June 24, 2020

Dine Out on Broadway

Dine Out On Broadway was a huge success! We thank everyone who participated and patronized this pilot program. We are currently reviewing this program for future dates for Broadway and other streets. We wish to thank Mayor Lightfoot and Alderman Tunney for their support for local businesses. More information about future participation in our district will be announced shortly.

Dan Wolf, Owner of Lakeview East Favorite "The Bagel", to be Awarded with JCFS 2020 What's Possible Award

We are incredibly proud to share JCFS will be honoring Danny Wolf with this year's What's Possible Award for his civic and philanthropic endeavors. Born in Theresienstadt Concentration Camp in 1944, Danny and his mother reunited with family and emigrated to the United States with assistance from the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS).  Eventually, his family founded The Bagel Restaurant (3107 N. Broadway), which Danny still owns and operates. A long-time member of Anshe Emet Synagogue, Danny has served in numerous leadership positions for Jewish communal and charitable organizations in addition to being a steadfast supporter of JCFS and the community.

We are honored to know and work with Dan, and are thankful for his unyielding support of small businesses and the community. 

Dan will be honored at JCFS's virtual  ceremony, A Striking Event,  tomorrow, June 25th, at 7pm CST.  If you would like to join us in honoring him at tomorrow's event,  please visit the official website here  for more information!
2020 Lakeview East Dining Guide

View the New 2020 Lakeview East Dining Guide here

Interested in Al Fresco dining options? Click here to browse outdoor dining in Lakeview East, and click here to check out outdoor dining in Wrigleyville!
Mayor Lightfoot and Chicago Department of Public Health: Chicago Will Move Into Phase Four on Friday, June 26
Mayor Lori Lightfoot and CDPH  announced  Chicago will transition to Phase IV this Friday, June 26, under stricter guidelines than the rest of the state. Businesses located in the City of Chicago must follow the city's  Phase IV - Gradually Reopen Guidelines

The following industries will open for the first time at the beginning of Phase IV in Chicago:
Industry-specific guidelines  include details such as how businesses can engage in healthy interactions between workers and customers, how to maintain safe working spaces and conditions, and how to design and monitor workplace operations to create flexibility and maintain safety for employees and customers.

Most industries previously allowed to open in earlier phases have updated guidelines, including:
  • Education & Childcare
  • Office & Real Estate
  • Accommodation & Tourism
  • Retail & Services, including Personal Services and Health & Fitness Clubs
  • B2B, including Manufacturing, Construction, Transportation & Warehousing
  • Healthcare
  • Transportation
  • Parks & Outdoor Attractions
  • Places of Worship
Please review the guidelines specific to your industry for the most up-to-date requirements.

Although progress has been made in order to move to Phase IV, all residents should continue to abide by important guidance including: 
  • Physically distancing and wearing a face covering
  • Limiting non-business, social gatherings to 50 persons for indoor events and 100 for outdoors
  • Staying at home if you are considered vulnerable, feel ill or have come into contact with someone with COVID-19
  • Getting tested if you have symptoms
Businesses are encouraged to go through the city's  self-certification process  for reopening.  Please review the guidelines and create your business plan to self-certify.

Recordings of webinars about industry-specific Phase IV reopening guidelines and other past webinars are available on BACP's YouTube channel here . BACP will continue to hold webinars t o provide additional clarity and help answer questions about the reopening framework and requirements. View upcoming webinars and register herePlease email BACPoutreach@cityofchicago.org with any webinar questions. 


INDOOR RESTAURANT & BAR SERVICE: Starting on Friday, June 26, restaurants and bars will be able to allow indoor service at 25% capacity with a maximum capacity of 50 people per room or floor. Patrons must be seated at tables that are six feet apart with ten people or fewer per table. The updated industry-specific guidelines for food service and bars are available  here. The decision to allow for indoor dining was based on the continued positive trend in the data metrics monitored by the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) over the past several weeks.
  • Limit customers to no more than 10 people/table
  • Limit each indoor space/room to no more than 50 individuals, while practicing social distancing, or 25% capacity (whichever is fewer)
  • Outdoor dining/alcohol consumption permitted following standard social distancing requirements
  • For event venues/banquet halls, adhere to capacity and gathering restrictions for indoor/outdoor spaces (depending on setting)
  • Seating at drinking establishments without a Retail Food Establishment License will be limited to a maximum of two hours per party. 
  • Alcohol sales at bars and restaurants for on-site consumption must still end at 11:00 p.m. each night, while the sale of alcohol for carryout or delivery must cease at 9:00 p.m. each night.

