Tuesday , May 5, 2020

In a time of our new normal, the Chamber is becoming creative in how to support our community in these uncertain times. Please read below to find out ways the Chamber and other civic partners are doing to help the community and what you can do to help, such as food, pet and blood drives, feeding first responders, and helping support our small businesses.

Small businesses are vital to Glen Ellyn. Here’s just a few of the reasons why they need our support:
• 40-60% of small businesses that close after a disaster never re-open ( Source )
• 93% of shoppers say that they prefer local retailers ( Source )
• Small businesses account for 99.6 of businesses in Illinois ( Source )
• Each dollar you spend at a local business returns 50 times more money to your local economy. ( Source )
• Collectively small, local businesses are the states’ largest employer. ( Source )
• Small businesses employ more than half of working class in the United States ( source )

Not only does the threat of closer affect our small businesses but, many nonprofits have lost their usual sources of revenue. Today is #GivingTuesdayNow . The intent is to come together to create a wave of generosity, citizen engagement, action from business and philanthropy, and support for communities and nonprofits around the world.

Please if able, take a conscious effort to donate, volunteer, shop our small businesses and take care of our First Responders, the true heros of our community. Use this Newsletter as a resource for your business and family to help. It is heart warming to see the community coming together.

The Chamber is busy working hard to keep our businesses aware of resources and showcasing them to the residents. We are all in this together and together we are stronger.

Stay Safe,

Dawn Smith
Glen Ellyn Chamber Executive Director
Glen Ellyn Survival Kits Sell Out in Less Than 2 days
Local Businesses have come together a second time to offer your favorite Glen Ellyn essentials in this ‘Survival Kit’ to help residents get through these unprecedented times. 100% of funds are redistributed to the Glen Ellyn Storefronts. Support your local businesses. The 2nd Round will hold different merchandise and host some new retailers. Only 100 kits are available. Pre-orders are taken on-line and scheduled a curbside pick-up time at Two Hound Red. On-lines sales start later this week. Survival Kits are $100 inclusive of taxes.
The original Survival Kits were SOLD OUT in 1 1/2 days! Thank you all for your generosity, together we redistributed $10,000 back to our retailers. Round Two Survival Kit will hold different merchandise and from some new retailers to keep our storefronts alive!
Please watch this video showcasing our amazing retail owners connecting them with their storefront.
Support our first responders and our Glen Ellyn restaurants during these trying times of the COVID 19 pandemic.

100% of funds collected will be used to purchase meals from local restaurants and delivered to Northwestern Hospital and AMITA Medical Center GlenOaks Hospital. 

This is a great way to thank our front-line workers who need our support, while helping our local Glen Ellyn area restaurants who need our patronage. Donations are tax exempt.
Glen Ellyn Shop, Pop, & Go!

Governor J.B. Pritzker announced with the extended Illinois’ stay-at-home order starting May 1st non-essential retail stores may re-open to fulfill telephone and online orders through curbside pick-up.

So, SHOP, POP & GO , It’s as easy as 1,2,3!
1- SHOP online or call to place your orders
2- POP your trunk curbside as your items are placed safely in your vehicle
3- GO home to enjoy!

Local Businesses need our support by:
  • Shopping on-line or phone
  • Purchasing a gift card
  • Buy gifts now for a later time
Glen Ellyn Dine At Home With Delivery & Curbside Pick Up
See how many local restaurants you can support!

Notice to support restaurants The Village of Glen Ellyn has:
  • New curbside pick-up signs throughout the downtown.
  • Bagged parking meters to encourage parking.
  • Created an interactive restaurant map with delivery options.
Glen Ellyn Essential Services are Critical to our Community
Please note the  Essential Businesses description described by the Executive Order  . Please contact these companies via phone or email as many of these companies are working remotely. 
Attention Businesses
The Glen Ellyn Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to be a resource during this difficult time. Please view the following business COVID-19 page to view the latest news shared with Chamber members regarding COVID-19.
New Event Dates

NEW DATE - AUGUST 27 - 29, 2020


Testing for COVID-19

Two kinds of tests are available for COVID-19:  viral tests  and  antibody tests .
  • A viral test tells you if you have a current infection.
  • An antibody test tells you if you had a previous infection
An antibody test may not be able to show if you have a current infection, because it can take 1-3 weeks after infection to make antibodies. We do not know yet if having antibodies to the virus can protect someone from getting infected with the virus again, or how long that protection might last.

Who should be tested
To learn if you have a current infection, viral tests are used.
  • Most people will have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care and may not need to be tested.
  • CDC has guidance for who should be tested, but decisions about testing are made by state and local
  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and want to get tested, call your healthcare provider first.
  • You can also visit your state or local health department’s website to look for the latest local information on testing.

