January 9, 2020

Frank Ignazio "Poppie" Bruscianelli
October 6, 1944 - January 7, 2020

The Chamber has received the sad news that Frank Bruscianelli, our dear friend and long-time business owner of Renaldi's Pizza (2827 N. Broadway),  has passed away. He will be missed dearly by family, friends and the community.
The visitation information is listed here and below:

Frank Ignazio "Poppie" Bruscianelli, age 75, passed away on January 7, 2020, surrounded by his loving family. Frank was the beloved husband and high school sweetheart of GeorgeAnn, nee Trepcyk, for 55 wonderful years; loving father of Lisa J. (Dan) Clifford, Jack F. (Beth) and Mark J. (Kamila) Bruscianelli; dearest son of the late Giuseppina and Gioacchino Bruscianelli; cherished grandfather of Richard and Nicole Clifford, Franklin Bruscianelli, Benjamin (Giana Cartuccio) Clifford, Jordan, Jackson, Izabella and Luna Bruscianelli; great grandfather of Daniel Clifford; dear brother in-law of Adrian (Robert) Whitaker and Allan Trepcyk. Frank was a fond uncle, godfather, cousin and friend of many.

Memorial visitation will be Sunday, January 12, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Cumberland Chapels 8300 W. Lawrence Ave., Norridge, IL. Funeral services will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, at the funeral home, and we will then proceed to St. Zachary Church in Des Plaines for a memorial mass at 10:00 a.m. Frank will be entombed in private at All Saints Mausoleum. 

For more information, please click here or call (708)456-8300.
Joke at the Oak to Benefit the Lakeview East Community Partnership      
Join us for a night of stand up comedy as we raise money for the Lake View East Community Partnership, hosted by Pat Treuer!

The Irish Oak
3511 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60657

LVECP is an independent non-profit, 501(c)3, philanthropic arm of the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce comprised of community residents. Our mission is to contribute to local non-profit organizations to enhance the quality of life in Lakeview by supporting community development projects as well as arts and neighborhood beautification.

Joke at the Oak was started December 12, 2018 as an open mic to give rising comedians a chance to compete for featured, and headlining sets every Wednesday and to participate in our new monthly charity showcase.

Join the Lakeview Social & Supper Club for our first event of 2020 at 
Houndstooth Saloon!
For $40 (tax included; tip NOT included) members can enjoy a family style meal with all the fixin's with fellow Lakeview S&S Club members as you catch up on what's happened since the last decade.

Meal includes: whole roasted chicken, corn on the cob, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, cheddar biscuits, and pecan pie, PLUS a complimentary cocktail!
Get your tickets ASAP as we sure this one won't last long!

*Visit LakeviewSupperClub.com/Join to sign up for membership. After signing up, you will receive an email with ticket purchasing instructions.
The 2019-2020 Private Event Space Guide
 Browse the interactive Lakeview Private Event Space Guide online  here  and find the perfect location for your next special event.

3053 N. Sheffield 

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For more information, visit vision-boutique.com.

540 W. Briar Pl.

Shaw Legal Services, Ltd.'s attorneys and support staff are ready to address and solve your legal questions and issues. Founded as a civil litigation firm, it's expanded its practice areas to assist you in all your legal needs through the use of practical and innovative strategies. Shaw Legal Services delivers consistent services across its platform of practices in all matters. Unlike other lawyers and firms, their varied practice areas and expertise allow them to view each question or issue with a unique perspective to provide you with a 360 degree legal solutions plan.
For more information, visit shawlegalservices.com.
Businesses Opening Soon in Lakeview East!
Little Barn Apothecary - 3341 N. Broadway
Breakfast House  - 3928 N. Sheridan
Kilwins -  3519 N. Clark
CMX: The Cinema Experience1027 W. Addison   
CVS - 1035 W. Addison
Cuddle Bunny  - 2901 N. Clark
Dance on Broadway  - 3168 N. Broadway
Cumin - 1039 W. Belmont Ave
Everbrook Academy  538 W. Diversey Pkwy
Lakeview East & Wrigleyville Banner  Sponsorship
The Lakeview East Street Pole Banners are located throughout the District are still available for sponsorship. Banners are located on Broadway, Clark, Belmont, Addison and Diversey. Chamber members and local businesses have the opportunity to sponsor new banners or renew your current banner sponsorship at a discounted rate. 

Wrigleyville Area Banners:
New Banner Sponsorship (per banner):
- Lakeview East Chamber Members - $500 each
- Non-Members - $1,000 each

Surrounding Lakeview East Area Banners:
New Banner Sponsorship (per banner):
- Lakeview East Chamber Members - $250 each
- Non-Members - $400 each

Please contact our office for more information  by calling 773-348-8608.

The Lakeview East area is bustling with new development.  For development projects visit our website  here.
Storefront Opportunities

Are you or anyone you know, looking to move their business to Lakeview East? You can view Storefront Opportunities on our website here!

New Laws & Ordinances

With a new year, comes new laws and ordinances.  Please be aware of new laws that will go into effect in 2020:

The current restaurant tax is .25, effective January 1st, this has increased to .50. 
Please adjust your sales tax to 10.75% on your systems.  If you are in the MPEA District, you will be collecting 11.75%.  (sales tax is 10.25% plus the .50 restaurant tax equates to 10.75% or 11.75% if you are located in the MPEA).

