Andersonville Recovery & Safety + Local Business Updates and Community Information
“Andersonville is special and strong because it was built by small businesses. As our neighborhood – and the city and state – begin the long process to reopen and recover the economy, we want to put our small business owners front and center. They need our support and the ‘local first’ mentality more than ever before.”
The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce recently launched our COVID-19 recovery campaign, #AlwaysAndersonville: Small Business Made. A Digital Tool Kit has been created and provided to our businesses. The graphics included are available for use by the public as well, and customers can view the unified door signs in advance to understand what they will see upon visiting Andersonville.
We continue to work daily to gather information pertinent to our community about supporting our local businesses in this time of need, while still remaining safe and following protocols put in place to contain COVID-19. Please stay tuned to this page for updated information about supporting restaurants, bars, local retailers and service businesses during this time. Please note: the current stay-at-home order is still in effect, but Chicago is on track to enter Phase 3 of Illinois’ recovery plan after May 29.
Here are some FAQs that we are encountering:
- What is Andersonville planning in terms of safety and recovery for the district? In the last few weeks, the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce has marked the SSA #22 business district along Clark Street and adjacent side streets with our #6FTSAFE social distancing marker. This will allow for customers to queue safely outside businesses for curbside pickup and maintain distance while walking the sidewalks. We have also hung Pickup on Clark street signs designating suggested temporary parking for customers visiting the district. Our businesses have been provided with the Digital Tool Kit for our #AlwaysAndersonville: Small Business Made campaign which does include Safety Door Signs to hang in preparation for when Chicago enters Phase 3 of reopening. We continue to work on our strategy for a safe reopening of the district. Click here for our newsletter released on this topic, and stay tuned to this page for continued safety updates and measures.
- What’s going on with the May 1 changes to the stay-at-home order? Can I now shop from my favorite retailers in person? Non-essential retailers can now offer curbside pickup and delivery for your online or telephone purchases, but you will not be allowed inside of their shop. Please wear a mask during pickup, and see our May 1 Instagram Story Highlight for more suggestions and information.
- Which restaurants in Andersonville are offering delivery or curbside pickup? Please visit our ever-evolving list of Andersonville Restaurants. You can also view the city-wide Dining at a Distance tracker.
- How do I support the restaurants, retailers, health & wellness businesses, arts groups and neighborhood non-profits in this time of need? Order food, purchase a gift card, shop online, fill our our #AlwaysAndersonville Digital Passport or donate the cost of your upcoming tickets
- Visit our list of Andersonville Retailers
- Visit our list of Andersonville Restaurants
- Visit our list of Andersonville Health & Wellness Businesses
- Visit our list of Andersonville Theatres and Non-Profits
- Donate: Several community GoFundMe pages have been set up for individual businesses. Visit our Andersonville Employee Relief campaign list, and the Chicago Service Relief website is another great resource, working to gather links to campaigns across the city. When available, we’ve also listed individual business GoFundMe links on our sector-based update pages. There is also a fund underway that generally supports Andersonville Restaurants
- #AlwaysAndersonville: Digital Passport – Last Week to Submit! We have launched our first Digital Passport giving participants the chance to support local businesses virtually and to enter to win local gift cards.
- Please see below for our 5 Ways to Love a Local Business Today for more ideas
- Which businesses are open? Who has closed? To support a business directly during the stay-at-home order, please contact the business directly via their website or social media. When in doubt, please call the business directly! In the meantime, we are working to update our Instagram stories @avillechamber to compile a list of who has posted updates.
- What is the City of Chicago currently advising or mandating? Visit cityofchicago.org/coronavirus – still the best place for the Chicago Department of Public Health’s latest updates. Locally, please visit the COVID-19 community response pages for the 40th Ward and 48th Ward.
- How can I support other community members in this time of need? Andersonville is helping with the Andersonville Edgewater Uptown Community Response Fund, now accepting donations. Please also consider a donation to Care for Real or volunteer (if you are healthy) for the 48th Ward Community Response Team. If you are a person in our community in need of assistance, please fill out the 48th Ward Community Response Request form.
In an effort to practice social intention in a time of social distancing, we want to share with you five ways to support your local economy and small business community during this time of uncertainty:
- Shop the Site: Many of our local businesses have fantastic websites and sell their products online. They work hard on maintaining these sites year round. Now is a great time to discover what’s available from the comfort of your couch.
- Love. Like. Share: What do you love about Andersonville? What businesses do you frequent and why do you keep returning? Now is the time to show these businesses some love in your social media feeds. Tag the business, tag us, and tag a friend who should check it out in the future. Also, don’t just follow your favorite businesses on social; like their posts and leave a comment too. All of this will help to boost a businesses’ visibility in weeks to come.
- Order Direct: Many of our local restaurants and cafes are able to deliver food straight to your home, or will allow you to order food for pick-up curbside with the ease of an app or a quick phone call. The Chamber is creating a list of restaurant resources for who’s providing which services.
- Use Your Voice: Now is a great time to catch up on reviewing your favorite shop, eatery, healthcare provider, or service business. Your positive reviews on Google, Yelp and Facebook will start building positive momentum for the months to come.
- Andersonville is Active: As the news changes each day, our businesses are making the difficult choices on how to adapt and continue operating in new capacities. We cannot stress enough; Andersonville is still open and active in many online and digital ways, and purchasing a gift card directly from your favorite businesses, or following any of our other four tips, directly supports them during this difficult time.
Thank you for your continued support of our business community! #alwaysandersonville