Veterans Day is a time for us to pay our respects to those who have served. For one day, we stand united in respect for you, our veterans.
This holiday started as a day to reflect upon the heroism of those who died in our country's service and was originally called Armistice Day. It fell on November 11 because that is the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. However, in 1954, the holiday was changed to "Veterans Day" in order to account for all veterans in all wars.
We celebrate and honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
To all our veterans, thank you for your service!
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.
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.
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.
Stop by local businesses and sample holiday treats from 12-4 PM on Saturday, December 5th. Check back for a list of participating businesses!
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 #LakeviewEATS! 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!
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.**
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The mission of the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) is to preserve and nurture the ecosystem of independent live music venues and promoters throughout the United States.
This is our final push to Congress and there won't be another opportunity. We NEED the #SaveOurStagesAct and the #RestartAct passed in order to keep independent venues nationwide from closing permanently. Please help us #SaveOurStages now.
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.
The City of Chicago has begun accepting application for the $10 million
Chicago Hospitality Grant Program. Announced by Mayor Lightfoot last week as part of an emergency hospitality relief package, this program will provide grants of $10,000 each to Chicago bars and restaurants that have been greatly impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The application will remain open until 11:59 pm central time on Monday, November 23rd and citywide recipients will be selected via lottery, with a portion reserved for businesses in low- and moderate-income Community Areas. To be eligible, bars or restaurants must be located in Chicago, have no more than $3 million in annual revenues and have experienced at least a 25% revenue loss due to COVID-19. For the full list of eligibility criteria, frequently asked questions and to apply, visit
The Chicago Hospitality Grant Program is made possible due to the support of Accion Serving Illinois and Indiana and World Business Chicago. To help applicants navigate the program, the City will be hosting informational webinars later this week:
* Thursday, November 12, 2:30 pm (English) * Friday, November 12, 10:00 am (English) * Friday, November 13, 2:30 pm (Spanish)
Additional webinars will be scheduled for next week as needed. Learn more about these webinars and register at chicago.gov/businesseducation. Applicants can also submit their questions about the program in English and Spanish.
We encourage all bars and restaurants to apply for a grant through the Chicago Hospitality Grant Program. As a reminder, grants will be distributed via a lottery. As long as you get your application in before the deadline of 11:59 pm on Monday, November 23rd, the date and time that you apply for the grant does not factor into your eligibility. Please take your time to complete the application and do not hesitate to reach out with any questions.
Additionally, we strongly encourage all Chicago businesses to apply for grants through the State of Illinois Business Interruption Grant Program (BIG). Applications are available today at Illinois.gov/dceo.
Delivery Service Fees
Mayor Lightfoot, along with Alderman Tom Tunney, also announced new legislation will be presented to City Council to temporarily cap the fees third party companies can charge restaurants for their delivery services.
Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection Remote Adjudication of Violation Notices
The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) has an option to attempt to resolve citations before you are required to appear at the Department of Administrative Hearings. This remote adjudication option is available during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis to help protect the health and safety of people in Chicago. Anyone who has been issued an Administrative Notice of Violation (ANOV) that is scheduled for a hearing in Room 106 or Room 107 at the Department of Administrative Hearings, 400 West Superior, may attempt to resolve their matter remotely. Read the announcement here.
Hospitality Workers' Job Portal
The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership is launching ChiServes.com, a portal for hospitality workers who have lost their jobs. Workers can use the portal to access a network of resources through The Partnership.
The Partnership is also launching a new text campaign where registered recipients will receive weekly blasts of current job listings. By texting "ChiServes" (or "ChiSirve" for Spanish-speakers) to 474747, workers will receive texts with information about who is hiring now, upcoming virtual or in-person workshops and hiring events.
Additionally, restaurant workers are encouraged to apply for a grant through the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund, created by the Illinois Restaurant Association.
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 Chicago.gov/takeout.
You can enter the contest by emailing
TakeOutChicago@choosechicago.com 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.
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.
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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 - 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.
Lakeview East Businesses: Register for the RPM Open for Business Program
If your business is located within the below boundary, it is important for you to register your business. Participants should register for this program to be included in marketing efforts, including campaigns developed by the CTA and LVECC. The campaigns will increase the visibility of the local businesses and encourage people to shop, eat, play, and explore in Lakeview East within the RPM project area.
Applying for the RPM Open for Business Program is easy. The process starts by certifying that your organization meets the eligibility requirements and by providing information for the business directory. After these steps, you can become a participant and receive ongoing information and updates.