The Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to helping our businesses reopen safely and within state and local guidelines. We will be providing our businesses with the resources needed to prepare to fully reopen. We will be following the 5 Phase plans set out by Governor Pritzker and Mayor Lightfoot, and the necessary precautions set out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 



November 17, 2020: Governor Pritzker announced the following:

Please be advised that Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has announced the reimplementation of Tier Three resurgence mitigations statewide. Under these resurgence mitigations, the following industries or activities must close effective Friday, November 20, at 12:01am:
  • Movie Theaters
  • Indoor Recreational Facilities (i.e. bowling alleys, arcades)
  • Performance Venues
  • Museums
  • Indoor Group Sports and Recreational Activities
  • Meeting Rooms, Banquet Centers, Private Party Rooms, Private Clubs and Country Clubs may not host gatherings
  • Special events at places of worship or funeral homes, such as weddings, funerals, Bar Mitzvahs or wakes, limited to 10 people
The following industries or activities may continue operating under the following additional regulations:
  • Bars and Restaurants: outdoor service, take-out, curbside pick-up and delivery can continue under existing regulations; private event spaces must be closed
  • Retail stores: 25% capacity
  • Grocery Stores and Pharmacies: 50% capacity (note- big box store that sell a combination of general retail, groceries and/or pharmacies among other goods must operate at 25% capacity)
  • Health and Fitness Centers: 25% capacity; reservations are required; indoor fitness classes must cease; outdoor activities allowed at 25% capacity with group activities limited to 10 people or less; locker room areas should be closed.
  • Hotels: Limited to registered guests only
  • Personal Services: 25% capacity or 25 people, whichever is less; services that require the removal of face coverings must cease
  • Offices: Work remotely if possible
  • Outdoor Activities: Outdoor museums, performance venues and other outdoor activities can continue at 25% capacity; group size limited to 10 people or less; total capacity limited to 100 people.

You can find the State of Illinois Tier Three Resurgence Mitigation Measures here.

Reservations are mandatory for all parties entering bars and restaurants. Please keep information ready for contact tracing.

Restaurants and bars may seat customers inside within 8′ of windows (they must open at least 50%).  This is considered Outdoor Dining.  Again 6′ feet apart, no more than 6 per table.  There is no capacity limit for outdoor dining, however, you must follow the social distancing rules.

Liquor sales and to go cocktails close down at 11 PM.  Everyone must be off premise by 11 PM. Packaged goods must stop selling at 9 PM.

As a reminder, all non-essential businesses in Chicago must be closed from 11:00 pm to 6:00 am. All other regulations not explicitly mentioned above remain in place, including the requirement for employees and customers to wear face coverings and to maintain six feet of social distancing.

The City of Chicago will be holding a series of webinars this week to help Chicago businesses navigate the new statewide regulations. Register and learn more at



November 12, 2020: Mayor Lightfoot announced the following:

Mayor Lightfoot announced the launch of a new citywide strategy to reverse the alarming rise in COVID -19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths. The “Protect Chicago” campaign uses targeted regulations, strong messaging, and a community-based outreach strategy to call on all residents to do what is necessary to flatten the curve. Without immediate action to stem the tide of cases, the city is on track to lose 1,000 more Chicagoans by the end of the year.


Stay at Home Advisory

As part of “Protect Chicago”, the Mayor has instituted a Stay at Home Advisory that will go into effect on Monday, November 16 at 6:00 am. As part of this advisory, the City is calling on all residents of Chicago to stay at home. Residents are strongly encouraged to only leave home to go to work or school, or for essential needs such as seeking medical care, going to the grocery store or pharmacy, picking up take-out food, or receiving deliveries. If you do leave home, wear a face covering and practice social distancing by staying six feet away from others.

Additionally, residents are strongly advised to:

  • Not have guests in their homes unless they are essential workers (e.g., home healthcare providers, childcare workers or educators).
  • Cancel traditional Thanksgiving celebrations.
  • Avoid travel.

City of Chicago Business Affairs & Consumer Protection Workshops

Recorded Reopening Webinars:

Please use the helpful links below to read more information about what steps are needed for businesses (and individuals) to take to successfully reopen safely when given the okay to do so.

All Businesses & Individuals