Love Local, Love Lakeview
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.
Public Health Guidance
Review the latest guidance from public health officials to keep you and your loved ones safe and prepared.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Illinois Department of Public Health
- Chicago Department of Public Health
Support Black-Owned Businesses in Lakeview
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.
The Smoothie Joint: serving nutritious smoothies and juices for pickup - perfect on a hot summer day!
- 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.
- Heritage Bicycles: Get a bike tune-up from Heritage and they will give away a bike tune-up to a hospitality worker.
- 4 Star Restaurant Group: Businesses or residents can partner with 4 Star Restaurant Group to sponsor 100-300 meals for healthcare workers.
- BabyDolls Boutique: When you order one of their face masks, they will donate a face mask to a hospital, senior living complex or child in need.
- Left Coast Food + Juice: Buy a cold pressed juice for local healthcare professionals and in return Left Coast Food + Juice will give you a free cold pressed juice with your order. Order with the Left Coast Food + Juice app, call-in or use one of their delivery services. Learn more here.
- Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Order meals from local restaurants to be delivered to healthcare workers through AIMMC. Details here. You can also donate to the Critical Care Relief Fund and Team Member Crisis Fund at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center to support their healthcare workers.
- 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
Bitter Pops - made face masks you can sport to support this local business!
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.
M2 Boutique - has cute masks on their new online store!
8 Ways to Support Local Businesses
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 #LoveLakeviewBuild CommunityAs 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 EconomyEach 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 CorridorsEach 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 & OwnersIndependent 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 EnvironmentIndependent businesses tend to carry more locally-made products and are located closer to residents to reduce transportation distance and air pollution.Have More ChoicesIndependent 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 JobsCollectively, 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 CommunityLocal 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 ValueNeighborhoods 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.
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