In the fourth week since reopening school doors, St. Matthias Middle School students (6th-8th grade) are benefiting academically and socially from in-person class 5 days/week. Nestled in the heart of Lincoln Square, St. Matthias School is known for its reputable and successful International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme. Middle School students are taught nine subject groups consisting of Language and Literature, Individuals and Societies, Mathematics (to include Honors Math), Design
By Lauren Zumbach/ Chicago Tribune/ Sep 16, 2020 at 3:47 PM Two years ago, Esther Fishman shut down her Lincoln Park-area clothing and gifts shop’s online store. Art Effect’s bricks-and-mortar business was strong, and selling online seemed like more trouble than it was worth. READ MORE
Get Your Oktoberfest in a Box From Chicago’s German American Cultural Center. Just Add BeerClick here to learn more.
The Chicago Brauhaus Is Back: Iconic German Bar Will Reopen Next Week Inside Lincoln Square’s DANK Haus. Click here to read the whole article!
From ‘Dead Space’ To Community Hub: Neighbors Want Food Trucks, Movies And More In New Ainslie Plaza A plan to revitalize North Lincoln Avenue would turn a drab space near McDonald's into a plaza with lounge seating, murals and more. Click here to read all about it.
From Banana Splits To Cuban Pastries, New Ice Cream Shop Aims To ‘Bring A Little Bit Of Miami’ To Lincoln Square. Click here to read the article.
While the atmosphere of the public house has been imitated in infinite permutations in the U.S. and around the world, the feel of a true Irish pub is difficult to duplicate. Many of the best Irish pubs are run by those who hail directly from the Emerald Isle, and successfully capture the welcoming ambience of a spot where friends and neighbors gather to drink and have fun. If you’re looking to enjoy the warm glow of such a spot, we have created a list of 12 popular Irish pubs in Chicago to visit. Many
The Square Roots Festival, typically held in July to support the small businesses that are part of the Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce, has joined many of Chicago's other summer festivals in creating a virtual experience for fest-goers to keep the public safe. This year's edition comprises a full week of vendor specials -- food packages, craft beers and merchandise available for order and pickup -- and online classes and workshops, culminating in a livestreamed concert on Saturday, Aug. 29.
Lincoln Square’s largest summer street festival is shifting online at the end of the month. Performances from The O’My’s, Dehd, Frank Waln, Bomba Con Buya and Andrew Sa and the Cosmic Country Showcase Band will start streaming for free 6 p.m. Aug. 29 online. READ MORE
LINCOLN SQUARE — Neighbors are being asked to weigh on on what kind of pedestrian-friendly improvements they’d like to see in a plaza coming to Lincoln Square. The plaza would take over the triangle shaped block that currently has sidewalks, a parkway with trees and grass, and a bus stop just east of the McDonald’s currently being remodeled at 4844 N. Lincoln Ave. READ MORE
Pandowdy, hummingbird cake, fried cherry pie, pecan pralines — welcome to Baye’s Little Bakery, Darnell Reed’s new pop-up in Lincoln Square. Click here to learn more.
The return of the Chicago Brauhaus to Lincoln Square could happen as soon as next month as workers forge ahead on construction — including installing the closed restaurant’s red leather upholstered bar in its new location at the DANK Haus German Cultural Center.Click here to learn more and how you can help!
The Wicker Park shop for handmade goods gets a new Lincoln Square outpost.Click here to learn more.
In Lincoln Square, the folks behind Wasabi opened Menya Goku along Montrose Avenue shortly before COVID-19 closures hit Chicago. Now they've reopened and we really recommend their delicious ramen!Click here to view the Hungry Hound's take on Menya Goku.
Thank you NBC Chicago for featuring our LSR Summer Wine Mix-Pack with Bottles and Cans! Support your community and local businesses by placing your order at lsrcc.org/lsr-mixpack! Order window closes on Wednesday at 4:00 pm. Click here to watch the video.
