January 4th, 2023
Loving Local As A New Year's Resolution
With the bustling holiday season over, our local businesses are buckling in for the cold Chicago winter months! There are plenty of ways to support small business all year round that make for the perfect New Year’s resolution! You don’t need to re-invent yourself for these new years resolutions! Do more of what’s already working for you, supporting local businesses! This year, we’re sharing small resolutions that make a big difference for our neighborhood shops. Here’s how you can support local and some facts why it is important to do all year round!
Leave 1 Positive Review at a Small Business Each Week
Research shows that up to 84% of consumers noted that reviews were important in their purchasing decisions and 97% of customers use reviews to search for local services. Additionally, 68% develop an opinion of a product or service after viewing between one to six reviews, meaning your words MATTER! These reviews help guide new customers to some local favorites. Support your local restaurant and tell them how much you love that one dish of theirs, or write a quick review about how great the customer service was at your local doctors office. You don’t have to be incredibly verbose when sending your love, a little love goes a long way for small businesses! Three minutes writing a glowing review could mean 30 new customers for that mom & pop shop!
Comment & Engage with 5 Small Businesses
We know the social media algorithms can be a fickle thing, but you can help a small business thrive just by engaging them on social media! A study by Constellation Research reported that businesses who improve engagement can increase cross-sell revenue by 22 percent, increase revenue by 38 percent and order size by 5 to 85 percent! If you engage with a small business, you can help be directly responsible for their growth! Meaningful engagement (likes, comments, shares, saves, ect) can help boost a business nearly 35%! Say you’re grabbing a quick cup of coffee & like the small businesses’ latest post while you wait, you’re helping a small business continue to thrive by helping their post get seen by more people who might venture out to grab a cup of joe there next!
Try Something New on the Menu at Your Favorite Local Spot
Repeat customers are one of the largest sources for revenue for small business, making up over 65% of sales every day! Our small businesses are always surprising us with fun, new additions to their menus and new events to help you enjoy a night out! Whether you try a new food at your favorite local standby or sign up for a fun club or even venture out for a trivia night, you’re sure to support local businesses just by giving your old favorites another perspective!
Try Local before Big Box
Sure, the big box store may have a little bit of everything, but did you know that of every dollar spent at a small business, 48 cents goes back into the local economy? Research shows that shopping local helps improve the entire local economy. The dollar goes right back into paying local workers, local providers & distributors, and local institutions. As an added benefit, many small businesses offer loyalty programs and incredible promotions for their customer appreciation! Get familiar with local business owners who can help you find the perfect something special way better than endlessly Googling ever could!
Try The New Place in Town & Bring a Friend!
Tired of going to the same spot all the time? Give the new kid on the block a shot! Repeat customers make up nearly 65% of sales every day for local businesses but how do businesses get repeat customers in the first place? By someone venturing out to give them a shot! Try one of the 50+ small businesses that have opened in the last year and a half on your next night out! 92% of people trust referrals from people they know, which means if you and a friend or two spend a night out at one of our newer local spots, you can refer others there which will help that small business grow exponentially!
Fitness Goals in 2023
Still full from the holidays? These local gyms can help break the winter rutt!
With the new year comes a blank page and the opportunity to put your best foot forward for the next 365 days. For all of those in Lakeview who are looking to add fitness as a goal for the new year, look no further than our list here.
From hot yoga to rock wall climbing, we’ve got a lot of options in Lakeview East!
Giver's Gift Concluded December 22nd
And we saw over $85,000 dollars spent at our local businesses!
The Giver's Gift program began on November 1st and concluded on December 22nd and the community came out to support local! The program rewards local shopping with free $50 Lakeview East Gift Cards by showing us $300 worth of receipts for local businesses. From every day purchases to holiday gifts, we appreciate how dedicated our community is to supporting small local businesses! If you missed the program this year, don't stress, as it will be back for another year of loving local starting on November 1st, 2023.
Chamber Office Hours Update
We are officially back in the office! We can't wait to see what is in store for this year and to see all our lovely neighbors again.
Winter Office Hours:
Mondays: Closed/Remote
Tuesday - Friday: 9:30AM - 5PM

We have our Lakeview Staycation Passports in Office!
Our 2022-2023 Saving Passport is filled with over 70 local coupons to some of the neighborhood's favorite places! Make the most out of the winter months with some incredible deals and give yourself a reason to go out! With everything from free gym passes to free appetizers at some of your favorite local spots, try some new spots or re-visit some of your favorites with the Lakeview East Savings Passport! Stop by our office and pick one up today while supplies last!
Private Event Space Guide
Planning a party in 2023? Let our Private Event Space Guide help you be the host with the most local love!
Spectacular, special spaces in all the right places abound in Lakeview East and Wrigleyville. Home to the second oldest stadium in the country, this historic neighborhood is one that millions of people travel to and stay in annually. The magic of in-person events, networking opportunities, meetings, ceremonies, celebrations and live experiences are back. Dazzle guests with an event space that caters to a one of a kind private, or semi-private, experience that will help you host the perfect event.
Taking Down Your Tree? Recycle It!
Holiday Tree Recycling For the 44th Ward
With the holiday season coming to a close, it might be time to take down your tree! Alderman Tunney will be collecting Holiday trees for recycling on Saturday, January 7th and Sunday, January 8th. They request that you leave your tree in the alley, NOT THE PARKWAY (unless you have curb-side recycling and trash pickup), by Friday, January 6th at 9AM

Trees that are not left out on Friday night will be removed by Streets & Sanitation on your designated garbage collection day. They will not be recycled.

