Monthly Calendar
Aug. 4th National Night Out- postponed TBD
Aug. 7th General Meeting (More details below)
Aug. 27th Board Meeting
The Gladstone Park
Business Community
is open for business!!
Please support your local businesses!
Membership Spotlight
Times are difficult for a lot of people these days. Why not brighten up someone's day with a bouquet of flowers or a blooming plant? We have two wonderful members that would be happy to help you with your order.

Donna's Garden Flower Shop 773-282-6363 4155 W. Peterson Ave.

Anemone Chicago 872-222-7208 5483 N. Northwest Hwy.
First General Meeting in a loooong time!
That’s right . . . we will be resuming our in-person General Meetings on Friday, August 7th at 8am at Liberty Bank for Savings 6210 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Please register for the event as we are limited to only 30 participants.
Masks are required when entering and exiting the bank
and we will be following social distancing guidelines. 
If you have a fever or feel ill please stay home!!!
Please give us a call if you have any questions at 773-756-6206.
Looking forward to seeing everyone again!!!
Economic Development
Cafe Marbella Tapas
5527 N. Milwaukee Ave.
773- 853-0128
1.      Construction permit pending for new Chase Bank facility at 5829 N. Milwaukee Ave. Existing facility will be demolished AFTER the new one is open. Parking lot at far north end will eventually be sold to a developer, who may seek a zoning change given that it’s zoned for low density.
2.        O’Reilly Auto Parts has opened at 5316 N. Milwaukee Ave., where Advanced Auto Parts was once located. O’Reilly location a few blocks to the south reportedly being closed.
3.      Permit issued for remodeling of second floor apartment of two-story building at 5251 N. Milwaukee Ave. New owner hopes to lease ground floor for medical use.
4.      No update on K House of Flowers site at Milwaukee and Foster avenues. Developer said alderman wants a more modern-looking building. A four-flat is still planned.
5.      New Exxon gas station and 7-11 moving next to Superdawg construction moving along.
6.       Café Marbella built a new outdoor dining patio behind its building. Looks great!!
7.      Full Circle Communities, developer of 5150 N.Northwest Hwy., also is planning to build two four-story buildings at Lawrence and Austin avenues. State approved low-income housing tax credits for the project, but Alderman Sposato has filed a down-zoning ordinance.
8.      About six months ago a developer sought to build a housing development for seniors at 6542-58 N. Milwaukee, but the city did not issue low-income tax credits for the project. Little was known about the proposal until recently.
Throwback Music Fest has been canceled!
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the decision to cancel Throwback Music Fest. Due to the current social distancing guidelines and restrictions placed on fests, with the COVID-19 virus, the Board of Directors has voted to cancel this event for 2020.
Please know, this decision was not made without much thought. The committee members and Board of Directors discussed various alternatives but with the safety of our participants as our top priority the decision was made to cancel. Rest assured, we have every intention of continuing this event, with the hopes of making it even bigger, in 2021!
Congratulations Winners of our Father's Day Raffle.
Thank you to our local businesses who donated prizes for our wonderful dads.
Allstate Insurance, Jaime Morales
Donna's Garden Flower Shop
Exit Strategy Realtors, Mary Petri
Gen-Ki Karate
Hadju Group @ Properties
Law Offices of McParland & Cornfield
Malec & Sons Funeral Home
Pasta D'Arte
Phil's Pizza D'Oro
State Farm, David Wians
Superdawg Drive-In
The Dog House L, C & L
The Garage Bar & Sandwiches.

Congratulations to: S. Weidell, G. Demarrias, J. Foley, N. Halkais, S. Grudt, C. Schumer, M. Freedman, K. Peters, C. Nicolopoulos, R. Mayrens, S. McNamara, B. Anichini, W. Fern, W. Hetland, J. Craglione, D. Santo and A. Avrick.
Thank you to our Scholarship committee members:
Linda Buti and Beth Cadwalader, State Farm
Mike Cornfield, Law Office of McParland & Cornfield
Linda Garcia, Ambassador Weichert Realtors
John Garrido, Law Offices of Garrido & Stoppa
Lisa Kennedy, The Garage Bar & Sandwiches
Harriet Luden, Donna's Garden Flower Shop
Debbie Neer, Logo It, Inc.
Scholarship Winners
We were not able to celebrate the winners with our traditional breakfast this year but Jim Oehler, Chairman of the Scholarship Committee, presented individual winners with their checks.

