April 15, 2020


On behalf of Lakeview East and our local business community, we would like to thank our brave first responders who have been selflessly fighting the battle against COVID-19 on the front line. Your unwavering dedication to our community's health, safety, and wellbeing is clear, and we are deeply grateful for your compassion, hard work, and courage. Please know you are in our thoughts daily and we truly appreciate everything you do. 

- The Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce
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 financial assistance, unemployment benefits, and paid sick leave; restaurants open for delivery/pickup; and donation opportunities for individual businesses and their staff. 

Please scroll down to the Government & Business Affairs sections for specific updates and resources.

States are incentivized to waive the traditional one-week waiting period for unemployment compensation.

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. 
'IL'ove Local Campaign

The Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce has joined chambers and small businesses throughout Chicago and across the state of Illinois to launch the 'IL'ove Local campaign to encourage people to support local businesses during the week of April 11 - 18, 2020.

While the Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (IACCE) is leading efforts to unite chambers across the state in the  initiative, LVECC is taking a leadership role in Lakeview East.

Keep tuning into our Facebook page as we share different things we can all do to support our local businesses and help them through these difficult times. Our local businesses are what makes #LakeviewEast such a wonderful, special, and unique place to live. Join us by using the hashtags below:

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. 

Online Training Available for Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus

Led by Chibiz Hub:
Economic Injury Disaster Loan Webinars 
Led by University of Chicago Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is pleased to announce the Polsky Center Small Business Bootcamp to provide small business owners and entrepreneurs with resources during these changing times. This virtual event series will take place  this week via livestream, and sessions will take place in the mornings and afternoons to accommodate a variety of schedules.
Led by the Illinois SBA Office:
All Illinois small businesses can now apply for low-interest disaster loans to help offset the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The Illinois District Office will host free webinars as long as there is demand covering:
  • Eligibility
  • Use of proceeds
  • Terms
  • Filing requirements
  • Additional small business resources
Choose the date and time most convenient for you. Click here to register now.

Led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce:
Join Inc. and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for the National Small Business Town Hall to get the latest insights and information on how to navigate your business through the coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) H.R. 748


We understand it can be overwhelming to digest the Federal Stimulus Package.  Please click here for a more concise breakdown on our website. Overview includes information regarding:
  • Paycheck Protection Program
  • Emergency EIDL Grants
  • Entrepreneurial Development
  • Subsidy for Certain Loan Payments
  • Expanded Unemployment Assistance
  • 2020 Recovery Rebates for Individuals
  • Payroll Tax Credit Refunds for Families First Coronavirus Response Act
  • Special Rules for Use of Retirement Funds
  • Paid Leave for Rehired Employees under Families First Coronavirus Response Act
  • Employee Retention Credit
  • Delay of Payment of Employer Payroll Taxes

Overview of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act for Employers

Hinshaw & Culbertson has provided an overview of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act that was signed into law by President Trump. The law expands FMLA along with separate paid sick leave benefits to American workers. The law becomes effective April 2, 2020, and it also contains a sunset provision.

The summary contains key facts for (1) paid sick leave benefits and (2) the expansion of the family medical leave provision. As a threshold matter, employers will want to understand if they are subject to the new law, and which of their employees are entitled to the benefits. The summary also identifies the qualifying reasons for either sick pay benefits or expanded paid FMLA leave. Finally, among the important components are the compensation requirements and applicable caps.

Applications for the Chicago Small Business Resiliency Fund Are Open Now

The City of Chicago has established the
$100 million Chicago Small Business Resiliency Fund (the Resiliency Fund), which will provide small businesses and non-profits with emergency cash flow during this health crisis. Funds will be provided to eligible businesses as low-interest loans.

The Resiliency Fund is structured to complement the new federal Paycheck Protection Program that the Small Business Administration (SBA) will launch shortly. The City and its partners will seek to provide all Resiliency Fund loan applicants with the best offer available, including from the SBA's new program.

Due to the high expected demand, the number of Resiliency Fund loans will be limited. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling first-come, first-served basis. We recommend applying as soon as possible.

In the event that you/your business does not qualify for this program, please look at the 
City's resource website or LakeviewEast.com to find other programs that may meet your needs.
Businesses Coming to Lakeview East
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.

  Sewer Main Replacement Project#7322

Department of Water Management (DWM) and Sumit Construction crews are scheduled to begin restoration of the sewer main trench tomorrow.

Thursday, April 16th through Monday, April 20th
Crews will excavate and pour concrete along the south side of the trench on Broadway to 440 W. Barry leaving access to all driveways on the south side of the street. This work will require parking restrictions everyday on both sides of the street in order to maintain a driving lane, in the north curb lane.

Tuesday, April 21st through Friday, April 24th
Crews will perform concrete restoration along the north side of the sewer main trench which will require parking restrictions to be remain in place to maintain a traffic lane in the south curb lane.

Monday, April 27th through Wednesday, April 29th
Crews will return to perform concrete restoration, of the trench, at all locations adjacent to driveways. These locations will be covered with steel plating from  in order to maintain access to properties outside of working hours.

Asphalt resurfacing of Barry from Broadway to Sheridan is scheduled to take place in mid- to late May.

Neighborhood Impacts:
  • Parking: Crews have posted 24 hour "No Parking" signs from on Barry from Broadway to 440 W. Barry from Thursday, April 16th through Friday, May 8th.
  • A traffic lane, one-way eastbound, will be maintained in the curb lane.

The Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce has pulled Sidewalk Sale Permits for the following addresses and weekends throughout the Summer and Fall. If you plan to have a Sidewalk Sale or Sidewalk event, you will need to have the printed permit displayed. We are still waiting on the physical permits and will send them to you once we have them. Until then, please see the dates we have pulled the permits for 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 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
Virtual Programming from 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. 

Locally Made Reusable Masks Available

S ew Special Designs, located at 2921 Broadway, is offering reusable, washable, cotton masks for $7 each for those that need them. 

If you plan to stop by and pick up a mask, please contact Marco at (708) 369-0174.
FREE Cooking Demo & Magic Show
Saturday, April 18 | 7-9pm

Join our virtual cooking party and learn how to make a few amazing dishes and be entertained by our favorite magician, John Sturk!

Get in the Kitchen is hosting a FREE, fun night in! Chef Allen will be whipping up Shrimp & Grits, Aunt Sylvia will be making amazing dessert dumplings and John Sturk will but putting on one heck of a Magic Show! There will also be fun contests for great prizes throughout the show.

This is a free event, but any donations or purchases via our online store  are very much appreciated. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday night!

CLICK HERE for more information
Virtual April TRE™ Workshop
Saturday, April 18th | 3-5pm | $30

Presented by the Japanese Cultural CenterTRE™ is a simple technique that utilizes a set of basic exercises to release accumulated stress and tension within the body, by evoking a controlled muscular shaking process called  NEUROGENIC MUSCLE TREMORS For a full list of upcoming virtual events, please visit the Japanese Cultural Center's website here

CLICK HERE to learn more and register.
Cocktail Kits from Room 13 at the Old Chicago Inn

As always, resident cocktail expert Sherpa Gary is  also here to help walk you through creating those cocktails. If you don't get a kit, you can still email him what you have on hand and he'll help you create something great. Payments will be by credit card over the phone.

Kits are available for contactless pickup by appointment. Call or text (773) 837-1122 to arrange a time for pickup.

Available kits:
The Boulevardier - $120
Old Fashioned - $90
Manhattan - $90


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