The following Chicago ordinances are now in effect:  Chicago Fair WorkweekMinimum Wage Increase and  Paid Sick Leave.

Every Friday at 2:00 p.m., The Director of Labor Standards will host an online forum where participants can ask questions about Chicago's labor laws, including the Fair Workweek Ordinance.

Most federal tax filing and payment deadlines from April 1, 2020, to July 14, 2020, are postponed to July 15, 2020. The postponements are automatic and apply to all taxpayers.

If you need more time to file after the new July 15 deadline, or to file a form with a different deadline date, you may request a filing extension.

Effective immediately, all bars, restaurants, breweries and other establishments that serve alcohol for on-premises consumption are required to close by midnight each evening. Liquor sales must end at 11:00 p.m.

After midnight each night, establishments with tavern or incidental liquor licenses are permitted to continue delivery and curbside pickup of food only. All entrances to the establishment must close by 12:00 a.m., however, as customers are not permitted to be in the establishment after midnight.

Restaurants that do not have a liquor license are not subject to the midnight closure order.

The Paycheck Protection Program resumed accepting applications in response to the President signing the program's extension legislation. The new deadline to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program loan is August 8, 2020.

SBA will forgive loans if all employee retention criteria are met, and the funds are used for eligible expenses.

Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) investigators examined hundreds of businesses this past weekend for Phase IV compliance. While most were following the rules, they did issue ten citations of $10,000 each to five businesses. They also shut down Chicago Lakefront Cruises for blatantly ignoring the reopening guidelines.
Don’t let this happen to your business. 

The LPCC has joined the Small Business Advocacy Council (SBAC) to eliminate institutional and unnecessary bureaucracy with Chicago's Small Business Comeback Agenda.

Items include:
  • Public Way Use Permits
  • Improve Access to Capital
  • Paying Fines Online Or Via Mail
  • Legalize "A-Frame" Signs
  • Home-Based Business

The Chicago Department of Public Health has released general recommendations on steps to take when an individual with COVID-19 has been in your facility. This includes notification of contacts, cleaning and reporting clusters of cases.

The Anti-Retaliation Ordinance prohibits employers from retaliating against employees for obeying an order issued by the Mayor, Governor, Chicago Department of Public Health, or healthcare provider having to do with COVID-19.

Employers are also prohibited from taking any adverse action against an employee for caring for someone who has been issued certain orders having to do with COVID-19.

Facebook is offering free, digital marketing education to businesses all over the country. Join them for digital training classes, insightful interviews with business experts, and presentations from renowned entrepreneurs—all to help businesses succeed in the digital economy.
Thank you, Rachel Sherman!

As LPCC's Director of Business Services, Rachel has been a welcoming ambassador and collaborator for LPCC members during a year of transition including the move to our new office and connecting with our members during the COVID-19 outbreak. Please join us in thanking Rachel Sherman for her fantastic work with the LPCC. Beginning mid-July, Rachel will be working for a job agency, connecting underserved youth with employment opportunities throughout Cook County.

Join us in thanking her for great work and contributions to the LPCC. We wish her all the best in her new role!

Celebrate summer every Saturday and Sunday at Feast on Lincoln! Eat, drink and repeat while dining out on Lincoln Avenue between Fullerton and Wrightwood.

Feast on Lincoln is designed to safely bring community and vitality back to Lincoln Avenue and to support local restaurants who contribute to the quality of life in our neighborhood.

Saturday from 4:00 - 11:00 p.m.
Sunday from 11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Lincoln Avenue
Between Wrightwood & Fullerton

July's New Member Orientation will be held virtually! Join us to learn about the various membership benefits we provide, our mission and programs to help you achieve success and maximize the return on your investment with the LPCC.

Tuesday, July 14
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Join us every month for our free morning networking mixer Coffee & Commerce. Whether you're looking to make new business connections or just want to exchange ideas with other small business owners, Coffee & Commerce is the perfect opportunity to enhance your professional network.

Wednesday, July 15
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

Ritual is launching their newest product, Ritual ONE, which provides local businesses commission-free online ordering. Sign up by August 1st 2020 and they will waive your monthly subscription fee for life!

The Chicago History Museum will welcome visitors back beginning Friday, July 10 with free Museum admission for everyone the entire month of July. To support these efforts, they have made some changes to protect visitors and staff, so your Museum visit may look and feel a little different from before.

Martina Koronakos, founder of Kovo Salon in Lincoln Park, is featured on Scene Chicago! In response to the recent shutdown, she states, "I am so grateful for the tremendous support I received from my clients during the shutdown and since we opened! It gives me hope and confirms I am where I am supposed to be doing what I love with people I love!"

Ready for a fun and safe weekend as Chicago continues to cautiously reopen? Join us for Feast on Lincoln, have a laugh at Zanies, play a game at Diversey River Bowl, and shop at stores in the neighborhood!

Join State Representatives Ann Williams, Yoni Pizer, and State Senator Sarah Feigenholtz for a conversation about how passage of the Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA) can help with the recovery from COVID-19, and create the foundation for a clean energy future.

Thursday, July 16
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Green City Market is bringin' Chef BBQ to you! While we can't all be in the park together this summer, Green City Market didn't want to miss out on connecting their supporters and restaurant partners this year. Green City Market's Chef BBQ 2020 will take place via live stream to bring everyone together while safely at home.

Thursday, July 16
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Join Belmont Village Senior Living for a CEU event about the signs and symptoms of depression in older adults that are often dismissed or unspoken. We will help participants to destigmatize this treatable illness as well as provide important information regarding treatment.

Tuesday, July 21
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Grab a friend, a computer or smart device, a refreshing beverage, and as many bingo cards as you can fit on your dining room table and join the fun. With super fun prizes, a boozy raffle, silent auction, and several rounds of high-stakes bingo play, you'll be glad you stayed home!

Thursday, July 23
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Pure Barre is the leader in barre fitness and the fastest most effective safe full body guided workout. Give them 50 minutes & they will take you through a series of low impact, high intensity movements that are designed to tone your body in ways no other work out can!

Bras Galore has extended their hours to help their clients who need to come after work. They are once again open until 7:00 p.m. five days a week.

Terry's Toffee's Summer hours are 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.on Monday - Saturday for the summer. Terry's Toffee scoops 8 flavors of Purple Door Ice Cream (Milwaukee’s BEST…they are a small family owned company) and their kids single scoop with a cone is only $2.50.

Check out our directory of Lincoln Park businesses and #ShopLocal! Some businesses may be delaying their reopen. We recommend calling ahead before your visit.

Vanille Patisserie's latest creations are designed to promote unity, spur meaningful conversation, help our communities and, of course, taste delicious!

Outdoor dining is permitted for restaurants and coffee shops following standard social distancing requirements. Grab a bite at one of your favorite Lincoln Park restaurants. Don’t see your favorite spot? Check out our directory and call to see if they’re offering curbside service or delivery.