SIDEWALK CAFES & OUTDOOR DINING: The sidewalk café reform ordinance includes the following provisions:
  1. 75% permit fee reduction
  2. Ability to extend sidewalk cafés in front of a neighboring property
  3. Expedited permit issuance process 
Click here for more information. BACP has issued an  updated FAQ on the process for an extended sidewalk café permit.

If you wish to extend your sidewalk cafe beyond your property line, please remember you cannot be in front of another food establishment or liquor store. You must ask permission from the property owner if you are NOT curbside. Please update your COI's.  Here is the application. You also can not block an entryway.  

Let us assist you with your permits for expanding your outdoor dining.  Please email us for an appointment at info@lakevieweast.com.

COCKTAILS TO GO:   City Council approved an ordinance to temporarily legalize the sale of pre-mixed cocktails for pick up or delivery in the city. This ordinance will allow for cocktails to go in Chicago with health and safety measures in place based on provision of the recently passed State Law:    
  • Pre-mixed cocktails must be sold in a sealed and tamper-evident container.
  • Cocktails can only be sold by bars and restaurants, not liquor stores.
  • Cocktails must be labeled and cannot be delivered by third-party delivery services. 
NEW BUSINESS INTERRUPTION GRANTS PROGRAM: The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) will launch the first round of Business Interruption Grants (BIG) by providing $60 million to businesses experiencing losses or business interruption as a result of COVID-19 related closures. The total program funding will amount to at least $540 million in grants for small businesses.
Specifically, the program includes support for:
  • Bars and Restaurants - $20 million for bars and restaurants unable to offer outside service, providing at least 1,000 grants of up to $20,000 each
  • Barbershops and Salons - $10 million for barbershops and salons, providing 1,000 grants of $10,000 each
  • Gyms and Fitness Centers - $10 million for gyms and fitness centers that have lost significant revenue due to COVID-19, providing 500 grants of $20,000 each
Other grant programs are available for rent and mortgage assistance.  To find out about these grant programs, please read more  here.

REBUILD DISTRESSED COMMUNITIES GRANT: Rebuild Distressed Communities is a $25 million economic recovery program to support Illinois businesses that have sustained property damage as a result of civil unrest during protest and demonstrations on or after May 25th, 2020. The program will identify Grantees to solicit applications, administer subgrants and coordinate qualified vendors to make repairs for impacted businesses. Read more here.

"TOGETHER NOW" FUND: Chicago's small businesses and non-profits that need addition assistance to recover from COVID-19 and damage to their storefronts can apply for a grant from the Together Now Fund. Join one of the BACP's upcoming webinars to learn about the Fund, including how to apply.  Visit  www.chicago.gov/togethernow  for more information.

SMALL BUSINESS LIVE RESTART GRANT FUND: Accion Opportunity Fund partnered with Superfly to raise money to support small business owners working to overcome challenges related to COVID-19. The effort is part of Small Business Live, an online philanthropic music experience that took place on Saturday, June 20. Selected small business owners will receive a grant of $5,000 to help restart their business. At least 50% of funds will be allocated to current Accion and Opportunity Fund loan clients. The other 50% of grantees will be selected from the pool of eligible applicants. Click here for more information and to apply.

PPP LOANS: Join Employco USA to learn about the updates to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) following the enactment of the Flexibility Act and revised forgiveness applications. During this free webinar, we'll: 

  • Summarize the updated regulations and instructions released on June 5th and June 17th Learn the differences available between the 8-week and 24-week forgiveness periods
  • Discuss the new options to setup your measurement period for payroll and non-payroll costs 
  • Review the new EZ Forgiveness application
  • Examine the new wage limits if the 24-week option is selected
  • Provide details on how to calculate a FT vs FTE employee 
  • Discuss tips to maximize the forgiveness, and talk about the rules for the portion of the loan that is not forgiven
  • Review how the forgiveness evaluation limits owners' compensation  

You'll also be able to get some clarity on human resource issues including unemployment and payroll. There will be a brief presentation to begin the session but most of the time will be dedicated to answering your specific questions. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

LABOR LAWS, FAIR WORKWEEK, & MINIMUM WAGE INCREASES: There have been several updates to local Labor Laws, including the implementation of the Fair Workweek Ordinance and the Minimum Wage Increase that goes into effect  July 1, 2020 . Please scroll down to the  Government & Business Affairs  section for specific information and resources.

