April 13th, 2016          

 
SPRING SAVINGS WEEKEND!

Join us this weekend for a neighborhood-wide Spring Savings Shopping Weekend. Over 25 Lakeview East businesses are offering special deals and promotions for this Saturday and Sunday, April 16 & 17 ONLY! The weather will be beautiful, so head out,take advantage off all of these great spring deals and shop until you drop! Check out who's participating and what they're offering HERE . 
 
LGBT NETWORKING EVENT
LGBT NETWORKING EVENT

Lure Izakaya Hosts a LGBT Networking Event in conjunction with The Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce and LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois. Enjoy a wonderful evening with Great Food, Specialty Cocktails and Live Jazz by Dixie Lynn Cartwright. There will also be a raffle with great prizes from local merchants. Proceeds from the event will be donated to The Center on Halsted to aid in their many efforts in assisting the LGBT community. Ticket includes two specialty cocktails, buffet, live jazz. Cash bar available. Stay for dinner after the event and enjoy a 10% discount off your check! Click here to register for the event.
 
WELCOME NEWEST CHAMBER MEMBER!
THE COFFEE & TEA EXCHANGE
 
In 1975, The Coffee & Tea Exchange opened its doors in a small storefront in East Lakeview. Back then Steve, the founding father, roasted all of the beans right there in the store. Nowadays, all the roasting is done at the warehouse location to accommodate larger quantities and longer roasting hours. Now, they're shipping their freshly roasted coffees and teas all over the country! They also have a wholesale business where they provide many cafes and restaurants in the Chicagoland area with coffee and tea. The retail store in East Lakeview is located at 3311 N. Broadway, which is just across the street from the original location. To keep it in the family, both of Steve's daughters work at the retail store. Their goal continues to be providing the freshest coffee possible at an affordable price. They keep their small operation running in much the same way they started it 35 years ago. They focus on providing a variety of diverse beans from all over the world to ensure that everyone can find their favorite. www.coffeeandtea.com
 
 HEADLINES
COLETTE COLLECTION GRAND OPENING 
& RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY

The Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for The Colette Collection at 2858 N. Clark St. on Friday, April 1st during their grand opening day. The Colette Collection is a women's clothing boutique that previously existed online and is now open on Clark Street. They carry a stylish selection of shoes, jewelry, bags, hats, clothing, mugs and more! Visit their website or stop in their store to check out all of their brand new merchandise.  
CHABAD OF LAKEVIEW

The new Chabad Lounge and Gift Shop held their grand opening on Sunday, April 10 at 3011 N. Broadway. The goal is to offer the community a nice, welcoming place to relax and do work. Visitors can use couches and chairs, free coffee and wi-fi, attend classes, read from the Jewish library and relax in the Lounge on the 2nd floor. Downstairs, Chabad will run a gift shop. Rabbi Dovid Kotlarsky will run the lounge and gift shop. The gift shop will feature items like shemura matza and Seder plates for Passover, plus toys and other traditional Jewish pieces. Visit www.jewishlakeview.com
CHICAGO TO CUBA: NEIGHBORHOOD NITE

Our Neighborhood Nite: Chicago to Cuba, held by Art De Triumph & Artful Framing Studio on Friday, April 8th was a huge success! Guests viewed and purchased original artwork by Nancie King Mertz from her trip to Cuba. Guests also devoured appetizers from Cohiba Cuban Cuisine, sipped on 'Cuba Libres', and listened to Cuban Music in the background. Don't forget to visit Art De Triumph to check out her paintings and prints and head over to Cohiba Cuban Cuisine for dinner!
LAKEVIEW EAST BIKE RACKS UPDATE

The Lakeview East Bike Racks were removed on March 21st, 22nd and 23rd for refurbishing and will be returned to their original locations in a few weeks. Signs were placed on the bike racks in advance informing the public about these removals. During the removal process some bikes were turned into the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce (3138 N. Broadway). If you believe one of these bikes could be yours, please call 773.348.8608 or stop in. You will be asked to describe the make, look, date taken and location taken from before the bike is returned to your possession.
SUMMER FESTIVAL FOOD SERVICE TRAINING

We're bringing an instructor from downtown into the neighborhood on Wednesday, May 18th for a Summer Festival Food Service Training. The class is fully accredited with the City of Chicago. You must have a permit in order to serve food at summer festivals. Click the link below to register for the class. 

