How do I request board up and/or clean up services?
City of Chicago businesses that need to request board up support to secure their business should call 3-1-1 or contact your local chamber of commerce or business service organization. Find your local chamber: www.chicago.gov/nbdc
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Is the curfew still in place?
Yes- now and until further notice, the City is operating under a curfew for all residents and visitors effective from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
What is the downtown restricted zone?
Until further notice, access in the Central Business District and Loop area will only be given to employees whose businesses are located within the designated boundaries and individuals who reside in the surrounding area and are engaged in essential activities as defined in the Municipal Code, Order 2020-3 (listed here under Section 2.5). The boundaries of the restricted zone are as follows:
Division Street from Lake Shore Drive to Halsted Street
Halsted Street from Division Street to Milwaukee/Grand Avenue
Milwaukee Avenue from Grand Avenue to Kinzie Street
Canal Street from Kinzie Street to Cermak Road
26th Street from State Street to Lake Shore Drive
Cermak Road from Canal Street to State Street
State Street from Cermak Road to 26th Street
Let the West Central Association know if your West Loop business is open! We are sharing the list of open businesses on our website, social media and newsletter.
You can find the list of open West Loop businesses here.
Please note that we are continually adding to the list so your business might already be listed! Check out the link above to see if you are listed before filling out the form.
“Paint the City” project creating free murals for business owners
Barrett Keithley and Missy Perkins are offering assistance to business owners with boarded up buildings. Through their project “Paint the City” the two have enlisted artists to create murals on storefronts and the services are offered free of charge.
Paint the City, an artist led coalition founded by artist Barrett Keithley and partner Missy Perkins. To date 75 artists are participating. An artist-led volunteer initiative to cover unsightly plywood board with uplifting and inspiring murals. Artist’s labor is provided free of charge. Any donations from businesses are used to purchase supplies and offer stipends to the volunteer artist.
“Paint the City” is open to business owners across the city with an emphasis on the City’s South and West sides. Business owners may email Missygem13@gmail.com about their interest in having a mural created at their business. The team will meet to discuss what the owner would like to have painted. Owners can make suggestions on the art or let allow the team to use their artistic discretion. Work on murals will begin right away.
While we may be at home, our hearts are with our community. Bennett Day School has created a collaborative art installation outside the school’s playground to remind the community that we’re all in this together. This month, students and families were mailed wooden hearts as an invitation to contribute to the installation, pulling creative minds together to create a colorful installation for the whole community to enjoy.
Greektown Chicago is encouraging community members to engage with and support local restaurants in safe and healthy ways, including purchasing gift cards and ordering takeout or delivery from restaurants. Spend $30 get $10!
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