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Neighborhood Opportunity Fund Applications Open!

Neighborhood Opportunity Fund is now accepting applications for it's newest round of grant funds! All applications must be submitted no later than Friday, Nov. 6.
Small Business Owners: Make your voice heard!

The WCA is partnering with the Federal Reserve is conducting a national survey of small businesses. This survey amplifies the voices of small businesses and provides timely economic data to policymakers who are weighing decisions that affect small businesses. The survey is open to businesses currently in operation, those recently closed and those about to launch. All responses are confidential and survey results will be shared with participants. Make your voice heard and take the 10- minute survey today! The survey closes Oct. 31, 2020.

Check out the West Central Association website for the most up-to-date Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection's business education webinars!

Upcoming Webinars:

Friday, Sept. 25 at 9:30 a.m.
Webinar: How To Save Your Business!

Presented by Bruce Montgomery, Sunshine Enterprises

Learn the steps you can take to secure your business success when failure is not an option. Most businesses start with too little money and lack of a well developed business plan but fixing your business can’t happen unless you make it happen. This workshop will introduce you to the principles used to turn around any business. Gain an understanding of the tools and techniques you can use to jump start the process of rebuilding your business to not only survive but to thrive! Don't Give Up! Stay In It To Win It!

Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 1 p.m.
Webinar: Small Business Improvement Fund Rollout

The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) and Somercor will roll out the Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF) grant program for applications in October and November.
Support our open local businesses! Check out our website for information on businesses open for delivery, pick up, live-streaming and more.
PROPERTY SPOTLIGHT: 842-844 W. Randolph St.
This property is around 6000 sq. ft. (3000 sq. ft. 1st floor; 3000 sq. ft. 2nd floor) with an additional 3000 sq. ft. basement. It is a net to net lease.

This building is in the heart of the restaurant row next to Nobu hotel and other restaurants such as Bar Siena and Bandit.

Information on tenants will be required such as names, current business entities, previous business history/experience/success and what the business entity will be.

Rough Calculations on the rent may be between $22,000 and $30,000 per month, which will depend on the square footage, the negotiations, the tenant, the possible buildout and the lease terms.

For more information contact:
(773)710-6009
NEW MEMBER PROFILE: FLATS
FLATS provides amenity-rich apartments with a motto of "Big Style in Smart Spaces". The Duncan is a 260-unit apartment building which renovated the historic Near West Side YMCA, preserving features like the original basketball court and mosaic tiles pool and introducing a layer of hospitality with the FROTH cafe, which is open to the public and shares seating with the lobby and courtyard. Read below to learn more!


Who are you?

Marketing Coordinator for FLATS


How long have you been in the neighborhood?

Since earlier this year.


Why the West Loop?

The West Loop is a blend of old Chicago with its wealth of industrial structures mixed with the new wave of technology companies and world-class bars and restaurants.


What are your top challenges in growing your business?

COVID has presented a significant challenge in targeting new renters in the city.


Why did you join the West Central Association? 

To connect with small businesses in the West Loop to promote to our residents, and partner with like-minded groups to co-promote our products and services.


What makes your business unique?

The Duncan is a building that people have likely walked past and were curious what was under development. Because the building is not only providing apartments but actually is a hub for community, we hope that West Loop neighbors come by and check out the lobby, cafe, and hopefully next spring can enjoy a movie in our common lawn.
LOCAL JOB LISTINGS
Smitten Boutique is seeking a positive, hardworking, customer-facing Part-Time Sales Associate for their Chicago West Loop store. As a Sales Associate you will be providing a specialty retail customer service experience. This role will report directly to the brand manager of Smitten Boutique.
MEMBER UPDATES
Somebody once said, "To write well, you have to write what you know". Well, here is what we know... Movie night on the Morgan rooftop is the best way to spend a Thursday night!

Enjoy an intimate screening of the throwback rom-com, Never Been Kissed, while socially distancing with your group of up to 6 guests on our comfy-cozy lounge furniture.

