July 8, 2020

Baseball is Back, & so are the Cubs! 

That's right: baseball is back for the season, and Wrigleyville is once again the place to be this summer!  The Cubs will open the abbreviated 60-game season at home at Wrigley Field against the Brewers Friday, July 24th, and the season will come to a close in late September when they'll play against the White Sox on the South Side.

Although fans won't be able to catch the Cubbies inside Wrigley Field this season,  you can still catch games from the awesome rooftops in the area since Wrigley rooftops have been permitted to open at 25% capacity with masks and social distancing guidelines. Read more about the Cub's 2020 season on the Wrigleyville blog here!

Remember to also  pay a visit to other local businesses,  as indoor dining is open at 25% capacity and  many places have outdoor and patio dining, as well WrigleyvileChicago.org is your go-to source for area businesses and attractions, so you can make a day of it!

The Cubs and your local neighborhood small businesses have missed you!
2020 Lakeview East Dining Guide

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 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. 
Lakeview East Reopening Signage
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

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 [email protected].
Pro Bono Consulting for Small Businesses
AV Consulting is a pro bono consulting firm currently offering volunteer advisory services free of charge to small businesses dealing with the impacts of COVID-19. We have a team of consultants who want to volunteer their personal time to advise small businesses through this very difficult transition period.  


A summary of the services offered are below and more detailed descriptions can be found on the AV Consulting website:  www.avconsulting.org. Please reach out if you are in need of any of these advisory services. We would love to hear your story and volunteer to lend a hand wherever possible to find solutions to your most pressing problems. Please send us an email or give one of our co-founders a call directly if you would like to hear more: 

AJ Curotto: 267-377-5665 | Victoria Ivanova: 224-770-0592

  • Business Plan Development or Reassessment
  • Financing Assistance
  • Market and Competitive Analysis
  • Profitability Assessment
  • Product and Service Design
  • Marketing Strategy
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
(773) 909-7245
2020  Congressional App Challenge
The 2020 Congressional App Challenge has begun! Calling all middle school & high school students interested in commuter science - create a unique app as a team or on your own and win the opportunity to fly to DC for the #HouseOfCode reception.   Register by Sept. 10th, 2020 at  www.CongressionalAppChallenge.us

About The Congressional App Challenge 
The Congressional App Challenge is a competition aimed at encouraging middle and high school students to learn how to code by creating their own applications. The Challenge is intended to highlight the value of computer science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. Winners from each district get to fly to DC for a reception and have their projects on display in the capitol building!

Disinfect Your Business During Reopening

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 contact Rita McGarry at [email protected] for more information.
Chicago BACP Business Education Workshop Webinars

For recordings of past BACP webinars, please click  here

ChibizHub Resources
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:

Please note that all in-person CAPS meetings and CAPS events have been cancelled until further notice. If you would like to attend future CAPS Beat meetings virtually, email the CAPS office here with your name and address.

Businesses Coming to Lakeview East
Cuddle Bunny  - 2901 N. Clark -  NOW OPEN!
Dance on Broadway  - 3126 N. Broadway -  CLASS  REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
The Studio by Adam Lee Kenney - 3005 N. Broadway
Breakfast House  - 3928 N. Sheridan
CMX: The Cinema Experience1027 W. Addison   
CVS - 1035 W. Addison
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.
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.

Thursday, July 9 |  6:00 -7:00 p.m.
Join CTA for project updates and to learn about next steps and how they may impact you.

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. 



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