Skip to content
Stronger Together-3

While the current health crisis has temporarily altered the way we do business, the Highland Park Chamber’s commitment to the advancement of the Highland Park area remains as strong as ever. The Chamber team will continue serving the needs and advocating for the interests of the business community by working remotely at this time.

The Highland Park Chamber of Commerce has created this page as business resource hub for the Highland Park area. We have gathered information from trusted sources to share business resources and relief, and community and health information that is accurate and unbiased in a timely manner.

We want to remind everyone that the Chamber of Commerce is not a health official or government organization. We will update this page as information becomes available.

We are a resilient community with a shared dream of prosperity for all. We are Stronger Together.

'Ask the Experts' - Virtual Panel Discussions

The Highland Park Chamber is dedicated to providing the tools that our businesses need to navigate the road to recovery.

Even though we may not have the opportunity to gather together and meet in person, it is still so important to stay connected. That's why we will continue to host virtual meetings where we connect through video to share ideas, encouragement, and allow various panels of "experts" to discuss topics that may be of help for our local community and it's businesses.


Recorded on 5/27/20
Ask the Experts: "Marketing Beyond Covid-19"


Presenter: Lexie Markarian, Director of New Business Development, Street Level Studio

As “stay at home” orders are being lifted across the country and many states partially re-open, it is important that businesses start to market beyond COVID-19. Even though Illinois will be one of the last states to phase into a partial re-opening, now is the most opportune time to ramp up marketing initiatives. Broadcasting your brand across various marketing campaigns will help your business open with a strong voice and presence. But it is not as simple as yelling through a loud speaker at any passersby. You need to have a strategy, develop a plan, create branded communications, and make a calculated and targeted marketing effort. You want to draw in the right customers at the right time with the right messages that will convert into sales for your business. Street Level Studio will outline some steps to help you market beyond COVID-19.


Documents mentioned in the discussion:

Slides from webinar

Recorded on 5/20/20
Ask the Experts: "An Online Business Tune-up"

Presenters: Larry Bruck and Bob DuFour
SCORE North Cook and Lake Counties Chapter

The pandemic has changed how consumers buy and there is a strong possibility that they will not go back. Businesses are now trying to figure out how to navigate this new reality. But how? What is the roadmap, the key considerations?
Unlike some webinars which give a deep dive on a topic, we propose providing a health check across the online purchase journey. Simply put an Online Business Tune-up.
The presentation begins by touching on changing consumer buying behavior which is elevating the importance of an effective online growth strategy. This will be followed by a three phase Online Business Tune-up guided by key questions and action steps that help attract the right customer, close the sale, and drive continual improvement.


Documents mentioned in the discussion:

Slides from webinar

Recorded on 5/6/20
Ask the Experts: "Re-Opening Your Business - What the New Employment Normal May Look Like"

So, you have just been given the green light, or are planning ahead to that time when you are given the green light, to reopen your workplace. But what does that look like? For sure, it will not look like what you left. So, how do you reopen with a workplace that is compliant with appropriate guidelines (CDC Guidelines, the White House’s “Guidelines for Opening Up America Again”, State of Illinois, OSHA, etc.), conduct your business, and, at the end of the day, get work done?

Join labor and employment attorney, Kenneth A. Henry, Attorney at Law to learn:

  • What about social distancing?
  • Would you need, or be well-advised to, take the temperatures of each employee who returns?
  • What if an employee declines to return, citing a potentially unsafe or unhealthful workplace?
  • Can the employee be disciplined and/or discharged? And, if so, would the employee be eligible to receive unemployment benefits?
  •  How do you control outsiders coming into your workplace?
  • And for how long will this “new normal” continue?


Documents mentioned in the discussion:

Restore Illinois 5 part Plan, IDPH -Stay at Home Order, Restore Illinois - A Public Health Approach to Safety, FFCRA - Employee Rights,  Thermal Camera for Smart Phones

Recorded on 4/30.20
Ask the Experts: "Now What?"

