November 25, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving might look a little different this year, but Lakeview East businesses have everything you need to make this the most memorable (and delicious) Thanksgiving yet. Whether it's vegan dishes, the whole Thanksgiving spread, or "everything but the turkey," we've got you covered.

Our office is closed Wednesday, November 25 - Monday, November 30. Our office will remain closed to the public on Mondays until further notice. On behalf of the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce, Happy Thanksgiving!
Shop Locally Online with the Lakeview East Holiday Gift Guide!

Get the perfect gift for everyone on your list with the Lakeview East Holiday Gift Guide! This year's guide is packed to the brim with one-of-a-kind gifts from unique small businesses that are sure to be a hit with loved ones. The best part: most items are available for purchase online, so you can shop from home in just a few easy clicks.


This Saturday is #SmallBusinessSaturday! It's no coincidence Small Business Saturday follows Black Friday - this day is part of a national effort to support small, locally owned businesses during the holiday season. 

You might not realize it, but each time you choose to support a small business you directly contribute to the vibrancy and charm of our neighborhood, enrich the lives of our business owners and their families, and make Lakeview East a wonderful place to dine, shop, play, and live.

It's no secret our small businesses need our support right now, more than ever before.Click here to browse the Lakeview East business directory, and scroll down to take a look at our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide, as well as our Dining, Retail, and Beauty guides for the ultimate holiday shopping inspiration!
Annual Holiday Extravaganza

Support local merchants! Lakeview East makes it easy to shop this holiday season by offering a one day discount on local gift cards that are accepted at 185+ businesses. 

Purchase gift cards from 12 - 3 p.m. on our website Saturday, December 5th for 25% off up to $500 worth of gift cards!
Share Your Message on the Lakeview East Tree of Hope
As the holidays approach, we look for hope for the future and spread our love to our families, friends, and community. This year, the Lakeview East Community Partnership would like to spread the love for our community by displaying your personal messages of hope on our Tree of Hope. Your message of hope could be sent to a person, business, or the Lakeview East community.

For a donation to the Lakeview East Community Partnership, your message will be displayed on an ornament on the Tree of Hope. Your donation helps support local nonprofits and brings programming to our community. To make a donation and write your message, click here!

Thank you to Walgreens at Broadway and Waveland for hosting the Tree of Hope! 
Stop by 3646 N. Broadway to see the Tree of Hope.
Help Save Our Illinois Restaurants
The IRA continues to call on Governor Pritzker to adjust the state of Illinois mitigation plan to all for indoor service at restaurants. 
You can further amplify our campaign to protect restaurants by joining the 10,000+ people that have urged the state to change its mitigation plan to allow for continued indoor service at restaurants. 
After you take 10 seconds to send a message, share the link on social media so your industry colleagues - employees, suppliers, fellow operators, and more - can add their voice. 

Giver's Gift is Going Virtual!

The Lakeview East Giver's Gift Promotion is back for the 24th year, with more businesses than ever before! Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, our office is taking the necessary precautions to carry on with the program, safely. We will be completely virtual this year, meaning - receipts will be emailed to us instead of brought into the office.

Click here for more details!
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!
COVID-19 Updates
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, and more.

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



We are very excited to deliver this brand new service at CRAM, available to all of our customers.
On select days and times it is now possible for you to make an in person appointment with a CRAM sales associate for private shopping or an over the phone video appointment that can be done from home. Click here to fill out the form and your sales associate will be in touch! 

 To show their support for fellow local businesses this holiday season, FFC is hosting a #ShopLocal week on Facebook from December 7-11, and they'd love to support some fellow local business in Lakeview East!

They have a club-specific Facebook group,   where they post updates, events and neighborhood news for members, and they're planning to share deals and discounts from our neighborhood partners to help spread the love this holiday season!

**They are going to include the first 10 businesses that submit the below in their holiday roundup.**
Here's what they need from you, if you're interested:
* Name of Business
* Address and/or website
* Promotion described in 150 words or less
* Accompanying image of your choice
* Submit by email to Natalie at by Thursday, December 3 



You don't know what you've got 'till it's gone. 
90% of independent venues could close permanently if we all don't act NOW. 

We join with NIVA - National Independent Venue Association in asking Congress to pass the #SaveOurStages Act as part of the next COVID relief package to provide critical funding to help independent venues survive. Even if you've done it before, take meaningful action again by contacting your local legislators in just 30 seconds at

Your voice matters - Tell your legislators to save independent music venues! Help us #SaveOurStages by telling Congress to ACT NOW!
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. 

State of Illinois Tier Three Resurgence Mitigation Measures
Please be advised that Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker earlier announced the reimplementation of Tier Three resurgence mitigations statewide. Under these resurgence mitigations, the following industries or activities must close effective Friday, November 20, at 12:01am:
  • Movie Theaters
  • Indoor Recreational Facilities (i.e. bowling alleys, arcades)
  • Performance Venues
  • Museums
  • Indoor Group Sports and Recreational Activities
  • Meeting Rooms, Banquet Centers, Private Party Rooms, Private Clubs and Country Clubs may not host gatherings
    • Special events at places of worship or funeral homes, such as weddings, funerals, Bar Mitzvahs or wakes, limited to 10 people
The following industries or activities may continue operating under the following additional regulations:
  • Bars and Restaurants: outdoor service, take-out, curbside pick-up and delivery can continue under existing regulations; private event spaces must be closed
  • Retail stores: 25% capacity
  • Grocery Stores and Pharmacies: 50% capacity (note- big box store that sell a combination of general retail, groceries and/or pharmacies among other goods must operate at 25% capacity)
  • Health and Fitness Centers: 25% capacity; reservations are required; indoor fitness classes must cease; outdoor activities allowed at 25% capacity with group activities limited to 10 people or less; locker room areas should be closed.
  • Hotels: Limited to registered guests only
  • Personal Services: 25% capacity or 25 people, whichever is less; services that require the removal of face coverings must cease
  • Offices: Work remotely if possible
  • Outdoor Activities: Outdoor museums, performance venues and other outdoor activities can continue at 25% capacity; group size limited to 10 people or less; total capacity limited to 100 people.
You can find the State of Illinois Tier Three Resurgence Mitigation Measures here.