Exciting news - we've extended sales to midnight tonight (Wednesday, the 29th)! Visit lsrcc.org/lsr-mixpack to purchase your LSR Summer Wine Mix-Pack! Click here to see our friends at Bottles & Cans pitch the fundraiser on WGN.
Thank you to Fox 32 Chicago for featuring our LSR Summer Wine Mix-Pack.Sales have been extended to midnight tonight (the 29th!) so visit lsrcc.org/lsr-mixpack to purchase yours. A portion of each Pack benefits our office! fox32chicago.com/video/834954
Chicago Scene takes a sneak peek inside the newly reopened Planet Access Company Store. Click here to watch the quick clip.
A portion of each sale will be donated to the chamber. Online orders must be placed before midnight Tuesday. by Alex V. Hernandez / Block Club Chicago / Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park reporter / Jun 26, 2020 7:40AM CDT LINCOLN SQUARE — The Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce lost an important fundraising tool when the pandemic shut down and postponed festivals. Read more
Bars and restaurants are encouraged to prioritize patio service. by Alex V. Hernandez / Block Club Chicago / Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park reporter / Published on Jun 26, 2020 7:44AM CDT LINCOLN SQUARE — The city enters Phase 4 of its reopening Friday, meaning restaurants and bars can reopen for indoor dining with certain restrictions. Read more
All of Eco & The Flamingo's products are ethically sourced and have either no packaging or are placed in 100 percent compostable or recyclable packaging. by Alex V. Hernandez / Block Club Chicago / Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park reporter / Jun 26, 2020 8:59AM CDT LINCOLN SQUARE — A new Lincoln Square business opening during the pandemic is trying to fight a big problem created by coronavirus. Read more
By Chicago Tribune staff/ Chicago Tribune/ Jun 25, 2020 at 4:31 PM Chicago-area farmers markets are one of the highlights of the summer season. As with everything else this year, there’s been a bit of delayed gratification, but market season has finally arrived. Read more
by Nishat Ahmed / Urban Matter / June 25, 2020 While some walk-in movie theaters are slowly beginning to open as Illinois and Chicago enter Phase 4 of recovery amidst the coronavirus pandemic, many are still working on a reopening plan that adheres to the guidelines set to keep patrons safe. For those who still want a fix of the big screen but want to continue social distancing practices, we’ve rounded up all the new Chicago area drive-in theaters that have been popping up and currently projecting some of
By Carole Kuhrt Brewer / Chicago Now / June 26 2020, 12:19 pm Just in time to get the first of those Early Girl tomatoes and still time to get seasonal strawberries, Chicago’s Farmers Markets have announced opening dates. Chicago’s farmers markets offer a variety of items from farm fresh eggs, artisan cheeses and homemade bread to seasonal fruits, veggies and more. Read more
by Steve Dolinsky / ABC-7 Chicago / Hungry Hound CHICAGO (WLS) -- Strawberry season in the Midwest is one of the shortest of the year. Here's what to do with those fresh, local strawberries: Read more and watch here
by Audrey Snyder / Urban Matter / June 19, 2020 If you’ve been locked down in Chicago and feeling some wanderlust, you might be able to sate your appetite for travel (at least for a little while) with the help of your own tastebuds! Check out some of these local restaurants specializing in the cuisines of a number of different countries around the world. Read more
The Davis Theater's drive-in events will initially be hosted at the Old Town School Of Folk Music’s parking lot in Lincoln Square. But the theater owners are still searching for a larger lot in the area.by Alex V. Hernandez / Block Club Chicago Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park reporter / Jun 17, 2020 10:18AM CDT LINCOLN SQUARE — The Davis Theater plans to host pop up drive-in movie events in a Lincoln Square parking lot in July. The theater at 4614 N. Lincoln Ave. hasn’t been able to screen films
People who plan to enjoy the free concert are being asked to donate to the Chicago Torture Justice Center.by Alex V. Hernandez / Block Club Chicago / Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park reporter / Jun 17, 2020 10:39AM CDT LINCOLN SQUARE — A Juneteenth concert Friday in Lincoln Square will raise money for the Chicago Torture Justice Center. The Old Town School of Folk Music is partnering with the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians and Live the Spirit Residency for the event. It’ll
NBC-5 ChicagoA Chicago bistro is offering Father’s Day Grill Kits. Chef Adam Grandt of Bistro Campagne shows us how to prepare it, on the NBC 5 News at 11 a.m. Watch here
