March 30, 2022
8 Days Until Opening Day!
Time to Dust Off the W Flags!
One of the most magical parts of our neighborhood is that we house one of the most historic stadiums in the United States. After the last two years with modified schedules, modified capacities, and overall finding new ways to watch the Cubs play, we're ready to catch a game and sing Go Cubs Go with our neighbors.

Watch the Chicago Cubs take on the Milwaukee Brewers at 1:20 PM on April 7th! Whether you decide to soak up the ambiance of Cubs season in one of the many fabulous bars on Clark, or end up heading to the stadium to see the Cubs play live at Wrigley Field, we cannot wait to see what this season has in store!
Women's History Month Recap
Celebrating Lakeview East & Wrigleyville's Women-Owned Businesses
This March, we honored all the strong and influential women business owners of Lakeview East for Women’s History month! Lakeview East proudly has over 35+ Women-owned businesses and their profound impact in our community can be seen throughout the neighborhood every day. Whether they're helping you look and feel like your best self, or helping you find the perfect gift for someone special, we hope you'll continue to shop local with our wonderful women owned businesses.
Dine Out On Broadway Returns This Summer
Expanded Outdoor Dining Takes Over Broadway This Summer

While we're only doing one weekend a month this time around, we'll be filling the weekend with fun surprises every month. Mark your calendars now, break out your sun hat, and get ready for one of the best outdoor dining features of the summer!
Saturday, May 14 – Sunday, May 15
Saturday, June 11 – Sunday, June 12
Saturday, July 9 – Sunday, July 10
Saturday, August 13 – Sunday, August 14
Saturday, September 24 – September 25
Bracket Busted? Wrigleyville Bars Still Have Specials All Weekend Long!
March Madness Coming To A Close
College basketball is back! While we await the return of the Cubs to the neighborhood, Wrigleyville & Lakeview East have plenty of places to watch March Madness while enjoying good company and even better specials! Check out our website feature to see where you can cheer on your teams to the championship!
Restaurant Week is Underway
Lakeview East has plenty of tasty options to help you discover the best flavors of the neighborhood!
From March 25 to April 10, restaurants all over Chicago will participate in Chicago Restaurant Week 2022. But we know Lakeview East has some of the best food Chicago has to offer! For 17 days, participating restaurants will provide special prix fixe menus. The pricing for the meals are $25 for brunch or lunch, and $39 and/or $55 dinner. This price excludes beverages, tax, gratuity, and delivery fees. We've compiled all the local restaurants participating in this celebration of food and flavor
Need Weekend Plans? We've Got You Covered
We've Started a New Weekly Blog Feature To Help You Find Some Of The BEST Plans in the Neighborhood
After a long two years, we know folks are itching to get out and explore everything the neighborhood has to offer. But with nearly 1,000 local businesses, it can be hard to figure out exactly what to do during the weekend. We're making living it up in the neighborhood easy by featuring 15+ ideas for weekend plans every week! From concerts to drag shows, cooking parties to dance lessons, let 2022 be the year you make some incredible memories in Lakeview East.
Recent Grand Openings
Archetype CrossFit | 3161 N. Broadway
On March 25th, we welcomed Archetype Crossfit to Lakeview East! They hosted fun grand opening classes all weekend long. This brand new gym provides a blend of Personal Training, CrossFit, and Nutrition Coaching to get you results that last. With teamwork and community at the forefront of their mission, you can work out and meet some amazing new people at Archetype! Stop by, say hi, and learn all about their fitness programs!

New Business Alerts
Mia Francesca Celebrates 30 Years in Lakeview East
How A Mom and Pop Italian Restaurant Grew Into A Culinary Empire
The very first Mia Francesca restaurant opened its doors on 3311 North Clark St, in 1992. 30 years later, Francesca’s Restaurant Group has grown from a small, welcoming Italian restaurant, to a restaurant group of six concepts across 23 locations and two states.
Learn more on our website about how this little tucked away restaurant paved the way for a culinary empire in their feature on our website.

Stay in the know by following our Wrigleyville Web Page
Lucky Dorr Reopening for Cubs Season with Pups on the Patio
BYOP (Bring your own pup) for Pups on the Patio on Thursday, April 1st from 4PM until Close
Baseball is back, which means this tucked away craft beer bar right off Gallagher Way is ready to reopen for the season! Their first day open, Lucky Dorr is ready to welcome back all their neighbors (and their four legged friends) back for their new lineup of unique beers. Some of their new tappings include beers uniquely crafted for Lucky Dorr that you can't find anywhere else in the city! Stop by with your pup and welcome Lucky Dorr back to Gallagher Way!

