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Illinois Returns to Tier 3 Restrictions Nov. 20

The State of Illinois will re-enter Phase III this coming Friday, November 20. Under the resurgence mitigations, the following industries or activities must close effective Friday, November 20, at 12:01 a.m.:
  • 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.

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
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Join us for Virtual Business Association Meeting on Tuesday

The 95th Street Business Association holds its monthly meeting this Tuesday, November 24, at 8:00 am. All are welcome to attend this virtual event. We will update everyone on the latest news from the city, holiday promotions, and upcoming opportunities. We look forward to seeing you virtually!

Chicago Hospitality Grant Application is Open

The Chicago Hospitality Grant Program is a $10 million grant program for Chicago’s restaurants and bars that continue to face significant challenges due to the COVID-19 crisis. The program will provide businesses with grants of $10,000 each. Funds must be used to cover operational costs including payroll expenses, replenishment of inventory, mortgage, rent and utilities payments. Grants will be distributed via lottery to recipients throughout the city, with a portion of grants reserved for businesses in low- and moderate-income community areas. Applications will be accepted until Monday, November 23 at 11:59 p.m.
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Illinois BIG Program Round 2 is Live

The Business Interruption Grant (BIG) Program is a $636 million program to provide economic relief for small businesses hit hardest by COVID-19. Funding may be used to help businesses with working capital expenses, including payroll costs; rent; utilities; and other operational costs. Applications for a second round of funding are now live!
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ComEd Offers Financial Assistance to Small Businesses

For the first time, ComEd has created a new program to help small businesses, offering $1.5 million in financial assistance for one-time grants to cover 30 percent of past-due balances—up to $1,000—and, for eligible small-business customers, a new flexible-payment option. 

These programs are available for a limited time, so any small business customer experiencing a financial hardship should contact ComEd immediately at 1-800-334-7661 (1-800-EDISON-1), Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to learn more about their assistance options and enroll in these or any of ComEd's bill-assistance programs.
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Shop Black-Owned Businesses on Black Friday

A new campaign is encouraging Chicagoans to shop at Black-owned businesses on “Black Friday,” the day after Thanksgiving and one of the biggest shopping days of the year.

The Black Shop Friday initiative encourages Chicagoans and beyond to “spend green, shop Black” on Friday, Nov. 27, as they shop online and order food to go this holiday season. The campaign includes a new website,, that will launch November 24, 2020, with a guide to more than 500 black-owned businesses in Chicago. 

The site will be updated regularly and will allow consumers to search by category and/or neighborhood to find the merchandise and gifts they are looking for throughout the holiday season.

In its 2019 State of Black Chicago Report, the Chicago Urban League highlighted U.S. Census data that showed Black-owned businesses in Illinois have smaller sales receipts and fewer employees than other businesses, contributing to a racial wealth gap that impacts Chicago communities. The Black Shop Friday campaign aims to help narrow the wealth gap and strengthen neighborhoods across the city.
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