October 14, 2020

Join Us for Safe, Halloween Fun with Storytown Improv!
Join us virtually on Halloween from 1-2 PM for a safe and spOoOoky Halloween event with Storytown Improv featuring magic by John Sturk! Tune in LIVE at 1 PM to join the fun. It's sure to be a fang-tastic time! Costumes highly encouraged.
Happy LGBTQ+ History Month!

The month of October is dedicated to building community, providing role models, and promoting diversity. Did you know Lakeview is actually "Historic Boystown"? Learn more about the inspiring achievements of LGBTQ+ figures of the past and present at www.lgbthistorymonth.com!
Long Overdue: Updates on the Book about Lakeview East
The project is underway! Our book about Lakeview East is in motion and you can follow along at www.longoverduebooks.com/lakeview-east. So far we have chapters featuring our great local spots like Inkling, Black & Caspian, Wrigley BBQ, and Chilam Balam. Look for articles coming in November on Stella's, Dry Hop, Ms. T's, and newcomer Empanada Mama and the Pie Man.

Reminder, this project is open to everyone - residents, former residents, business and restaurant owners. These can be your memories, things you love about the neighborhood, or even works of fiction/poetry that use Lakeview East as the location. Everyone is welcome. 

To be involved and/or contribute a chapter, please email Chris O'Brien at chris@longoverduestories.com 
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 info@lakevieweast.com 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.  
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!
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.**

From The Blog: The Colette Collection is Lovin' Lakeview East!

Since The Colette Collection and all other retail stores are now able to reopen for indoor shopping, owner Lauren has done an awesome job of putting all COVID-19 precautionary guidelines into place to make sure customers have a safe and comfortable shopping experience. We also asked Lauren a few questions about the neighborhood and why she is Lovin' Lakeview. Click here to read more! 
Artist Looking to Work with Lakeview East Businesses

Mary Fedorowski believes murals offer a unique opportunity to set your business apart and bring your brand to life. Installing a mural is shown to: 
  • Improve customer foot traffic
  • Distinguish your business from the surrounding area
  • Improve wayfinding 
  • Provide social distancing direction while improving adherence

Let's collaborate on a unique piece to set your business apart!
My contact information is:
Mary Fedorowski, Owner and Artist at Overbite Studio
Record Your Family's Stories with Long Overdue Books
One of the hardest parts about 2020 has been the distance away from family. In many cases, not being able to go visit at all. 

So, to help bring families closer together, even at a distance, we're launching a new product for the holidays called Family Stories. This is a way to record your parents or grandparents' stories and, ultimately, turn their stories into a book. Childhood memories, stories about their parents, advice for future generations, all of this coming together through enjoyable phone interviews. We're more than happy to play the role of interviewer/note taker. 

We won't be able to create a full book by Christmas or Hanukkah, it's too short of a turnaround time, but the Family Stories Box still makes a great and unique gift to open and then you can start the storytelling process in a fresh new year. 

Learn more about the Family Stories Box right here and feel free to either fill out our contact form or reach out directly to Chris O'Brien (Co-Founder) at chris@longoverduestories.com.

 Experience Wrigleyville's Spookiest Pop Up All Month Long!

Eat, drink, and be SCARY at Deuce's Major League Bar: Nightmare on Clark St! Tables are first come, first served. No reservations or ticketing required. Social distancing and face coverings will be enforced. 

Virtual Fall Exhibition of the Chicago Chapter of the Ikenobo Ikebana School of Flower Arranging

This October 17th, we are proud to be hosting the Chicago Chapter of the Ikenobo Ikebana Society's first ever virtual exhibition from the Japanese Culture Center! Ikenobo is the oldest school of Japanese flower arranging (Kado) and the arrangements on display will feature styles from the history of the school.

We will be hosting a short live stream on Saturday, October 17th at 12 PM CST which will be able to be viewed via the Culture Center's Facebook Live and Instagram Live.
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. 

SBA and Treasury Announce Simpler PPP Forgiveness for Loans of $50,000 or Less
The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, recently released a simpler loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $50,000 or less. This action streamlines the PPP forgiveness process to provide financial and administrative relief to America's smallest businesses while also ensuring sound stewardship of taxpayer dollars.
SBA and Treasury have also eased the burden on PPP lenders, allowing lenders to process forgiveness applications more swiftly.  
SBA began approving PPP forgiveness applications and remitting forgiveness payments to PPP lenders for PPP borrowers on October 2, 2020.  SBA will continue to process all PPP forgiveness applications in an expeditious manner.
City of Chicago Announces Performing Arts Venue Relief Grants

Please review the following guidelines for the Performing Arts Venue Relief Fund Program, then click here to apply by October 23 at 5:00pm Central Standard Time.

The Performing Arts Venue Relief Program will distribute $10,000 grants to up to 120 for-profit and nonprofit performing arts venues to cover lost revenue due to COVID-19. Funds will be allocated through an equity lens that considers the history of disinvestment and the disproportionate burden of COVID-19 on the South and West sides of Chicago. The program will prioritize funding organizations located on the South and West sides, in LMI (Low and Moderate Income) community areas,
organizations that were not eligible for the City of Chicago's Together Now program, and organizations that have not received grants through the Arts for Illinois Relief Fund, the City of Chicago's Together Now program, or the 2020 CityArts Large program for organizations with budgets over $2M.
Grants will be distributed via a lottery system. The application deadline is October 23 at 5pm Central Standard Time.

Eligibility Criteria:
To be eligible to apply for a Performing Arts Venue Relief Program grant, organizations must meet the following criteria:
  • Have a primary mission/purpose to produce or present performing arts programming, including theatre, dance, comedy, performance art and/or music, including live mixing by DJs.
  • Have a PPA (Public Place of Amusement) or Music and Dance license in good standing.
  • Be located in the city of Chicago with a valid street address (P.O. Boxes will not be accepted).
  • Own or lease year-round a venue or club that is demonstrated as a primary component of the organization, at which performing arts performances are the primary amusement/activity, as verified by past programmatic listings and website content documenting featured artists.
  • Be an independent venue that is not owned, run, or exclusively booked by a multinational corporation or publicly-traded company.
  • Must have been incorporated and operating since at least December 2019.
  • Must not be able to open at full capacity as part of Restore Illinois or Reopening Chicago Phase 4.
  • Must pay fair fees to artists in accordance with standard wage and labor laws. *
  • Must have experienced an earned revenue loss of at least 75% due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Must not owe more than $2,500 in unpaid fees, services, or other costs to the City of Chicago.
We will only accept one application per organization, even if the organization has multiple venues.
*Artists employed or contracted by venue must be paid at or above minimum wage and/or be paid a percentage of cover fees/ticket sales.

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

Click here for more information. BACP has issued an updated FAQ on the process for an extended sidewalk café permit.

Let us assist you with your permits for expanding your outdoor dining. Please email us for an appointment at info@lakevieweast.com.

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:

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

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

Beat 1922 | Wednesday, November 18th, 7:00 - 8:00 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
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.
Lakeview East Businesses: Register for the RPM Open for Business Program

We are excited to partner with the CTA for the RPM Open for Business Program, which aims to support small businesses, nonprofit organizations, and major attractions or entertainment venues impacted by CTA's Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) Phase One Project.
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.

For complete eligibility rules, click here.
Questions or need help signing up, reach out to O4BP@purplegrp.com.
Thank you to our sponsor Byline Bank for supporting small, local businesses in our community!


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