You may have applied for an SBA EIDL loan or a PPP loan. Have you received it? Now what?
How do you position yourself correctly to be as successful as possible?
Do you know what is required from an accountability and compliance standpoint?
What are the next steps?

Join in discussion with our accountants and lender to learn best practices and to make sure that you understand how recording and tracking your spending accurately is critical to making sure your loan is forgiven.

Our panel of experts:

  • Courtney Olson, Vice President of Business Banking, First Bank of Highland Park
  • Sally Hoban, Senior Accountant, Wipfli 
  • Karen Mitchell, Senior Manager, Risk Advisory Services, Wipfli 


Documents mentioned in the discussion:

PPP Expense Tracker, PPP FAQ's, How to Calculate Loan Amounts, PPP Loan Forgiveness Memo



Business Resources

State of Illinois | Restore Illinois Plan
A five-step, regional plan to reopen Illinois after months of restrictions put in place to combat the novel coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce | Resilience in a Box
A collection of resources based on best practices and designed to educate business leaders on disaster preparedness and business resilience. Focus on small businesses

U.S. Chamber of Commerce | Guidance for Employers to Plan and Respond to the Coronavirus
Strategies and tips to protect your workforce

U.S. Chamber of Commerce | Customizable Workplace Flyer
(Please open this file in the latest version of Chrome or Edge browser, or Adobe software, to customize.) To let your customers know that their health is your business’ #1 priority

U.S. Chamber of Commerce | Emergency Loan Small Business Guide & Checklist 
Concise CARES Act guide & checklist answers questions on eligibility, what lenders look for, and how much can be borrowed.

OSHA | Worker's Rights and Employer's Responsibilities
US Department of Labor OSHA standards

CDC | Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease
Recommended strategies for employers to use now

EEOC | Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and Americans with Disabilities Act
Identifies established ADA principles that are relevant to questions frequently asked about workplace pandemic planning

FEMA | Emergency Response Plan
A 10 page document to help businesses identify the goals and objectives for the emergency response plan

SBA | Guidance for Businesses and Employers 
Comprehensive information regarding disaster loans, local assistance, planning, and SBA products and resources

SBA | Assistance provided to small businesses affected by COVID-19
The SBA is offering up to $2 million in Disaster Assistance Loans to small businesses

SBA | Apply for a Disaster Loan
Information on all of their loan types, and option to apply online for all types of SBA disaster assistance loans

SBA | Economic Injury Disaster Loans
Slide deck used in the SBA’s training webinars; includes info on eligibility, terms, requirements, etc.

SBDC | Small Business Survival Guide
The Small Business Survival Guide has 6 sections that are packed with information and resources: Reducing spread of the virus, Helping your people, Complying with federal, state and local guidelines, Calculating economic injury, Securing operating capital, Leveraging local expertise

An employer’s responsibilities under the Fair Labor Standards Act and under the Illinois Minimum Wage Law have not changed or been canceled by the COVID-19 crisis. Here is the info. (This information has been gathered by Kenneth A. Henry, Attorney at Law)

The Illinois Department of Employment Security has recently adopted some emergency rules to address many of the issues that are being raised by the Covid-19 virus. (This information has been gathered by Kenneth A. Henry, Attorney at Law)


Payroll Protection Program (PPP insurance) Application 
Borrower application to file for the Paycheck Protection Program loan. Please confer with your lender for required documents necessary for processing.

Payroll Protection Program | Borrower FAQs (Provided by the Treasury Department)

State of Illinois

An impact investment loan program under which the IL State Treasurer would make up to $250 million in deposits available to financial institutions throughout the state, at near-zero rates, to assist Illinois small business and non-profits negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Offers loan and grant assistance to small businesses across Illinois, including hospitality businesses like restaurants and bars. Note: For Hospitality grants, deadline to apply April 1, 5pm.

