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To Our Local Business Community:

We spent Sunday closely monitoring our business district and in constant communication with Alderman O'Shea.While some businesses on 95th Street were targeted, thankfully no one was hurt.  Suspects were taken into custody following incidents at a few of our businesses. We are very grateful to Alderman O'Shea and our 22nd Police District officers for working with us to protect our 19th Ward businesses. We will continue to oversee the situation and keep you posted as we receive updates. 

Alderman O’Shea emailed a community notice last night saying that the police department had assigned additional resources to the 19th Ward. While some stores and restaurants have closed, he said that no closures have been ordered by the city. He urged residents to stay home, remain calm, and not engage in rumor mongering or spreading falsehoods on social media. 

This morning, Mayor Lightfoot held a press conference and called Sunday’s attacks on local storefronts on the South and West sides “completely heart wrenching”. Though additional law enforcement was sent to those areas yesterday, the violence and looting spread like wildfire, resulting in 699 arrests and 65,000 calls to the city’s 911 center. Mayor Lightfoot said the city will send resources to all affected commercial corridors to start the process of rebuilding. She strongly urged Chicagoans to embrace the values of hope, empathy, and compassion for one another as the city rebuilds. The mayor also urged those who had protested to self isolate for 14 days, in keeping with the public health guidance.

Lastly, we want to share the following news from the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce:
At the request of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Governor Pritzker has activated members of the Illinois National Guard who will be supporting the Chicago Police Department (CPD). Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx has also said that her office will hold those accountable who are “seeking to exploit the moment.” In addition, the City has announced multiple parts of the Central Business District (CBD) will be temporarily restricted following significant property damage that occurred Saturday evening.

Those following boundaries include: 
  • Division St. from Lake Shore Drive and N. Halsted St.
  • Halsted from Division St. to Milwaukee Ave. and Grand Ave.
  • Milwaukee Ave. from Grand Ave. to Kinzie St.
  • Canal St. from Kinzie St. to 26th St.
  • 26th St. from Canal St. to Lake Shore Drive
Additionally, as of 6:30 pm Sunday, the CTA suspended all trains and buses for public safety reasons.  Service was expected to return Monday morning.  

The City of Chicago has passed along the following companies that can help board up your business if needed: 
  • Cook County Board Up: 708-389-3889
  • Chicago Board Up Service: 773-338-2500
  • Rapid Board Up: 773-997-8770
  • A Quality Board Up Services: 773-202-8700
  • Triple A All County Board Up: 773-233-4900
  • Busy Bee Board Up: 773-501-7705
  • Tri-County Board Up: 708-800-6672

Finally, the Mayor has indicated the Phase 3 June 3rd opening of Chicago will be closely monitored as this situation evolves. We will continue to be in communication with city, county and state officials and will keep you updated.

Please, be safe and be well.
 
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