When the boutique opens for in-person shopping, customers will be required to wear masks and only eight will be allowed inside at a time. by Alex V. Hernandez / Block Club Chicago / Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park reporter / Jun 12, 2020 11:19AM CDT LINCOLN SQUARE — Planet Access is launching an online store Monday ahead of reopening later this month. Planet Access is a boutique at 4727 N. Lincoln Ave. that sells clothes and home decor made with sustainable materials like hemp, organic cotton
by Tara Molina / CBS-2 Chicago / June 9, 2020, 10:22pmCHICAGO (CBS) — There are new signs of getting back to normal in Chicago – with parts of Navy Pier even opening on Wednesday. But bars, taverns, and breweries without kitchens are not getting the same green light from Mayor Lori Lightfoot, even though many are open across the state. Watch here
By Vince Gerasole / CBS-2 Chicago / June 3, 2020 at 6:26 pm CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicagoans had a new option for dinner Wednesday night – patio dining at some restaurants was back open, and so were some stores.But just because they can did not mean all businesses chose to reopen Tuesday. CBS 2’s Vince Gerasole spent the day talking with business owners. Watch here
by Alex V. Hernandez / Block Club Chicago / Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park reporter / Jun 3, 2020 11:47AM CDT Local businesses are emerging from the ban on in-person dining implemented to slow the spread of coronavirus. LINCOLN SQUARE — After months of being shut down to in-person customers, some Lincoln Square businesses are opening up this week for Phase 3. The city put strict capacity limits on restaurants, salons and other businesses as they reopen amid the coronavirus battle. It also
by Vince Gerasole / CBS-2 Chicago / May 28, 2020 at 5:45 pm It’s the day thousands of businesses in Chicago have been waiting for. It’s when they can start to reopen. Watch here
The Beer Hero marketing campaign is a pro bono effort by Big Teeth Productions.by Alex V. Hernandez / Block Club Chicago, Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park reporter / May 28, 2020 8:10AM CDT RAVENSWOOD — You can get a shirt dubbing you a Beer Hero if you buy from local breweries as part of a new promotional campaign. The promotion was created by Big Teeth Productions at 4001 N. Ravenswood Ave., which counts the Malt Row breweries as its neighbors. Read more
Shoppers and vendors will be required to wear face coverings and a limited number of people will be allowed inside at a time.by Alex V. Hernandez, Block Club Chicago / Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park reporter / May 20, 2020 7:00AM CDT LINCOLN SQUARE — The Lincoln Square Farmers Market will return next month with social distancing measures in place. The tentative start date for the market is June 9, according to the Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce. Read more
Business is booming for Benjamin Holland of True Grain Artisan Miller. So much so, it's time to move out of his North Park garage.by Alex V. Hernandez / Block Club Chicago / Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park reporter / May 15, 2020 10:32AM CDT LINCOLN SQUARE — Thanks to the popularity of his artisan flour, the owner of True Grain Artisan Miller is expanding his operation out of his North Park garage and taking over the back room at Lincoln Square’s Baker Miller. Read more
Find great pies in Andersonville, Edgewater, Ravenswood, Lincoln Square, Uptown, and North Centerby Naomi Waxman / Eater Chicago / May 15, 2020, 12:29pm CDT Pizza is among Chicago’s most controversial foodstuffs, with representatives of various regional styles and production approaches engaged in the passionate push and pull of deep dish versus New York-style or tavern versus Neapolitan. Fortunately for all involved, the city is home to a vast pizza community with something for nearly everyone. In an
by Nicole Hamzeloo / Urban Matter / May 13, 2020 No surprise here that coffee shops are still considered essential businesses in Chicago during the times of quarantine. Although some are completely closed, there are many that are offering to-go orders and delivery. Read more
by Naomi Waxman / Eater Chicago / May 11, 2020, 1:42pm CDT After 57 years as a Chicago institution, treasured diner Jeri’s Grill is permanently closed in Lincoln Square because of the coronavirus pandemic. Open 24 hours per day for nearly six decades, the legendary restaurant was the epitome of a no-frills dinner. On Sunday, a coffee mug, with a leaf of lettuce and a fork and knife taped together like a cross, was left in front of the door as a makeshift memorial at the corner of Montrose and Western.
