March 16, 2022
Restaurant Week is Around The Corner!
And 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
They're offering special $25 Three Course Lunches with tasty options like Jumbo Spring Shumai, 5 Spice Duck Ramen and Chocolate-Matcha Mousse! Dessert at lunch? Count us in. Their $39 four course dinner options are just as delicious with options like Roasted Mushroom Tom Kha Soup, Spicy Crab Rangoon, Soft Shell Crab Mentaiko, Hazelnut-Banana Wontons, and much more! 

Drew's is offering a $25 Three Course Lunch menu with a Mixed Gathered Greens Salad with Champagne-Shallot Vinaigrette, Bourbon Street Burger, Parmesan Roasted Veggie Bowl, and more. The $39 Three Course Dinner option includes Amish Roasted Half Chicken, Beyond Beef Veggie Burger, Drew’s Bread Pudding, and more. Finally, their $55 Four Course Dinner option includes Butternut Squash Ravioli, Duck Leg and Thigh Confit, Chocolate Lava Cake, among other delicious cuisine.

El Mariachi Tequila Bar They have been family owned and operated for more than 20 years, offering more genuine and unique experiences than your typical Mexican restaurant. Favorites include handcrafted premium margaritas, over 100 tequilas (100% Blue Agave), and famous tableside guacamole prepared with a unique avocado oil. From March 25 to April 10, they’re rolling our special prix fixe menus in honor of Chicago Restaurant Week. 
. Matisse Tavern and Grill is a neighborhood Gastropub that has an extensive menu of American-style cuisine. The fireplace and cozy lounge makes for a contemporary-casual atmosphere. They have a full-service bar and seasonal wine list.  
The $39 Dinner options includes Cuban Spiced Won-Tons, Brussel Sprouts, Oven Roasted Salmon, Beef Tenderloin, Mango Crème Brulee, Chocolate Obsession Cake, and much more! 

Mia Francesca is rolling out a special lunch and dinner menu for patrons to try at a fixed-rate price.
Their $25 Lunch menu option includes options likes Bruschette con Prosciutto, Pollo Alla Disperata, Panino Con Polpette, Tiramisù, and more. The $39 Dinner prix fixe menu includes Polpette in Umido, Risotto Alla Contadina, Lombo Di Maiale al Marsala, Profiterole, more! 

Select Cut Steakhouse is a family owned and operated Lakeview East staple that’s been around since 1994. Featuring only high-end Choice Beef, these steaks never disappoint! Plus, the famous burger was featured in the Top 5 Burgers by the Chicago Tribune. Enjoy the finest selection of seafood, ribs, and chicken that round out the menu and make for an All-American meal.
Their $39 Dinner menu features dishes like a Green House Salad, 14 oz NY Strip, Grilled Swordfish, and Chocolate Temptation Cake! 

Smylie Brothers is a craft brewery and smokehouse that opened in 2021! Their in-house brewing system can be seen on display throughout the restaurant, so you know you’ll have the freshest brews around! They have excellent BBQ food and a wide range of house-made beers that are so tasty, you might have to try them all. Their $39 Dinner Menu option includes Warm Brussel Sprouts with Chile, Lime Cotija, Three Cheese Mac and Cheese, Pulled Pork Sandwich with Banana Peppers and Onion Strings, Griddle Burger with American Cheese and Pickle Sauce, Apple Cobbler with Caramel Ice Cream, and more! 
Located in the heart of Wrigleyville, Swift and Sons Tavern and Oyster Bar serves approachable meat and seafood dishes. Their surf and turf options guarantee there will be something for everyone, and you will leave full but craving more!
From March 25 to April 10, Swift and Sons Tavern is rolling out a special prix fixe menu in honor of Chicago Restaurant Week! Their $39 Dinner menu includes Roasted Beet Salad, Grilled Feta, Grilled Branzino, Steak Frites, Cream Peanut Butter Mousse, and much more. 
Tanuki Sushi is a Japanese and Thai restaurant that presents dishes that are both authentic and contemporary by chef and owner Wisarn Kovitsophon, since 2013. Each dish is delicately chosen, created with the finest ingredients and raw materials, then meticulously garnished with innovative intentions.
Their $39 Four Course Dinner Menu includes Tanuki Salad, Miso Soup, Spicy Steamed Dumplings, Fried Shrimp Shumai, Veggie Tempura, Tuna Tartare, Rainbow Sashimi Don, Panang Curry, and much more! 
Wood Restaurant is participating in Chicago Restaurant Week 2022! Located in the Northalsted neighborhood of Lakeview East, Wood has been providing an upscale casual dining experience since its inception. Their plates focus on “local farm produce, house-butchered meats, house-made pastas, charcuterie, and flatbreads from the wood-fired oven.” Wood has proven that it’s a staple in the Lakeview East Neighborhood. Stay tuned for their special prix fixe menu! 