CHICAGO PPE MARKET:  The City of Chicago is excited to launch the  Chicago PPE  Market  to streamline the purchase process for businesses as they prepare to open in Phase 3.  Buyer registration is now open. Register for the Chicago PPE Market  here  and then check your email for a link to access the online platform.

If you wish to have REOPENING SIGNAGE printed for your store:
Our team has created Lakeview East branded signage that you can use and display in and outside your business:
You can print this signs on your own if you'd like, or we are also having them printed for our businesses for free on 8.5" x 11" posters. Call the below businesses to arrange pick up:
  • American Signs Tomorrow (2834 N. Halsted), 773-404-7446
  • The UPS Store (3023 N. Clark), 773-281-8988.
We will continue to share updates as we continue to craft and execute our recovery plan. You can access the latest information related to Lakeview East on our website here

Thank you, and stay safe.

The Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce
COVID-19 Information & Resources 
The Lakeview East Chamber is committed to providing the latest updates and resources for our community during this difficult and uncertain time. Please visit the below pages on 
our website for up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 and small business resources including the Paycheck Protection Program, City Ordinances, financial resources and grants a list of restaurants & businesses open in Phase IV,  and more.
Please exercise patience with our staff as we continue to update these resources in real-time. We will continue to try our best to keep you updated in as timely a manner as possible. 
Attention LVECC Members: boiMag Creates  $35K Advertising Fund for Small Businesses

Life+Style =boiMAG.com has created an "Advertising Fund" of $35K to help Chamber members and small businesses in our community effected by the recent events of this year.  The funds can be used by any chamber member, on a first come basis, for Half Page ads, Full Page ads, and/or Digital Web Ads.   boiMAGazine   is happy to be in a position to help the community, so there is absolutely no obligation(s) for using the "Advertising Fund" for your business or organization.  If you need advertising assistance, please email or call the contact below for deadlines and more information.
Mike Macharello
email: boiAds@aol.com
(773) 909-7245

Pro-Bono PR/Social Media Consulting for Black-Owned Small Businesses

Zapwater Communications is providing pro-bono public relations and/or social media consulting services to three total Black-owned small businesses in Chicago.  In order to be considered, they request that businesses complete a quick questionnaire, linked here

While they may not be able to help all those who are interested, they will do their best to help by sharing vendors, resources, contacts or partners who likely can.

As you begin to reopen, we want to stress the importance of having a disinfection plan that keeps your business open in the event one of your staff members or customers tests positive for COVID 19. 

Skyline DKI , an ICRA (Infection Control Risk Assessment) Accredited firm, has helped businesses keep their employees safe and the operations ongoing since the start of the Coronavirus, providing  24/7 emergency service  using the highly effective disinfectant SteraMist®. 
Skyline DK I is the proud provider of SteraMist™ since 2016 and uses SteraMist™ in their daily restoration services.  SteraMist™ is now gaining awareness here in the US because we have not had to deal with pandemics on this level before. SteraMist™ has been used around the world for years. Skyline DKI has a number of additional materials they can supply for your exact situation. It can be a restaurant, delivery vehicle, commercial, residential, manufacturing facility, salon, clinic etc.  Skyline DKI can help.
Please call (773) 814-4467 or email info@skylinedki.com at for more information.
Labor Laws: Fair Work Week, Family First Coronavirus Response Act, & Minimum Wage Increases
Please be aware of the changes and additions to labor laws including Fair Work Week, Family First Coronavirus Response Act and minimum wage increases.  Please take this time to attend one of the webinars to best understand these new laws.

