LAKEVIEW — The annual Lakeview holiday tree lighting ceremony will be held virtually this year and feature hopeful messages giving thanks to the neighborhood community.
The “Tree of Hope” lighting ceremony will be broadcast live at 5:30 p.m. Monday from the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page.
The tree’s ornaments will feature personal messages submitted by people who donate at least $20 to the Lakeview East Community Partnership, a nonprofit fundraising arm of the chamber aiming to enhance the neighborhood’s quality of life.
The ornaments can be addressed to people, businesses or the entire Lakeview East community, giving thanks or sharing other positive messages, according to the chamber. They should be typed into the “notes” section on the donation form.
The chamber of commerce also is holding a holiday gift card promotion, encouraging people to support local businesses while shopping for presents.
The “Giver’s Gift” program will grant a $50 gift card to anyone who spends at least $300 at businesses within the Lakeview East Chamber’s area.
The gift cards can be used at more than 150 participating neighborhood stores, specialty boutiques, restaurants, theaters and other businesses within the chamber’s boundaries.
To qualify, people need to shop at a minimum of three stores and spend at least $25 at each one, according to the chamber. All receipts must be dated between Nov. 2 and Dec. 21 and presented when applying.
More rules and information on the Giver’s Gift program are listed on the chamber’s website.
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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