St. Patrick's Day
What a weekend! Chicago hosted St. Patrick's Day on Saturday and we definitely felt the luck of the Irish! We wanted to thank our helpers this weekend at our warming tents on Eddy and Cornelia! With the cold weather, we were happy to welcome folks in to keep warm & enjoy a good drink and music with our neighbors!

If you're still craving some corned beef, green beers, or wanting to see some authentic Irish talent tomorrow, there are still plenty of specials happening! Check out our website to see the shenanigans!
March Madness in Lakeview East and Wrigleyville
College Basketball is Back!
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 and win your bracket while enjoying good company and even better specials! Check out our website feature to see where you can cheer on your teams!
Upcoming Grand Openings
Boho Blonde Chicago | March 19th | 11AM - 1PM | 3740 N. Broadway
Please join us in welcoming Boho Blonde to Lakeview East! Located at 3740 N. Broadway, this new bohemian-chic salon will be celebrating officially opening in the neighborhood with mimosas, treats, freebies, a raffle and more! Boho Blonde offers hair color, cuts, blowouts, extensions and hair treatments make help you look your best. Be sure to RSVP on their social media to help them celebrate!

Archetype CrossFit | 3161 N. Broadway | March 25th | 2PM
We welcome you to join us on March 25th at 2PM to welcome Archetype Crossfit to Lakeview East! They'll be hosting 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! We can't wait to see you at their ribbon cutting!

Recent Grand Openings
XO Studio and Spa Ribbon Cutting with New Ownerships | 3428 N. Broadway
XO Studio has new owners! Belleza Med Spa and Clinic Company is joining the Lakeview East Community in the XO Studio space at 3428 N. Broadway! While they're keeping the name XO Studio, they're adding med spa services to their services list, hence the new name XO Studio and Spa! The new XO Studio and Spa will be providing spa services such as Botox, Laser Hair Removal, Fillers, Facials, and Kybella in addition to hair care to the Lakeview area!

We are thankful to Charlie Bonanno for spending the last 9 years supporting and being a part of our community and growing XO Salon. We wish him all the best for the future.
New Business Alerts
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 to learn more
Rates for members of the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce are discounted
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
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
Klairs x Choc Choc Cosmetics
Starting this week, visit the local businesses listed here to receive a free Klair's skincare sample! Look for the QR code on the poster, scan it, then head over to @choc_choc_us for tons of more free Klair's skincare products like a full-size daily comfort hand cream, full size youthful glow sugar mask, and many more samples! Support your local businesses and receive some fun free things in return!

   Bae Coffee Company : 2945 N Broadway St, Chicago IL 60657-
 Maison Marcel : 3114 N Broadway St, Chicago IL 60657-
Fancy Plants Cafe : 613 W Briar Pl, Chicago IL 60657-
 Intelligentsia Coffee : 3123 N Broadway St, Chicago IL 60657-
The Crepe Shop : 2934 N Broadway St, Chicago IL 60657-
 Chicago Sugar Daddy Patisserie : 3243 N Broadway St, Chicago IL 60657-
Salad House : 3176 N Broadway St, Chicago IL 60657-
 Kim's Korean Cuisine & Sushi : 3422 N Broadway St, Chicago IL 60657-
 Rice & Bread : 3453 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago IL 60657-
Kameya Ramen & Sushi : 604 W Belmont Ave, Chicago IL 60657-
 Crisp : 2940 N Broadway St, Chicago IL 60657-
 Musashiya Ramen : 2938 N Broadway St, Chicago IL 60657 -
VP Salon : 3125 N Broadway St, Chicago IL 60657-
 Get Nail'd : 3131 N Broadway St, Chicago IL 60657-
Hiway Nail : 608 W Belmont Ave, Chicago IL 60657 -
 Plant Stand Collective : 3247 N Broadway St, Chicago IL 60657-

