An outdoor used book sale was among the events selected for the Community Events & Placemaking Grant Program in 2022. Credit: Facebook/Lakeview Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce

LAKEVIEW — Neighborhood leaders are offering money for people to organize fun community events and other unique experiences this year in Lakeview.

Lakeview Special Service Area 27 opened applications for its 2023 grant program, which offers up to $5,000 in assistance for events in the area.

The Lakeview Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce oversees the program.

The grant “allows for the continued growth of our vibrant and vast neighborhood by providing unique and creative events and programming for the public all year round,” said Alyssa Lombardo, events and marketing director for the chamber.

Last year, the special service area supported eight programs, including a Japanese flower arrangement walk, a pop-up used book sale, a Harry Potter-themed celebration and a block party to kick off the Chicago International Film Festival.

People with ideas for this year’s events can apply for up to $5,000 by filling out an online form. Applications are due March 1.

All projects must take place May 1-Dec. 31 and be held within the special service area’s boundaries or an adjacent side street.

The boundaries are:

  • Belmont Avenue from Ravenswood to Racine avenues.
  • Lincoln Avenue from Addison Street to Diversey Parkway.
  • Ashland Avenue from Addison Street to Diversey Parkway.
  • Southport Avenue from Byron Street to Belmont Avenue.

Applicants are encouraged to use public spaces that are already managed by Special Service Area 27, including the Southport, Paulina and Ashland plazas of the Lakeview Low-Line, a space underneath the elevated CTA tracks that has been transformed with pathways, murals, seating and other landscaping.

“We encourage organizations and individuals to apply this year to share new ways to help our community thrive,” Lombardo said.

More information is on the Lakeview Roscoe Village Chamber’s website.

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