Business Affairs and Consumer Protection will be hosting  ZOOM webinars  on  Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2pm through the end of June to educate both employers and employees on wage, sick leave and scheduling.  These are important webinars to protect your business from lawsuits and to understand employee and labor laws.
The Fair Workweek Ordinance goes into effect on  July 1, 2020 . Employees are covered by the ordinance if they work in one of seven "covered" industries (Building Services, Healthcare, Hotels, Manufacturing, Restaurants, Retail, and Warehouse Services), they make less than $26/hour or $50,000/year, and the   employer has at least 100 employees globally (250 employees and 30 locations for a restaurant).  Covered employees are given:
  • Advance notice of work schedule (10 days beginning July 1, 2020)
  • Right to decline previously unscheduled hours
  • 1 hour of Predictability Pay for any shift change within 10 days
  • Right to rest by declining work hours less than 10 hours after the end of previous day's shift 

The  Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act)  requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The Department of Labor's (Department) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) administers and enforces the new law's paid leave requirements. These provisions will apply from the effective date through December 31, 2020. Click here to learn more and check eligibility.  
  • Small businesses with fewer than 50 employees may qualify for exemption from the requirement to provide leave due to school closings or child care unavailability if the leave requirements would jeopardize the viability of the business as a going concern. 
  • The Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce is looking into how small businesses can be exempt from this Act.  We will be hosting a ZOOM webinar on this subject that will go over this Act in more detail.  It is scheduled to be effect December 2020.

The minimum wage that will go into effect on July 1, 2020 is based on EMPLOYEE COUNT and is charted out as:4-20 employees is $13.50 per hour and $14.00 for  21 or more employees. Tipped employees will receive $8.10 for 4-20 employees and $8.40 for 21 or more employees. If you have fewer than 4 employees, the Sate minimum wage law is exempt. Please also review the PAID SICK DAYS to based on 1 hour for every 40 hours worked.  You can view the below chart on  the  BACP website .

ChibizHub is an online platform build by the City of Chicago to help connect small businesses with service providers. Currently, ChibizHub is providing up-to-date resources related to COVID-19. 

Upcoming Webinars

How to start your business: Venture Series | $10
Are you looking for expert advice on starting and growing a small business? The Venture Series offers resources to build a solid foundation for your dream business. There are four, two hour workshops that cover different material to help you start, scale and succeed in business!

Venture Start - Wednesday, July 8, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Venture Viability - Wednesday, July 15, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Venture Finance - Wednesday, July 22, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Venture Launch - Wednesday, July 29, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

For more information and to register please click here. If you have any questions about the workshops, please contact Steve at sbob@uic.edu.
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:

Wednesday, July 1st | Beats 1923, 1924 and 1925
 7:00 - 8:00 PM | This meeting will be virtually hosted via ZOOM:

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 924 8135 1491
Password: 463549
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3228 N. Clark
(773) 857-0689

A new Physical Therapy clinic is opening on Monday 6/29!

Special Offer:
"Video Running Gait Analysis" and "Titleist Golf Mechanics Analysis" for 50% off for the first 10 individuals (normally $250, discounted for $125). Please email Matthew Johnson, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, at mjohnson@mj-pt.com and mention this newsletter promotion. Most health insurance plans are accepted for evaluation and treatment of any "muscle and joint pain."

2924 N. Broadway | (773) 296-9097

Get  authentic Mexican cuisine from Mexico City and killer margaritas at our local Chicago restaurants in Lakeview. Equipped with multiple dinning areas and full bars. Our family owned Mexican restaurants serve up a sweet n savory brunch on the weekends, delicious dinner including Mexican favorites and a light side menu, PLUS traditional handmade desserts. Make a  reservation today and try for yourself.

3124 N. Broadway
(773) 922-4020 

The restaurant features regional, Italian-inspired seasonal plates that pay homage to tradition with respect to the technique, process, and history of Italian cuisine. A reflection of the Italian lifestyle, Ceres' Table has forged meaningful connections with Midwestern farmers in the spirit of cooking with seasonal, local, and sustainable ingredients wherever possible. In continuation of that philosophy, Ceres' Table will expand and seasonally adjust our menus with what is available in the market and from our purveyors on regular basis.  CT's 100% Italian-focused wine list showcases a sophisticated yet approachable variety, with more than 200 selections available by the bottle and 20 by the glass. Additionally, the craft cocktail program highlights both classics and house specialty cocktails.

674 W. Diversey
(773) 528-6670

Matisse is a neighborhood tavern with an eclectic Gastropub menu including made-from-scratch items and the best quality meats (Late-night kitchen).  Check out the cozy lounge with TVs, fireplace, Full-service bar including our martinis, craft and specialty cocktails (we use homemade ginger beer and just fresh juices) you won't find anywhere else. Relax with friends all summer long on the outdoor patio with a copper mug of our famous Moscow Mule or a Cold Craft Beer.  Our hand-picked wine list changes seasonally so you'll always find a new grape discovery to sample.
Late-nighters welcome for cocktails till close!

