The Lakeview Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce — a merger of the Lakeview and Roscoe Village chambers — is hosting a variety of wellness-themed promotions and acitivites throughout January. Credit: Left image: Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce/Facebook. Right image: Jake Wittich/Block Club Chicago

LAKEVIEW — Local organizations and Lakeview neighbors are being called upon to come up with ideas for one of the neighborhood’s next community events.

The Lakeview Special Service Area 27 announced Thursday it is giving away up to $25,000 in grants and technical support for unique events and projects aimed at creating memorable experiences for the area.

“We’re looking for a diverse range of projects that could be dog-friendly, family-friendly or more art-related,” said Carisa Marconet, events and marketing director for the Lakeview Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce, which is the service provider for the special service area.

Last year, the special service area gave out grants supporting four programs, including a Harry Potter-themed street festival, the “Dog Days of Summer” pet play party, a volunteering drive and an outdoor painting walk.

People with ideas for this year’s programming can apply for up to $5,000 for their project by filling out a form on the chamber’s website, where more information about the application process is available.

All projects must be mindful of the coronavirus pandemic and take place May 1- Dec. 31, according to the chamber’s website.

Projects or events must also fall within the special service area’s boundaries:

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

The deadline for applications is March 21, and the grant recipients will be chosen by the group’s commissioners.

“The goal here is to increase unique programming for people who live in the neighborhood — visitors too — and to increase our neighborhood promotion,” Marconet said.

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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