Tickets are $25 per person and include two drinks. We will be offering a selection of wine, beer, and a themed signature cocktail. Popcorn and snacks also available for purchase.

Please Note: Seating is limited to groups of up to 6. Masks must be worn while guests are not seated. 
The Dine-It-4ward Culinary Guide was created to aid our ailing hospitality industry while highlighting the community organizations that are the backbone of our city.

By being a member of WCA you are entitled to a discount! Enter the code WCA20  at check out and you can purchase a book (value $2200) for just $39 (It’s normally $50).  
Here's what to expect from the 2020-2021 Chicago Dine-It-4ward Culinary Guide:
  • Over 75 experiences, offering $2200+ in savings for use until August 15, 2021
  • Features both 2-for-1 dishes and other exciting offers (fresh pasta, cupcakes, donuts, coffee) for carryout & dine-in that will save you hundreds of dollars throughout the year.
  • A fun way to support beloved Chicago spots including Big Star, BLVD Steakhouse, Firecakes, Gino’s East, Molly’s Cupcakes, Girl & Goat-Ceries, HaiSous, Saigon Sisters, Starbucks Reserve Roastery and more.
It truly is worth the investment. You’ll make up the $39 in just 2-3 uses and most importantly you’ll be making a difference by supporting an industry that needs some extra love!
Workout and DO GOOD! Join us for FREE outdoor Community Classes next Saturday, Sept. 26th!  If you appreciate the workout or simply want to do something good, make a donation to My Block My Hood My City!

Spots are very limited! Sign up in advance at purebarrewestloop.com or by emailing your first/last name, email, and phone number to westloop@purebarre.com!

LOCATION: 1260 W Madison St
TIMES: 8, 9 & 10am classes
WHAT you need: yoga mat, face mask (for entry), water bottle
HOW to donate: Venmo us @pbwestloop
Restaurants need technology to survive! Science is the IT helpdesk for restaurants. They deal with everything from spotty wifi on the patio to managing online ordering menus, so restaurants can focus on their guests. They're offering a free consultation to any restaurant that needs a little boost. 
Green City Market in Mary Bartelme Park is open Saturday's through October. We are practicing safe shopper guidelines and require a face covering in the Market area, please shop a 6 feet distance from others and observe our Priority Hour from 8 a.m. - 9 a.m., General Shopping from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

Prefer home delivery? Shop Green City Market Delivered from the WhatsGood app for Wednesday delivery. Prefer nearby pick up? In the app select Green City Market @ Paramount Group Pickup, located at 1750 W Lake Street available Wednesday's between 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.   
Join the Director of Sales and Marketing of the Hampton by Hilton and Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown West Loop on a virtual tour to see why it is the superior Chicago hotel for business and pleasure based on location, unique guest amenities and new standard of hotel cleanliness and safety. 
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Greektown’s Fanciful Fish Coloring Sheet Sweepstakes
Get your creative juices flowing and learn more about Greek culture with Greektown’s Fun & Fanciful Fish!
 
Whether you’re looking for a fun family outing or a way to keep your kids engaged, Greektown Chicago invites you to visit the 22 fish sculptures near your favorite Greektown restaurants and shops, and participate in the coloring sheet sweepstakes! In advance of visiting the fish sculptures, read more about each fish here, and reference the map here. Enjoy a fun activity at home and get creative by coloring your own fish with markers, colored pencils, water colors or crayons. Don’t forget to give them a name!
 
For every fish you color in, be sure to share it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #GreektownChicagoFancifulFish to be entered into our sweepstakes for a chance to win some fun Greektown swag, which could include a lunchbox, beanie, umbrella and more.

Please note, the sweepstakes is open now through Sept. 30, closing at 5 p.m. CST. Fish drawings completed by children need to be shared by a parent or guardian 18 years or older to be eligible for entry. Unlimited entries per person with each new drawing.

Download the coloring sheet here

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