ABC-7 Chicago / Be Localish / Tuesday, May 5, 2020 8:27PM Fit City Kids was scheduled to open in March, but the COVID-19 pandemic had other plans. "The world stopped," co-owner Brad Claggett said. "We were on our final list of things we needed to do to get the doors open and we just stopped and realized we needed a whole new game plan." Watch and Read more
“We wanted to do something for them as a little pick-me-up at the end of their day," said the store's owner.by Alex V. Hernandez / Block Club Chicago / Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park reporter / May 8, 2020 8:00AM CDT LINCOLN SQUARE — Neighborly has a new Lincoln Square location and is asking customers to sponsor care packages for health care workers and first responders. Read more
Across the nation hospitals have been dealing with shortages of important personal protective equipment needed to help prevent staff from contracting coronavirus.by Alex V. Hernandez / Block Club Chicago, Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park reporter / May 7, 2020 4:00PM CDT LINCOLN SQUARE — A $25,000 donation from PNC Bank will help Swedish Hospital get 2,000 more 3D face shields for its staff, officials announced Thursday. Read more
by Kristina Miller, WGN-TV Midday News Lunchbreak / May 7, 2020 / 12:50 PM CDT Lisa Counts, Executive Chef of The Chopping Block, shows how to make Shakshuka at home. Watch here
by Katina Beniaris / Chicago Parent / May 7, 2020 9:15 AM As local theaters are currently in intermission due to the stay-at-home order, there are still ways to support these small businesses. Many independent movie theaters in the Chicagoland area are offering concession snacks for curbside pickup. If you've been craving hot, buttery popcorn, here is where you can pick up a fresh bag. Read more
NBC-5 Chicago Today May 1, 2020 8:48 pmWe’ve rounded up the best gift ideas to celebrate moms, grandmas and any special mother figures we have in our lives. Show mom some love with delicious treats and rosé. Watch here
by Patty Wetli / WTTW news / May 5, 2020 7:42 pm For the first time in a decade, Ross Outten is about to get a good look at his face. Come Tuesday at 5 p.m., Outten, director of The Friendship Center food pantry, will be shaving off his thick beard, live on Facebook, during a Haircut Happy Hour. Read more
With your help, the Sun-Times Charity Trust is again providing books through our “Chicago Reads” program. We match Chicago Public Schools students with people like you, who buy books online to deliver to kids to keep them reading during remote learning.By Maudlyne Ihejirika, Chicago Sun-Times / May 1, 2020, 12:05pm CDT Hey, you! Yeah, you. I’ve heard you talk about how bored you are. And your kids are bored, too! Read more
"Koval is filling a gap for us," one nonprofit’s executive director said. by Alex V. Hernandez / Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park reporter / Apr 30, 2020 4:30PM CDT RAVENSWOOD — Koval delivered 500 gallons of free hand sanitizer this week to Chicago-area nonprofits struggling to find supplies amid the coronavirus pandemic. Read more
by: Kristina Miller, WGN-TV Lunchbreak, Posted: Apr 30, 2020 / 12:40 PM CDT Carol Himmel, Chef/Owner of Himmel's, shows how to make Beef Rouladen. Watch here
If you are feeling crafty and want a mask for yourself or your family, Heather Polcaster of Tori Grace Outfitters demonstrates how to sew one yourself. NBC-5 ChicagoWatch here
Owner of Lincoln Square’s Book Cellar ‘Grateful And Humbled And Astounded’ As Customers Give Over $40,000by Alex V. Hernandez, Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park reporter, April 28, 2020 Without in-store events, contributions are helping to keep the local favorite afloat. LINCOLN SQUARE — Fans of Lincoln Square’s Book Cellar have donated more than $40,000 in three days to support the business during the stay-at-home order. READ MORE
Donations from Chicagoans have kept a not-for-profit food pantry feeding those in need and keeping local restaurants in business. NBC-5 Kye Martin reports. Watch here.
