Support Your Local Businesses During COVID-19
With more people staying healthy by staying home, our amazing local businesses need our neighborhood support moving forward. Here's a list of ways you can tangibly support your favorite local spots at this time.
We encourage our community members to support their favorite local businesses during a challenging time by doing one or more of the following:
- Join our innovative Adopt-A-Business Program!
- Use Northcenter Neighborhood Association's Takeout Database or Shop in Place Chicago for some ideas of where to go!
- Plan your next night out or stock up on gifts! Buy a gift certificate from your favorite local shop, theater, restaurant or service provider to gift to a loved one, or treat yourself later!
- If your favorite restaurant, store or service provider offers online ordering or other virtual ways to support, choose them over giant e-retailers.
- Get social! Follow your favorite local spots on Facebook and Instagram for frequent updates on their health & safety practices, schedule, and events & specials.
- If you have a membership for a gym, music or art classes or other activities, if you are able to do so, please keep your membership even if you can't be there in person.
- Don't be afraid to reach out! If you're a regular somewhere, stop in, give a call or send an email asking how you can be supportive.
- Support your local food pantries like Common Pantry and Lakeview Pantry to ensure your neighbors have what they need.
- Donate medical supplies and PPE to Swedish Hospital
We've also included a list of tangible ways to support your favorite local spots. We will be updating this on our website so please check northcenterchamber.com for more additions to this list.
Here’s a list of our local restaurants who have delicious food and drinks available for delivery or carryout and the services they’re on. We also encourage you to consider purchasing gift cards for your favorite restaurants and shops to use later, and to tip generously to support servers and delivery drivers at this challenging time.
OJ Breakfast & Brunch (1924 W. Irving Park)
Here’s a list of local shops, restaurants and venues you can support by purchasing a gift card or making a donation during closure or limited service:
Here are known crowd-funding opportunities to support the staff at your favorite local businesses directly:
Here’s a list of local, independent retailers who offer e-commerce and curbside pickup options if you wish to order something online:
A Pretty Flower (2334 W. Lawrence): We are taking every precaution to ensure a safe shopping experience. If you would rather not come in, we will deliver free of charge within 1 mile. Back door pick-up is also available. Only applies to phone orders. Online orders excluded. If free delivery is not a concern and you just want to make someone happy, ordering online is always available. 773-506-0806.
Bari Zaki Studio (3858 N. Lincoln): Bari Zaki’s beautiful bookbinding, projects and art supplies are available online here.
Bras Galore (3148 N. Lincoln): Bras Galore is doing email and phone orders for curbside pickup and shipping. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 773-697-9199 to order.
CannaBellaLux (4357 N. Lincoln): Explore high-end, handmade gifts and accessories for the cannabis connoisseur in your life here.
Coffee Joint (2059 W. Irving Park): Don’t go big-box for your morning wake-up calls. You can still buy Coffee Joint’s original coffee blends online here!
Half Acre Beer Company (4257 N. Lincoln): Half Acre has temporarily closed retail and taproom operations, but you can still buy some sweet swag or gift cards from their website.
embellish boutique (4161 N. Lincoln): Find the perfect gift with embellish's new online shop!
Knit 1 (3856 N. Lincoln): Stuck at home? Start a project! Knit 1 can help with a wide selection of yarns in their online store.
Rev. Billy's Chop Shop: Buy their salon-quality Kevin Murphy hair products online and support the store.
Stella Grey Blooms (2057 W. Irving Park Road): Brighten up your space and shop online! Stella Grey is offering “no contact” deliveries of flowers and gifts with discounted delivery fees through March 30th.
The UPS Store (4044 N. Lincoln): Your local, independent UPS Store still offers online services to help you with your business needs during this time.
Many of our members are providing in-person OR remote classes, services or even shopping for their clients. We encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities:
Academic Angle: Academic Angle is offering free 30-minute college counseling consultations to help students and families during coronavirus school closures. Academic Angle understands how school closures are especially unsettling for students in the class of 2021 as they enter the upcoming college application season under a cloud of uncertainty. This is why we are offering free, 30-minute no-obligation consultations to answer questions while your guidance and college counselors might be unavailable. As members of your community, we are here to help! Here is a link to our calendar to schedule a phone call: www.academicangle.com/phone-call. We can also be reached via email at email@example.com. Scheduled consultations will happen via phone or Zoom videoconference.
