December 11, 2019

Thank You for Shopping Locally and Shopping Lakeview East! 

Thank you to all that purchased Lakeview East gift cards during our Annual Shopping Extravaganza sale this past Saturday! We sold nearly $80,000 in Lakeview East Gift Cards in just 4 hours -
that's $80,000 that will go right back into the Lakeview East community to support local businesses.

We appreciate all of those that continue to support small businesses and shop locally, especially in the neighborhood we all know and love. This program has been a success every year thanks to you. Remember, in order for small businesses to be successful, you must shop at them!  
In regard to recent business closures in the area,

the Chamber reminds our neighbors, families and friends that keeping local businesses in Lakeview East starts and ends with support for local commerce.

The diversity and livelihood of businesses in our neighborhood is directly influenced by consumer spending. When we pass by storefronts, click to buy and prioritize next-day packages, we may be hurting the local business down the block. 

As a community, we must make every day Small Business Day by eating, drinking, shopping and getting our services from the hard working entrepreneurs living and working in Lakeview East. We must choose small, local and independent over faster, cheaper and more convenient. W e must make the choice to close our computers, walk down our main streets and choose to spend at local businesses.

Let's make the new year a year of local love for communities by shopping local and shopping Lakeview East.
TBOX is coming to Wrigleyville DECEMBER 14!
  Get Your tickets now at  &  use code "LVE" to save & get the best price on the 24th Annual Twelve Bars of Xmas Pub Crawl!

Admission Includes $12 of gift cards, free breakfast, live music all day, party gloves, koozies, gym bags and so much more.  Don't miss one of Wrigleyville's most famous bar crawls!
Shop Local, Shop Lakeview East for the Holidays

Lakeview East has one-of-a-kind dining, retail, experiential and specialty local businesses that are sure to impress any scrooge. We've rounded up some of the best places in Lakeview East so you can knock out your holiday shopping without going too far. 

Retail Highlights: 
CRAM Fashion  -  3331 N. Broadway
The Colette Collection  -  2858 N. Clark
The Alley 843 W. Belmont
Inkling - 2917 ½ N. Broadway
FOURSIDED Cards + Gifts  - 2958 N. Clark St.
Giver's Gift

Shop local this holiday season! Collect $300 worth of receipts from Lakeview East merchants and receive a $50 gift card. See flyer above for more details (and, the Lakeview East Gift Card's new look!). 

We'd love to see you (and your totally vintage bell bottoms) there! 
It's a #WrigleyvilleWonderland!

Wrigleyville Wonderland Friends & Family Night - December 5, 2019
Wrigleyville Wonderland Friends & Family Night - December 5, 2019

Thank you to all who joined us at the #WrigleyvilleWonderland Friends & Family last week! We had over 600 families come out to experience the pop-up magic happening on Clark Street throughout the holiday season. 

If you haven't already, be sure to stop in to the hot spots below for a health dose of holiday cheer!

The 2019-2020 Private Event Space Guide is now available!
Ready to book your holiday party? Browse the interactive Lakeview Private Event Space Guide online  here  and find the perfect location for your next special event.
We are sad to hear about the passing of Tom Boyle last week, owner of Yesterday Collectibles in Wrigleyville for over 3 decades.  The community lost a gem of a person and we send our condolences to his family.

The community is mourning the loss of a dear friend and business owner, Gus Mavragnes from Stella's Diner, who passed away on October 30th. Gus was more than just a caring business owner, he was a friend to us all with the biggest heart for Lakeview and those who lived, worked and visited our neighborhood. He knew everyone that passed by the diner and their kids! Our thoughts and love are with his family during this so difficult time as Gus gets his wings in heaven and finds his latest hot rod to leave a little bit of smoke behind.

The funeral mass for Gus will be Sunday, December 15th at 3:30pm at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Chicago. 615 W. Wellington.

We miss Gus dearly and ask you to join us in celebrating his life and all he's done for the Lakeview East Community.

Let's designate Barry Avenue as "Honorary Gus Mavraganes Way"!
   Keith Haring Sculpture Coming To Chicago AIDS Garden
"'There is no stronger activist than Keith Haring to help us honor the lives of those lost and celebrate those who work tirelessly to educate and raise awareness,' said Ald. Tom Tunney (44th), who represents Boystown. 'Self-Portrait's' new home at AIDS Garden Chicago is a small but powerful way to continue talking about the epidemic as we fight to bring both HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths to zero.'"  Read the full article here. 
Local Author Nick Janicki Self-Publishes First Novel       

PIER 33 is a historical fiction tale of family and fate following Michael and  Robb Field, two brothers on Alcatraz Island during the time it was an operational prison. 

A 26-year-old working full time at a marketing agency, Nick has spent evenings and weekends working on the novel for the past two and a half years, balancing his day job while also pursuing an aspiration.


Still Christmas Tree Shopping? Love the idea of a REAL tree? Ivy's Christmas Trees is local and carries some of the most beautiful real trees you can get! Located at 1013 W. Roscoe, the trees are from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina!

2834 N. Broadway

Convenience is so important in everyday life. Shouldn't your   gym be convenient to you? Come in and workout at our  premier fitness center in Lakeview/Lincoln Park! We provide a safe, quality environment for you and your whole family. Let us help you achieve your fitness goals, right in your neighborhood.  Our knowledgeable, friendly staff, and local management combine to make Fitness 19 the club for families who want a healthy lifestyle without the hefty cost. Come check us out!

