The Lakeview Chamber of Commerce is a community of entrepreneurs working together and supporting each other to create a stronger neighborhood and business environment, through advocacy, promotion, networking and education. Our organization is a leader in supporting businesses with valuable resources, programming and services that advance our neighborhood's business success, guided by our Lakeview Area Master Plan. We leverage private funding, government resources and programs, and support from more than 250 members to help our local business community thrive.
The Chamber is a 501(c)6 nonprofit originally founded in 1951 as the Lincoln Belmont Ashland Business Association. The Chamber serves as the sole service provider of SSA 27, a taxing district that supports additional programs and services, including public way maintenance and enhancement.
- Advocacy: We serve as the voice of local businesses and protect the Lakeview area's commercial interests by representing small business needs on important policy and development issues.
- Promotion: We market our neighborhood as a desirable destination for consumers and investors, host memorable community events to attract people to our commercial streets, and also assist individual businesses with promoting themselves.
- Networking: We offer regular networking events in order to help our entrepreneurs create new business connections. By fostering a more connected community of local businesses that support each other, we are strengthening our local neighborhood economy.
- Education: We offer valuable educational programs to help our entrepreneurs learn how to strengthen their businesses.
Our service area is bounded by Racine Avenue, Ravenswood Avenue, Diversey Parkway and Irving Park Road.
Board of Directors
President - Doug Havrilla, Merchant Giving Project
Vice-President - Michael Valitchka, Point B, Inc.
Secretary - Ryan Oestreich, Music Box Theatre
Treasurer - Jeff Shapiro, Spindle Fitness
Candace D'Agnolo, Dogaholics
Mara Baer, The Spanish Square
Stephanie Biederman, Realtor BHHS Koenigrubloff
Ben Castronovo, Central Federal Savings
Doug Dunlay, 4 Star Restaurant Group
Angela Garbot, Angela Garbot Photography
Michael Jornt, Bitter Pops
Lisa Santos, Southport Grocery & Cafe
Dr. Mike Sculley, Custom Eyes
Erin Watt, The Music Playhouse of Chicago