WHAT WE'RE READING
SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE


NEWS

SBA Disaster Economic Relief Loan Applications Now Open to Illinois Small Businesses
MEMBER UPDATES
Vitahl Medical Aesthetics is offering $125 gift cards for $100 buy now button on their website's stock up and save deal!
Mercy Home for Boys & Girls is in need of groceries to help the more than 60 families that have come to us for help during this crisis. If you are able to donate some of the items below or perhaps a gift card, please drop off at 1100 W. Jackson St. in the north parking lot (Aberdeen/Jackson) on Mondays and Tuesdays between 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.  
 
Grocery Needs: 
Apples
Bananas
Oranges
White Bread 
Breakfast Cereal
Bags/Boxes of Rice
Instant Oatmeal
Peanut Butter
Jelly
Canned Corn
Canned Baked Beans
Canned Chili
Canned Beans
Maru-Chan or similar Soups
Jars of Pasta Sauce 
Dried Pasta
CryoBar has deals! 15% OFF 5, 10, and 20-CHILL Packs. No expiration. Use code LOCAL15 at this link  or can DM on social media, email info@thecryobar. 
Stay Connected to Your CrossTown Fitness Community!

Join us on  @ctfchicago  Instagram..
  • 8am Daily Workout Challenge  
  • 10am Daily at Home Workout 
  • 12pm Daily LIVE workouts 
  • Tips & Tricks for Training at Home
  • Messages from the Team

Join us on  CrossTown Fitness YouTube ..
  • CTF on The Move will feature the Daily at Home Workouts demoed by the highlighted trainer

Don't forget to utilize your monthly FREE personal training session by booking on the app and receiving one free at home workout personalized with your specific equipment and training goals
Kaiser Tiger is now delivering food, beer, wine and liquor. To keep as many of our employees working as possible our bartenders will be delivering the goodies to you. 

Prefer to pick up? Just enter your car details when ordering and we'll bring it right out to you when you arrive. 

Simply go to  www.kaisertiger.com  to place your order today. 
Love Formento's Staffers? Help Them Out!

Formento's hourly staff are a dedicated crew. They are a kind, hard-working, funny, bright group of humans. Restaurant work of our kind doesn't come with the same health benefits, investments, or general reliability that lots of professions do. Even so, many of us MUST work hospitality because it feels like it's written on our DNA.

If members of this staff have poured you a new cocktail in-the-works, or lingered at your romantic table for two on a busy Saturday night... consider showing a little love. 

Every little bit helps. Let's find every which way to be kind & generous during a strange and new time, neighbors. Cheers.
Order Stan's Donuts & Coffee online through their Loyalty app, on their website, via UberEats, GrubHub, and DoorDash. There is a special on gift cards: if you purchase a $25 gift card, you get an extra $5.
Recess Employee Relief Fund

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the governor of Illinois has announced that all bars and restaurants will be closed to dine-in customers through March 30. This has had an immense impact on the livelihood of our hardworking staff. If you appreciate them as we do, please consider making a contribution to help them weather these strange times.
Support Smyth & The Loyalist Staff

Like so many restaurants affected by the mandatory closedown, we’re most heartbroken for our extraordinary employees. We have also been fortunate enough, despite these challenging times, to have many of our regular guests ask how they can help, for which we are eternally grateful. We’ve established this GoFundMe for anyone who wishes to donate funds that will go directly toward the expenses and needs of our team through this crisis.

We know there is a lot of uncertainty ahead for many of us, but look forward to many more shared meals and memories with all of you around our tables. Please be well, and take care of your neighbor.
To our family, friends and valued guests,

As many of you already know, the state of Illinois has mandated the closing of all bars and restaurants to dine-in customers to help stem the spread of COVID-19. In accordance, El Che has suspended operations until that mandate is lifted. This puts our Che family out of work until this crisis is over.

While we're confident this was the correct course of action, it is going to hurt the most financially vulnerable first. That said, our goal is to raise several weeks of pay for our staff. We will work diligently to make sure we all get through this crisis with the minimum amount of pain and suffering.  

100% of the proceeds will go directly to our staff. 

Stay safe and be well, 
John
Haymarket Pub & Brewery is open for delivery and curbside pick up! Order through Grubhub or Caviar.
In efforts to provide support to community organizations during the COVID-19 global pandemic,  University of Illinois at Chicago ’s Office of Student Leadership and Civic Engagement is requesting your volunteer needs during these unprecedented times. They invite community organizations to utilize their platform to recruit UIC volunteers.
Dear Boqueria Guests, 

Thank you. The outpouring of support you have shown us over the past weeks has been incredible. Like most restaurants, as part of closing our doors in DC, NY and Chicago we have been forced to lay off most of our team, nearly 500 employees. Effective as of last Friday, neither Marc nor I have been drawing a salary until we reopen so as much money as possible can be directed to helping our team. Despite this, we have limited resources, and many of you have asked how you can help. 

While unemployment benefits will help many employees, they will not be enough to fully cover the needs of our team and their families. To ensure support is provided to those most in need, we are establishing The Boqueria Relief Fund.  
 
To kick off the fund, I, along with Boqueria Board members Paul Fleming, Rick Federico and Sally Brophy, will each be donating $5,000. 
 
Thank you for your continued support.
 
Thank you,
 
Yann de Rochefort
Founder and CEO, Boqueria
MEMBER SPECIALS
We want to let you know that we're doing everything we can as a community-based business to protect our employees and our clients and community during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

To do our part, we are now offering the following:

Curb-Side Pick Up 

Just give us a call at 312.344.1765 and we'll be happy to bring your order directly to your car. Delivery is also always an option as well.

Hospitality Industry Discount 

To help with mandatory closures, we are offering a 25% discount to all businesses in the hospitality industry that are offering curbside pick-up and delivery. If you need help communicating this to your customers, we can help.

Healthcare Industry Discount 

Lastly and most importantly, we are offering a 25% discount to any business in the healthcare industry for any signage that communicates COVID-19 testing, warnings, information, etc ...
EXPLORE GREEKTOWN
Learn about exciting events and happenings in Greektown Chicago.  Sign-up to our monthly newsletter.
Celebrate Easter with Greektown Restaurant Offerings
Whether you’ve been celebrating Greek Easter your entire life, or are looking to immerse yourself in a new culture and tradition during shelter in place, Greektown’s classic eateries will be celebrating the most important Orthodox holiday with authentic and delicious Mediterranean cuisine available for takeout and delivery. Please see what Greektown merchants are offering for Easter menus below.
Chamber of Commerce representing businesses in the West Loop, Greektown, Madison Row, Randolph Street, Jackson Blvd., Fulton River District, Fulton Market, United Center Park, Little Italy, Tri-Taylor, University Village and Commons, UIC