September 16, 2020

2020 Lakeview East Virtual Festival of the Arts

We're truly sad this year's Lakeview East Festival of the Arts had to be cancelled. This past weekend would've marked the 16th year of the show! We were looking forward to making this year a wonderful event for the community, but ultimately had to make this difficult decision with the safety of the artists and Lakeview East community in mind.

Although this year's event isn't happening in person, we still wanted to showcase the artists who would've been at the festival, so we're doing so virtually!

We will also be sharing posts across our social media channels highlighting the artists and their work throughout the rest of the this month. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram!

Nominate Your Favorite Lakeview East Heroes for $20 Gift Cards!
Is there an exceptional Lakeview East resident you'd like to recognize? Maybe it's your stellar teacher, mail carrier, dog walker, or someone else. Either way, we know there are tons of really amazing people right here in our community. That why we want you to nominate your local Lakeview East Heroes to give them a chance at winning a Lakeview East Gift Card, accepted at 200+ local businesses!

Please email your Lakeview East Hero submissions to including the nominee's name, a short description of why they're your Lakeview East Hero, and the best way to contact them if they win.  
Lovin' Lakeview Neighborhood Campaign

We are kicking off a new campaign, Lovin' Lakeview! We want to share your stories, experiences, and favorite things about the Lakeview East neighborhood and business community. Have a great story about a local business or experience in LVE to share with us? Tag us on social media @LakeviewEast and use hashtag #LovinLakeview along with an image and be entered to win a $20 Lakeview East Gift Card! 
P.S. - Today is the last day! Contest ends September 16 at midnight. 

We've also created a Facebook profile photo frame! Add it to your profile photo here
Dine Out on Broadway and Sheffield this Weekend!

Join us this weekend for the final September dates of Dine Out on Broadway and Dine Out on Sheffield! Local favorite restaurants and food establishments along Broadway from Belmont to Diversey, and Sheffield from Belmont to School will participate. Sidewalk patios will be extended into the street to accomodate social distancing between guests.

Please click here for a list of participating restaurants, more information about street closures, and the Dine Out program.
Thank you to our sponsors, Byline Bank and Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits, for making Dine Out possible!

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Celebrate the Dog Days of Summer at Yappy Hour at Dine Out on Sheffield! 

From 12-3pm each day, four legged friends can get a special treat with purchase from participating restaurants:

Barangaroos Aussie PiesFree dog toy with $15 purchase
Cheesie's Pub & Grub: Free dog treats with purchase
Trader Todd's: Free dog treats with purchase
Sheffield's Beer and Wine Garden$5 Breckenridge Pilsner
Figo Wine BarFree dog toys with purchase
Want to See More Neighborhood Programs like Dine Out?
Want to See Small Businesses Thrive After COVID-19?

Consider Making a Donation to the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce!

If you have ever attended the Annual Lakeview East Festival of the Arts, Belmont Sheffield Music Festival, Halloween Hoopla, Wine Stroll, Annual Tree Lighting, last year's Wrigleyville Wonderland, the new Dine Out program, or any of the countless other community events we've put on for the community, you know how much we love the residents and businesses of Lakeview East and how incredibly proud we are to represent this neighborhood. We love hosting these events as much as you love attending, but they are also quite expensive to produce.

Your donation to the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce will help us continue support for our local small businesses during a time when they need us most, as well as bring our community together as we begin to reopen and, eventually, recover. After all, our local small businesses are what makes our neighborhood so dynamic, unique, and a place that truly feels like home. We will do whatever it takes to help keep it that way!

Please consider making a donation to the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce here.
2020 Lakeview East Neighborhood Guides

If you're looking to shop locally for decor, apparel, media, and more, the 2020 Lakeview East Retail Guide has it all. Shop our list of neighborhood shops and retailers to support local, small businesses here!

The 2020 Lakeview East Beauty Guide includes all the best beauty and salon offerings right here in Lakeview East! Everything you need to look good, feel good, and live well. View the full guide here

Feast your eyes upon the 2020 Lakeview East Dining Guide, including everything from upscale dining destinations to more casual restaurants and top-notch bar fare. When in #LakeviewEast, experience how #LakeviewEATSView 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!
September 16th is Mexican Independence Day

Mexican Independence Day marks Mexico's freedom from Spain in 1810. Lakeview East is home to many residents and businesses alike that celebrate this important day in history. Have a taste of this holiday by supporting these local Lakeview East restaurants who offer authentic Mexican cuisine: 

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 grantsa 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. 

**Please scroll down to the Business & Government Affairs section for more specific information.**

Laugh Factory's "Chicago's Best Standup" comedy show is back and better than ever. We know Lakeview has been itching to come back out and enjoy a night of comedy. So we're giving residents a special promo code for FREE tickets to any show this weekend! Use the promo code "laugh" to redeem your free entry for you and up to 6 guests!

