Serving Businesses in Cragin, Hermosa, Humboldt Park & N. Austin Communities

April 20th, 2020
Business & Community
News & Events
$5K Small Business Grants - Cook County Property Tax Reappraisals - Dining at a Distance dbase of Eateries - How Neighborhoods Got Their Names - City Recycling Crews Need Your Help -
The Save Small Business Fund
Goes Live April 20th at 2 PM

The Save Small Business Fund, a grant-making initiative funded by contributions from corporate and philanthropic partners, is providing $5,000 in short-term relief to employers across the United States. These one-time supplemental cash grants are for businesses that have between 3 and 20 employees and operate in an economically vulnerable community.

Click to learn more about the Fund and to apply for a grant.
Click HERE to access NWCC's Special April 9th issue detailing City, State and Federal Loan Programs, Grants and Resources Re the COVID-19 Crisis.
Properties in Cook County
Could See Values Adjusted....

Per the Real Deal Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi is planning to reevaluate every single property due to the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic."
Click to read.
Supporting Chicago Eateries
While Keeping Your Distance.

WTTW's "Check Please" has made a database of restaurants open for take-out, curbside pick-up, or delivery during the COVID-19 crisis.
Click here for the list.

The list is continuously evolving , and if you have a favorite restaurant 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
What's In a Name?

Bucktown, Bronzeville, Goose Island, Hyde Park... Click to Read this article from Mental Floss on the origin of the names of some of Chicago's neighborhoods.
Recycling Crews Need Your Help

City of Chicago Recycling crews are seeing a surge of personal protective equipment (PPE)
in recycling carts instead of trash cans. Please help ensure that crew members remain safe and the recycling stream remains clean...
  • Gloves, masks, eyeglasses and gowns are not recyclable.
  • Disposable wipes, paper towels, and tissues are also not recyclable.
Street Sweeping - While April 1st is usually when the Department of Streets and Sanitation begins cleaning up winter's residue? Not this April. Street sweeping is deemed nonessential because of the Covid-19 crisis. While there's currently no timeline for when it will begin, we're sure you'll see those bright orange signs tied to trees on your block when things do go back to normal.
In the meantime, you might want to save the link below before sweeping begins again. While you're sure to see the orange signs on trees and posts, you can type in your address and see when your street is schedule for cleaning:
COVIC-19 Assistance...
A special issue of the eNews with information on City, State and Federal loan programs, grants, and resources is posted on NWCC's website.
Click HERE to access it.

NWCC can provide direct assistance and referrals for the various programs and resources.

Call Pete Schmugge, Executive Director at 773/558-8743 or email

Get your free copy of NWCC's
Shopping & Resource Guide

5,000 copies are distributed annually in the Cragin, Hermosa, Humboldt Park and N. Austin neighborhoods. Call Pete! 773/558-8743
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.