing.
  • Out-of-School Programs: Indoor group exercise or fitness classes capped at 15 individuals (e.g., dance, yoga). Programs in which participants are primarily seated/stationery may continue in cohorts of up to 15 people (e.g., painting, creative writing, homework help).
  • Libraries: Considered an essential service as they support Chicagoans needing support with remote learning, job searching, temporary refuge for weather relief, securing needed benefits and resources. Libraries may remain open at 25% indoor capacity with protective measures in place to ensure the health and safety of the public and staff. See chipublib.org for more details.
Bars, restaurants and other establishments with a Tavern or Consumption on Premises-Incidental Activity license can sell alcohol on-site or to-go until 11:00 pm, with all patrons off premises by midnight.

Liquor stores, grocery stores and other establishments with a Package Goods license must still cease alcohol sales at 9:00 pm.

Restaurants may continue to sell food via delivery, takeout, or curbside pickup at all hours
Calling Local Lakeview Businesses!
Planned Property Management would like to invite you to become a partner of their community program, PPM Connect! This would introduce you to all of our 32 buildings in the Gold Coast, River North, Lakeview, Lincoln Park neighborhoods. We have over 20 properties in Lakeview and many of them are just a short walk from the amazing local businesses located in Lakeview East. PPM has been a member of the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce for over 20 years and we love being a part of this amazing community!

PPM Connect was launched to connect our residents to Chicago shops and restaurants to highlight what this amazing city offers and support local businesses. 
PPM Connect is free to join! We share our PPM Connect partners with our residents through social media, PPM Website, newsletter and more.  In exchange, we only ask that local businesses offer their best promotion to PPM residents.

We launched over a month ago and have had amazing feedback from the 50+ businesses that joined. 
We would love to partner with you on the program to introduce you to all of our 5000+ residents through our website, social media, and more.

Email ioana@ppmapartments.com for more information or with any questions.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) February 2021 Restaurant Impact Survey
The IRA is partnering with the National Restaurant Association to gather critical data that will be very valuable to our ongoing advocacy and communications efforts during this crisis.

Please take two minutes to complete this new coronavirus restaurant impact survey. We very much appreciate you taking the time to share your insights.
Skyline DKI Emergency Disaster Cleanup Services
In an emergency, you want the best and most trusted disaster cleanup professionals on your side. Our Emergency Response Planning, or ERP, is just one more reason you can trust the experts at Skyline DKI to fully recover your business after a disaster.

Emergency disaster cleanup services include:
  • Fire and smoke recovery
  • Water damage cleanup
  • Mold removal and environmental remediation
  • Wind and storm damage recovery
  • Content's cleaning and storage
The Emergency Response Plan ensures that businesses receive a fast response in the event of a disaster that affects a wide area. Because major disasters can result in hundreds of calls for our services in a short period, the waiting list for recovery can become very long if you wait even a few hours to call. As a member of the ERP, however, you will be moved to the top of the waiting list the moment we get your call, and our next available recovery team will dispatch to your business.

Contact Information:
Account Executive
Direct Line Cell:  773-814-4467
708-897-0064 (Fax)

For recordings of past BACP webinars, please click here

Friday, 2/19 Webinar at 9:30 AM
Coronavation: A Simple Approach to Pivoting or Creating New Revenue Streams for your Business
Presented by Jason William Johnson, PhD(c) Director, Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Chicago Urban League
In recognition of 'Black History Month' join us for a webinar that teaches business owners a methodology for identifying opportunities for new products, services, and business models. This process can also be used for new venture creation as well. Participants will learn:
- How to scan the environment for new opportunities
- How to effectively evaluate the viability of a new offering or business model prior to launching it
- The different forms of capital that they already possess and how to leverage them
- How to evaluate the performance of their new offering or business model.

Wednesday, 2/24 Webinar at 3:00 PM
Grow Your Small Business with Grants Up to $250K
Presented by The City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development (DPD)
Staff from the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) will provide summary, timeline, and application information for the department's two biggest grant programs: the Neighborhood Opportunity Fund (NOF) and the Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF), each of which offer cash assistance to businesses looking to
start or grow their operation.
Register for the 2/24 Webinar

Friday, 2/26 Webinar at 9:30 AM
Google Analytics 101
Presented by Francisco Ramirez, Chimbly Consultants
If you want to know where you're going, first you have to know where you are. This workshop will teach you how to get started with Google Analytics and give you a basic understanding of the metrics and tools it offers.  You will be able to analyze how your website currently performs and generate actionable insights so that you can create SMART goals to move your business forward.
Register for the 2/26 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 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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