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April 24th, 2020
Business & Community
News & Events
State Changes re Pandemic Beginning May 1st - Private Firm Offering Grants to Small Businesses - Proposed Chicago City Council Legislation
On Thursday, April 23rd Governor Pritzker announced an extension of the statewide stay-at-home order to May 30th, 2020, while easing some of the restrictions already in place. Learn more with this Chicago Tribune article:

" Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s stay-at-home order will remain
in place through May 30. But changes are
coming. Here’s what you need to kno w "
By Jamie Munks , Antonia Ayres-Brown  and Dan Petrella - Chicago Tribune, 4/23/2020
Private Grants Sources to Help with COVID-19 Pandemic

The Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) just released the following private grant sources for small businesses dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Facebook Small Business Grants Program
  • Hello Alice - Business for All Grants
  • Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation/GlobalGiving Red Backpack Fund
  • Yelp and GoFundMe - Small Business Relief Fund

Click here for pdf with basic information and access links.
f rom the llinois Retail Merchants Association
Proposed COVID-19 Legislation

Sponsors Ald. Michele Smith (43rd), Ald. Andre Vasquez (40th ), and 40 co-sponsors - Committee : Health and Human Relations
"This proposal would require everyone in the city to wear face coverings when shopping at essential businesses and when otherwise in public and unable to keep 6ft away from others. It would require face coverings when riding on public transportation and when hiring private transportation. Face coverings must be provided by employers when an employee is performing work for the employer, and the employee must wear at all times when at work.

Businesses may deny entrance to any person not wearing a face covering, and they may also deny service to any customer exhibiting signs of respiratory illness. Requires businesses to display social distancing protocols at the entrance of the business.
Social Distancing Protocols:
  • Meter entrance into the premises so that 6ft distancing is maintained for employees and customers
  • Designate where lines may form and place floor markings to indicate 6ft spacing
  • Maintain hand sanitizer or other disinfectant at entrance and other appropriate areas in the location
  • Post signs at the entrance and other appropriate places in the store to remind customers that they are not to shop if they are exhibiting signs of respiratory illness
  • Regularly disinfect high-touch areas used by customers as well as high-touch areas used by employees including at the start/end of a shift

Penalties exist for employers, but not for the general public. The ordinance
would take effect immediately with the social distancing protocols taking
effect 7 days after the effective date.
View pdf of other Ordinances before the Chicago City Council
Updates from Ilinois Retail Merchants Association (IRMA )
With the rapidly changing situation regarding COVID-19, IRMA is dedicated to keeping retailers updated with the latest information.
Click for IRMA page re information and resources

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Eat.News List of Eateries Open for During COVID-10 Crisis

WTTW's "Check Please" has made available a database of restaurants open for take-out, curbside pick-up, or delivery. Click here for the list.

The list is continuously evolving - if you have a favorite that's still operating but not on listed? Use this form to add it.   
WTTW thanks Lauren A. , Jennifer G.,   Sean L. , Marina R., Uyen T. for curating Dining at a Distance™ in Chicago. For additional support and resources, visit Eat.News
The NW Connection Chamber of Commerce can provide direct assistance with City, State, and Federal. programs and resources.

Call Pete Schmugge, Executive Director at 773/558-8743 or email
The NW Connection Chamber of Commerce is funded as a delegate agency
of the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs providing assistance
to the Cragin, Hermosa, Humboldt Park, and North Austin Neighborhoods.