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The 95th Street Business Association stands in solidarity with our African American neighbors, friends, colleagues and business owners. We are more committed than ever to work toward greater communication, respect and justice. 

We have had a very busy week on 95th Street, including a visit from  Mayor Lightfoot to our business corridor on Monday afternoon. She walked part of 95th Street along with Alderman Matt O’Shea, Senator Bill Cunningham, myself, and other community leaders and business owners. Unfortunately, some of our 95th Street businesses were victims of looting and property damage. Mayor Lightfoot reiterated her commitment to you, our small business owners. We appreciated her taking time from her schedule to hear our stories from 95th Street. 
If you were a victim of damage or theft over the weekend and encounter any problems with your insurance company as you seek restitution, please let me know. The mayor has a team working directly with insurers to make sure that our businesses receive the reimbursement they are entitled to obtain.

We were also very proud to see one of our 95th Street businesses featured as part of Mayor Lightfoot’s press conference on Tuesday morning. Veola and Jasmine James, owners of Veola’s Day Spa on 95th Street, were showcased for the preventive measures they have instituted to keep their customers safe as they reopen for business. Great job, ladies!
We are including the most recent update from the City of Chicago’s Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions regarding Phase 3. We continue to have weekly conference calls with the commissioner of BACP and her team and will share information with you as it becomes available.

Thank you for all of your hard work during these difficult days. We are stronger together.
Erin Ross
(773) 415-8778
Dear Chicagoan,

Chicago moved cautiously into phase three today. While we still have a long way to go to be clear of this COVID-19 health crisis, the Chicago Department of Public Health has indicated that we have made enough progress to cautiously reopen and enter phase three. This email is to make sure you have all the resources and latest updates as City enters the next phase of our Protecting Chicago Reopening Framework.

  • Read the Industry Guidelines for details on what types of businesses can reopen and how to do so safely.
  • Take the Self-Certification Pledge to show your employees and customers that you are committed to safely reopening.
  • Read the Outdoor Dining FAQ for information on how Retail Food Establishments can obtain the proper approval to reopen for outdoor dining.
  • Attend one of the BACP’s Workshop Webinars for more details on how to reopen.
While we are excited to enter phase three, we know that, given the current situation, many businesses will not be able to reopen immediately. If you are unsure about reopening, we ask that you work with your local police district and Neighborhood Business Development Center to assess how best to move forward.

As this situation evolves, BACP continues to work closely with our neighborhood chambers and business support organizations to address problems, answer questions and deliver resources. If you are in need of services, please  call 3-1-1 or contact your local business support organization. BACP is working closely with other City departments, including the Department of Buildings, the Department of Streets and Sanitation and the Chicago Police Department to ensure that resources are directed to the areas and businesses most in need.

As the Mayor announced Tuesday, the City will be establishing a $10 million fund to provide relief to businesses throughout the City that have been impacted by this crisis. More information will be provided in the coming days, including how to apply. The Mayor will also be announcing additional insurance supports for businesses in the near future.

As the entire city deals with heartbreak and anguish, we also want to make sure that all Chicagoans have access to mental health support in this challenging time. The following are free mental health resources available to all Chicago residents:
  • Connect to a NAMI Chicago Helpline mental health counselor by calling 311 or directly at 833-626-4244
  • Connect to Bright Star Community Outreach's trauma counseling helpline at 833-TURN-123
  • Connect to free teletherapy services at Chicago Department of Public Health Mental Health Centers by calling 312-747-1020.
  • For after-hours support, contact Crisis Text Line which serves anyone, in any type of crisis, 24-hours a day. Instructions: Text HOME to: 741741 to access a trained crisis counselor.

Finally, we want to make sure businesses have the latest updates on the current situation. Tuesday evening, the Mayor announced the City has restored access to the Central Business District to prepare for cautiously reopening. Starting today, the following have reopened:
  • Lake Shore Drive is open with the following exits still closed: Michigan Avenue, Chicago Avenue, Grand Avenue, Lower Wacker Drive and Randolph Street.
  • All entrance and exit ramps on 290 and 90/94.
  • CTA train and bus service is restored, however, some train stops located within or near the designated boundaries in the Central Business District and Loop area will remain closed. Closures will be updated regularly throughout the day at to ensure residents and employees have access to the latest transit information.

Please be aware that the citywide curfew remains in place. Until further notice, the city is operating under a curfew for all residents and visitors effective from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. As the city transitions to phase three, this curfew means that any business that has been deemed non-essential and is now eligible to cautiously reopen must close between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. for the duration of the curfew. We will communicate any updates to this curfew as soon as they are announced.

City of Chicago
Business Affairs and Consumer Protection
121 N. LaSalle St., Room 805
Chicago, IL 60602


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