The sausage maker doesn’t have a robust online presence, but is still hanging toughby Ashok Selvam@Shokdiesel Apr 28, 2020, 12:58pm CDT Gene’s Sausage Shop is one Chicago’s most storied places for encased meats, and for the last 11 years, its owners have settled into a multi-floor grocery store in Lincoln Square. Gene’s has become much more than sausages, Read more
The testing and follow up care is free for uninsured people thanks to the hospital’s financial assistance and charity program.by Alex V. Hernandez, Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park reporter, Apr 27, 2020 3:35PM CDT LINCOLN SQUARE — Swedish Hospital now is offering free drive-thru COVID-19 testing. Drive-thru tests are available via appointment and only after a person’s symptoms are evaluated by one of Swedish’s clinical experts, according to a flyer posted to the hospital’s Facebook
NBC-5 Chicago, April 22, 2020. Darnell Reed, chef/owner of Luella's Southern Kitchen, showed us how to make his version of strawberry shortcake. Watch here.
by Alex V. Hernandez, Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park reporter / April 17, 2020 Dank Haus is asking people to donate to help cover event losses caused by the pandemic. LINCOLN SQUARE — Lincoln Square’s Maifest is canceled because of coroanvirus, officials announced. The annual street fest was scheduled for the weekend of May 29 but Dank Haus announced in an email Friday it would be canceled this year. READ MORE
Vince Gerasole, CBS-2 Chicago, April 20, 2020Didn't Get That PPP Loan? Advice To Get It During The Second Round. Watch here.
By Jalyn Henderson, Thursday, April 16, 2020, 5:53PMCHICAGO (WLS) -- A collection of Northside restaurants are coming together to help feed people in need. "I feel like all restaurants need help right now. So if we're getting the help so we should help other people," said Darnell Reed, owner of Luella's Southern Kitchen in Lincoln Square. Read more and watch here.
Common Pantry partnering with local restaurants to help those in need FOX-32 Chicago, April 14, 2020 David Brown, board president of Common Pantry, joins Good Day Chicago to talk about their need for donations. Watch here
Spice up your social isolation with the Mystery BoxFox-32 Chicago. Scott Friedland, shopkeeper at Time Toys, joins Good Day Chicago to talk about the Mystery Box, a much welcomed distraction from these troubling times. Watch here
by Louisa Chu/ Chicago Tribune/ Apr 08, 2020 / 1:26 PM You’re eating a lot more cookies. Not that anyone’s judging. The numbers simply show we bought nearly 600% more frozen cookie dough across Illinois the week before Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued the stay-at-home order. Read more
Koval Distillery Now Selling Hand Sanitizer To The Public By Alex V. Hernandez, April 13, 2020The first batches of the Koval hand sanitizer were donated to first responders, nursing homes, medical facilities and others in immediate need. Koval Distillery, which abruptly transitioned from making spirits to making hand sanitizer amid the coronavirus crisis, is now ready to sell to the general public. READ MORE
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, April 2nd, 2020 -- As small businesses and startups across the nation scramble to adapt to the new realities of the coronavirus, a Chicago home painting startup named Improovy has launched a new “House-Painting-In-Place” technology to help homeowners transform their spaces from the comfort and safety of their homes. Over the past few months, the young tech company has developed an algorithm-based pricing tool that provides homeowners easy and accurate price quotes for common home
I Am Your Neighbor' Program Lets People Buy Meals From Restaurants For Those Struggling During PandemicBy Alex V. Hernandez | April 10, 2020 12:45PM CDTCommon Pantry is teaming up with restaurants and chambers of commerce in Ravenswood, Lincoln Square, North Center and Roscoe Village. READ MORE
Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce Asks Neighbors to Shop Local During Stay Home OrderBy Alex V. Hernandez | Block Club Chicago | April 8, 2020 8:54AM LINCOLN SQUARE — The Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce is asking neighbors to shop local during between April 11 and April 18 as part of a statewide “IL’ove Local” campaign. Every dollar spent at a local, independent business returns three times more money to the local economy than one spent at a big box chain and nearly 50 times
Around ‘The House’ talks birthday party ideas while social distancing By: Ana Belaval, Natalie Skryd | WGN Morning News | Posted April 6, 2020 Timeless Toys owner Scott Friedland talks with Ana Belaval from WGN Morning News about fun ways to keep your kids occupied and learning during the stay-at-home mandates. VIEW THE CLIP
Local businesses forced to make tough decisions during 'stay-at-home' orderFox32 Chicago Morning News | March 27, 2020Ed Kasmarek, owner of Urban Pooch in Ravenswood, joins Good Day Chicago to talk about how Gov. Pritzker's 'stay-at-home' order is impacting his business. READ MORE
Chicago craft breweries scramble amid coronavirus downturn, trying to react to a crisis they don't quite understandBy Joel Noel | Chicago Tribune | March 27, 2020 In a city where every bar and restaurant is closed — and so is Dovetail’s taproom — the kegs were useless. Dovetail hopes instead to sell the beer in 4-packs directly to socially-distancing customers at its makeshift, walk-up sales kiosk at the brewery’s front door, where a bottle of hand sanitizer sits beside each day’s beer offerings. “If
Non-Essential Business Owners Scramble to Create Digital VenueBy Vince Gerasole | CBS2 News Chicago | March 26, 2020 at 7:05 pm Illinois small businesses are adapting to delivery and online sales just to stay alive, but will customers even find them? Students at the University of Chicago have rushed to the challenge. “We’ve lost 95% of our revenue,” said Jenny Duranski, owner of Lenarose Beauty. Lenarose Beauty in Ravenswood is a non-essential business. Duranski is now scrambling to create a digital
Illinois small businesses get a lifeline with grants and loans, but will it be enough to withstand coronavirus?By Corilyn Shropshire | Chicago Tribune | March 26, 2020 ... Pritzker’s other initiatives include a $60 million fund to support low-interest loans of up to $50,000 each for small businesses outside Chicago, plus another $20 million in grants of up to $25,000 per business in rural and suburban areas of the state. The loan program closely follows an initiative announced last week by Mayor Lori
How Could the Federal Stimulus Bill Help Small Businesses in Chicago Area?March 25, 2020 9:30PM NBC 5's Charlis Wojciechowski talks with The Chopping Block Owner Shelly Young. WATCH NOW
Still Open: Chicago Print Shop is Offering Free Signs to Small BusinessesPatty Wetli | March 25, 2020 1:29 pmWhen his printing business dried up weeks ago due to mounting concerns about the new coronavirus, Tony Grammatis, owner of Snappy Printing and Graphics, started making work for himself. Grammatis has extended an offer of free banners to any small business in need of signage during Chicago’s COVID-19 lockdown. So far he’s had 20 to 25 takers, from breweries and bakeries to juice shops and
Forget bourbon and gin - in the era of coronavirus, distilleries (and even some breweries) go all in on hand sanitizerBy Josh Noel | Chicago Tribune | March 24, 2020 When its first bottles of hand sanitizer left Koval distillery Monday afternoon, a pivot unimaginable even a month ago became complete: from high-end spirits producer to global health crisis warrior. Whiskey-filled oak barrels continue to age in Koval’s 46,000-square-foot Ravenswood facility, but the 12-year-old distillery has