Access Contemporary Music: ACM has made a quick transition to online learning and would love to offer our friends in the neighborhood a free trial lesson. Music lessons are a great way to fill your free time now that we're all stuck indoors. Creativity is truly the antidote to boredom! Here's more info: https://www.acmusic.org/product/online-music-lessons-and-classes/
Blue Bird Day (1921 W. Irving Park): Blue Bird Day and Eyas Landing are both offering remote services for families. Sign up for Blue Bird Day’s virtual home therapeutic services here and Eyas Landing’s Telehealth services here.
Bloom Yoga Studio (4663 N. Rockwell): Bloom Yoga is offering livestreamed yoga and meditation classes via Zoom. Details and schedule here.
Chicago City Soccer Club: As a partner of Chicago City SC we are excited to offer you and your members FREE ONLINE TRAINING which is soccer specific. On our YouTube channel, members can find new soccer skills & tricks, agility and strength training & more! We are also holding LIVE workout sessions on Tuesday & Thursday mornings on our Social Media Channels. Subscribe here.
Clubhouse Therapy (2630 W. Bradley Place): The Clubhouse is staying OPEN and also offering Teletherapy! We are committed to continuing to provide an exceptionally clean environment for our families and staff. We are also able to provide home-based services to families who qualify. Please call 312-955-0089 to discuss speech, occupational, physical or ABA therapy services for your child. Learn more at clubhousetherapy.com.
Dovetail Studios (2853 W. Montrose): Offering online classes.
Empowering Options (3748 N. Ashland): Dr. DeMoss at Empowering Options can help neighbors with fear, worry or panic related to current situation. Phone sessions available. Details here.
The FIT Institute (2500 W. Bradley): TFI is offering free mini virtual fitness classes every day! Check their Facebook page for more information.
FitBody BootCamp: Join Chicago Fit Body’s Fitness Program. Get Fit At-Home. All you need is a little time and space. Program includes customized nutrition (meal plan, grocery list, recipes), 1-on-1 accountability coaching, live-stream workouts, and so much more. No gym or equipment required J Text “IM IN!” to 312-788-4290 for 1 FREE WEEK (or email info@ChicagoFitBody.com for more information)
Knit 1 Chicago (3856 N. Lincoln): Knit 1 will be operating for limited hours and will also be providing virtual shopping and ½ hour virtual knitting lessons! Learn how to take advantage of this great opportunity here.
Power Up Tech Academy: We are now offering Online weekly coding camps for kids, beginner to advanced. Make art, games, websites, and more!Every week, Tue-Fri we will be running camps online:
Beginner Coding with Scratch, ages 8+
Intermediate Scratch Coding, ages 8+
and Python Coding, ages 10+
Here is the link: https://powerupta.com/online/index.html
SERVPRO of Ravenswood (5401 N. Wolcott): SERVPRO is here for your cleaning and disinfecting needs, for both residential and commercial spaces. Call 773-878-5200 to learn more.
St. Benedict Parish: St. Benedict Parish will stream Mass daily, Mon-Sat at 8:30am. We will stream our weekly Vigil Mass every Saturday at 5pm. Please check back here, or watch the video on our Facebook page. Each video will be made available for playback within an hour of the initial broadcast.
Third Coast Percussion: For every cancelled in-person engagement, Third Coast Percussion will be streaming performances, workshops and other fun activities. Follow along at Third Coast Percussion on Facebook, @thirdcoastpercussion on Instagram and @thirdcoastperc on Twitter.
Wishcraft Workshop (3907 N. Damen): In addition to highly limited mini-camps while local schools are closed, Wishcraft Workshop has released the newest edition of The Yellow Canoe, a children’s interactive magazine with printable projects and prompts that can be done with as many or as few craft supplies on hand as you have. Details and download here.
Vivant Gardening Services: Doing some gardening while social distancing? Vivant Gardening Services can help with advice sessions. Follow them on Facebook for details!