Please note:  
THIS DOES NOT APPLY to Businesses with less than 100 employees and restaurants or non-profits with less than 250 employees. Starting July 1, 2020, Mayor Lightfoot's landmark and expansive legislation will provide  fair scheduling policies for workers in the following industries: Building Services; Healthcare; Hotels; Manufacturing; Restaurants; Retail; and Warehouse Services. Starting July 1, employees earning no more than $26/hour or $50,000/year for an employer in those industries with more than 100 employees (250 for a non-profit or restaurant) will be covered by the ordinance. These employees will be guaranteed ten days advance notice of their schedule, along with the right to decline scheduling changes and receive compensation if changes do occur. They will also benefit from the right to decline work schedule hours that are less than ten hours after the end of the previous day's shift; the right to request a modified work schedule; and first choice for additional work hours when available.  

On July 1, 2020 
Chicago's minimum wage will increase to $14 an hour, reaching $15 an hour by 2021, four years before the State of Illinois. Furthermore, Mayor Lightfoot's landmark Minimum Wage Ordinance will extend minimum wage protections to numerous groups that were previously exempt. Beginning July 1, 2020, youth under the age of 18 and employees in "Learners" and Subsidized Transition Employment Programs will be covered for the first time, receiving a raise to $10 an hour on the path to $15 an hour by 2024. Also, on July 1, the minimum wage for tipped workers will increase to $8.40 an hour, 60 percent of the minimum wage. 

Also note:  The State of Illinois has a new protection for tipped employees:
Protections for Employees Who Receive Tips A new law states that gratuities are the property of employees, and employers are forbidden from taking them. The law requires tips to be paid to employees within 13 days after the end of the pay period where they were earned. The Illinois Department of Labor can take the issue to court if employers do not comply.

Under the proposed ordinance, mobile merchant operators will be able to obtain a $250, two-year license from BACP. This renewable license will allow operators to sell retail goods from within a mobile vehicle between 6:00am and 10:00 pm from a legal parking spot. To encourage the business activity, mobile merchants will be allowed to operate for four hours at one location under the license, subject to posted parking regulations, up from the two-hour limit in the current Emerging Business Permit.

For more City of Chicago changes and information including Legalization of Adult Use Cannabis,  Congestion Tax, Fast Track Signs, Parking Meter Increase, Utility Bill Relief Pilot Program please visit: CityofChicagoBACP.

Here are some noteworthy State of Illinois changes:

Parking Tax for Garages and Lots
Starting Jan. 1, the State will charge a 6% tax on parking in daily and hourly garages and lots, and a 9% tax on parking in monthly and annual garages and lots.

Use of Arrest Records
Employers will be prohibited from inquiring into or using a record as the basis for an employment decision. Arrest records also cannot be used as the basis for refusing to take part in a real estate transaction.

Baby Changing Stations in Public Buildings
All buildings with public restrooms will be required to have at least one baby diaper changing station in a women's room, and at least one in a men's room - as well as at least one diaper changing station that is accessible to both men and women.

Restroom Signage
Single-room occupancy restrooms in public buildings will only be identified with a sign identified as "restroom" and will no longer be designated for a specific gender. This does not apply to multi-person restrooms.

The Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce will keep you informed as we gather more information of any forthcoming changes or new laws that will affect our commercial district.  We look forward to working with you and continue to be a strong advocate for our business community.

Chicago Census 2020
The City of Chicago is committed to helping every Chicagoan participate in the 2020 Census, it is important that everyone is represented and has the chance at being so. See below for some opportunities regarding the 2020 Census and how you can be involved.
  • In advance of the 2020 Census, the U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people for temporary jobs across the country.
  • The temporary positions include: Census Takers, Census Field Supervisors, Recruiting Assistants, Office Operations Supervisor.
  • Candidates must complete an online job application; The application includes assessment questions about education, work, and other experience.
  • Positions for the 2020 Census are located throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.
  • Pay rates can vary by position and location; Find the pay rates in your area using the interactive map.
Visit the Census website here or email  [email protected] for even more information. #ChiCounts2020

Construction has begun for the five year phase of the RPM project.  To find out more about this project please visit the RPM website hereThe modernization project has many steps, and it is important to know when and how you or your business may be affected.  Sign up for construction impact alerts in your community  here
ChibizHub is an online platform build by the City of Chicago to help connect small businesses with service providers.
19th District Community Alternative Policing Strategies (CAPS)

The 44th Ward is served by the 19th District (bounded by Lawrence, Lake Shore Drive, Fullerton, and the Chicago River). Each police district is divided in beats, and each beat has a team of beat officers assigned to it. Police representatives from these teams and local community leaders conduct the CAPS meetings. For more information on CAPS, visit the Chicago Police Department's web page,  How CAPS Works

Upcoming CAPS Meetings:


Welcome to the Belmont Theater District - Chicago's Largest 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. 

From world-class theater to Chicago-style comedy and everything in between, there's always a seat waiting for you at the 100+ shows playing every week in the Belmont Theater District-Chicago's largest theater district.

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Did you participate in National Novel Writing Month last November? Or maybe you have an opening chapter, scene for a movie, sketch comedy, poem, whatever your rough draft may be, Long Overdue wants to help. 

The event: Bring in a rough draft (5-10 pages) and receive helpful feedback in a welcoming environment. Best part: Sample wines while you read from the team at BottlesUp!  



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