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Nestled between Wrigleyville, Lincoln Park and Lake Michigan, Lakeview East (LVE) provides merchants with one of the most diverse demographic neighborhoods in Chicago with strong purchasing power and a “buy local” philosophy.

Our merchants strive to maintain a strong independent retail mix in a unique urban environment that includes specialty boutiques, off-Broadway theater, ethnic dining, coffee houses, as well as national anchor stores and hotels.

Lakeview East is the birthplace of many successful businesses that have expanded locally and/or nationally such as Intelligentsia Coffee, Pastoral, Wilde and Reckless Records. We invite you to be part of Lakeview East, a neighborhood guaranteed to welcome, grow and sustain your business.

Lakeview East Offers:

  • Lake-front recreation with a lively boat harbor
  • Two “L” stops, six bus lines and higher than average pedestrian foot traffic
  • Diverse entertainment district
  • Award-winning public schools
  • A strong LGBT community
  • Nationally recognized events and festivals, such as the, Chicago Marathon, Gay Pride Parade and LVE Festival of the Arts

The Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce is the sole service provider for a SPECIAL SERVICE AREA. This local economic development tool is used to sustain the competitiveness of our retail corridors, maintain a safe, clean, aesthetically pleasing and culturally distinct environment for the benefit of the people who live, work and shop here.

Lakeview East property and business owners benefit from special services and Lakeview East Chamber programs that enhance the commercial district, retain, attract and support business. Some of these programs include:

  • 7-day maintenance
  • Seasonal landscaping
  • Façade improvement rebate
  • Marketing & promotions
  • Local gift card program

The Special Service Area (SSA ) rebates an estimated $50,000 annually to business or property owners who participate in the façade program.

Since October 2007, the LVE Gift Card Program has circulated $200,000+ in the local community.

LAKEVIEW EAST COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP (LVEC P) is a 501 (c)(3) whose initiatives fall under three specific categories: the arts & arts education, the environment and community development. LVEC P contributes to local nonprofits to enhance the quality of life in Lakeview East by supporting community development projects, the arts and neighborhood beautification.

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