June 10, 2020

Dine Out Lakeview: Broadway Street Closure (Belmont to Diversey)

Broadway (from Diversey north to Belmont) has been chosen for the Open Street Pilot Program!  The City has identified six corridors to pilot expanded outdoor dining and Broadway was chosen for Lakeview! We are excited to be part of this new initiative to open up our streets for dining. The pilot areas have been selected based upon location, proximity to local businesses and residents for ease of walking and biking, and impact to traffic.

Come join us and 40+ restaurants/food establishments as we dine on Broadway this weekend and next! Social distancing, face coverings, and other guidelines will be followed.

Please schedule your scavenger and waste pick ups early Friday morning, before 9am, both weekends.

Delivery window for truck deliveries to local businesses should be scheduled BEFORE 9am Friday June 12th; for overnight deliveries please contact us at    info@lakevieweast.com .

Mayor Lightfoot and Chicago Department of Public Health: Framework for Reopening Chicago Amid Covid-19 - UPDATES
As of June 3rd, the City of Chicago is in Phase 3, with non-essential services (restaurants, salons, retail, etc.) being permitted to cautiously reopen under limited capacities and other restrictions. As of Monday, June 8th, Chicago Public Libraries and parks west of Lake Shore Drive were are also permitted to reopen.

In Phase 3 of the plan, the City of Chicago has very specific guidelines to follow for both establishments and customers. Click here to read the official Phase III: Cautiously Reopen Emergency Order.

Please use the helpful links below to read more information about what steps are needed for businesses (and individuals) to take to successfully reopen safely when given the okay to do so.

Industry-specific guidelines include details such as how businesses can engage in healthy interactions between workers and customers, how to maintain safe working spaces and conditions, and how to design and monitor workplace operations to create flexibility and maintain safety for employees and customers. 

Businesses are encouraged to go through the city's self-certification process for reopening.  Please review the guidelines and create your business plan to self-certify.

The guidelines are aligned with the State-issued guidelines, with specificity included for Chicago's context. Guidelines for the following industries, which will open the earliest in Phase 3 in Chicago, can be found at www.chicago.gov/reopening

For the time being, schools, playgrounds, bars and lounges, and large venues (stadiums, indoor theaters, music venues, convention centers) will remain closed.

To provide additional clarity and help answer questions, BACP will be holding webinars for businesses on the reopening framework starting this Friday. Register at  www.chicago.gov/businessworkshops.


OUTDOOR DINING: Have a surface lot and want to extend dining?  Would you like to close a side street and share with two other restaurateurs?  Applications and more information are available at  www.chicago.govFor general outdoor dining and sidewalk cafe resources, visit our website here. Please note permitting and applications have been pushed back to July 1st.

PPP LOANS:  The Senate passed  Bill HR7010now on its way for the President to sign off. The bill would extend an eight-week period - when proceeds must be spent for loans to be forgiven - to 24 weeks or until the end of the year, whichever comes first.  Businesses would also have as long as five years, instead of two, to repay any money owed on a loan, and they could use a greater percentage of proceeds on rent and other approved non-payroll expenses. The bill will also require that 60% of a loan be used on payroll and 40% on other operating expenses (originally it was 75%/25%).  This will give businesses more flexibility in order to guarantee forgiveness. Click here for a breakdown. 

ALCOHOL SALES:  A new order permits sidewalk cafes and restaurants to serve alcohol until 11pm, and reaffirms that packaged goods licensees will continue to cease alcohol sales at 9pm.  All licensees (on and off premises) must place a sign at all entrances informing customers that alcohol sales will cease at 9pm or 11pm depending on your license Click here  to read the order.

COCKTAILS TO GO: The Governor has signed off on  COCKTAILS TO GO for the State and the local liquor authority is in the final steps of establishing the rules for Chicago.

LABOR LAWS, FAIR WORKWEEK, & MINIMUM WAGE INCREASES: There have been several updates to local Labor Laws, including the implementation of the Fair Workweek Ordinance and the Minimum Wage Increase that goes into effect  July 1, 2020 . Please scroll down to the  Government & Business Affairs  section for specific information and resources.

CHICAGO PPE MARKET:  The City of Chicago is excited to launch the  Chicago PPE  Market  to streamline the purchase process for businesses as they prepare to open in Phase 3.  Buyer registration is now open. Register for the Chicago PPE Market  here  and then check your email for a link to access the online platform.

REFUNDED LICENSE FEES: A  City ordinance introduced by Alderman O'Shea will be introduced to City Council regarding refund of license fees for businesses who were not able to operate for more than 30 days during the Emergency Executive Order.  We will keep you updated on this ordinance and what you would need to do to petition for the refund should this pass.

TICKETING:  Ticket enforcement on compliance-related violations, including City Stickers and Residential Parking Permits, has now been suspended until July 1st.  You must still feed parking meters as tickets are still being written.

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.
We will continue to share updates as we continue to craft and execute our recovery plan. You can access the latest information related to Lakeview East on our website here

Thank you, and stay safe.

The Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce

Show the father figure in your life how much you love him while also supporting local businesses. Browse the list for ideas from local Lakeview East retailers!
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 ; a list of businesses open in Phase III ; 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. 
Fundraiser for Bijan Choya Early & Family Organized by The Lakeview East Community Partnership

The Lakeview East Community Partnership  is still gathering donations for Bijan and Ms. Tanner's family for any extraordinary expenses they will incur during this time. The fundraiser is approved by the family and we are in communication with them. 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the family.