Legal FAQs For Employers

Click on the image below for a comprehensive and regularly updated list of legal FAQs for employers on the COVID-19 coronavirus, assembled by Fisher Phillips.

Remote Working Tools

Some available remote working tools and IT providers to help you continue working efficiently from home. These resources are being updated continually. Please share any updates or requests for inclusion via email.

Safe Haven IT
847.338.1874 mobile | 847.594.3209 phone | 847.557.1306 fax |
Provides remote assistance to insure that your business network and employees are up and running and working remotely. They also offer different resources and solutions for accessing business networks remotely.

224-770-0070 (calls only)| 224-770-1707 | (calls, texts, FaceTime) |
Macnician is open for pickups and drop-offs at their Highland Park location.  They also offer remote, phone, and FaceTime Support for all Apple products.

List of Free Software and Computer Services
To assist a new wave of remote workers and get some publicity at the same time, many software developers and service providers have started to offer free licenses or enhanced versions of their software and services.

Grow With Google | Remote Work Hub
Resources and free tools and tips to help you or your teams work smoothly, even while working remotely or from home

Local Businesses

The Highland Park Chamber has partnered with Chambers of Commerce state-wide to promote ‘IL’ove Local, a NEW initiative designed to drive customers to, and show support for our local businesses

All across Illinois, small businesses provide our communities with good jobs, quality customer service, and the character that makes our cities, towns and neighborhoods feel like home.

Let's come together in this time of unprecedented challenge to build community and unite to champion small businesses across the state!

Find more state-wide info here:


The list below contains local restaurants, food and beverage providers, and other local businesses that have been deemed essential and are still operating at this time. It is not comprehensive, is subject to change, and will be updated as information is received. Please contact businesses directly for the most up to date information.

Also, we have put together a Facebook page for local businesses to add and share their info themselves. Feel free to contribute!

Likewise, the City of Highland Park has gathered together a list of businesses who, even if not open for business at this time, are offering gift card purchases for use at a later time.

You can find that LIST HERE.  

Abigail’s American Bistro (Curbside pickup & Delivery)
Hours: Tues-Sat 5PM – 7PM Limited menu available on website

Baker Boys (Pickup Only)

BBQ Pit (Curbside pickup & Delivery)
For curbside pickup, please call upon arrival. Delivery is available to all of the North Shore.

Bella Via (Curbside pickup & Delivery)
Hours: Open 7 days, 4:30 - 9:00 PM

BellaRu Catering (Curbside pickup, Carryout & Delivery)
Individual and family boxed meals may be delivered within Highland Park and nearby areas.

Bluegrass (Curbside pickup & Delivery via DoorDash)
Curbside pickup is available upon request when placing order; please call upon arrival.

Café Dacha (Curbside pickup & Free Delivery)
20% off

Coffee Speaks (Carryout and Free Delivery)

Country Kitchen (Carryout; Curbside pickup; Delivery)
For curbside pickup, please call upon arrival. Hours 8AM – 2PM

Curt's Cafe (Curbside pickup)
In addition to providing curbside pickup, Curt's Cafe continues it's 50% discount to seniors from 2:00 - 4:00 PM.

Dairy Queen (Delivery via UberEats & DoorDash)

Dunkin Donuts (Drive Thru & Carryout)
1990 Skokie Valley Rd & 1996 Second Street
Order-in restaurant for carry-out: Guests can still come into the restaurant and place their order for carry-out
Drive-thru service: Guest order thru speaker and pick up via window, without leaving their cars.
Mobile ordering thru the DD app: Pick-up directly from our mobile shelves inside the restaurant

Goodies, Etc. (Curbside pickup & Delivery for phone or email orders)
Order via email (, online at, or by phone.

