May 13, 2020

Dear Neighbors,

Change is constant, and in the past 24 hours we have had significant movements within the Federal, County, and City governments that impact our business community.

The $3 Trillion  HEROES ACT will be voted on this Friday.  The House Democrats will have to pass the House and the Senate in order for it to be signed by the President. T here is a lot of skepticism that this bill will not pass in its current form.  

Here is what they are proposing: 
  • Extending 8 week period to 24 weeks for PPP borrowers
  • Eliminating the 25/75 rules for use of loan
  • Mandating forgiveness on data collection and reporting
  • Harmonizing the use of proceeds with forgiveness
  • Creating a safe harbor for those who cannot hire back in the prescribed timeline
  • Clarifying the hold harmless provisions for employers
  • Possible eligibility for nonprofits to apply
In addition:
  • A second round of stimulus payments for individuals at $1200 per family ($6000 per household)
  • Extension of an additional $600 per week for unemployment through January 2021
  • Mortgage assistance and rent relief
  • Additional funding for frontline workers and first responders
Again, there is a lot of skepticism that this act will not pass in its current form. We will continue to share updates. Here is a summary of the Heroes Act.

Cook County announced an extension for property tax payments. The August 3rd date has been extended until October 1st. No penalties for late payments.

Delivery apps like GrubHub and Doordash will be subject to new rules regarding transparency on the charges added to a customer's bill. Many customers do not realize nearly 30% of their delivery bill goes  to the the delivery company and not the restaurant. Here are the  NEW RULES FOR DELIVERY APPS.

If you wish to have a  ORDER DIRECTLY Sign printed for your store:
The UPS Store at 3023 N. Clark  (in the plaza at Clark and Wellington) will be printing these 24" x36" signs enco uraging customers to skip third-party delivery apps and order from your business directly  free of charge  for all local restaurants/bars. If your business would like a sign, stop into the UPS Store at 3023 N. Clark to pick one up. This UPS Store is also printing black-and-white paper disposable menus for 5 cents each.  Please call (773) 281-8988 or email beforehand and to arrange pick up. 

In addition,  FASTSIGNS Lakeview (1101 W. Belmont) is generously supporting our local business community with  complimentary, custom posters delivered to any business in Lakeview.  If interested, please call (773) 698-8115, or email

We will continue to bring you more updates as they become available.  We are currently working on a recovery plan to include the use of outdoor space, PPE supplies, and understanding of any temporary mandates for opening our business district.  We are awaiting news on the delivery of cocktails from bars and restaurants.

Our security is working seven days a week overnight checking on our stores and we will continue this until further notice.

Thank you again to all the businesses who have selflessly given back during this time of crisis to the first responders and those in need; it truly represents who we are as a community.

Stay safe.

Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce
Local Businesses' Good Deeds
Many of our local businesses have stepped up to selflessly support our community during this crisis by donating meals to first responders and hospitality workers, supplying PPE to frontline and hospital workers, offering free or heavily discounted services to other area businesses, and performing general good deeds throughout the community. 

Thanks to them, thousands of meals, supplies, and resources have been donated.  We are proud to acknowledge these wonderful acts of kindness and extend gratitude on behalf of Lakeview East. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do!

If there is a business you know of (or if you're a business that has done a good deed), please email   to let us know!

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. 

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

Thursday, May 14, at 1:00 pm  -   National COVID-19 Response Peer Sharing is hosting an open virtual forum for  Next-Gen practitioners and business leaders in all industries to connect and exchange experiences in how your partnerships are responding to the COVID-19 crisis. Please come prepared to share best practices and ask questions. Join via Zoom  link Dial-in: (646) 876-9923 Meeting ID: 917 5101 9747.

Wednesday, May 20, at 3:00 pm - ChiBizHub hosts  "Going Back to Basics: How to Better Communicate & Network with your Customers, Clients and Peer Businesses. Click here to sign up
Mayor Lightfoot and Chicago Department of Public Health Announce Framework for Reopening Chicago Amid Covid-19
The Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to helping our businesses reopen safely once given the green light to do so by the State of Illinois. Though all state businesses will not be able to open until Illinois is in the Revitalization phase (and not at full capacity), we will be providing our businesses with the resources needed to prepare. We will be following the 5 Phase plans set out by Governor Pritzker and Mayor Lightfoot, and the necessary precautions set out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Right now, we are in Phase 2. Our restaurants and bars are still open for pick-up and delivery only. Non-essential retail businesses are now allowed to open for curbside pick-up and delivery as well. Non-essential services (salons, gyms, etc.) are still closed and will only be allowed to open with limited capacity under Phase 3 of the State's plan.

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.

All Businesses & Individuals
The new executive includes the following modifications and is effective as of May 1:

* OUTDOOR RECREATION: State parks will begin a phased re-opening under guidance from the Department of Natural Resources. Fishing and boating in groups of no more than two people will be permitted. A list of parks that will be open on May 1 and additional guidelines can be found on the Illinois Department of Natural Resources website  HERE . Golf will be permitted under strict safety guidelines provided by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and when ensuring that social distancing is followed.