Thank you to our residents, neighbors, and local businesses who have demonstrated an outpouring of compassion and support in response to this senseless act.  To date, you have  collectively raised over $21,000  toward the $50,000 goal. We are truly grateful for your generosity.

The Lakeview East Community Partnership

FASTSIGNS Lakeview is now offering complimentary, custom 5' x 7' banners for any business in Lakeview that is currently boarded up.

Please call or email FASTSIGNS to arrange:
(773) 698-8115 | 601@fastsigns.com

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 rmcgarry@skylinedki.com for more information.
Labor Laws: Fair Work Week, Family First Coronavirus Response Act, & Minimum Wage Increases
Please be aware of the changes and additions to labor laws including Fair Work Week, Family First Coronavirus Response Act and minimum wage increases.  Please take this time to attend one of the webinars to best understand these new laws.

Business Affairs and Consumer Protection will be hosting  ZOOM webinars  on  Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2pm through the end of June to educate both employers and employees on wage, sick leave and scheduling.  These are important webinars to protect your business from lawsuits and to understand employee and labor laws.
The Fair Workweek Ordinance goes into effect on  July 1, 2020 . Employees are covered by the ordinance if they work in one of seven "covered" industries (Building Services, Healthcare, Hotels, Manufacturing, Restaurants, Retail, and Warehouse Services), they make less than $26/hour or $50,000/year, and the   employer has at least 100 employees globally (250 employees and 30 locations for a restaurant).  Covered employees are given:
  • Advance notice of work schedule (10 days beginning July 1, 2020)
  • Right to decline previously unscheduled hours
  • 1 hour of Predictability Pay for any shift change within 10 days
  • Right to rest by declining work hours less than 10 hours after the end of previous day's shift 

The  Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act)  requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The Department of Labor's (Department) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) administers and enforces the new law's paid leave requirements. These provisions will apply from the effective date through December 31, 2020. Click here to learn more and check eligibility.  
  • Small businesses with fewer than 50 employees may qualify for exemption from the requirement to provide leave due to school closings or child care unavailability if the leave requirements would jeopardize the viability of the business as a going concern. 
  • The Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce is looking into how small businesses can be exempt from this Act.  We will be hosting a ZOOM webinar on this subject that will go over this Act in more detail.  It is scheduled to be effect December 2020.

The minimum wage that will go into effect on July 1, 2020 is based on EMPLOYEE COUNT and is charted out as:4-20 employees is $13.50 per hour and $14.00 for  21 or more employees. Tipped employees will receive $8.10 for 4-20 employees and $8.40 for 21 or more employees. If you have fewer than 4 employees, the Sate minimum wage law is exempt. Please also review the PAID SICK DAYS to based on 1 hour for every 40 hours worked.  You can view the below chart on  the  BACP website .

COVID Surcharges & Restaurant Tax Guidance
The City of Chicago's Department of Finance has issued guidance to ensure restaurants and customers understand the proper treatment of the COVID related "surcharge" that some restaurants have started to collect during these unprecedented times.

The rate of the City's restaurant tax is .50% of the "selling price" of all food and beverages sold. The term "selling price" means "the consideration for a sale" and "shall be determined without any deduction on account of the cost of the property sold, the cost of materials used, labor or service cost or any other expense whatsoever..."

Accordingly, any "surcharge" restaurant customers are required to pay for food or beverages is considered taxable and should be included in the basis upon which the restaurant tax is calculated. In addition, it is important to note that any such "surcharge" is not a tax and should not be designated as such on any price list or invoice.

Please contact 
revenuecs@cityofchicago.org with any questions about this matter or other tax questions. Click here to read the notice.

Safe To Reopen: Proper Disinfecting and Instilling Consumer Confidence

Get the guidance you need to reopen successfully. Join the Illinois Restaurant Association and panelists from Ecolab for a webinar providing expert guidance on cleaning and disinfecting, as well as communicating with customers to instill confidence as restaurants reopen and welcome back guests.

This webinar is provided in partnership with Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and the Cook County Community Recovery Initiative.

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. 

Upcoming Webinars

June 17 at 3 p.m.
Tips to Maximize Your Time:  This webinar, featuring Sherise Turner, Founder of The Buddy Effect, will discuss tips on time management and advice on how being more effective at managing one's time can produce better results for your business.  Click here to register.

Broadway at Surf
2828 N. Broadway Chicago, IL  60657
Chicago, IL 60657
(312) 789-4682

The commercial retail space at Broadway and Surf is home to eight retailers, with a total retail space of over 134,000 square feet. As a completed addition to the neighborhood in 1998, today the building is home to several retailers and services, including 
Walmart Neighborhood Market, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Fitness 19.
Businesses Coming to Lakeview East
The Studio by Adam Lee Kenney - 3005 N. Broadway  NEW!
Breakfast House  - 3928 N. Sheridan
CMX: The Cinema Experience1027 W. Addison   
CVS - 1035 W. Addison
Cuddle Bunny  - 2901 N. Clark
Dance on Broadway  - 3126 N. Broadway
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.
Residential Street Resurfacing
See the link below for a list of ongoing projects. Vehicles parked during the restricted parking times will be relocated. If your vehicle is relocated, you can find out where it was relocated to by  clicking here or calling 311.

Crews may restrict vehicles from entering these streets during work hours for safety reasons. A traffic lane will be maintained outside of working hours and on weekends.

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.
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. 


Trader Todd's is BACK for outdoor seating!

Join them for (masked) karaoke, new menu items, and even learn about pet adoption! All social distancing guidelines will be followed, so no need to worry!

Hours are 3 - 9pm Wednesdays-Fridays until the next Phase, and Saturdays and Sundays 11am - 9pm



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