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City Announces Updated COVID Guidelines

After three months of consistent decline or stability in our COVID-19 health metrics, the City has seen a worrying rise in all metrics over the last few weeks. Positivity rates and total cases have increased significantly and, most alarmingly, Emergency Department visits for COVID-like illness have increased by 38% in the last week alone. Yesterday the City of Chicago announced the following outdoor capacity changes that will take effect immediately, while most indoor regulations will remain in place:
  • Bars and Restaurants: Maximum outdoor table size can increase to ten people, with tables set up so that patrons are six feet from patrons at other tables. Indoor table size remains limited to no more than six people.
  • Social Events (e.g. weddings, potlucks and other community events): Total outdoor capacity can increase to the lesser of 50% or 100 people
  • Performance Venues, Theaters and Seated Spectator Events: Outdoor venues with capacity greater than or equal to 200 can operate at 25% capacity. Smaller venues can operate at no more than 50% capacity or 50 people.
  • Outdoor Recreation: Maximum groups of 50; multiple groups permitted
  • Places of Worship: No outdoor capacity limit provided that six feet of social distancing is maintained between parties
  • Health and Fitness Centers: Outdoor classes can increase to 100 people
 
Six feet of physical distance must be maintained between different parties, and facilities may need to operate at a lower capacity to meet that requirement. All patrons will continue to count towards capacity limits, even if they are fully vaccinated or have a recent negative test.
Read detailed industry guidelines

WGN Radio Profiles Beverly Community for ‘Your Hometown’ Series

Thanks to BAPA for bringing WGN Radio into Beverly for a series of interviews and a detailed neighborhood profile that aired on the radio and online this week. The series, called ‘Your Hometown,’ featured several local entrepreneurs and community leaders who talked about the character of Beverly and what makes it a special place to live and work. 
View the series
Watch the video

22nd District Offers Active Shooter Response Webinar Mar. 31

Business owners are invited to a series of webinars from our local 22nd District Community Policing department. In particular, business owners may be interested in the Wednesday, March 31, 6:00 pm webinar on Active Shooter Awareness, presented by the FBI and the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OMEC). You’ll receive helpful information on how to develop awareness about active threats and how to respond in emergency situations. See the flyer for the Zoom meeting link, or call P.O. Beaman at 312-745-0620 for more information.

95th St. Farmers Market Seeks Sponsors

The 95th Street Farmers Market will open on Sunday, May 2, 2021 for the season. Operating hours will be 8 am to 1 pm. Please consider becoming a Farmers Market sponsor, to help defray the cost of operating the market. 
Learn more about sponsorship

22nd District Police Installs Fulltime Business Liaison Officer

We are excited to announce that our new business liaison contact from the 22nd District, Officer Jeff Zwit, will be transitioning his new role into a full time position. The Business Liaison Officer position was created last summer by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the CPD for all 22 Police Districts to strengthen the ties between entrepreneurs and local communities. Please give Officer Zwit a warm welcome when he stops in your business to introduce himself! 

All Your HR Questions, Answered

Join HR Philosophy for a “Lunch and Learn HR Power Hour” on Tuesday, April 13, at 12:00 pm. HR Philosophy is a consulting firm that helps organizations with recruiting and staffing needs, diversity planning, training programs, HR administrative systems, COVID response plans, and nore. The virtual session will be in Q&A format, and participants are asked to submit their questions to info@hrphilosophy.com by April 9.
Attend April 13 HR Power Hour

BAC Hosts Virtual Gala to Raise Programming Funds

As the Beverly Arts Center wraps up its 52nd year of bringing art to the community, it is asking for support for its 50th Annual Fundraiser Gala, taking place on Saturday, April 24.

This year’s event, Under the Big Top, will be a virtual fundraiser that will include a performance by CircEsteem, a non-profit that uses social circus to foster self-esteem and mutual respect to their students.

Proceeds from the virtual gala will help the BAC provide arts education and enrichment programming in dance, music, visual arts, theatre, and film. In addition, these funds support the BAC’s outreach program which serves 45 schools in neighborhoods all across the South Side and South suburbs, offers nearly 700 classes to children, and reaches over 12,500 students each year within the community. 
Become a gala sponsor
Donate to virtual gala
Include me in Juneteenth event planning

Join Us for Juneteenth Celebration

Are you interested in participating in a Juneteenth Event? The MPBHBA and 95th Street Business Association, together with the Southwest Chicago Diversity Collaborative and Beverly Area Planning Association, are organizing an event celebrating black-owned businesses on Saturday, June 19, 2021. 
Please let us know if you are interested in participating by completing the form below.  We will contact you soon with additional information.

Your Membership Matters

Joining the 95th Street Business Association is an investment that pays off throughout the year. Our membership drive is underway. For just $50, you will receive support in the following areas:
  • Marketing
  • Publicity
  • Advocacy
  • Education
  • Networking
  • Referrals
  • Technical assistance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Economic development
Learn more & join

Build Your Ecommerce Strategy this Summer

SOKONI (a 37 Oaks platform) and the Illinois SBDC at the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce are excited to partner to help launch and build the e-commerce presence of small businesses throughout the city. 
 
They are offering a four-month program to sell brands on the SOKONIshop.com platform; four 37 Oaks University courses; monthly 1:1 coaching sessions and administrative, marketing, operations and logics support. The program is scheduled to start in mid-May, and scholarships are available!
Earn more & apply

From the LGBT Chamber of Commerce

LatinX Affinity Network Series: March 31 Conversation on Mentorship

Join the LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois (LGBTCC) as they kick off their 2021 LatinX Affinity Networking Series. In the first of three conversations, the Network will come together to discuss the impact of mentorship on personal and professional development for LatinX professionals. The panel will be led by Jazmin Garcia (World Business Chicago), and will include panelists Alfonso Barrera (HispanicPro), Patricia Mota (Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement), and David Ernesto Munar (Howard Brown Health).
Learn more and RSVP

Industry Week: Creating Connections Across the Region

The LGBTCC invites you to join them for Industry Week: Creating Connections Across the Region, a multi-chamber collaboration that will bring together LGBTQ+ and allied business owners, employees, and chamber stakeholders from throughout the North Region of the NGLCC affiliate network and beyond. This five-day series will tackle a different topic each day that reflects what businesses and those they employ are experiencing during this challenging year of recovery after a pandemic. From economic outlooks to innovative ways to be inclusive in the workplace to the new ways we do business in and out of the home, they will present industry experts and thought leaders from the region to create conversations that matter right now. All are invited to participate, but registration is required. 
Learn more and RSVP
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