• Now Hiring! Fall Events & Marketing Internship Now Hiring! Fall Events & Marketing Internship

    The Lakeview Chamber of Commerce and Special Service Area (SSA) 27 seek a part-time Events & Marketing Intern who is interested in social media content creation, event planning and creative marketing. The intern will gain valuable experience in strategic marketing, social media management and event production, with the goal of improving the Lakeview neighborhood. Applications due August 26, 2019.

    Learn more and apply here.

  • Our Staff

  • Our staff manage the work of the Lakeview Chamber, Friends of Lakeview and SSA 27.

    Executive Director - Dillon Goodson
    Dillon Goodson has spent the past decade working in community and economic development across Chicago, helping improve neighborhoods like Lakeview and the Loop with initiatives that create stronger connections between people and the places we share. He started working at the Lakeview Chamber in 2015 as the Community Development Director and has been responsible for launching the Lakeview Public Art Program and developing the Lakeview Low-Line. Previously, he spent more than five years working at Chicago Loop Alliance, where he helped create a five-year strategic plan for downtown Chicago, and at the Congress for the New Urbanism. He has a B.A. in Public Relations with a focus on Public Law & Political Thought from DePaul University and volunteers with a number of non-profit organizations, including RefugeeOne and Chicago Architecture Center. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors at the International Downtown Association, a world leader and champion for vital and livable urban centers. Contact Dillon about:

    • Organizational management questions
    • Strategic partnerships
    • Advocacy and policy issues
    • Planning, zoning and development issues
    • Neighborhood market research

    Business Services Director - Becca Girsch
    Becca brings to the Chamber nearly ten years of retail experience as a Lakeview small business owner. As a result, she has a passion for supporting small businesses, and a commitment to developing thriving and sustainable commercial corridors. Becca joined the Chamber's staff in 2018 and before that owned She One Boutique, a women's clothing store located on Southport Avenue. Prior to owning She One, Becca spent eight years practicing commercial litigation in Chicago as an attorney at Freeborn & Peters LLP and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP. Becca has a B.A. in History from Villanova University and a Juris Doctorate from DePaul University College of Law. Contact Becca about:

    • Membership questions and services
    • Business networking and educational events
    • General business assistance and problem solving (marketing, referrals, financing, permitting, etc.)
    • Business to business event sponsorship opportunities
    • Street pole banner program
    • “Business Bulletin” newsletter
    • Available storefronts and site selection
    • New business assistance

    Community Development Manager - Nicole McLellan
    Nicole comes to the Lakeview Chamber with more than four years of experience working in community engagement, event programming, and development for nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining the Chamber in 2019, Nicole led global expansion and engagement at the Council on Tall Buildings & Urban Habitat, working with stakeholders and other decision-makers around the world to build organizational presence in new regions. Nicole also has experience in public advocacy and policy through her work with Reform for Illinois, a Chicago-area nonprofit focused on increasing transparency in government. Nicole holds a B.A. in International Relations & Global Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and a M.S. in International Public Service from DePaul University. Contact Nicole about:

    • Special Service Area (SSA) 27
    • Community relations
    • Placemaking, public spaces and public art
    • Landscaping and streetscape enhancements
    • Sidewalk maintenance
    • Neighborhood marketing
    • Lakeview Gift Card
    • Belmont Theater District
    • Bike-Friendly Business District
    • Internship opportunities

    Events & Marketing Manager - Carisa Marconet
    Carisa Marconet joined the Lakeview Chamber in 2018 and brings over six years of event and marketing experience. Before working at the Chamber, she was Account Manager for Metronome Chicago coordinating with sponsors, vendors and community partners for various Chicago music festivals. With a passion for building communities and supporting local businesses, she started her own concert series in 2015 called Front Porch Concerts. She has a B.A. in Communications & Media from DePaul University. Contact Carisa about:

    • Low-Line Market
    • PorchFest Lakeview
    • Sam Adams Lakeview Taco Fest
    • Lakeview Live: Concerts on the Curb
    • Lincoln Avenue Beer Stroll
    • Trick or Treat on Southport
    • “Happening in Lakeview” newsletter
    • "This Is Lakeview" Social media
    • Community event sponsorship opportunities

    Bookkeeper & Office Manager - Deana Martin
    Deana Martin has a B.S. in Accounting and 20 years of experience in bookkeeping and accounting. Deana started with the Lakeview Chamber in 2015 and also works at the West Town Chamber of Commerce. Note: Deana is in the office Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Contact Deana about:

    • Accounts payable and receivable questions

    Media Consultant - Lisa Ripson
    Contact Lisa about:

    • Media inquiries