MAY 18
MB Financial Bank (3179 N. Clark) 2nd Fl. (LBGT Chamber Offices)
Summer Festival Food Service Training: 6:30pm - 9:30pm ($35 Members & Non-members)

LAKEVIEW EAST DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

Lakeview East has multiple development project taking place over the next year. Check out our development page to stay up-to-date on information and plans. 
BRUNCHING IN LAKEVIEW EAST

In Lakeview East, brunch is more than just a meal, it's an occasion! Whether you're having Sunday Funday with friends, meeting the family or are just out and about in the neighborhood, take some time to enjoy Lakeview East's many 
 
  UPCOMING NEIGHBORHOOD EVENTS
MB FINANCIAL BANK

Join MB Financial Bank's LGBT
 Business Resource Group in partnership with StartOut Chicago, Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce, LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois, and Northalsted Business Alliance for a panel discussion on LGBT company certification followed by networking. This event is FREE please register by Friday, April 15th. The discussion will include:
- Requirements and steps for LGBTQ certification
- Testimonials from LGBTQ certified companies
- Update on corporate and legislative i
nitiatives to increase opportunities for LGBTQ certified companies

GAY PLAY WEEKEND WITH PRIDE FILMS & PLAYS

A slate of 4 vibrant and kinetic new LGBTQ+ plays and 1 musical have emerged as finalist in Pride Films and Plays' 2016 Great Gay Play and Musical Contest and wil be performed as enhanced staged readings at the Center on Hlasted April 22 - 24th. 
- Friday, April 22 at 7pm: All-American Boy by Donald Gecewicz, Directed by Jo Cattell
- Saturday, April 23 at 2pm: TBD by Paul Elliott, Directed by David Zak
- Saturday, April 23 at 7pm: Another Horatio Alger Story by Jason Jacobs, Directed: Belew
- Sunday, April 24 at 1pm: Spectacular Brown by Brian Pracht, Directed by Mara Stern
- Sunday, April 24 at 4pm: A Woman Onstage, book and lyrics by Stephen deGhelder, music by Brad Simmons, Directed by John Nasca with Musical Direction by Adam Shenk.
Click here for other events happening. 
BANGS: ARTS & CRAFTS MARKET

CTF PRIVATE & CHARITY CLASSES
Reckless Records will again be participating in Record Store Day on Saturday, April 16th and will be holding regular business hours. RSD Products are first come, first serve. Reckless Records will do their best to stock as much RSD product as possible but there are likely to be things they don't get at all or that there will be extremely limited quantities of. It is suggested that you get to the store early. There will also be some cool freebies to give away as well. Happy hunting!
BOOK LAUNCH AT LEIGH GALLERY

On Saturday, April 23rd, The Leigh Gallery invites you to the official launch of Chicago author Sarah Corday's debut book, A Heart that Breaks and Flutters. In this collection of sixteen original essays, Corday reveals the absurdity within the ordinary, offers forthright commentary on first-grade politics, and recounts the complexities of family relationships. Come by for cupcakes, sparkling wine, and a live reading. A Heart that Breaks and Flutters will be available in both print and digital formats at the event. 




JCC CHICAGO ADVENTURE CAMP

Whether you're working during the summer day or simply want your child in an active,nurturing environment, Adventure Camp through JCC Chicago will provide your child an opportunity for personal development and old-fashioned fun. Their professionally-trained staff leads a wide array of activities and excursions, and emphasize character development, merited self-esteem, and active learning. No Day is the same at J at School Adventure Camp. Parents can register by the individual week or for the entire summer. Click here for more information or to register!
SPRING FLOWER ARRANGING CLASS & WINE TASTING AT WINEHOUSE

wineHouse has partnered with Flora (2835 N. Southport) to host this fun, interactive class where you'll learn how to make a seasonal, hand-tied bouquet using fresh cut blooms, accent flowers and leafy greens - all while tasting wines and enjoying chocolates, crackers and cheeses! You'll also hear about which blooms are in season, where they are typically grown, and how to properly tend to them. $55/person | $50/wineClub


EL MARIACHI BOTTOMLESS MIMOSA BRUNCH
BRENDAN'S PUB

BRENDAN'S PUB
 
BELMONT THEATER DISTRICT
btd
FREE & DISCOUNTED BTD THEATER TICKETS
Free & Discounted (under $15) Theater Tickets available in the Belmont Theater District - Chicago's largest theater district with over 30 theaters located within a 1 mile radius. Visit BTDChicago.com to find the perfect show; enjoy exclusive discounts & packages from neighborhood businesses within walking distance of your theater; and join our mailing list to be the first to know about ticket offers, exciting BTD events like our recent sold-out BTD Open House Tour - and insider Chicago theater info!
COMEDY SPORTZ
 