A new drive-through COVID-19 Community Testing Site is now open at the Chicago Premium Outlet Mall, just off I-88 in Aurora. Managed by the Illinois National Guard and one of only four state-operated facilities, the free testing site is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (or earlier if its daily testing capacity of 600 is reached). Individuals needing to be tested MUST enter from Farnsworth Avenue.

Tests can be taken by:
  • All individuals with symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, fever), 
  • All healthcare workers and first responders, regardless of symptoms

Type of Test:
  • All tests are self-administered swabs. Each person getting tested will be handed the swabs and directions through their car window. They will then have to swab their own nose and place it back in the bottle.

Testing Protocol:
  • It is a drive-thru only testing facility, no walk-ups will be accepted
  • Persons getting tested will be asked to show photo identification or healthcare/first responder ID/badge, if applicable.
Tests are taken on a FIRST COME-FIRST SERVE BASIS. Due to the demand for service, wait times may be significant. You do not need a doctors referral.
Call for Volunteers
Volunteers are needed across the state. If you are an able-bodied volunteer and are willing to volunteer, please visit DuPage County’s Volunteer Portal, Giving DuPage , that links volunteers with non-profit organizations countywide. LINK
#GivingTuesdayNow is a new global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 – in addition to the regularly scheduled Dec 1, 2020 #GivingTuesday – as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. Many nonprofits have been closed due to the pandemic
and lost their usual sources of revenue.
Like the community's small businesses, they are struggling

Civic Announcements
Village of Glen Ellyn

Demolition is Underway to Make Way for Main Street Pedestrian Connection
Demolition is underway on the former Shonkwiler building (423 N. Main Street) and the adjoining building to the east (425 N. Main Street). This will allow for the creation of a pedestrian connection from the current Civic Center parking lot to Main Street. 

The Village purchased this property in 2018 as part of a vision to add a new public amenity to be used by all businesses and visitors of the downtown. In January 2020, the Village Board voted to approve the Civic Center public parking garage project and the construction of the pedestrian access way to Main Street.

At this time, there is no final decision on the timing of building the parking garage. The demolition and undergrounding of utilities behind the Civic Center are considered to be an initial phase of the overall project which can stand alone from the actual garage and provide a use for downtown patrons. While the Village Board is likely to discuss the viability of the construction of the garage in the current economic climate, this improvement will provide a useful connection between Main Street and the Civic Center parking lot.  
Glen Ellyn Public Library
The Google Suite: How to Be Even More Efficient (From Home)
Thursday, April 30 from 7-8:30 pm

In this new normal, it is important to be both efficient and effective. Dr. Peter A. James will walk you through some tips and tricks using Google's cloud-based tools to create and share documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.
Download Zoom and enter Meeting ID 121-338-682.
Glen Ellyn Park District
Now to May 15 stay active while practicing social distancing by participating in the Glen Ellyn Strong Virtual 5K! The 5K is free and open to the public (no registration required). Visit  
The Park District will be offering another drive at Ackerman, 800 St. Charles Road on May 7th from 1:30pm-6pm. collecting donations for Glen Ellyn Cares, Feeding First Responders from local restaurants! 
The Glen Ellyn Park District has partnered with Kiwanis of Central DuPage on a food drive for humans and pets.
Thursday, May 7th from 1:30 to 6 p.m. at Ackerman, 800 St. Charles Road. This is a drive-through, drop-off event.
College of DuPage
The College of DuPage Speakers Bureau launches a Virtual Speaker Series, a collection of weekly webinars featuring College experts discussing a wide range of topics, as a complimentary service for community members.
The online series will be broadcast live from noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays, “China’s Expanding Sphere of Influence” presented by Assistant Professor of History Maria Ritzema (May 7), and “Social Inequalities and COVID-19” presented by Sociology Professor Matt Green (May 14).
B. R. Ryall YMCA
The B.R. Ryall YMCA has a 100+ year history of adapting to meet the community’s needs. During this challenging and uncertain time, the folks at the "Y" are working to help our youth, families and seniors to stay healthy in spirit, mind and body. Click here to read their Impact Update.

There is a critical blood shortage, so the Y will be helping to address this urgent community need by hosting our second blood drive with Versiti Blood Center of Illinois on May 14 from 1-7 p.m. At our last blood drive, enough blood was collected to save 66 lives!

For the safety of all donors, walk-ins will NOT be accepted; you MUST schedule an appointment in advance. Sign up to help save lives now:
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