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  • Love Local, Love Lakeview

    Updated 12/3/20

    The Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) continues to impact Lakeview as it does communities across Chicago, the country and the world. This outbreak is requiring businesses to change their usual operations, find alternative ways to provide their services to the community and even temporarily close their business. It's important to support our neighborhood businesses and their employees in this challenging time, so we have put together some ideas on how you can help below. Let's Love Local, Love Lakeview to stand strong as a community. Use #LoveLakeview to share with us ways you are supporting local businesses.

    Find information on what businesses are doing to keep their spaces clean and prevent the spread of COVID-19 on our Recover Lakeview page.

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    Batter & Berries: a delicious breakfast spot known for their french toast flight offering delivery or pickup.

    Body Brite: offers skincare, laser hair removal and teeth whitening services and are now open for appointments in phase 3!

    Irie Jerk Bar & Grill: serving authentic Caribbean food for delivery or pickup.

    Ms. T's Southern Chicken: serving mouthwatering fried chicken and fish for delivery or pickup.

    Recylced Modern: an urban vintage, upcycled, and handcrafted home decor shop - order from their online shop here!

    The Smoothie Joint: serving nutritious smoothies and juices for pickup - perfect on a hot summer day!

    Give Back Give Back

    • Lakeview Pantry: Volunteer or donate to this non-profit that is working hard to distribute food to those in need and provide mental health services in this uncertain and stressful time.
    • Debi Lilly, A Perfect Event is selling hand sanitizer by the gallon in which the proceeds will provide meals for first responders from community restaurants and go towards American Heart Association's rapid research antiviral accelerator to fight COVID-19.
    • Gino's East is offering a Feed Our Heroes program where you can place a donation when you make an order that will go towards providing meals for first responders.


    Face Masks & Hand Sanitizer Face Masks & Hand Sanitizer

    BabyDolls Boutique - have sizes for toddlers, kids and adults, and are donating a mask to someone in need with every mask purchased! Order through their website here.

    Bitter Pops - made face masks you can sport to support this local business!

    Click Shoes & More - have sizes for kids and adults in lots of cool patterns! Order through their website here.

    Debi Lilly, A Perfect Event is selling hand sanitizer by the gallon in which the proceeds will provide meals for first responders from community restaurants and go towards American Heart Association's rapid research antiviral accelerator to fight COVID-19.

    The Denim Lounge - has masks for adults and kids, and some great styles for men! Call them at 773.935.2820 to order. You can even order a Lakeview Strong mask from them here.

    M2 Boutique - has cute masks on their new online store!

    8 Ways to Support Local Businesses 8 Ways to Support Local Businesses

    1. Purchase a Gift Card. This will give businesses cash flow now and allow you to support your favorite businesses that you know you'll visit in the future. Think about buying gift cards as gifts for upcoming birthdays or just to brighten a friend's day.

    2. Shop Online! Many local boutiques and shops have online stores, or see if your favorite businesses have merch you can buy, such as from restaurants, gyms, entertainment venues, etc.

    3. Order Delivery or Curbside Pickup from Restaurants. Enjoy a nice meal from a local restaurants at home! You can still enjoy all your favorite eats, and even pick a new restaurant to support each day! See a list of local restaurants offering one or more of these ordering options below.

    4. Tip Generously. Employees of local businesses are having their hours reduced and risking their own health to serve the community. Consider being a bit more generous while tipping to support the staff working at our neighborhood businesses.

    5. Take Virtual Classes. Fitness studios, childhood educational services and more are offering virtual classes and training to help you stay active and entertained at home. Support these businesses that usually rely on in-person interactions by working with their instructors and specialists to take a class with them online.

    6. Find Entertainment in Virtual Theaters. Take advantage of new virtual programming and streaming services being offered by the Belmont Theater District. You can try the Music Box Theatre's  streaming service Music Box Direct FREE for 7 Days, watch Teenage Dick through Theater Wit's virtual programming, enjoy performances and classes with ComedySportz, or listen to Throwing Shade, a podcast from Eclectic Full Contact Theatre.

    7. Comment, Like & Share! Show your love for local businesses and help them reach more viewers with their posts by liking and commenting on them. We also recommend sharing their posts on your socials to spread the word about local shops and restaurants you frequent and love!

    8. Write a Review. Use some of the extra downtime you have to write a positive review for your favorite businesses on Yelp, Google, etc. This will not only help them reach more new customers, but also send them some love during this difficult time.

  • Why Should You Shop Local? Why Should You Shop Local?

    There are a lot of reasons to support local businesses, especially during these challenging times when many businesses are struggling. That’s why we put together a list to remind you why it is so beneficial to you and your community to shop local. Read on, and then share with us on social media why you shop local and the Lakeview businesses you support by using #LoveLakeview
    Build Community
    As you visit local businesses in your neighborhood, you are more likely to have casual encounters with friends and neighbors helping to build a sense of togetherness and community. As you frequent local businesses, you also start to get to know the staff and learn more about the people behind the products or services you purchase. 
    Strengthen Your Local Economy
    Each dollar you spend at an independent business returns almost 50 times more to your local economy than an online mega-retailer. (Source) Shop local to have your dollars go back into the community where you live. 
    Keep the Character in our Commercial Corridors 
    Each independent business has its own personality, bringing diversity to our commercial corridors that give them their distinct character and make them feel like home. Just think about the Southport Corridor, Lincoln Hub and Paulina Station. Each area has its own vibe which is created by the independent businesses that bring vibrancy and uniqueness to our community. 
    Get Expert Tips from Business Staff & Owners 
    Independent businesses tend to be very passionate and knowledgeable about their products/services, so their staff is well-versed in their niche offering and can provide helpful recommendations and tips to customers. 
    Help the Environment 
    Independent businesses tend to carry more locally-made products and are located closer to residents to reduce transportation distance and air pollution. 
    Have More Choices
    Independent businesses provide a greater variety of offerings and keep their community’s needs in mind. Plus, small businesses often have unique offerings that can’t be commonly found elsewhere. 
    Create More Local Jobs 
    Collectively, small, local businesses are Illinois’ largest employer, and they employ more than half of the working class in the U.S. (Source) Independent businesses also tend to be the customers of local printers, accountants, wholesalers, farms, attorneys, etc, further supporting businesses in the community. (Source
    Give Back to the Community 
    Local businesses are more likely to donate to local nonprofits, neighborhood events and local teams. (Source) We know this first hand, as Lakeview businesses have donated prizes for giveaways we host, participate in give-back shopping/dining events and donate to our neighborhood schools for fundraisers. 
    Increase Your Real Estate Value 
    Neighborhoods with vibrant commercial corridors and successful small businesses are more desirable, which will increase home values. (Source) As more people want to move to a neighborhood, local tax revenue increases which can be used to invest in infrastructure such as schools, public safety, parks and more to strengthen communities and drive growth.
  • Contact Us Contact Us

    If you are a business who would like to be featured on this page or a resident who would like to know any additional information regarding local business offerings, please email our Events & Marketing Director, Carisa Marconet, at carisa@lakeviewchamber.com.