Support Chicago businesses from your couch Because Amazon is gonna be just fine.By Karen Hawkins | Chicago Reader | March 24, 2020...You won’t be able to wander around the wonderland that is HarvesTime Foods for a while, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your chicharrones esponjados fix. The Lincoln Square institution is offering free same-day and curbside pickup. Visit Harvestimefoods.com to place an order. READ MORE
Get Growing: Chatting with expert gardeners shows that the time for a new Victory Garden movement is right nowBy Mike Sula | Chicago Reader | March 23, 2020 COVID-19 has struck Illinois in force just as the spring gardening season is starting. If you’re a gardener in Chicago, you’ve probably already ordered and started germinating your seeds, plotted your now-dormant backyard or balcony plot (or pots), and made a wish list of seedlings you’d like to buy from garden centers and the various community plant
‘I Need $50K By Next Tuesday:’ Chicago Small Businesses Hurting Because Of COVID-19By Vince Gerasole | CBS2 News Chicago | March 23, 2020 at 6:26pm The coronavirus is weakening the health of countless small businesses. On Monday, the State of Illinois announced a $250 million small business loan fund that will offer short-term loans for the businesses that cannot stay open right now. For the City of Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot last week announced millions in emergency low interest loans to help
Isla Pilipina, the Iconic Filipino Restaurant, to Close After 17 YearsBy Sarahlynn Pablo | Eater Chicago | Mar 23, 2020, 2:21pm CDTAfter 17 years in Lincoln Square, Isla Pilipina — a Filipino food mainstay loved for its addictive lumpia and for becoming a de facto gathering place for the Filipino-American community in Chicago — is closing. Owner Ray Espiritu’s 32-seat diner, tucked into a strip mall at 2501 W. Lawrence Avenue, will cease delivery and takeaway services Sunday. Espiritu plans to reopen in a
Coronavirus affecting the two-legged who care for the four-legged: Doggy day care plummets with workers at homeBy Maureen O'Donnell | Chicago Sun Times | March 23, 2020, 5:15pm CDT...Chicago’s Urban Pooch was operating two locations before the downturn. Its owners posted on Facebook that they’ve been forced into their “most difficult decision since opening Urban Pooch in 2010 by laying off the majority of our hourly team members temporarily. Due to recent legislation, our employees will have an immediate
Koval Distillery producing hand sanitizer during coronavirus pandemicBY Jalyn Henderson | ABC7 Chicago | Friday, March 20, 2020 6:35PMCHICAGO (WLS) -- With Purell flying off the shelves, one local company is taking matters into its own hands.Koval Distillery in Ravenswood is turning spirits into sanitizer. "This is war, this really is war," said Koval Distillery co-founder, Sonat Birnecker Hart. "Like in any other war effort, people are asked to step up and right now hand sanitizer is needed a lot more
Common Pantry handing out food and gift cardsBy: Tom Barnas | WGN News | Posted: Mar 19, 2020 | 9:01 AM To make donations, visit www.commonpantry.org Common Pantry staff, volunteers, board and supporters have been actively working to ensure our clients still have access to healthy food options during this crisis. However, at the same time they have been out asking for a little more help from supporters, they are saddened to see the pain being felt by local restaurant owners and staff. As such, they
Wash your hands in style. Welcome to the Chicago shop with over 700 kinds of soap.By David Syrek | Chicago Tribune | March 12, 2020 Since hand-washing has become the national pastime, we set out to find Chicago’s top soap shop. Meet Merz Apothecary, the Lincoln Square shop that’s been selling natural lotions and potions since 1875 and stocks over 700 specialty soaps, most of which aren’t household names. Sure, good old Ivory still does the trick. But if you want to shake things up — think Dr. Theiss