December 9, 2020

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.

Annual Holiday Extravaganza Gift Card Sale - THANK YOU!
This weekend was another great success for the Chamber's Annual Gift Card Sale! We sold over $120,000 in Lakeview East Gift Cards in just 4 hours, which means that money is now circulating among our neighborhood businesses.

Thank you to all who purchased a card! We and our businesses truly appreciate your dedication to shopping small.

If you purchased a gift card and have not scheduled a pick up time, please do so here.
Spread Hope this Holiday Season with Your Own Personal 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.
There's Still Time to Claim Your Giver's Gift $50 Gift Card!

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!
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. 

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.**

Holiday Staff Picks - Little Barn Apothecary & Wigglyville
Little Barn Apothecary & Wigglyville - Holiday Staff Picks

Our Marketing Director Sammi gives us a tour of Wigglyville and an online and in-person tour of Little Barn Apothecary. Shop online at and support wonderful neighborhood businesses this holiday season!
Join us for FREE Virtual Carryout Bingo on Wednesday Nights!

1) Order Carryout Directly From One Of The Following Restaurants:    
2) Make sure to order one of the following tasty beverages  
3) Make sure to ask for your Carryout Bingo Card

4) Join us online at 8pm on Wednesdays for roughly 60 minutes of Bingo fun with great prizes
More Info at

*No Purchase Necessary. Don't want to order carryout, but still want to play? Please email to get a free card

Steve Slaske is well-known for his drawings and watercolors of the urban scene. He holds a degree in architecture from the University of Wisconsin, and his understanding and love of buildings is evident in his work. Steve has traveled extensively, never without his pen, throughout the US, Canada, Mexico and Europe.

Steve is now thrilled to live, draw and paint in Chicago where he started his career as an artist, including amazing watercolors of Lakeview like the one above. Click here for more information.


It's a Wrigleyville Wonderland! Plus, Special Holiday Happy Hour Every Friday in December
Wrigleyville Wonderland 2020

The Bars of Wrigleyville are Popping Up this Holiday Season! 

Wrigleyville will be fully decked out for holidays again this year with many pop-ups sure to cater to your longing to celebrate the holiday season for the weeks leading up to (and even some after) the holidays. No need to go searching for them all - we've got that part covered for you! Click here to see the list.

Wrigleyville Wonderland Holiday Happy Hour

The bars in Wrigleyville are continuing to spread holiday cheer, despite the hard times we've experienced this year. It's safe to say...we need a drink! Join us (safely, of course) every Friday in December in Wrigleyville Wonderland from 4-7pm as your favorite neighborhood bars offer holiday happy hour specials sure to warm your spirits!

Christmas Club (Country Club)
All holiday specialty drinks to-go for $7

Happy Camper
$2 off Butter Me Up and Peppermint Mocha Holiday Cocktails

NOLA Bar & Kitchen
$5 Hurricanes & $4 Bud Light Draft

Rizzo's Bar & Inn
$15 White Claw buckets, $5 Fireball, Jameson, and Lemon Drop

Santa Baby Bar (Deuce's Major League Bar) and Rudolph's Bar (Casey Moran's)
$5 rotating shots

Looking for the perfect gift? Shake Shack's got you covered! They'll be offering a free Shake voucher for every $25 in gift cards purchased in-Shack or online until December 31st. 
The best part? Shake vouchers are redeemable any time before 3/31/21 so you can continue the celebrations after the holidays!

We're running out of time to #SaveOurStages and we need your help.
We're running out of time to #SaveOurStages and we need your help.
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. 

2021 Shared Cost Sidewalk Program
The Chicago Department of Transportation's 2021 Shared Cost Sidewalk Program will open to new applicants starting at 6:00 a.m. on January 11, 2021.

The Shared Cost Sidewalk Program is an extremely popular voluntary program in which property owners share the cost of sidewalk repair with the City. Thousands of Chicagoans have been a part of this popular program, taking advantage of the low cost, exceptional value and ease of participation.

The Shared Cost Sidewalk Program cost per square foot charged to property owners is well below what a private contractor would charge. Senior citizens and persons with disabilities may qualify for a further discounted rate. While the Department's program opens on January 11th, the Alderman's office is accepting contact information of interested applicants now.

If you are interested in taking part in this program, fill out the application and the Alderman's office will handle the rest when the program re-opens.

Should you have specific questions about this program, please contact Dionisios "Dan" Manoli at

For recordings of past BACP webinars, please click here

Friday, December 11 at 9:30 a.m.
Webinar: Ten Practical Tips for New Business Success
Presented by Lema Khorshid, Fuksa Khorshid, LLC
The legal component of a business sets the foundation and structure for a sustainable business. A business climate is everchanging, but valuable legal tips are a resource. Learn the top 10 legal tips for small business success through an interactive webinar. The Q&A set up will provide useful and practical tips on legal essentials such as incorporation, contracts, and more.

Wednesday, 12/16 Webinar at 3:00 PM
Webinar: Business Plan Pivoting
Presented By Vince Williams, President of Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council
This webinar, facilitated by Vince Williams, the new, 5th President of the Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council, will focus on his one page business plan template and the questions to ask yourself as you pivot during these difficult economic times. This webinar will also provide some additional resources for entrepreneurs.
Friday, 12/18 Webinar 9:30 AM
Webinar: How to Open a Concession at O'Hare and Midway International Airports
Presented by the Chicago Department of Aviation - Concessions Department and Unison Retail Management
Are you interested in operating a restaurant or shop at O'Hare or Midway International Airport, but don't know where to begin? Come and learn about the Request for Proposals (RFP) process and how to operate a business at the airport. This workshop will also provide an overview of the Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) program.

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.

Beat 1933 | Tuesday, January 12th, 6:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Beat 1922 | Wednesday, January 20th, 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.

3809 N. Clark
(312) 380-1885

Join Wrigleyville's cutest and most delicious new business for its Grand Opening Weekend: Thursday,December 10th - Sunday, December 13th!

Cloud Cookie, home of the world famous Cloud Cookie was founded in 2020 by Anne Marie Morin. Located in charming Wrigleyville, Cloud Cookie is the perfect one stop cookie shop. Shop our signature cookie flavors as well as our deliciously gooey premium menu.

Instagram: @cloudcookiechi


Businesses Coming Soon

Cafe Deko - 800 W. Diversey NOW OPEN!
Hacienda D'Suzarez - 3466 N. Clark NEW!
The Green Flamingo Plant Shop - 3333 N. Broadway NEW!
Pizzeria Flora - 3037 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.
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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