The Executive Committee of East Lake View Neighbors seeks to appoint a Director to fill the recent vacancy created by a Director's resignation.  A Director must be a member of ELVN, who is someone current in the annual ELVN dues payment and resides, owns real estate, and/or conducts business within the boundaries of ELVN.  As a reminder, the boundaries of ELVN are:
  • North: W. Irving Park Road
  • South: W. Addison Street from N. Clark Street to 700 W. Addison Street, and W. Belmont Avenue from 700 W. Belmont Avenue to Lake Michigan 
  • East:   Lake Michigan 
  • West:  N. Clark Street from W. Irving Park Road to Addison Street, and the 700 W. demarcation from Addison Street to Belmont Avenue (including both sides of Elaine Place)
The appointed Director will hold office until the next Annual Meeting in spring 2021, will be put to a vote of the Members at the spring 2021 Annual Meeting and, if elected at the spring 2021 Annual Meeting, will hold the unexpired term of such person's predecessor in office which expires spring 2022.
If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else to be considered for an appointment as a Director of ELVN, please submit such nominations to Michael Zink at

There's a special pop up happening in Lakeview East!

Now Open! The Giving Goddess Shop is where you find everything you need to become your best inner and outer goddess. Shop stylish goods, locally and sustainably. Featuring clothing, home goods, plants, candles, accessories and more, The Giving Goddess Shop is a must this month in Lakeview East!

3243 N. Broadway

Follow them on Instagram @thegivinggoddessshop


While we may not know what day it is, we do know it's that time of year again...Shake Shack's Pumpkin Shake is back! This fan-favorite features vanilla frozen custard, REAL pumpkin, marshmallows, cinnamon, nutmeg, whipped cream + toasted pumpkin seeds �� Get it now through November 7th!

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. 

Second Round of DCEO Business Interruption "BIG" Grants Announced
The Business Interruption Grant (BIG) program is a $636 million program developed by Governor Pritzker and the Illinois General Assembly to provide economic relief for small businesses hit hardest by COVID-19. BIG leverages federal funding provided by the CARES Act to help offset COVID-19 related losses for Illinois small businesses. funding may be used to help businesses with working capital expenses, including payroll costs; rent; utilities; and other operational costs as defined in the eligible cost list found below.

New to BIG - applications for a second round of funding are set to go live September 17. A total of $220 million will be made available for small businesses of all types in Illinois.

Round 2:  A $220 million second round of BIG aims to provide relief for all types of small businesses, but with a particular focus on businesses downstate, in disproportionately impacted areas (DIAs), and for heavily impacted industry and regions - representing businesses that have been unable to reopen or operating at a severely diminished capacity since the spring.

The second wave of funds includes the following provisions to ensure a wide distribution of funds geographically and across business type, including:
  • Heavily Impacted Industries 
  • Disproportionately Impacted Areas
  • Downstate Communities
  • Priority Businesses
  • Agriculture 
  • Grants and Loan Forgiveness for Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan recipients
Please click here to read more about the second round of funding, the application process, eligibility criteria, and more important information on our website. 
Webinar: Workplace Transparency Act & Sexual Harassment Training
We are hosting a webinar on the new Illinois Employment Laws concerning the Workplace Transparency Act & Sexual Harrassment Training on Tuesday, September 22nd at 11:00 am. The webinar will be led with a presentation by Attorney Kimberly A. Ross from FordHarrison LLP.

This is an important webinar for all industries and businesses. To register, click here.
Advertising Funds Still Available:
Life+Style 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 goal is to give a helping-hand to those in need of advertising and help them to get the word out through boiMAGazine's extensive media network.
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.

Tuesday, August 18 for Labor Day issue
Tuesday October 14 for Halloween issue
If you need advertising assistance, please email or call the contact below for deadlines and more information.
Mike Macharello
phone: 773-909-7245

Sidewalk Cafes & Expanded 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

To register to vote by mail:
  • Visit 
  • Look at the tabs at the top and choose absentee ballot or mail in ballot
  • Fill it out and send it off - one form is a form you must sign, so print it off, sign it, either mail it back to the Board of Elections or bring it there in person (you will have your temperature taken)

Your application for a ballot will be submitted. Your will then ballot come in the mail!

For recordings of past BACP webinars, please click here

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. 

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:

Beat 1922 | Wednesday, September 16th, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Beat 1934 & 1935 | Monday, October 12th, 6:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Beats 1923, 1924 & 1925 | Wednesday, November 4th, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Beat 1933 | Tuesday, November 10th, 6:30 - 7:00 p.m.

If you would like to attend future CAPS Beat meetings virtually, email the CAPS office here with your name and address.

Businesses Coming Soon
Recanto Brazilian Grill928 W. Belmont - NOW OPEN!
Everbrook Academy - 538 W. Diversey Pkwy - OPENING SOON!
Breakfast House - 3928 N. Sheridan
CMX: The Cinema Experience - 1027 W. Addison
CVS - 1035 W. Addison
Cumin - 1039 W. Belmont Ave
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 
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 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.


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