The Dine Out West Lakeview program closed sections of Southport Avenue so restaurants can serve tables in the street. Credit: Provided/Lakeview Chamber of Commerce

LAKEVIEW — Neighborhood leaders are raising money to support Lakeview businesses by holding a “split the pot” raffle for at least $1,000.

Half of the proceeds will go to Friends of Lakeview, the nonprofit fundraising partner of the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce, according to a press release.

Those proceeds will support Friends of Lakeview’s initiatives, such as the Low-Line Farmers Market and Dine Out West Lakeview program, which helped struggling restaurants this summer by allowing them to expand outdoor dining into commercial corridors like Southport Avenue.

The remaining half of the proceeds will go into the raffle’s pot, which already has $1,000 contributed from sponsors at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Chicago.

Tickets can be bought online at the Friends of Lakeview website. The costs:

  • $10 for 10 entries.
  • $25 for 30 entries.
  • $50 for 75 entries.
  • $100 for 200 entries.

The raffle’s winner will be drawn Dec. 16, according to Friends of Lakeview.

Money raised from the raffle will allow Friends of Lakeview to keep offering services to support small businesses struggling amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“In addition to the boost in revenue, we had never met so many new neighbors in the five years we’ve been doing business on Southport,” said Calfire Pizza over Dave Bonomi. “I believe that we’ve never been closer with our community than the six weeks that we participated in Dine Out Southport.”

Jake Wittich is a Report for America corps member covering Lakeview, Lincoln Park and LGBTQ communities across the city for Block Club Chicago.

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