Uptown United & Business Partners, The Chamber for Uptown continue to work closely with our local businesses and organizations during this challenging time. We set up this page to keep neighbors, businesses, and community partners updated on how this crisis is impacting Uptown, focused on some frequently asked questions (FAQs). If you’re a small business or local organization, we have a page just for you.
Where do I go for the latest information on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)?
Please get this information from local, state and national public health agencies:
- City of Chicago Department of Public Heath: chicago.gov/coronavirus
- Illinois Department of Public Health: http://dph.illinois.gov/covid19
- US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov/coronavirus
How can I support local businesses?
Keep it Uptown! There are many things we can do to support our local businesses, even during this challenging time. Shop online, order for pick-up or delivery, purchase a gift certificate, pre-pay for services. See this page for tips on Keeping it Uptown. Now, more than ever, local businesses depend on all of us to support them. However, stay safe, and follow the suggestions of local public health agencies.
Which businesses are open? Which businesses offer delivery or take-out? Have business hours changed?
Your best bet is to call the business first. Hours, services, and menus keep changing for many businesses. We’ve built a dedicated page to share what we know about changes to local businesses hours, service changes, etc.
We have a separate page highlighting changes and updates from nonprofit organizations and social service agencies.
Our local businesses employ thousands of people, but many have had to reduce hours or lay off employees because business has slowed. Several businesses have set up donation platforms to support their employees. Please visit the business’s website or their social media accounts to learn more.
How can I support local nonprofit organizations, social service agencies, and others serving our neighbors most in need?
We’ve built a page with a list of local organizations. Some of our local organizations, such as food pantries, are seeing a high need for donations right now. Many amazing organizations serve Uptown, so please reach out to one of these organizations to learn how you can help.
I’m able to make a financial donation. Where should I donate?
We suggest making a donation to an established local nonprofit organization. You can visit our list of local organizations to learn more about what they do and what they need.
If you’d like to support a local business, first spend your money there. Some local businesses have set up donation pages to support their staff. If a business is not open, think about other ways you can support them.
We have heard reports of suspicious and scam donation pages, so we strongly suggest focusing your donations on established organizations that serves those in need, or to small businesses funding campaigns that you know and trust.
If you’re not sure where to donate, consider donating to the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund. In collaboration with the City of Chicago, The Chicago Community Trust and United Way of Metro Chicago launched the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund to unite the funds raised by Chicago’s philanthropies, corporations and individuals to be disbursed to nonprofit organizations across the region.
Are you a business owner or organization leader? Go to our Business Information and Resources page for more information on the latest rules, resources, and more.
Is the Uptown United & Business Partners, The Chamber for Uptown office open?
Our physical office is closed, but our dedicated team is working remotely! Please continue to call and email our us if there is anything we can do to help. We will let you know when our office is back open.