Katy Marquardt is a piano entertainer who absolutely loves her job! She always says she gets paid to have fun with people! Just because we're spending more time at home doesn't mean we can't still have a great night out! Katy will bring the nightlife to your living room! Her  online piano bar show is a mix of live music online and an online comedy show - perfect for quarantine date night or chilling in your jammies! You decide!  Request your favorite songs and sing along at home! Katy also plays really fun games for great prizes and get to hang out and chat! We can be alone together and all have a great time!  Now streaming on Facebook , YouTube and Twitch !

 836 W. Aldine
(773) 248-4243

Worship service Sundays at 11:00am

C3 is a growing network of people committed to becoming more like Jesus, and helping others discover and follow him. Are you interested in discovering Jesus for yourself? Are you interested in learning what his revolution looks like for the lives of contemporary urbanites? Are you interested in finding ways to celebrate what he has done for you by serving others? If you answered yes to any of these questions, C3 is certainly a community of faith that you are going to want check out.

Please click  here  to join our Facebook Live worship service.

 2817 N. Broadway
(312) 620-2327

MY SALON Suite of Lakeview is an upscale beauty complex offering spacious, customizable, suites with luxurious furnishings, and state of the art amenities, for all types of beauty professionals interested in working for themselves. If that happens to be you, please fill out the form to schedule a tour, or contact us at  info.lakeview@mysalonsuite.com  today!

3944-3946 N. Sheridan 
 (773) 904-7069

Conveniently located near the Sheridan stop, the new Lakeside Liquors has a great selection of beer, wine, and spirits at great prices!

644 W. Diversey

Forget ordinary hotel stays, and go for a unique urban lifestyle experience. Located in Chicago's vibrant Lincoln Park and Lakeview neighborhood, Hotel Versey connects travelers with the local culture, music, art and food of the Windy City. A bold and eclectic new design and local art merge with our storied jazz and rock history to create a reimagined hotel. Hotel Versey's opening and interior design were celebrated on Architectural Digest's prestigious list of "The 12 Best Designed Hotels Opening This Year." Edgy, quirky and dramatic, we are Chicago and invite you to stay like a local.

WE ARE OPEN - Hotels in Illinois are deemed essential.

Need an escape? Click here to book our special 15% discounted rate.

Businesses Coming to Lakeview East
The Studio by Adam Lee Kenney - 3005 N. Broadway
Breakfast House  - 3928 N. Sheridan
CMX: The Cinema Experience1027 W. Addison   
CVS - 1035 W. Addison
Cuddle Bunny  - 2901 N. Clark
Dance on Broadway  - 3126 N. Broadway
Cumin - 1039 W. Belmont Ave
Everbrook Academy  538 W. Diversey Pkwy
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 !

The Lakeview East area is bustling with new development.  For development projects visit our website  here.
Residential Street Resurfacing
See the link below for a list of ongoing projects. Vehicles parked during the restricted parking times will be relocated. If your vehicle is relocated, you can find out where it was relocated to by  clicking here or calling 311.

Crews may restrict vehicles from entering these streets during work hours for safety reasons. A traffic lane will be maintained outside of working hours and on weekends.

Red Purple Modernization (RPM) Project - Sign Up For Alerts! 
Construction has begun for the five year phase of the RPM project.  To find out more about this project please visit the  RPM website here The 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.
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. 



Unabridged Bookstore has committed to a yearlong effort of promoting and supporting the work of activists and organizations engaged in the fight against systemic racism, social injustice, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia.

This month, 10% of all sales will be donated to the  Equal Justice Initiative.

And, check out their recommended list of 25 anti-racist titles to read on their website here:  https://www.unabridgedbookstore.com/

  "At Unabridged Bookstore we believe that Reading is Resistance, and that our effort of sharing literature is a necessary work. We have seen this in recent weeks as our neighbors clamor for books about antiracism and policing. As part of the literary community we have a deep respect for the importance of words, and an understanding of their power. So we say:  Black Lives Matter . They have always mattered, but in the wake of the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and far too many others, we know these words are not enough. They must be followed by meaningful action."
"Stormfront Lakeview"

Steve Slaske, a local artist,  paints beautiful watercolors of different locations across the country, including Chicago and Lakeview East. Prints can be purchased online here .


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