Leah Thiel won our Lou Drebohl Scholarship award for 8th grade. She graduated from Pope Francis Global Academy and will be attending Resurrection College Prep High School.
Abby Gustafson won our Lou Drebohl Scholarship award for 8th grade. She graduated from Farnsworth and will be attending Lane Tech College Prep.

Megann Lawlor won our Albert Kenar Scholarship for High School Senior. She graduated from Lane Tech and will be attending Tufts University in Massachusetts.
Maxwell Ryan won our Albert Kenar Scholarship for High School Senior. He graduated from Lane Tech and will be attending University of Missouri Science and Technology.

We wish them all well in their new beginnings!
Chicago Community Acupuncture
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
We had the pleasure of hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony for our newest chamber member Chicago Community Acupuncture .
Thank you to Jason & Diane for allowing us to be a part of this grand opening.
Thank you Alderman Samantha Nugent for joining us.
Be sure to stop by and welcome Chicago Community Acupuncture to the Gladstone Park Community.
They are located at 6350 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-853-0920.
Welcome to the neighborhood . . . we wish you great success!!
The Banner Program is in full swing!!!
We are moving forward with our 2020 Banner Program.
This is a 24/7 365 day advertising opportunity for you!
These are very attractive banners that will draw attention to your name!
Order your banners today by filling out the attached form and emailing it to Cathy at .
The 1 st round of banners will be installed within the next couple of weeks. 
Thank you to our 1 st round of sponsors:

Amabassador Weichert: Jim Oehler
City Scooters
Coldwell Banker Resident: Gladys Cepeda
First Nations Bank
Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association
Law Offices of McParland & Cornfield
Liberty Bank for Savings
McCarthy & Associates
Pasta D'Arte
State Farm: David Wians
Sponsorship Opportunity
This is a great time to advertise your business by sponsoring our
Chicago Dogs Fundraising Event.
A $100 sponsorship will get your business name on our
Facebook posts/event page for the event. 
Your name will also be included in our newsletters, on our website in addition to the flyers that will be sent out.
This is a great opportunity to get your name in front of customers as well as supporting the Gladstone Park Chamber of Commerce.
This is a family friendly event so bring the spouse and kids, invite your friends and neighbors. This is a fun night out to eat, drink and enjoy the game!
New Listing!
6720 N. Imlay
Frozen Challenge
Stop by the McDonald's located at 6125 N. Milwaukee Ave. during the month of August to vote for your favorite First Responders team. Valid at the Gladstone Park McDonald's only!!!!
The RAS Communications Team is Growing!
ZACH STAR  has spent the past six years working in sales and business development. He started his own travel agency in 2014 and works with lots of clients solving their travel needs. Zach has joined the RAS Team as a Business Development Representative to assist with customer relations, sales, and marketing. He is passionate about helping clients shine, anticipating needs, and blowing expectations out of the water! This Rock Starr is ready to roll! ( NOTE WELL: Zach will be calling you within the next couple weeks to introduce himself and offer to help move some of your marketing communication tasks off your plate and onto ours.)
KELSY BREWER  is a Graphic Designer and marketing pro who loves helping people communicate their great ideas out into the world. With print shop, digital design and social media experience she will make sure your message looks great no matter where it shows up. She is passionate about clean design, sans serif fonts and getting rid of those pesky extra spaces after a period. In addition to design, Kelsy is a fan of Gilmore Girls, mismatching socks and never says no to chocolate cake.  ( CONFESSION: Kelsy has been working on various projects for RAS over the last few years, maybe even yours!)  
JEAN BOYER ARROYO  is really a Chef pretending to be a Digital Creative. He’s a self taught Web Developer and Designer that got tired of being homeless and decided to learn a skill. His real passion is food, whether it’s cooking it or eating it (Jean’s favorite pastime). When not eating or coding something weird, Jean can be found skateboarding or distance riding his road bike down main street Dunedin, Florida. Jean is personally stoked about the huge impact technology is going to have in a post-COVID world. Jean remains passionate about food, in particular the foods this wonderful world has to offer, and looks forward to experiencing foods of other worlds.  ( BUSY BUSY: Jean has completed his forst RAS project . . . and just in time for August: National Golf Month! See below.)
August is National Golf Month! 
Millions of people enjoy the sport of golf for both business and pleasure . . . are they thinking about YOU when they are out on the links?
They could be . . . they SHOULD be!!! 
Get YOUR BRAND back on course TODAY!
Visit our all new GOLFING.PROMO website  CLICK HERE!
North Branch Fried Chicken Ribbon Cutting
Welcome North Branch Fried Chicken
We had the pleasure of hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony for North Branch Fried Chicken.
Thank you to John & Yvonne for allowing us to be a part of this grand opening.
Thank you Alderman Jim Gardiner for joining us.
Be sure to stop by and welcome North Branch Fried Chicken to the Gladstone Park Community.
They are located at 5481 N. Northwest Hwy. 773-853-0360.
Welcome to the neighborhood . . . we wish you great success!!
The Dog House L, C & L
Gen-Ki Karate is selling face masks for $6. Limited supply available so call today to get yours. 773-774-8818.
Be advised that on July 22, 2020, the Chicago City Council passed Ordinance 2020-2915, a COVID-19 emergency-related measure to extend licenses that expire during the pandemic. Licenses and Emerging Business Permits issued by the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (“BACP”) under Title 4 or Title 9 of the Municipal Code of Chicago (“MCC”) with an expiration date between March 15, 2020, and September 30, 2020 will hereby be considered active until October 30, 2020
Note that this ordinance does not change the fee for renewal nor prorate any fees paid for renewal of a license, nor change the future renewal date of a license. Within 30 days following the repeal of the ordinance on September 30, 2020, impacted licensees will be expected to pay the full fee associated with their license in order to renew. License renewal fees can be found in Chapter 4-5 of the MCC.

