May 27, 2020

Mayor Lightfoot and Chicago Department of Public Health: Framework for Reopening Chicago Amid Covid-19 - UPDATES
The  City of Chicago is currently in Phase 2 of the official reopening plan, and will remain in Phase 2 until  early June We do not yet know the exact date when the City will transition to Phase 3.  We anticipate and are hopeful Mayor Lightfoot will announce the exact date in the coming days. Please continue below for more information on what businesses and residents can expect when we do enter Phase 3.

In yesterday's press release, Mayor Lightfoot, in partnership with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), industry leaders, labor leaders, and public officials from around Chicago, released industry-specific guidelines for businesses, employees, and customers to follow as the city prepares to begin safely reopening in early June. 

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
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


OUTDOOR DINING: We are currently putting a plan together to help with outdoor dining. Please send your suggestions or requests to us for extending sidewalk cafes, curbside dining, surface lots and outdoor dining.  We understand the Mayor has suggested closing streets and we are working with our Aldermen to best determine what streets, if any, may be selected for our wards. If you have feedback or ideas, please reach out to us at

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.  

COCKTAILS TO GO: The Governor will be signing off on  COCKTAILS TO GO for the State and the local liquor authority will set the rules for Chicago.

PPP LOANS: We are also anticipating changes to the PPP loan to include some flexibility and longer time periods for spending the federal loan and bringing back staffing.

SAFETY: Please make sure your customers and your delivery drivers are not keeping their cars running when picking up curbside deliveries.  There has been a rash of carjackings and theft in the area. There has been recent arrests in our district, however this continues to be a city wide issue.  Read the Community Alert.

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. 

We will continue to keep you updated on any new developments as we continue to craft 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

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Fundraiser for Bijan Choya Early & Family Organized by The Lakeview East Community Partnership

At around 6pm on Friday, May 15th the daughter of Nita Tanner from Ms. T's Southern Fried Chicken, Bijan Choya Early, was deliberately struck with the car of a man posing as a Grubhub driver, who was asked to wait outside the restaurant due to Covid-19 guidelines.   The driver fled the scene and eventually turned himself in. Grubhub issued a statement that they are cooperating with police.  You can read more information  here about the hit and run.

Anyone that knows Bijan and Ms. T knows that they are some of the most kind people in the Lakeview East Community. We want to do whatever it takes to help their family during this time. 

The Lakeview East Community Partnership  is gathering donations for Bijan and Ms. Tanner's family for any extraordinary expenses they might incur during this time. The fundraiser is approved by the family and we are in communication with them. 100% of the proceeds will go 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 $16,000  toward the $50,000 goal. We are truly grateful for your generosity.

The Lakeview East Community Partnership
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.

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. 

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 .

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 28:  Guided conversations on creating a post COVID-19 vision for our communities of small businesses, disadvantage social enterprises. Explore how access to financial resources, technical assistance, and political action play a role in effective community response to the pandemic. 

Skyline DKI
13821 Harrison St
Blue Island, Illinois
(708) 629-0563

Skyline DKI is a leading restoration contractor with over 50 years of combined experience in disaster restoration. Skyline DKI provides restoration services to commercial, insurance, and residential clients. The services available to customers include emergency response, water damage restoration, fire and smoke damage restoration, contents cleaning and storage, reconstruction, environmental services (including mold removal), and catastrophe response.

Currently, Skyline DKI is responding to the COVID-19 crisis with state-of-the-art disinfecting services for commercial and residential clients, including surface and environment sterilization.
Please call for more information.

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. 


Laura of Page & Plate  is putting together a cookbook of recipes for cocktails, crazy main dishes, simple desserts, and everything in between from chefs, bartenders, and food/bev people all over the city that will be sold to raise money for the hospitality workers relief fund. 100% of sales will be donated.

If you've seen the  Family Meal cookbook that was e-published from celeb chefs around the world and is now being sold to benefit restaurant workers, this is a similar project but with a hyperlocal focus.

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. Click here to read the full article. 

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 .
Lakeview East Athletics and Performance will be allowed to offer Personal Training during the next phase of recovery, Phase 3. They are also offering the community a 45 minute consultation and workout to get set up for your personal training membership.  Scheduling will begin May 29 and will be on a first come first serve basis. The ability to reschedule due to city guidelines will be available if necessary. Sign up for your consultation by clicking here.


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