Happy Camper Raising Funds for Hermilo Beltran, Employee Killed in Tragic Shooting
Tragic Shooting in Wrigleyville Takes Life of Hermilo Beltran, Father of 2
We are mourning Hermilo Beltran, who tragically lost his life on Sunday night. This senseless act of violence led to the loss of a father of two, who was going to his second job at Happy Camper to work the night shift. While the Cubs often take the spotlight in Wrigleyville, it is the unsung heroes of our neighborhood, those who work day in and day out to keep our neighborhood up and running, that are truly the backbone of our community, and for his time in our community, we are grateful.
We would like to implore our neighborhood to donate to his family’s GoFundMe ( to help them through this tragedy. We hope his family finds peace and justice through these difficult times, and we extend our deepest condolences to his family.
 Happy Camper Wrigleyville is donating all of its sales to the family of Hermilo Beltran on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
They invite friends, regulars, and members of the community to dine with them to raise money to support the Beltran family through this tragedy.
Belmont Sheffield Music Fest - Food Vendor, Merchant, and Sponsorship Opportunities
Belmont Sheffield Music Fest
Sat May 28, 2022 &Sun, May 29, 2022

Start planning now for the summer kick-off festival that's taken over Sheffield for nearly four decades! The Belmont Sheffield Music Fest this year will be filled with amazing music, incredible performers, local artists, and delicious local treats.

Food Vendor, Merchant, and Sponsorship opportunities are now open! Email & Hannah Lawson to learn more
Rates for members of the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce are heavily discounted
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
Upcoming Promotions
Register for the BottlesUp! Run for Rosé 5K!
We don't always run...but when we do it's for rosé. Lock in and lace up for the Second Annual Run for Rosé 5K! This 3.1 miler is a fun run/walk along the lake (with an after party at our place) that we created as a way to raise money for the Alzheimer's Association and celebrate new vintage rosé releases.

+ Participants will have two different 5K routes to choose from, both ending at BottlesUp OR you can map your own 5K route!
+ Choose your own starting time between 9-10:30am and choose to run/walk solo or with some running/walking buddies. Don't forget to wear your Run for Rosé t-shirt!
+ Finish at BottlesUp before/by 11:30am. Be prepared to show your ID!
+ Pick up your goodie bag, drink some rosé, then head home and continue to #roséallday!

Registration Ends April 15th!
Lip Sync for Life | March 31st | Center on Halsted
DIFFA/Chicago wants to invite you to their Lip Sync for Life event! This action-packed night on March 31st at Center On Halsted will be hosted by local Comedy Queen icon, Miss Edna D. Mascara. The audience whether in person or tuning in virtually, will have the pleasure of viewing eight Lip Sync Team performances, and the audience will be able to vote by donating on their favorites to determine the 2022 Lip Sync Winner(s).

This absolutely fantastic and hysterical event will feature three live special guest performances by local drag stars Ginger Ambrosia, Kalli Mauri and The entire Haus of Phoenix - Alyssa, Jasmine & Dahlia.

Doors open at 6 for a cocktail hour before the show kicking off at 7:00. Bites, drinks, laughs & supporting a great cause provided from 6:00-9:00 PM.

The money raised goes towards DIFFA/Chicago’s Excellence In Care Awards, that support Chicagoland service agencies that are helping those affected and living with HIV/AIDS.

Head to to grab your tickets now!
Growing Good Kids With JCC
At Florence G. Heller JCC in E. Lakeview, we know that children as young as 6 weeks learn and grow best when they can be together with their peers and educators in the beautiful, inclusive classroom communities we build every day.

Our nurturing educators, full-time social services team, and discovery-based curriculum help children achieve their potential by focusing on social, emotional, cognitive, fine and gross motor skills, language, and spiritual development.

The scholarship is available and families new to Jewish preschool could save up to $7,200 with JUF Right Start.

