Reopening Guidelines Issued
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Dear Neighbors,

Today, 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. Dates will be announced soon.

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. 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 three in Chicago, can be found at :

  • Education & Childcare
  • Buildings & Real Estate
  • Food Service
  • Accommodations & Tourism
  • Retail
  • B2B
  • Healthcare
  • Transportation

At this time, the guidelines do NOT include the "open streets" concept that we discussed in our recent survey. The City is allowing restaurants with windows that open to use that seating. We expect responses from the City soon on those concepts. In tomorrow's newsletter, we will discuss the results of our survey - well over 1,000 people participated!

Businesses Will Need Personal Protective Equipment to Re-Open Safely

As the city prepares to enter the next phase of reopening, organizations will need access to personal protective equipment (PPE) to help protect workers from contracting or spreading COVID-19.

To support a safe and efficient reopenin g, the City of Chicago has launched the  Chicago PPE Market . This online platform was developed by local startup Rheaply with the partnership and support of World Business Chicago.

Buyer registration is now open.  Register for the Chicago PPE Market  and then check your email for a link to access the online platform. The PPE Market provides Chicago's small businesses, community-based organizations, and not-for-profits with transparent pricing and direct access to local PPE suppliers. Organizations can purchase PPE in three steps:

  • Browse available listings for reusable face coverings, hand sanitizer, and protective shields
  • Request to purchase specific PPE based on your desired quantity and the advertised price
  • Communicate directly with the supplier through the in-platform messaging feature to agree on payment and pick-up or delivery details

The costs to purchase PPE may be significant for some small businesses. We will continue to accept donated face masks to aid people in need in our community and small businesses. If you would like to donate face masks, please contact so we can arrange pick-up.

For more information, visit .
CPD School Resource Officer Survey

The Chicago Police Department will take comments from the public on the School Resource Officers and Investigations at Chicago Public Schools policy for 15 days beginning on May 18, 2020.  CPD will consider your comments before finalizing the directive.

Please use this link to leave comments and suggestions on this new draft policy.
Be Your Own Boss Paid Virtual Summer Internship
Apply by June 12

Be Your Own Boss is a two-week paid virtual summer internship open to high school students currently enrolled in Chicago Public Schools and Chicago Charter Schools. Learn how to create and pitch your own business idea while you get a VIP tour of Chicago's startup community.

To learn more about the internship and to apply, visit
Paycheck Protection Program
Wednesday, May 27
11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

Community Investment Corporation (CIC) invites you to join a conversation with Brad McConnell, CEO of Accion Chicago, to learn more about PPP and how Accion may be able to help you apply.

The Webinar is free, however RSVP's are required. Please register using the Zoom Webinar link above.
Understanding the Grief Process, Coping with Loss
Tuesday, June 9
5:00 p.m.
Meeting ID: 658-786-8395

Space is limited. RSVP by June 8, 2020. To RSVP or for help in setting up Zoom, contact Lauren Hollasch at   or by text at 773-484-7861.
Support our Neighborhood Restaurants

Many of the restaurants that add so much to our community are struggling during this crisis. Please patronize our neighborhood businesses as much as possible and try to order directly from the restaurant.

If you are open for business, let us know.
#43 Wears Masks 

Keep sending us photos of you wearing your mask! We appreciate all of the effort you are doing by keeping up with the social distancing order and helping stop the spread COVID19.
Be Safe and Wear A Mask!


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