Highland Pop (Curbside pickup)
Highland Pop is closed to walk-ins through April 14. Online ordering is available 24/7, with shipments sent Monday - Friday. Phone orders can be placed and paid for by credit card in advance. Order, drive-up and pick-up available Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

Il Forno (Curbside pickup & Delivery)
Please call upon arrival for curbside pickup.

Jade Cafe (Curbside pickup & Delivery)
Please call upon arrival for curbside pickup.

JambaJuice (Delivery via GrubHub)

Judy's Pizza (Curbside pickup & Delivery)
Delivery is free. For curbside pickup, please call upon arrival.

La Casa De Isaac and Moishe Restaurante (Free Delivery & Curbside Pickup)

La Michoacana Ice Cream (Curbside pickup, Carryout & Delivery)

Love That Spice & Tea (Delivery, Curbside pickup)

Love's Yogurt and Salads (Curbside pickup)
Hours 2-9 PM Frozen Yogurt Only

McDonald's (Drive-thru, Curbside Pickup via McDonald's app; Delivery through UberEats and DoorDash)
Hours: 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Michael's Grill and Salad Bar (Curbside pickup for phone & online orders)
Please call upon arrival; guests may pay by credit card over the phone.

Mizrahi Grill (Carryout, Curbside pickup & Delivery)

Norton's (Curbside Pickup & Delivery)
Please order ahead for curbside pickup, and call upon arrival.

NY Slices (Curbside pickup & Delivery)
Please request curbside pickup when you order, and call when you arrive. Delivery is available via NY Slices website, or via third parties DoorDash, Slice, GrubHub, and UberEats.

Panera (Carryout & Contactless Delivery)

Piero's (Curbside pickup & Delivery)
Delivery is available daily, 4:00 - 8:30 PM. Please request curbside pickup in advance, and call upon arrival.

Players Grill (Curbside pickup & Delivery)

Potbelly (Delivery & Curbside pickup)
Pick up Customers must call upon arrival

Ravinia Brewing Co. (Curbside pickup & Delivery)
For curbside pickup, please call upon arrival.

Ruby of Siam (Curbside pickup & Delivery)
Order online or by phone for delivery or curbside pickup. Meal Plans Available

Salt Creek Tacos (Curbside pickup & Delivery)
Order online for curbside pickup, please call upon arrival. Delivery is via DoorDash and UberEats.

Sweet Home Gelato (pick up or delivery)
Order by by DoorDash, GrubHub, or UberEats

Tamales...a Mexican Restaurant (Curbside pickup & Delivery)
Please call upon arrival.

That Little French Guy (Curbside pickup, Carryout & Delivery)
Orders can be emailed to, on the phone at 847 737 9680, by text at 847 737 9688 or with Doordash.

True Juice (Curbside pickup & Carryout)
Curbside pickup is available for phone orders; call upon arrival.

Viaggio (Pick up & Delivery)
Delivery through UberEats and GrubHub

Vin Chicago (Curbside pickup)
Please call upon arrival.

Yummy Bowl (Curbside pickup, Carryout & Delivery)

Overview and Monitoring

City of Highland Park | Updates
City’s response and community efforts related to the COVID-19 situation.
To receive the City’s E-news sign up at

WHO | Video Explainer
Video from WHO explaining what’s currently known about the virus

CDC | Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary
Updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracking the situation in the U.S. and the latest recommendations

CDC | Guidance for Businesses and Employers
Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers; Plan, Prepare and Respond to Coronavirus Disease. To prevent stigma and discrimination in the workplace, use the guidance on the CDC’s Guidance for Businesses and Employers web page.

CDC | Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel
Updated information about coronavirus  for travelers and travel-related industries

IL Dept. of Public Health | Preventing Disease Spread
Guidance for preventing COVID-19 spread in communities, with actions that individuals, businesses, organizations and government agencies can take.

All questions regarding health and wellness related to COVID-19 should be directed to the Illinois Department of Public Health’s hotline at 800.889.3931 or

Health Safety Advice for Home, Work and School

Scroll To Top