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The Logan Square Chamber of Commerce is an association of over 150 local businesses including restaurants, retailers, doctors, lawyers, beauty salons, realtors etc. As a delegate agency of the City of Chicago, we help existing business owners achieve success, advocate for community improvements and encourage new businesses to locate in our community. Read more about the Chamber and how to contact us.

Chamber Executive Director Retirement Announced; Replacement Candidates Sought

The Board of Directors of the Logan Square Chamber of Commerce has announced the start of a search process for a new Executive Director to replace Paul Levin, who has served in that position since 2006. Mr. Levin shared his plan to retire with the Board at a meeting earlier this year. He will remain as Executive Director until a replacement is hired, and then assist with the transition to new leadership.

A Search Committee has been established under the chairmanship of Chamber Vice President Alan Castro. Interested applicants are invited to review the Job Description and application process details posted on the web site of the Nonprofit Network: click here

In discussing his retirement, Mr. Levin said "It's been a pleasure working with so many residents, business owners, institution and community leaders, elected officials and government staff, all inspiring and supporting the efforts of the Chamber to make Logan Square a better place to live and work. There's no doubt that Logan Square in 2017 can boast improved infrastructure, more successful businesses, better schools and more actively involved residents than in the past. In many ways we've become a beacon for our City. While I expect to remain active in Chamber and neighborhood affairs, I think we've built a solid base for more growth and improvement in the years to come, and it's time to let a new face be in the lead."

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Logan Square Chamber of Commerce Lunch 2017

Thursday, May 25th 11:30 am to 2:00 pm
The Joinery
2533 W. Homer St.
for more information and to register click here
If you have any questions 773-489-3222 events@loganchamber.org

If you've tried navigating the intersection of Elston, Fullerton and Damen lately, you've seen the results of the long-planned City efforts to remove that traffic bottleneck, and likely you've noticed the mysterious multi-story development growing up around what was the Midtown Tennis Club. It's now the Midtown Athletic Club, and wow, has it changed! Still tennis, but nearly four times the size, with swimming pools, ice rinks, a six story hotel, and more. The General Manager will be joining us for lunch, and filling us in on the details. We'll also be hearing about the project's potential impact on Chicago tourism from Choose Chicago execs. It's a meeting you really shouldn't miss!

We're holding the Lunch at a neighborhood venue we'll bet you've never been to: the Joinery, just opened and highlighted by Crain's Chicago Business as one of the best new event spaces in the City, the "Logan Square Hideaway With a Past". And of course we'll have food--a buffet of traditional and contemporary takes on European cuisine from Logan Square's premier Polish restaurant, the Red Apple.

Join us for all of that, plus our annual "Best Company" awards, and elections for the Chamber Board of Directors.

The 2017 Outdoor Farmers Market Runs Every Sunday Through October 29th 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Outdoor Farmers Market will run every Sunday through October 29th. The hours are 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.

The Market will take place on Logan Boulevard from Milwaukee Avenue to Whipple Street.

Food! Music! Entertainment! Socializing! Fun!

logansquarefarmersmarket.org

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Street Cleaning Starts April 1st

Chicago's street sweeping season will begin April 3rd and run through mid-November. If a street is scheduled for sweeping, a temporary no parking sign will be posted along the route the day before service to ensure curb-to-curb cleaning. Some arterial streets may already have permanently posted signs that specify a once-per-week period when parking is prohibited due to sweeping.

Residents who need more than one day notice of street sweeping should contact their local ward sanitation office.

City of Chicago Checkout Bag Tax is Effective February 1, 2017

To encourage customers to bring their own reusable bags, the City of Chicago is implementing a $.07 tax on each paper and plastic bag provided by stores to carry out purchased items.

For more information and instructions to retailers click here

Our accountant Nancy McLelland wrote a short blog to help us understand this tax. Please take a moment to read this very useful piece of information by following this link http://www.thedancingaccountant.com/?p=449.

2017 Sidewalk Cafe Season Applications Available

The 2017 Sidewalk Café Season begins on March 1st and ends on December 1st. Sidewalk Café Permits have a 9 month term, and must be applied for, and issued, every year. Businesses with a valid Retail Food Establishment License may apply for a Sidewalk Cafe Permit to serve food outside their restaurant on city sidewalks. Applicants intending to serve liquor at a Sidewalk Cafe must have a valid Liquor License pursuant to Chapter 4-60 of the Municipal Code of the City of Chicago. Completed applications may be submitted via mail, or in person, to the Small Business Center in City Hall, Room 800, 121 North LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60602.

For detailed information and to apply Sidewalk Café Application Information Package.

New Disability Regulations Take Effect on July 1, 2017

On July 1, 2017, new disability rights regulations passed by the Chicago Commission on Human Relations (CCHR) will go into effect. These regulations will set out what businesses are required to do to satisfy their obligations under the Ordinance to make their goods and services accessible to people with disabilities. Between now and July 1, 2017: Businesses are required to provide the same level of service and access to their facilities and products to people with disabilities as are offered to the rest of the general public, unless it creates an undue hardship, in which case the business must find a way to offer such services in an adequate alternative manner. For some businesses, this will include making physical alterations to their facilities to make them more accessible (e.g. installing ramps, widening doorways).

For more details click here

If you would like to discuss further or have questions, please call CCHR Deputy Commissioner, Matt Lango at 312-744-5620.

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