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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.
Take the city of Chicago Community Sentiment Survey on Reopening
Support our open local businesses! Check out our website for information on businesses open for delivery, pick up, live-streaming and more.
Are you a West Loop small business? Please take a few minutes to fill out our small business profile! We will feature you in our newsletter, website and on our social media--including any ongoing deals, delivery options, etc.

Please send you logo and any images you would like included in the profile (inside your business, your product, etc.) to alex@wcachicago.org
SMALL BUSINESS PROFILE: Bennett Day School
Who are you?

Cameron Smith, co-founder and CEO of Bennett Day School


Describe your business

Bennett Day School is an independent, PreK-12th grade school located in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood. Founded in 2014, our mission is to develop lifelong learners and leaders and provide a collaborative culture that nurtures our community’s sense of inquiry and curiosity. Bennett Labs, a learning innovation and development lab embedded in the life of the school, committed to advancing creativity and innovation in family, adult, and educator learning experiences. 


If your doors are closed, what are you doing online? 

Bennett Day School was one of the first K-12 schools in Chicago to move all our classes for our enrolled families online. In a matter for days, we transitioned from providing face to face classes for our PreK-12 children to providing mediated digital learning via Google Classroom, SeeSaw, and Zoom web-conferencing platforms. We never closed our school or canceled any of our classes, we moved them all online, with our faculty working from home, as well as our advisory, admissions, and auxiliary programs. 
Our auxiliary programs consist of our before/after school social programs, as well as our spring and summer camps. We transitioned to providing Zoom lunch and playdates for our families, as well as spring and summer camp activities that children and families can do at home. 

Bennett Labs, our learning innovation department, launched Bennett Live -- a FREE engaging and educational media program for children ages 3-12 and their families. Inspired by the principles of Reggio Emilia and Project-Based Learning (PBL), Bennett Live allows children to design and tinker with their hands and explore and create at home. Live and pre-recorded episodes are shared Monday-Friday on Bennett Day School’s Facebook at 11:00 am (CST) and 2 pm (CST). Archived episodes can be found on Bennett Day School’s YouTube channel. 

To learn more, register for a Virtual Info Session or Open House, or take a Virtual Tour of Bennett Day School:  https://bennettday.org/visitus/

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MEMBER UPDATES
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.
Proud to share that Comcast Business has joined more than 40 companies in the #StandForSmall coalition to support small businesses navigating COVID-19. Small businesses are the heart of our communities, and we are here to serve them every day.
We have added weekend lunch hours at Belmont and West Loop and Schaumburg and Vernon Hills will be open for pick up and delivery starting Friday, May 22nd at 1p.m.!

New Hours:

Monday- Thursday: 4-8 p.m.
Friday- Saturday: 1-9 p.m.
Sunday: 1-8 p.m.
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. 
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Greektown Shopper’s Reward Program 2020
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!
Free Freddo Fridays at Artopolis TODAY! For every Friday to come, we will be offering a free Freddo Espresso or Freddo Cappuccino with any purchase over $5.
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