CSz Theater and Catharsis Productions will present "Comedy in Chicago: The Canary in the Coalmine" on Tuesday, April 5, 8 p.m., at 929 W. Belmont Ave. This humorous, engaging discussion about sexual harassment awareness in the improv community is facilitated by former stand-up comedian and improvisor Dr. Gail Stern, who was recently on ABC's Nightline, and wrote her dissertation on the Use of Humor to Reframe Rape as a Moral Issue. Tickets are FREE, but reservations are required at http://bit.ly/CatharsisComedy


CPS Spring Break Show.
ComedySportzwill ADD a show during the Chicago Public Schools Spring Break Week, on Tuesday, April 19, at 2 p.m. Tickets are only $15. Reserve NOW at 773-549-8080 or at our new website, www.CSzChicago.com


Administrative Professionals Day on Wednesday, April 27. 
Bosses are encouraged to buy ComedySportz tickets to celebrate their Admins on their special day this month - email Renee@CSzChicago.com to arrange for gift tickets, or to set up an Admin outing group. 


Improv Training Camp. 
CSz Education is registering now for adult and kid summer camps, which includes a FREE ticket to a May or June ComedySportz show to preview our format! For information and registration, email Camp@CSzChicago.com 


The annual Ha-Ha-Hospitality event for hospitality professionals will be held on Monday, May 16, starting at 5 p.m. - RSVP to
renee@CSzChicago.com


CSz Theater Chicago
continues to present adult content, off- and late-night shows for $15 and under, including Get On Up, the FREE improv with audience participation on Fridays at 11:30 p.m., and our up-and-coming improvisors in House Party on Sundays at 7 p.m. for an open run - tickets are $5 (or $3 for college students with ID).  The Blue Show runs Fridays at 10 p.m. ($15), and Saturday's Midnight Blue is $10. 
 
100 Proof will present these stand-up comedians on Mondays at 8pm $10 ticket:

4/4: Alexandra Tsarpalas (former 100 Proof cast member, The Kates)

4/11: Ricky Gonzalez (Comedians You Should Know co-producerThe Lincoln Lodge cast)

4/18: Martin Morrow (former 100 Proof cast member, NBC's Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central's Why? With Hannibal Buress, Splitsider.com's up-and-coming comedian)

4/25: David Drake (last 100 Proof show before he moves!Three Dead Moose co-producer

DREAMGIRLS - PORCHLIGHT MUSIC THEATRE
 
Award-winning Porchlight Music Theatre brings to Chicago the must see show of the spring - DREAMGIRLS!  DREAMGIRLS, the Tony and Academy Award winning musical LIVE ON STAGE is now extended through May 22 at Stage 773.  Full of on-stage joy and backstage drama, Dreamgirls is the story of an up-and-coming 1960s all-female singing group from Chicago and the triumphs and tribulations that come on the road to fame and fortune. Featuring the unforgettable hit songs "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going," "One Night Only" and "I Am Changing," and a story that celebrates the journey of popular music in America, this musical will receive an intense and illuminating interpretation presented in Porchlight's signature intimate and up-close style live on stage. For tickets and information go to PorchlightMusicTheatre.org 

 
GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS
City of Chicago BACP Free Workshops 
The Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) offers workshops every Wednesday and Friday. Workshops vary each month and are conducted by City Officials, experts and partner business organizations. All workshops are free, and open to the public. Workshops are held at BACP's offices located at 121 N. LaSalle St., City Hall Room 805, Chicago, IL  60602. Click here for a schedule of Aprilworkshops.
   
Monthly Chicago Police CAPS Meetings 
CAPS has monthly community meetings where residents have the opportunity to talk to the officers who patrol their neighborhood. Residents are encouraged to bring questions or concerns regarding safety, quality of life issues and City services. For more information about CAPS and to find your beat, visit Chicago Police
 
Open Your Business in Lakeview East 
Retail storefronts are very high in demand in the Lakeview East area. If you are interested in opening or relocating a business to Lakeview East please contact us at info@lakevieweast.com and we can tell you what is currently available.
 
Chicago 311 Reporting
Chicago's 311 service allows Chicago citizens to request city assistance for a variety of issues. The process can be done through the phone by dialing 311 or online at the following links: Click here to report potholes and other street damage. 
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