March 31, 2021
Opening Day is Tomorrow!
Opening Day is tomorrow, and all we can say is let’s play ball! After a long year of waiting, the Cubs are returning to Wrigley Field with fans in the stands.

With limited spots, we know you may not have been able to snag a ticket, but don’t you worry! We've rounded up all the best spots to safely celebrate opening day with good company.

To find the Cubs extensive cleaning and social distancing plans, click here.
Passover & Easter in Lakeview East
Spring has sprung, and Passover and Easter are right around the corner! However you celebrate the season, Lakeview East businesses have everything you need, from a traditional Seder and flourless desserts to Easter baskets and pictures with the Easter Bunny.

Support local this season and celebrate new life!

Takeout Thursdays
Today is the last day to submit your receipts for a chance to win a $100 Lakeview East Gift Card!

Takeout Thursdays is a local effort to encourage residents to support our amazing restaurants by ordering takeout and delivery. With restaurants still operating under limited indoor capacities, it's important to help support them however we can!

March is Women's History Month
Lakeview East is proud to be home to dozens of women-owned businesses, including restaurants, retail stores, services, and more. Supporting women-owned businesses enriches the fabric and diversity of our community. Consider supporting our local women-owned businesses this month and throughout the year however you're able, whether it's making a direct purchase, leaving a review, engaging with their content on social media, or recommending them to a friend!

Lakeview East Craft Beer Week
Get ready for Lakeview East's very own Craft Beer Week, coming May 17-23! Stay tuned for information on participating locations, special curated menus, and official details.

Local Businesses: What's Open
Lakeview East's Best of Beauty & Retail
Welcome New Members!
Interested in joining the Chamber? The Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce is here to help promote, assist and grow your business!
Lakeview East
Run for Rosé 5K
BottlesUp! had to cancel this event last year, but their consulting doctors gave the thumbs up this year. Don't worry though, they're taking safety precautions & have special logistics in place.

Check out the Eventbrite link below, email Melissa with questions, and get ready to rosé all day.

P.S. Walking/jogging are obviously allowed!
CLVN Flower Sale
Spring is here and CLVN will be holding its annual flower sale. Fill out the order form below and return the order form with payment by May 11, 2021.

Items can be picked up the afternoon of Friday May 21 or the morning of Saturday May 22, 2021 at Harriett Tubman School, 2851 N. Seminary in the school parking lot.

All funds raised are used to beautify the neighborhood.

What's on in the Belmont Theater District?
Just minutes from downtown in Chicago's Lakeview and Lakeview East neighborhoods, the Belmont Theater District is home to more than 50 theaters and hundreds of shops and restaurants within a short walking distance.

Amidst recent suspension of group gatherings and, thus, live performances, many Belmont District Theaters have opted into providing digital, remote and streaming programming for patrons to enjoy from the comfort of their own homes.
Shake Shack "Now Serving" Series
Big News! Shake Shack just launched 'Now Serving' - a collab series featuring guest chefs + restaurateurs across the U.S. 🍔

The collabs will bring exclusive, limited-time menu items to select cities with a portion of proceeds from each going to non-profits helping local restaurant communities!

Follow Shake Shack on social for all of the details. #nowserving

Business & Government Affairs
BREAKING: The Paycheck Protection Program has been extended through May 31, 2021
President Joe Biden signed the PPP Extension Act of 2021 into law yesterday, extending the Paycheck Protection Program an additional two months to May 31, 2021, and then providing an additional 30-day period for the SBA to process applications that are still pending.

Updated COVID-19 Regulations
After three months of consistent decline or stability in our COVID-19 health metrics, the City has seen a worrying rise in all metrics over the last few weeks. Positivity rates and total cases have increased significantly and, most alarmingly, Emergency Department visits for COVID-like illness have increased by 38% in the last week alone.

Due to this alarming increase in health metrics, the City of Chicago earlier this week announced updates to the COVID-19 regulations that keep most indoor limits in place while allowing for cautious increases in outdoor spaces that are less conducive to virus spread. The following outdoor capacity changes took effect on March 25:

  • Bars and Restaurants: Maximum outdoor table size can increase to ten people, with tables set up so that patrons are six feet from patrons at other tables. Indoor table size remains limited to no more than six people. 
  • Social Events (e.g. weddings, potlucks and other community events): Total outdoor capacity can increase to the lesser of 50% or 100 people
  • Performance Venues, Theaters and Seated Spectator Events: Outdoor venues with capacity greater than or equal to 200 can operate at 25% capacity. Smaller venues can operate at no more than 50% capacity or 50 people.
  • Outdoor Recreation: Maximum groups of 50; multiple groups permitted
  • Places of Worship: No outdoor capacity limit provided that six feet of social distancing is maintained between parties
  • Health and Fitness Centers: Outdoor classes can increase to 100 people

In each setting, six feet of physical distance must be maintained between different parties, meaning that facilities may need to operate at a lower capacity to achieve six feet between all parties. Additionally, in order to ensure proper enforcement and safety across industries, all patrons will continue to count towards capacity limits, even if they are fully vaccinated or have a recent negative test.

There have been two changes to indoor regulations in order to ensure consistency and safety:
  • Seating at the bar/counter at restaurants or bars is now limited to four per party, with six feet between parties
  • Indoor fitness classes can increase to 50 people, provided that the total room capacity remains under the 50% limit and six feet of distancing is maintained between patrons, with face coverings worn at all times.

Additionally, as a reminder, social distancing regulations at bars, restaurants and events have been updated: tables must now be spaced so that patrons are six feet away from patrons at other tables.

For a full update on these COVID-19 regulations visit
As of Monday, March 29, all restaurant, hospitality, and foodservice workers in the city of Chicago, Cook County, and state of Illinois are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations in Phase 1C
Time to roll up our sleeves! Effective 3/29, all restaurant industry workers in Illinois are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Visit to learn how, when, and where you can take advantage of the opportunity to get vaccinated. #ILRestaurantsServingSafely

Spring is on the Way! Thinking of Opening a Sidewalk Cafe? You'll Need a Permit if You Don't Already Have One
Chicago has implemented temporary changes to the sidewalk cafe permit to make it easier and cheaper to acquire a permit as Chicago begins to cautiously reopen:
  • 75 percent permit fee reduction
  • Ability to extend sidewalk cafes in front of a neighboring property
  • Expedited permit issuance process
For recordings of past BACP webinars, please click here
CAPS Meetings - Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy
Are you, or anyone you know, looking to move a business to Lakeview East? You can view Storefront Opportunities on our website here!
Development Projects
The Lakeview East area is bustling with new development. For development projects visit our website here.
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