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Remembering Beloved Top Notch Manager

We are saddened to announce the death of Jim Quigley, longtime manager of Top Notch Beefburgers. He passed away this week at the age of 89. Jim was a true gentleman and a kind presence on 95th Street who will be missed tremendously.
 
The news was announced on the Top Notch Facebook page in a post that said, “We lost an amazing man, mentor, husband, grandfather. He taught us all the value of hard work and where it can take you if you put your mind to it.”
 
Visitation will be Friday, November 6, from 3:00 to 8:00 pm at Lawn Funeral Home,  7732 W. 159th Street in Orland Park.
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Mayor Announces $10K Federal Grants for Hospitality Industry & Other Supports for Bars & Restaurants

Mayor Lori Lightfood announced a  new federal grant to help the ailing hospitality industry that has been severely impacted by the pandemic this year. Eligible bars and restaurants can receive up to $10,000 in emergency funds to help offset the losses they have experienced this year. Grant applications will be available the week of November 16. 
 
Mayor Lightfoot also announced that she will introduce legislation to the City Council to temporarily cap the fees that third-party companies can charge restaurants for their delivery services, while calling on Chicagoans to support their local establishments through a new Take Out Chicago contest. The City is also announcing the creation of a new ChiServes.com portal for hospitality workers impacted by COVID-19 to access workforce development support resources.
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19th Ward Organizes Meeting for Restaurant Owners Nov. 10 

Restaurant owners in the 19th Ward are invited to attend a virtual meeting on Tuesday, November 10, at 2:30 p.m. Sam Toia of the Illinois Restaurant Association and Ald. Matt O’Shea will provide an update on their advocacy for restaurant owners and other relevant information. Advance registration is appreciated.
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Learn Your Health Insurance Options at Nov. 12 Meeting

If you need health insurance coverage or want to find a better plan for your family’s needs, Open Enrollment is the time to explore your options.
 
Please join an upcoming virtual town hall on Thursday, November 12, at 10:00 am to learn about health insurance options. Get Covered Illinois (GCI) and the Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) will share information on how to find health insurance coverage. They will explain how to compare plans, get free assistance from a Navigator who can answer your questions, and find out if you are eligible for financial assistance and/or a Medicaid program. 
 
Health insurance can be confusing, and searching for a health plan on the Internet can be overwhelming. GCI and HFS can help lessen the stress and confusion by sharing some useful resources that will empower you to ask the right questions and find the best plan coverage for you and your family.

This event is hosted by Illinois state Rep. Kelly Burke, Illinois state Rep. Fran Hurley, Illinois state Sen. Bill Cunningham and the Illinois Department of Insurance.
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Attract More Holiday Shoppers with ‘The Bucks Stay Here’ eGift Card

Nearly 50 local businesses are accepting ‘The Bucks Stay Here’ eGift card. It truly is becoming a universal gift card for shopping in the 19th Ward! Join County Fair, Bookie’s, City Grange, Everything’s Relative, Bellē Up and other merchants that are accepting the card and promoting our business districts. The eGift card is easy to use and carries no hidden fees. Just key in the 16-digit Mastercard number from your customers’ phones, and you’re good to go. It’s free to sign up as a participating business, and we are still accepting applications! 
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Our House Launches 2nd Annual Toys for Tots Drive

Last year, Our House Wealth Advisors on 111th Street spearheaded a highly successful Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots drive. They distributed donation boxes to 65 businesses in the 19th Ward and collected almost 900 toys. The pandemic isn’t stopping them from doing it again. Our House has donation boxes that they will begin delivering November 5, and the drive will run through December 9.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Erin

BAC Seeks Support for Drive-Through Holiday Celebration 

The Beverly Arts Center is planning an outdoor holiday event for Dec. 12 and 19. "Santa Sleighs the Holidays" is a drive-thru event featuring a full holiday light display, carolers, and a socially distant visit with Santa. Attendees will register for time slots between 5 and 8 p.m. on both dates and remain in their cars for the duration of the event. Please see the attached flyer for details.
 
The BAC is inviting local businesses to participate in this event. Partnership opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Providing a product, branded item or coupon for the "goody bags" that will be distributed to attendees;
  • Hosting a complementary event or offering a special promotion at your place of business that would be promoted via advertising, emails and the aforementioned goody bags (i.e., family meal specials at local restaurants for before/after the event)
  • Sponsoring the event with a donation.
Please contact Erin at erin@95thstreetba.org if you are interested in participating in this event.
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