September 30, 2020

October Dates Added: Dine Out on Broadway and Sheffield

Join us for this weekend and next for 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 accommodate 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 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
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 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.  
Nominations Open for New Director - East Lake View Neighbors
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
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!
Hispanic Heritage Month Continues Until October 15
National Hispanic Heritage Month traditionally honors the cultures and contributions of both Hispanic and Latino Americans as we celebrate heritage rooted in all Latin American countries. During this month and throughout the year, organizations across the country share history, heritage, and accomplishments of Hispanic and Latino Americans of past and present. In Chicago, the Latino community makes up about one-third of the city. Their contributions have been integral to not just the Latino community, but the city at large and right here in our Lakeview East Community. Happy National Hispanic Heritage Month! 

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 Chicago is offering FREE TICKETS for Dining Out Lakeview East this weekend. Use the promo code "diningout" to receive free tickets to any show Friday (7pm & 9:30pm), Saturday (7pm, 9:30pm, or 11:30), or Sunday at 8pm!
Visit or call 773-327-3175 for
more information and to redeem tickets!

From The Blog: PPM Apartments is Lovin' Lakeview East!

Planned Property Management, better known as PPM Apartments, is an apartment leasing company that is no stranger to Lakeview East. With over 3,700 apartments across the city, they have a strong presence right here in Lakeview where they've been for over 30 years . They've also been a member of the Chamber since 1998 - now that's what we call seriously Lovin' Lakeview! Click here to read more.


Congratulations to the Chicago Cubs for clinching the 2020 NL Central Division title!
See you in the playoffs!

Lakeview Says Farewell to The Alley After 44+ Years
The Alley has been a quirky, curious, one-of-a-kind staple in Lakeview since 1976. The truly unique to its core store and Owner Mark Thomas have helped shape the social and cultural fabric of our neighborhood for decades. 

Last week, The Alley announced it would be leaving its storefront on Belmont to expand at its Avondale warehouse (2620 West Fletcher St.), which the boss, owner Mark Thomas, calls "The Mothership."

We will miss them dearly and are so sad to see them go, but are incredibly grateful for all the wonderful years Lakeview has been home to one of Chicago's most iconic retailers. We wish The Alley and Mark all the best on this new stretch of The Alley's journey!

Please Share and Continue to Support Small Businesses Like The Alley! Visit their new location or shop online at
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. 

Phase 4: Updated Guidelines Go Into Effect October 1st
The Mayor of Chicago released new city guidelines regarding the reopening of the City of Chicago. Please read the updates below and visit the official Reopening website for the city here.

The updates below will go into effect THIS Thursday, October 1st at 5:00am.

Restaurants, health and fitness centers, and all other establishments that have been limited to 25% indoor capacity will now be able to increase their maximum indoor capacity to 40%.

- The limit of total individuals to one room or space remains in place


Bars, taverns, brewers and other establishments that serve alcohol for on-site consumption without a retail food license may reopen indoor seating at 25% capacity or 50 people, whichever is fewer

- Service remains limited to no more than two hours per party, and customers must be seated when eating, drinking or ordering - patrons cannot walk up to the bar to order

- The establishment must partner with a food provider so that food is available to patrons at all times (e.g., making menus available and allowing delivery, allowing patrons to order from third-party delivery services)


Additional food service and bar updates include:

- When dining out at a food service establishment or bar, customers must wear face coverings while seated at all times (including when interacting with staff), except when actively eating or drinking

- When taking reservations and seating walk-in customers, restaurants and bars should retain an email and/or phone number for possible contact tracing

- Bars, restaurants and other establishments that serve alcohol will now be able to sell alcohol for on-site or off-site consumption until 1:00 am and may remain open until 1:30 am (liquor stores, grocery stores and other establishments that sell alcohol to-go through a Package Goods license must continue to cease alcohol sales at 9:00 pm)

- Maximum party size and table occupancy at restaurants, bars, taverns, breweries and event venues will remain at six people (indoor or outdoor)


Maximum group size for health and fitness classes, and after-school- programs increased from 10 to 15 people


Personal services that require the removal of face coverings permitted to reopen (e.g., facials, beard trims)

- Services are recommended to be kept under 15 minutes and the employee conducting the service must always wear a face covering


All places of business should provide hand sanitizer for patrons and employees to use upon entry

Residential property managers are asked to continue limiting guest entry to five additional people for single-member households such that total indoor gatherings and parties do not exceed six people.


BACP today hosted a series of webinars breaking down the new guidelines for each industry. Click here to view. 
Guidelines for Fall/Winter: Sidewalk Cafes & Expanded Outdoor Dining
Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) has announced criteria for outdoor dining and acceptable coverings. Please read the rules here.

Specifically, please note the following guidelines:
  • Temporary structures that fit multiple parties must have at least 50% of the sides open to be considered outdoors
  • Enclosed structures, such as plastic domes, may be used for individual parties and must have adequate ventilation to allow for air circulation
  • Temporary structures must be weighted, anchored or secured to the ground, but cannot be anchored with any method that requires screwing, cutting or drilling into the public way (i.e. on streets or sidewalks)
  • Electrically powered heating devices are permitted in open or enclosed areas
  • Natural gas heaters or any device fueled by propane are only permitted in open, uncovered areas

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
Shop Local for Masks and PPE Supplies!
The Chamber is offering a 20% - Member's Only discount while supplies last. Items will be available on a first come, first served basis. We have limited quantities of products and each member will be limited on the number of products they can purchase. All proceeds are a donation to the Chamber and will be used to continue supporting our businesses and the Lakeview East Community.
Please email us at if you are interested in purchasing 
Available PPE supplies: 
- Gallon Liquid Hand Sanitizer 
- Hand Sanitizer Gel 16oz Bottle 
- Infrared Thermometer
- Pack of 5 - KN95 Masks 
- Pack of 50 - 3 Ply Disposable Masks

Local Bulk Masks Available!

Now available at Sherwin Williams at 3311 N. Halsted!

Graco recently released their SaniSpray Disinfectant Sprayer. This sprayer is specifically designed for disinfectant and sanitizing chemicals. The SaniSpray is designed to deliver consistent coverage without running and dripping. The industries that would benefit most from this are food service, transportation, housing, education, hospitality, and health care. The SaniSpray retails at a cost of $908.00. As a special offer to chamber members, we are able to provide this unit a cost of $655.00 for the corded SaniSpray. Anyone interested in seeing a demonstration of the SaniSpray can reach out to Callie at or (773)-248-2000.
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 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

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 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
G&T Over the Tavern Pierogi - Delivery Only, Available on All Major Apps! - NOW OPEN!
Everbrook Academy - 538 W. Diversey Pkwy - OPENING SOON!
Recanto Brazilian Grill928 W. Belmont - NOW OPEN!
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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