Summer Events Cancelled Through Labor Day
Apply for a PPP Loan: Apply by June 30
Day Camp Registration Tomorrow
Dear Neighbors,

Mayor Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) have announced all summer programming will be cancelled through Labor Day. This includes, Lollapalooza, Taste of Chicago, Jazz Fest, the Air & Water show, and Summer Dance. You can read more in the Chicago Sun-Times .

In lieu of these beloved favorites, the mayor announced a lineup of more than 150 new and reimagined summer events “including at-home dance parties, drive-in movies, virtual concerts and community meals for frontline workers” to make up for the Summer fun.

Some of the highlights include:
  • Taste of Chicago To-Go, July 8-12 - a food truck festival
  • Lollapalooza, Online Livestream, July 30 - August 2.
  • Millennium Park Summer Film Series, replaced by 6 Drive-in movies across the city, details to follow.
  • Summer Dance will now take place virtually, July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29.

Please stay tuned for our Summer events newsletter with details on events happening in the neighborhood and throughput the city! Visit the Chicago DCASE webpage for more details on summer programming.
Help For Neighborhood Businesses
Improvements to Outdoor Dining & Sidewalk Cafes

Today, the Committee on Transportation passed a new ordinance that will allow temporary changes to the sidewalk cafe rules to make outdoor dining easier and less costly for restaurants under Phase Three. Changes include:

  • Reducing fees by 75%.
  • Extending Sidewalk Café Footprints beyond the front of the property.
  • Faster Permitting without needing to be introduced as an ordinance to City Council but with aldermanic approval

We are working hard right now with the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce and neighborhood restaurants to identify locations for extended sidewalk cafes and for possible street restrictions under the City's new Expanded Outdoor Dining Permit, to temporarily expand operations into the street or other private property (i.e. parking lots).

Applications and more can be found on the Chicago BACP webpage.
Apply for a PPP Loan by June 30

Last week, President Trump signed the  Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act, legislation that extends PPP deadlines and relaxes restrictions on how loans are used.  Click here  to read more from The Hill.
The legislation includes the following changes to the PPP program:
  • Loans can be used for a 24-week covered period (instead of 8 weeks)
  • Eligibility for loan forgiveness – if at least 60% of the loan is used on payroll (Previously 75%)
  • Loan forgiveness will still be possible if full-time employees (FTEs) won’t return to work
  • Five year loan-repayment terms for future PPP loans
  • Payroll tax deferment restored

The Illinois and National Restaurant Associations were among the first  to call for fixes to PPP  in order to provide more resources for restaurant owners.. 
June 30 is the final day for those who have not previously received a PPP loan to be issued one.  If you have not applied or been issued a PPP loan, you are encouraged to speak with your lender as soon as possible.
Helping Our Local Businesses 
Please Volunteer to Join our Canvas

Several of our community groups have agreed to help us and our Chamber of Commerce to contact businesses to collect feedback. We are asking you to participate in a personal canvass of our neighborhood's businesses.  Special thanks to the Lincoln Central Association, Wrightwood Neighbors, Gold Coast and Old Town Triangle for surveying their areas about their interest in the City's new expanded outdoor dining programs.

We still need help in the Ranch Triangle, Park West, Sheffield Neighbors and Mid-North areas.

Here's how:

1) Contact Your community group.
To see what community area you are in, click  here  .

2) Email your community group president and say you want to help.

Here is the contact information for the presidents of our community groups  :

3) Tell your community group president where you will walk. Even a block or two is fine. 

4) Drop in on the businesses, hand them  this flyer and collect whatever feedback they offer. Write down the name, phone number and email of your contact you spoke to, and email it to your community group president.

Thanks for volunteering - this is a critical way to quickly get the information we need.
You and Your Family
Green City Market Reopening
Saturday, June 13
7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

We are so delighted that the Green City Market (GCM) Lincoln Park will be open on Saturdays only for the remainder of June. They will provide a schedule for the remainder of the summer in the coming weeks.

The market experience will be different, of course. Please visit the Green City Market webpage for guidelines on shopping during COVID19.
Chicago Park District
Summer Camp Registration
Register Online - TOMORROW June 12
Register In-person - June 13

The  Chicago Park District  has adjusted its summer registration and program dates in response to the modified Stay at Home Order.   The District will offer a revised version of its Summer Day Camp beginning Monday, July 6th through August 14. 148 Parks will be providing Summer Day Camp. See a list of locations  here and Summer programming here.

All camp activities are designed to comply with social distancing measures. Activities will include arts & crafts, non-contact sports, wellness and nature-based activities, and some in-house special events. Field trips and swimming will not be included in camp this year. 

For information regarding financial assistance click here. Visit the Chicago Park District Summer Camp webpage for more details.
Future Leaders in Planning

The Virtual Future Leaders in Planning Summer Series provides an excellent opportunity for students to learn about the world of urban planning and address planning issues in their communities. Accepted  high school and college students will participate in interactive acitivites led by regional planning experts from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Plannings and partner agencies.

To participate, students must:  
  • Register to attend 
  • Be currently enrolled in high school or college 
  • Live in one of the seven counties of the northeastern Illinois region (Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties) 
  • Possess a desire to learn more about the region and our communities 

Visit CMAP.Illinois.Gov webpage to learn more. Applications are available online here.
Property Tax Appeal Workshops
June 14 - July 20
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Need help with your property tax appeals for Lakeview Township (north of Fullerton properties)? Commissioner Bridget Gainer and our office will be hosting office hours for the duration of the application period virtually via phone.

Please call 312-603-4210, or email every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from June 14 - July 20.
What's Open for Business?

With a slow and steady return to business, we wanted to highlight businesses that are up and running. Please send us an email at  and let us know you're open for business!
Support our Neighborhood Restaurants

Please patronize our neighborhood businesses as much as possible and try to order directly from the restaurant.

If you are open for business, let us know.

The Best "Pop" Up in Town

Just in time for Father's Day, Vanille Patisserie has teamed up with Garrett's Popcorn to bring you the best of both world's!

"The Best Pop Up in Town" package includes a 6 inch signature cake from Vanille and a classic tin of Garrett mix, sure to satisfy that sweet and salty craving! Visit their website at

Use code ChicagoStrong on any online orders and save 20%.
Grab-N-Go Cookout/FoodPantry Success!

Thank you to all who donated to the Grab-N-Go food pantry at St. Columbanus Church at 331 E. 71 St. Tonic Room coordinated the effort and collected a large amount of donations; the effort was a huge success and greatly appreciated!
#43 Protestors Wear Masks

We were reassured to see the vast majority of protesters fighting for social justice were also wearing masks. Thank you for being responsible while exercising your right to free speech. Please remember that Phase 3 requires wearing face coverings in all park district spaces, inside all establishments and anywhere you can't maintain a 6' social distance. If you need a mask, check out these local businesses making masks or contact us at
Have a safe and fun Father's Day,

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