As a reminder, all non-essential businesses in Chicago must be closed from 11:00 pm to 6:00 am. All other regulations not explicitly mentioned above remain in place, including the requirement for employees and customers to wear face coverings and to maintain six feet of social distancing.

Quarantine (the Card Game) is Here Just in Time for the Holidays!

We're a local Lakeview business and would like to partner with Lakeview restaurants and retailers to help during this difficult time. 

Quarantine retails for $20.20 (a reference to this crazy year we're all living through). I'm making the game available wholesale at $10 a deck. This makes a great add-on at the register for in store sales and online for restaurants offering delivery services. We have 5 star reviews of the game. 

To learn more or place an order, just email or call 773-968-2274. You can learn more about the game at our website at Wishing you all the best! 
City Launches Take Out Chicago Contest

The City is launching the 
Take Out Chicago Contest. Through this program, launched with the support of Choose Chicago, residents that order takeout from ten unique bars and restaurants between today and December 15 will be entered into a contest to win a VIP experience at one of Chicago's premier cultural institutions. Chicagoans can learn more and submit their entry at

You can enter the contest by emailing with your name and the name of 10 restaurants that you ordered from. Choose Chicago will at random select up to 10 winners. Each winner will receive a 90-120 minute VIP tour of a select Chicago destination. Proof of purchase will be requested when winners are selected.

Submit your entry here. Make sure you include your name and the 10 restaurants you ordered from! Good luck!

For recordings of past BACP webinars, please click here

Wednesday, 12/2 Webinar at 3:00 PM
City Inspections - Ask Questions, Get Answers
Presented by the City of Chicago
To operate a successful business in Chicago you need to know what it takes to maintain compliance. Officials from several City departments will provide insight on how to operate safely, stay compliant, help prepare for inspections and highlight the do's and don'ts of operating a business.
Friday, 12/4 Webinar at  9:30 AM
Starting a business: Business Concepts You Need to Know
Presented by the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago
This seminar covers concepts of understanding the characteristics of an entrepreneur, cultivating business ideas, exploring the options of doing business as well as funding sources and creating a business plan skeleton.
Wednesday, 12/9 Webinar at 3:00 PM
How to Write a Business Plan. What you need to know!
Presented by Donna R. Rockin, Managing Partner at Rockin Enterprises, Inc.
Learn how to create a comprehensive business plan. It's easier than you think when you understand all the components that get included. You'll receive a complete list of what to include to demystify the process. Writing a solid business plan is your roadmap to business success.
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:

Beats 1923, 1924 & 1925 | TBA - Early December, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Beat 1934 & 1935 | Monday, December 14th, 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.

3247 N. Broadway
(773) 319-7673

Plant Stand Collective is a city-wide pop-up shop featuring a rotation of plants and art by local artists. This cute little shop will be staying in Lakeview East until the end of the year! Stop by this charming shop while they're here!

Open Tuesday- Friday 12pm-6pm
Saturday & Sunday 11am-6pm


3404 N. Halsted
(773) 269-6497

Supper House meets all your needs for supper time! Our wide variety of food offers restaurant quality taste from the comfort of your own home. Our dishes are prepared in house and packaged for easy at-home eating. Our location also has Grab N' Go selections such as Oven Ready Dinners, Lemonades and Snacks. Comfort food at it's best! Elevated comfort food made from scratch. Change the way you serve supper.

OPEN FOR DELIVERY through Grubhub and DoorDash.

Businesses Coming Soon

Cloud Cookie - 3809 N. Clark NEW!!
Breakfast House - 3928 N. Sheridan
CVS - 1035 W. Addison
Cumin - 1039 W. Belmont
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 
Construction at Illinois Masonic
Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center continues steel installation for their approved parking garage. Semi-trucks will be backing into the NW corner of Sheffield and Nelson. Work should be ongoing through mid-December from 8am - 5pm. More details can be found here.
Red Purple Modernization (RPM) Project - Ask Questions & Sign Up For Alerts
Your questions answered at the CTA's RPM Virtual Office
December 8, 2020

The COVID-19 Pandemic has unfortunately required the CTA to delay the opening of an RPM community office, so they're going virtual to answer your project-related questions.

Submit questions for the December Session of the RPM Virtual Office by December 1.

Virtual Office appointments will be scheduled for December 8, 2020 between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.

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.

Follow the CTA's new Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) Project social accounts

The CTA has launched new social media accounts for the RPM project. Stay up to date on the project, get service information, plus more by clicking on each platform to follow them on
Thank you to our sponsor Byline Bank for supporting small, local businesses in our community!


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