• Community Resiliency Committee Community Resiliency Committee

    The Community Resiliency Committee provides input on marketing and communications campaigns, community programming and events, and public resources that will stimulate the local economy in the aftermath of COVID-19.

    • 32nd Ward/Ald. Scott Waguespack
    • 4 Star Restaurant Group
    • Candyality
    • Cook County Commissioner Bridget Degnen
    • High Bridge Pilates
    • HuxHemp
    • Mothership Launchpad
    • Music Box Theatre
    • Ripson Group
    • South Lakeview Neighbors
    • The Denim Lounge for Men
    • The Guild
    • Theater Wit
    • West Lakeview Neighbors
  • Business Support & Success Committee Business Support & Success Committee

    The Business Support & Success Committee provides input on small business resources, advocacy efforts, educational workshops, and other programming to support the long-term success of businesses impacted by COVID-19.

    • 44th Ward/Ald. Tom Tunney
    • Angela Garbot Photography
    • BluLyne Marketing
    • Bras Galore
    • Brown Elephant
    • Capital One Cafe
    • Chase Bank
    • Chicago Cubs
    • Click Shoes
    • Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer
    • Rep. Ann Williams
    • Let's Walk Chicago
    • McCulloch Communications
    • Move Beyond Grief
    • Quiroga Car Washes
    • Rep. Jonathan “Yoni” Pizer
    • Sen. Sara Feigenholtz
    • Small Business Advocacy Council
    • Southport Grocery and Cafe
    • StretchLab Lakeview
    • The Guild
    • The Music Playhouse of Chicago
    • Z Factory

  • COVID-19: A Roadmap for Recovery

    Developed by the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce in consultation with resources provided by leaders in the urban place management industry, the following 4 Stages of Recovery are intended to help businesses prepare for the possible impacts they might face on the road to recovery. We've also outlined some of the ways the Lakeview Chamber and its partners, Special Service Area (SSA) 27 and Friends of Lakeview, will align its response with the evolving needs of the community. This framework will be updated regularly based on input from community members and businesses, and as timelines for recovery become clearer.

  • Stage 1: Initial Crisis Stage 1: Initial Crisis

    Impacts

    • Sudden closure of businesses, forcing loss of revenues, staff cuts
    • Businesses forced to adapt to unanticipated circumstances
    • Majority of population working/learning from home
    • Flood of information, overwhelming community
    • Assistance/relief rolled out to meet immediate needs

    Actions

    • Lakeview Chamber hosts weekly conference calls
    • Online resources collected and distributed at www.lakeviewchamber.com/covid19
    • Regular email communications to keep businesses up-to-date
    • SSA 27 launches rebate programs focused on marketing, health and sanitation
    • One-on-one business outreach
    • Advocacy on behalf of small businesses in need of relief

    Intended Outcomes

    • Businesses sustained through crisis
    • Businesses connected to resources
    • Government responds with Lakeview in mind
  • Stage 2: Pre-Recovery Stage 2: Pre-Recovery

    Impacts

    • Reality of "new normal" sets in
    • Likely extension of stay at home order or scaled-back restrictions
    • Potential for some businesses to start coming back online, although most will probably remain closed
    • Timeline for eventual reopening and recovery becomes clearer, creating new challenges

    Actions

    • Form recovery task force to plan for community reopening
    • Collaborate with other chambers, officials on recovery planning
    • Roll out recommendations for businesses on formulating their own reopening plans
    • Advocate for cross-promotion of businesses, creative partnerships

    Intended Outcomes

    • Understanding of what "new normal” will looks like
    • Businesses empowered to create their own resiliency plans 
    • Maximize the number of businesses allowed to safely reopen during early phases
  • Stage 3: Recovery (Current) Stage 3: Recovery (Current)

    Impacts

    • Most businesses allowed to reopen; return of demand but customers remain cautious
    • People permitted to begin gathering again, with limitations
    • Potential for some events to resume, with new guidelines/limitations in place
    • Potential for sustained economic downturn; tightening of resources, reemergence of discount shopping trends
    • New fears about health and sanitation concerns force precautions

    Actions

    • Hold grand reopening; promote shop local messaging
    • Roll out promotions to incentivize customers to shop local
    • SSA 27 to launch programs to promote a clean and safe Lakeview
    • Use marketing and PR to promote businesses, sanitation measures community is taking
    • Launch business recruitment plan to promote investment in Lakeview

    Intended Outcomes

    • Minimize long-term disruption 
    • Existing businesses retained through recovery period
    • Generate new interest from businesses and developers in investing in Lakeview
  • Stage 4: Transformation Stage 4: Transformation

    Impacts

    • Potential for prolonged economic recovery
    • Lingering concerns about health and sanitation
    • Larger daytime worker population with more people working from home
    • More people shopping close to home, as walking becomes more appealing
    • Online shopping, virtual experiences, and delivery options become a must

    Actions

    • Offer education/assistance to businesses adapting to forever-changed shopping environment
    • Leverage technology to reduce need for in-person meetings and events
    • Fill vacancies with temporary uses (public art, emerging businesses, etc.)
    • Prioritize essential services via SSA 27 (safety, sanitation, economic development initiatives, etc.)
    • Ensure that disaster planning is part of any future neighborhood strategic plans
    • Find new ways to adapt events to increased need for safe social gatherings

    Intended Outcomes

    • Businesses retained, recruited
    • Diversification of business mix
    • Lakeview emerges as a cutting-edge, resilient community
    • Lakeview Chamber role evolves with new emphasis on direct services