Completely remove all ornaments, lights, garland, ribbons, etc. from the tree. (DO NOT WRAP TREES IN PLASTIC BAGS, CARPETS, BLANKETS, etc.)
Please note: This service is only available to 44th Ward residents.
New Business Alerts
Stay in the know by following our Wrigleyville Web Page
News and Recent Happenings
Reckless Records Reopens after a Pipe Burst
With colder temperatures comes freezing pipes and Reckless Records had the misfortune of experiencing this first hand. Thankfully, most of their immense vinyl collection was saved and the aftermath was largely fixable. While they closed to clean up the mess and fix the damage, they are back open this week and ready to welcome in record fans again!
It was Fun While It Lasted: Christkindlmarket at Wrigleyville Closed Last Week But Winterland Remains Open Until January 8th
The quaint booths at Christkindlmarket have left Gallagher way, and we hope everyone got a chance to check out the incredible sights, smells, and flavors of this festive holiday market. The good news is that there are still 4 days left to experience Winterland at Gallagher Way & ice skate on center field! Without the hustle and bustle of the market, enjoy easier access to Winterland and the attractions inside the stadium until January 8th!
Beat the Cold With a Self Guided Scavenger Hunt with Brews & Clues
It's like The Amazing Race meets Drunk History! Imagine the best parts of scavenger hunts, historic walking tours, and bar trivia all packed into a world-class adventure game—that’s Brews & Clues! You'll work together with friends to solve trivia questions, discover hidden landmarks, and earn points while competing for the top spot on the Brews & Clues Leaderboard!

$72 ticket price is for a Team Ticket for up to 6-People
The Chicago Cubs Bar Crawl is a 1 mile walking experience that takes 2-3 hours to complete. You’ll start your tour near the Famous Al’s Beef and end in the shadow of Wrigley—exploring the best of bars along the way. What are you waiting for? Drink in the history of the Cubs!
Lakeview East Job Board
Job Board on the Lakeview East Website is now active!
Are you looking for a new opportunity? The Lakeview East Job Board is open! Our 500+ members can post their open positions directly to our website!

If you would like to become a member to post jobs and events to our website, please email mary@lakevieweast.com
Upcoming Events and Promotions
Ready to start that home improvement project in 2023? Flavin Repair Group Is Here to Help!
Flavin Repair Group provides quality services to our area residents and business owners that will keep their homes and business well maintained and free of safety hazards. Their advantage is Scott Flavin's 17 years of experience as an electrician and 20+ years in home repair and improvement. They have the ability to perform large or small repair jobs while maintaining a manageable schedule! Their jobs range from swapping out light fixtures and outlets to full scale home improvement and even commercial tenant build outs! Email Scott at scott@flavinrepairgroup.com and finally tackle that project in the new year!
Neighborhood Night at Angelina Ristorante
Beat the cold this winter at Angelina Ristorante's Neighborhood Night! Enjoy 20% off food and drink every Wednesday from 5PM to 9:30PM! Whether you cozy in with friends for some of their authentic Italian fare or enjoy one of their fantastic cocktails, you're enjoy an incredible night and incredible specials at Angelina Ristorante's neighborhood night!
Meet Business Account Executive Ed Arl. He has years of sales experience and he's ready to help you! Contact Ed to upgrade your business' internet, phone, and more at (312) 804-2022, ed.arl@astound.com. #NewYearNewGoals For help on your home internet, visit astound.com or call 1-800-427-8686
Explore the Lakeview East Dining Guide
Live Music Returns to the Neighborhood
954 W Belmont Ave
Sluggers Dueling Pianos
3540 N. Clark Street
Metro Chicago
3730 N Clark
The Vic
3145 N. Sheffield
Monsignor Murphys
3019 N. Broadway
Drew's On Halsted
3201 N Halsted
Uncommon Ground
3800 N. Clark
Business & Government Affairs
Check out all the BACP Webinars here!
Friday, January 6 at 9:30 AM 
Capital, Coaching, and Connections for Small Businesses 
Presented By Allies for Community Business
Allies for Community Business provides the capital, coaching, and connections entrepreneurs need to grow great businesses that create jobs and wealth in their communities. We offer loans between $500 and $100,000 to early, emerging, and established businesses at fair prices. In addition, we provide free coaching to anyone who wants to start or grow a business, and we connect entrepreneurs to trusted partners that can help further. Join the webinar to hear more from A4CB Sr. Director of Community Lending, Mary Tritsis.
For recordings of past BACP webinars, please click here
Upcoming Community Meetings
CAPS Meetings - Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy
Are you, or anyone you know, looking to open a business to Lakeview East? View Storefront Opportunities on our website here!
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