*  NEW ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES: Greenhouses, garden centers and nurseries may re-open as essential businesses. These stores must follow social distancing requirements and must require that employees and customers wear a face covering. Animal grooming services may also re-open.

* NON-ESSENTIAL RETAIL: Retail stores designated as non-essential businesses and operations may re-open to fulfill telephone and online orders through pick-up outside the store and delivery.

*  FACE COVERINGS: Beginning on May 1, individuals will be required to wear a face-covering or a mask when in a public place where they can't maintain a six-foot social distance. Face-coverings will be required in public indoor spaces, such as stores. This new requirement applies to all individuals over the age of two who are able to medically tolerate a face-covering or a mask.

*  ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES AND MANUFACTURING: Essential businesses and manufacturers will be required to provide face-coverings to all employees who are not able to maintain six-feet of social distancing, as well as follow new requirements that maximize social distancing and prioritize the well-being of employees and customers. This will include occupancy limits for essential businesses and precautions such as staggering shifts and operating only essential lines for manufacturers.

SCHOOLS:  Educational institutions may allow and establish procedures for pick-up of necessary supplies or student belongings. Dormitory move-outs must follow public health guidelines, including social distancing.

National Restaurant Association Blueprint for Recovery: Take Action Now
T he National Restaurant Association has launched a new nationwide grassroots campaign to encourage Congress to support the restaurant  Blueprint for Recovery . The Blueprint calls on Congress to:
  • Authorize and Appropriate a Temporary Emergency $240 Billion Restaurant and Foodservice Industry Recovery Fund ("RFIRF")
  • Replenish Funding and Fix the Structural Issues of the Paycheck Protection Program ("PPP")
  • Create a Tax Credit or Grant Program for "Healthy Restaurants" 
  • Provide Federal Relief for Employer's Share of Unemployment Insurance
  • Enact the "SNAP COVID-19 Anti-Hunger Restaurant Relief for You Act of 2020" (SNAP CARRY Act) Proposal
  • Increase Funding for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs)
Please take a moment to add your voice to this effort.   Click here to take action.
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 MAT Asphalt Construction crews are scheduled to have Barry, from Broadway to Sheridan, resurfaced by the end of May.

Parking Restrictions: Crews will post "No Parking" signs on both sides of the street as needed restricting parking between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, in order to perform this work. Parking outside working hours and over the weekend.

Traffic Impacts: During milling, structure adjustments and repaving phases of this work crews may restrict vehicles from entering the street from Broadway and Pine Grove 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.

Date(s): All days: Weekdays and Weekends
Tuesday, May 5 to Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Location: The alleys behind the following addresses will be closed:
  • 1002 - 1042 W. Roscoe Street
  • 1015 - 1043 W. Newport Avenue
  • 3400 - 3420 N. Sheffield Avenue
  • 3401 - 3425 N. Seminary Avenue
Work Hours: 7 am - 7 pm weekdays and some weekends. The alley will be closed at all times.

Work Activity: Micropile Drilling and Installation

Local Impact:
  • The alleys will be closed to through traffic at all times.
  • Vehicles will be unable to enter/exit garages and parking spaces in the alley between W. Roscoe Street and W. Newport Avenue during this closure. 
  • Vehicles access to garages and parking spaces located in the alley west of N. Sheffield Avenue and east of N. Seminary Avenue will be maintained (except for 3406 N. Sheffield Avenue).
  • If you need further information about alternative parking and temporary parking passes, please contact the contractor, Walsh-Fluor, at 708-253-9772.
  • The contractor will maintain garbage and recycling pickup.
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. 


Local Watercolor Artist Steve Slaske Paints 
Lakeview East

Steve Slaske, a local artist,  paints beautiful watercolors of different locations across the country, including Chicago and Lakeview East. Prints can be purchased online here .
Get in the Kitchen! Helps Furloughed Chefs - And You Can, Too! 

Get in the Kitchen! stared the Furloughed Chefs Pick Up & Delivery Program where chefs are able to use the space to create their own menus, which are available for pick up and delivery. Get in the Kitchen is, in fact, getting chefs back in a fully licensed kitchen. The first two chefs are Trevor White and Jameel Darwish.


Trevor White's menu was inspired by his Midwest roots with a French twist. Think elevated comfort fine dining! He focuses his menus on local seasonal produce. Order his  Meatloafington , Smoked Asparagus Lyonnaise , a Twice Baked Baked Potato , Seeded Sourdough & Rosemary Cultured Butter , and Rustic Blueberry Pie for dessert.

Jameel Darwish's  menu includes a fresh and novel take on Asian Comfort Cuisine that has been honed by his recent experience traveling and eating in Hong Kong & South East Asia. Order his Hong Kong Hot Chicken (Whole or Half), Mantou Fluffy Steamed Buns, Kimchi Pickles, Sw eet & Smoky Umami XO'd Potato Salad , and  Berry & Condensed Milk Popsicles for dessert.



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