Full and half-day programs for children 6 weeks to 5 years at Florence G. Heller JCC on 524 W. Melrose St., in Chicago. Contact Director Rachel Weber at or 773.938.8340, or visit

Or Join Our Team!
Come to our job fair on Sunday April 3 from 10-noon. Benefits include paid time off, childcare & camp Discounts, professional development benefits. Over 22.5 hours also include 50% off Early Childhood & Overnight Camp, free Apachi Day Camp, Free J at School Before & After Care. Benefits over 30 hours also Include Medical, Dental, & Vision Insurance, and Retirement Benefits. Florence G. Heller JCC, 524 W. Melrose St. More info at
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Academy (Preschool - 8th) invites all families interested in learning more about our school to come for a visit at one of the spring open house events. Families are welcome to attend on any of the dates listed for a tour of the school and an opportunity to speak with current parents and staff. Registration is not required for this event. All are welcome! Contact us with questions or requests for a private tour at
P.S. - Our librarian is a fictional cartoon named after Chris' son. But all advice sounds better when delivered from a guy who looks like Dumbledore.
Writing a book is the new version of running a marathon. Best part is: You don't have to run a marathon... It's a lot easier on the knees! 

Whether you've been kicking around the idea of writing a book for decades or it's a new idea here in 2022, we're here to help start and finish that "long overdue" book.

Long Overdue is offering three writing classes to help depending on where you're at in the book writing journey. We also offer a free 30-minute call to talk about your idea, start putting a plan in motion. Email Chris O'Brien (Founder) to connect -

And check out our most recent newsletter about an author in the Chicago suburbs who just finished their new children's book.
Thorek Retirement Community Open House
Bethany Retirement Community in Ravenswood / Andersonville, Chicago is now getting a new name: Thorek Retirement Community. This Chicago retirement home strives to better serve our residents by offering a safety net of round-the-clock medical care when necessary through their convenient location next door to Thorek Memorial Hospital Andersonville.
This valuable partnership, along with the many services and amenities they have to offer, are what make Thorek Retirement Community the “best kept secret in retirement living in Chicago.”
Join us on one of four dates in April for an Open House to see our Chicago retirement community for yourself. Refreshments will be served and tours will be available.
The event runs April 10, 16, 24 and 30 from 10am – 2pm
RSVP to David at 773-750-2730
4950 N Ashland Ave.
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
Uncommon Ground
Civic Updates in Lakeview East
CAPS Meetings - Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy
Sidewalk cafe season is upon us! Businesses, be sure to renew your sidewalk cafe permits ASAP! The city is experiencing an influx of businesses looking to expand their outdoor dining to enjoy beautiful Chicago summers, and turn around times have slowed. Be sure to submit your permit applications so you can have your patio just in time for the upcoming warm weather
Business & Government Affairs
Check out all the BACP Webinars here!
Friday, April 1 at 9:30 a.m.
Recognizing and Protecting Your Company’s Trademarks, Patents, Trade Secrets, and Copyrights 
Presented by Patrick J. Smith, Partner, registered patent attorney at Greer, Burns & Crain, Ltd.
 Learn the basic differences between copyrights, trademarks, patents, and trade secrets and the assets they protect. Knowing the differences will help you to take the right steps and make the right decisions to protect your company’s intellectual property assets.
Register by visiting

Tuesday, 4/5 Webinar at 2:00 PM
Employer Workshop: Domestic Worker Contracts for Employers and Families
Office of Labor Standards will review and walk through questions and answers related to the new Domestic Worker contract requirement, effective January 1, 2022.

Wednesday, 4/6 Webinar at 3:00 PM
City Inspections - Ask Questions, Get Answers 
Presented by the City of Chicago
The Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection, Department of Public Health, and the Department of Buildings will provide insight on how to operate a compliant business in the City of Chicago. Topics covered will include how to prepare for inspections, building permits and sign display requirements, food inspection overview and necessary certificates, and zoning review procedures. Learn how to operate safely and avoid common setbacks.

Friday, 4/8 Webinar at 9:30 AM
Testing Your Why
Presented by Myeisha Grady, Business Advisor at the Illinois SBDC at the WBDC
The webinar will provide motivation to business owners and entrepreneurs alike to talk about the products and services to strangers to test their WHY.

Wednesday, 4/13 at 3:00 PM
Recruiting, Hiring, and Motivating Great Employees: a Bridge to a Successful Business
Presented by Score Chicago
Finding and attracting the best talent is key to building a successful business. This webinar explores various interviewing, questioning, and selection best practices as well as techniques to encourage employee motivation. We'll explore ways to optimize your hiring process and the most effective ways to attract top talent.
For recordings of past BACP webinars, please click here
Are you, or anyone you know, looking to open a business to Lakeview East? View Storefront Opportunities on our website here!
Interested in joining the Chamber? The Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce is here to help promote, assist and grow your business!
Thank you to our sponsor Byline Bank for supporting small, local businesses in our community!

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