3341 N. Broadway 
Opening Spring 2020

Little Barn Apothecary believes in the luxury of simplicity. We take inspiration from the earth and the raw beauty of its natural elements to provide unique formulations designed to evoke a feeling of wellbeing.  Our products are 100% vegan, cruelty free, and truly all-natural. Each botanical ingredient is selected by hand and each product is carefully crafted in small-batch apothecary tradition in our micro facility in Atlanta, Georgia. No synthetic or "filler" ingredients will ever be used. 
  Fannie May Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting
Join us Monday, December 16 at noon for the grand opening of the Fannie May pop-up on Broadway! As a welcoming offer, get 20% off your purchase from the grand opening until December 24th. The pop-up shop will be on Broadway until Valentine's Day next year. 
Businesses Opening Soon in Lakeview East!
Little Barn Apothecary - 3341 N. Broadway - NEW! 
Breakfast House  - 3341 N. Broadway  NEW! 
Kilwins -  3519 N. Clark
CMX: The Cinema Experience1027 W. Addison   
CVS - 1035 W. Addison
Cuddle Bunny - 2901 N. Clark
Dance on Broadway  -3168 N. Broadway
Cumin - 1039 W Belmont Ave
Everbrook Academy  538 W. Diversey Pkwy
Coco's Wonderland  - 3535 N. Broadway
Taco Bell  3001 N. Broadway  NOW OPEN!
Lakeview East & Wrigleyville Banner  Sponsorship Still Available
The Lakeview East Street Pole Banners are located throughout the District are still available for sponsorship. Banners are located on Broadway, Clark, Belmont, Addison and Diversey. Chamber members and local businesses have the opportunity to sponsor new banners or renew your current banner sponsorship at a discounted rate. 

Wrigleyville Area Banners:
New Banner Sponsorship (per banner):
- Lakeview East Chamber Members - $500 each
- Non-Members - $1,000 each

Surrounding Lakeview East Area Banners:
New Banner Sponsorship (per banner):
- Lakeview East Chamber Members - $250 each
- Non-Members - $400 each

Please contact our office for more information  by calling 773-348-8608.

The Lakeview East area is bustling with new development.  For development projects visit our website  here.
Storefront Opportunities

Are you or anyone you know, looking to move their business to Lakeview East? You can view Storefront Opportunities on our website here!

The 2020 Shared Cost Sidewalk Program will open to new applicants starting at 6 a.m. on January 7, 2020 and conclude at 5:59 a.m. on January 8, 2020.

The Shared Cost Sidewalk Program is an extremely popular voluntary program in which property owners share the cost of sidewalk repair with the City. Thousands of Chicagoans have been a part of this popular program, taking advantage of the low cost, exceptional value, and ease of participation. The Shared Cost Sidewalk Program cost per square foot charged to property owners is well below what a private contractor would charge. Senior citizens and persons with disabilities may qualify for a further discounted rate.

Applications will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. The number of participants is based on availability of funds. The program typically reaches capacity quickly, so you are encouraged to apply early. 

Please note that if you applied for the program in previous years, you must apply again in 2020 if you wish to be considered for the 2020 program. Applications will only be accepted through the City's 311 system by calling 311 or through the City's service request website The property owner's contact information and the property address are required at the time of request.

Click on the links below for more information on the program.
As always, residents can report other sidewalk conditions to 311 by phone or via the city website.

Construction has begun for the five year phase of the RPM project.  To find out more about this project please visit the RPM website hereThe modernization project has many steps, and it is important to know when and how you or your business may be affected.  Sign up for construction impact alerts in your community  here
ChibizHub is an online platform build by the City of Chicago to help connect small businesses with service providers.
19th District Community Alternative Policing Strategies (CAPS)

The 44th Ward is served by the 19th District (bounded by Lawrence, Lake Shore Drive, Fullerton, and the Chicago River). Each police district is divided in beats, and each beat has a team of beat officers assigned to it. Police representatives from these teams and local community leaders conduct the CAPS meetings. For more information on CAPS, visit the Chicago Police Department's web page,  How CAPS Works

Upcoming CAPS Meetings:

Wednesday, December 11th from 7:00pm-8:00pm - 19th District Beat 1914
Location: Clarendon Park

January 2020 CAPS Meetings TBD

Small Business Education Workshops 

The Small Business Center offers FREE classes and workshops all year long.  Click here to view the workshop schedule for the first and last Wednesday in December.

Welcome to the Belmont Theater District - Chicago's Largest Theater District

Just minutes from downtown in Chicago's Lakeview and Lakeview East neighborhoods, the Belmont Theater District is home to more than 50 theaters and hundreds of shops and restaurants within a short walking distance. 

From world-class theater to Chicago-style comedy and everything in between, there's always a seat waiting for you at the 100+ shows playing every week in the Belmont Theater District-Chicago's largest theater district.

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Unabridged Bookstore Holiday Party
Unabridged Bookstore's annual holiday party will be on Saturday, December 14th from 6pm to 9pm.   Featuring 10% off everything in the shop, complimentary wine, prosecco, sweets, raffles and as always year round complimentary gift wrapping and lots of bookish cheer!  
Nature Museum Winter Camp embraces all that Mother Nature has to offer during our coldest months. Campers can join for child-led outdoor play, science activities, live animal encounters, and more!

Cost: $75/day for Nature Museum members; $85/day for non-members
December 30, December 31, January 2, January 3 | 9am to 2:30pm


Looking for the perfect low-key way to ring in the new decade? Join us at Bonus Round for an evening of board games, snacks, dessert & a champagne (or sparkling cider) toast at midnight.

Ticket includes a spread of snacks and desserts, gaming all night, and midnight toast. Drinks from our menu will be available for purchase ala cart.



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