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.
The Japanese Arts Foundation is pleased to announce yet another classic Japanese film screening and party at Logan Theatre. Join us Friday, March 18th for a screening of the 1995 film Ghost in the Shell, directed by Mamoru Oshii! 
The night is accompanied by Suntory highballs, and also features a limited edition artwork for purchase created by Chicago artist Derrick Fields of the Japanese Arts Foundation and Assistant Professor at Northwestern University University’s department of Radio, TV, and Film. 
The Japanese Arts Foundation is also selling raffle tickets ($5 each or 4 for $15). Prizes include gift certificates to both the Japanese Culture Center and Logan Theatre among other great items! All raffle ticket sales go directly to the Japanese Arts Foundation. You do not need to be present to win! 
7:00pm Cyber Punk Pre-Party + Film: $35 PURCHASE TICKETS HERE 
Arrive at 7pm to join the pre-screening party filled with Cyber Punk sounds and Suntory highballs! 7-10PM in the lounge! The pre-screening event includes drinks, your movie ticket, and original Ghost in the Shell artwork from JAF board member Derrick Fields! 
10:00pm Ghost in the Shell Film Screening: $15 PURCHASE TICKETS HERE 
Staff and attendees will adhere to government COVID-19 guidelines. 
Stay in the know by following our Wrigleyville Web Page
MLB Lockout is Over - BASEBALL IS BACK!
After a long suspenseful wait, the Cubs home opener will be on April 7th. The MLB players association and Major League baseball have finally come to an agreement, and we couldn't be more excited to see the Cubs back and playing at Wrigley Field!

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
Business & Government Affairs
Check out all the BACP Webinars here!
Thursday, 3/17 at 10:00 AM
Breaking Barriers & Building an Action-Led Movement
In recognition of Women’s History Month, this webinar will feature a dynamic conversation between BACP’s Chief Small Business Officer Kenya Merritt and Rohini Dey, Ph.D, Vermilion Restaurateur & Founder Let’s Talk Womxn.
Rohini is a leading restaurateur and an avid supporter of women. Rohini was inspired to break away from her management consulting career by a desire to go entrepreneurial. She created and developed Vermilion, an award winning Indian-Latin concept restaurant in Chicago. After a decade of founding and leading The James Beard Foundation Women's Leadership Program, in 2020 Rohini founded Let’s Talk Womxn, a collaboration of over 600 women restaurateurs in 13 cities supporting each other and building scale together. Learn about this unique "collaboration between competitors" model that has been lauded and grown exponentially. Learn also about the available resources and organizations for women in business and how to apply them to your own journey.

Frdiay, 3/18 Webinar at 9:30 AM
How To Prepare Your Business for the Metaverse
Presented by JinJa Birkenbeuel, CEO Birk Creative
During this beginner level webinar, you will learn 1) What is the Metaverse? And 2) What is Web 1.0, Web 2.0 and Web 3.0

Wednesday, 3/23 Webinar at 3:00 PM
Getting Started in SEO: An Introduction to Search Engine Optimization
Presented by Edwin Romero (Independent SEO Consultant)
Search Engine Optimization (SEO), or the process of improving search engine visibility, is a marketing channel that is often either overlooked or misunderstood by small business owners. In this webinar, we will review the significance of SEO for small business owners, how SEO can serve as a long term, cost efficient marketing channel and what fundamental best practices should be kept in mind when optimizing for SEO.

Friday, 3/25 Webinar at 9:30 AM
Everything You Need To Know About Business Insurance
Presented by Sandra Cavoto Insurance Agency
In this session, attendees will learn the coverages needed for their business. We'll discuss the right questions to ask your insurance professional and how to protect yourself and your business against lawsuits.

Wednesday, 3/30 Webinar at 3:00 PM
Small Business Marketing: What To Know, How to Start & What to Expect
Presented by Score Chicago
Learn about the fundamentals of marketing, why small business need marketing, how small business can start marketing and what results you can expect.

For recordings of past BACP webinars, please click here
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.
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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