City Announces Expansion of Outdoor Dining Program
I am reaching out to notify you of changes to the  Expanded Outdoor Dining Permit . As you may know, this permit can allow bars, restaurants and other food or drink establishments to operate outdoors temporarily as we cautiously reopen under COVID-19. We understand the critical importance of outdoor service during this challenging time and over 250 restaurants and bars have already taken advantage of this permit to get outside.

With the recent rollback of certain  reopening guidelines , however, we know that outdoor service is now more important than ever. As such, today the City of Chicago announced two changes to the program to expand the opportunity to operate outside, especially for bars, taverns, breweries and other establishments that do not serve food.

Effective immediately, liquor-only establishments may apply to use the Expanded Outdoor Dining Permit to operate on the sidewalk immediately in front of or adjacent to their establishment. Up until today, these areas were reserved for food-serving establishments only via the sidewalk café permit. Now, while food establishments should still  use the sidewalk café permit , liquor establishments without a Retail Food license can apply for an Expanded Outdoor Dining Permit in areas that are typically sidewalk cafes. To apply, businesses must identify a partner food establishment so that food would be available in the outdoor areas. Sidewalk outdoor areas must leave six feet of pedestrian walking space and must be surrounded by a barrier erected 27 inches high or less above the ground to provide cane detection, with an entrance 3 to 5 feet wide.

Additionally, effective today, food or liquor establishments may apply for the Expanded Outdoor Dining Permit to temporarily operate in locations that would typically require an Outdoor Patio license. Up until today, establishments with patios, courtyards and other permanent outdoor locations have been expected to obtain an Outdoor Patio license, which includes a number of regulatory hurdles and an extended application process. Effective today, bars and restaurants can now apply to use the Expanded Outdoor Dining Permit at these locations, which will make it easier and quicker to operate outside.

To learn more about the entire Expanded Outdoor Dining Permit, please   read the FAQ . As a reminder, this permit can be used for any of the following purposes:
·     Chambers, SSAs, Business Service Organizations or three or more establishments can apply for street closure or other use of public property for multiple bars and/or restaurants to participate.
·     Individual bars or restaurants can apply to temporarily operate in private property (i.e. parking lots and, effective today, areas that are typically Outdoor Patios)
·     Effective today, individual liquor-only establishments can apply to operate in sidewalk space immediately in front of or adjacent to their establishment

We encourage everyone to  apply asap  if you have not done so already, or if your application was denied but would now be accepted due to today’s changes. BACP works closely with the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) to process applications and ensure that outdoor operations are carried out safely and responsibly. If you have questions about the permit please email .

To help bars and restaurants navigate the permit process, including today’s changes, the City will be holding two webinars next week: Wednesday, August 5 at 11:00am and Thursday, August 6 at 2:00pm. Learn more and register at .

I want to thank all of you for your continued dedication to keeping our community safe and reopening responsibly. It is critical that we all continue following the phase four guidelines, which can be found at . As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or my team with any questions.
Rosa Escareño
BACP Commissioner
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