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NABA Reaffirms Stance On Discrimination

During these tough economic and divisive times. The North Avenue Business Association wants to remind and reaffirm the North Avenue community that it’s 20 year long mission to represent and support the businesses and residents interests in the North Avenue Business District is stronger than ever.
The North Avenue Business Association also strongly denounces any business, organization or individual that discriminates on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.
NABA will continue to work hard to equally help those in both Chicago and Oak Park succeed in their endeavors.
If you know of any cases of discrimination or bias listed above, please contact NABA President Lee Owens by calling 773-610-3800 or at
The North Avenue Business Association is also here to help with any businesses or organizations that have suffered due to the Covid-19 Pandemic or the George Floyd Protests. NABA Mission Statement

Paycheck Protection Program Opens Back-Up. Illinois Stay at Home Order Revised



 Paycheck Protection  Program has been refunded and opens back up for applications. But there are things to do to make sure you get your cut of the money. Click link below to see what you need to do.
   Illinois Stay at Home Order Extended Until End of May- Some Non-Essential Businesses Allowed to Open- Masks Made Mandatory
  Illinois Govenor JB Pritzker updated and revised Illinois Covid-19 orders. Shelter in Place extends another month. But some businesses get green light to re-open. To see all the changes, click link below.
                        Updated Illinois Covid-19 Stay at Home Order 


Beyond Hunger & Chicago Public Schools Still Feeding Those In Need During Coronavirus Outbreak


Community Food Pantries, Soup Kitchens & Shelters | Helping Harvest

 Beyond Hunger (Formerly Oak Park Food Pantry) and the Chicago Public Schools continue to feed those in need during the Covid-19 Outbreak.  Beyond Hunger has expanded it’s services by delivering to seniors who can not come to its.  For more information call Beyond Hunger at 708-386-1324. 

Chicago Public Schools is offering meals between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday at all CPS district schools, as well as select charter schools. For information on this and school day care click link below. Official Chicago Public Schools Link

Chicago Public Schools Offer Free Meals During School Closures

         All Chicago Public Schools will offer free meals for students starting Tuesday during the nearly two-week school closure due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Gov. J.B. Pritzker ordered all schools to close through March 30 statewide in order to help contain the rapidly spreading virus.Free meals will be offered between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday at all CPS district schools, as well as select charter schools, according to a news release. For information on this and school day care click link below.                                 

Chicago Public Schools Official Website               

Covid-19 Business and Individual Diaster Relief Links Along with Updated List of North Avenue Restaurants and Businesses Open!

  Despite these tough times many North Avenue Businesses are still open for business during the Covid-19 shutdown. Some are offering carry out and delivery services. Others are offering discount sales on items and gift cards.
  Our friends at the North Avenue District were kind enough to send us a list to circulate. Please circulate to others and if possible do business with the businesses on this list attached below. If you know of others, let us know at

                       North Avenue Open Businesses and Sales

More Covid-19 Business Disaster Relief Websites, Loans and Unemployment and other information

                Here are several links to help you whether you are a Chicago or Oak Park business or individual dealing with hardships from Coronavirus. You may encounter busy signals and trouble signing on and downloading. But keep at it. If you need more help or have other resources, please let us know at

Click Oak Park Chamber Covid-19 Web Page below which has business information no matter where your business is including applying for disaster relief loans.               
 Oak Park Chamber Covid-19 Disaster Relief Page

  Oak Park Education Development Corporation Resource Website
    Click here for even more business links courtesy of the Oak Park Economic Development Corporation

Illinois Non-Profit Relief Program
   $250 Million is available to help Illinois non-profit organizations in need. For more details read below.
   Illinois Covid-19 Relief Fund for Non-Profits
   Illlinois Covid Response Fund Info


         More Covid-19 Financial and Personal Help Links
    Here are other links to help you with business and personal solutions like unemployment benefits and cabin fever for dealing with Covid-19 shutdowns and changes.

   Illinois Unemployment Benefits During Covid-19

      Tips for Approaching a Lender For Financial Help

                 Five Ways To Help Small Business Survive Coronavirus

        100 Things To Do If Trapped Inside Due to Epidemic


NABA Food Drive Another Success!

OPRF Food Pantry Delivery-Revised
Thanks to everyone who made this year’s NABA Food Drive another success.We would like to thank our sponsors, Minuteman Press of Oak Park at 6949 West North Avenue for printing flyers, Joan Hallagan of Hallagan’s Business Machines 6850 West North Avenue and Alan Gorstein of Almart Furniture at 7045 West North Avenue for offering their trucks for pickup and delivery.
  We also want to thank our drop off spot sponsors who collected food. They include Al-Mart Furniture & Bedding, 7045 W. North Avenue, Oak Park, Patti Serrelli of Serrelli’s Finer Foods 6458 W.North Avenue Chicago, Rupesh Papneja US Bank, 6700 W. North Avenue, Chicago and Zachary Marshall of US Bank, 6011 W. North Avenue, OakPark.
   Elizabeth Wilson Yu and the kids and parents of Master Yu Martial Arts came through big again with food and monetary donations. And first time participant Tom Casaccio of Fresh Market Foods at 6209 West North Avenue in Oak Park made a sizeable food donation. A “Special Thanks” also to Oak Park Dental Group at 7034 West North Avenue and One Magnificent Smile at 7020 West North Avenue for donating much needed toothbrushes and toothpaste. Please shop and support all these great businesses who support North Avenue.
    Not only did we make food donations but also financial donations of around $1500 dollars to the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry, 848 Lake Street, Oak Park 60301 & St. Cyprian’s Ecumenical Food Pantry, 6535 W. Irving Park Rd. Chicago, 60634.
    If you were unable to make a donation, you still can to either of these food banks. And I encourage everyone to take part in next year’s NABA Food Drive and future NABA community events. If we missed someone we’re sorry. Again thank you so much for your support.
      If you have questions call NABA President Lee Owens at 773-610-3800 or

Residents and Businesses Benefit From NABA Home and Business Safety Seminar

North Avenue residents and businesses got valuable information at the North Avenue Business Association’s Home and Business Safety Seminar January 27th  at Redeemer Church Chicago. Representatives of Village of Oak Park Emergency Preparedness, Chicago Police Department CAPS District 25, Illinois State’s Attorney Office and ADT Security showed valuable ways to keep North Avenue homes, families and businesses safe.

“All our presenters had  great information that will help everyone not only stay safe but save money on homeowners and business owners insurance.” said Lee Owens President of the North Avenue Business Association. “We hope to make this an annual event every January.”

NABA would like to thank the following sponsors and presenters for taking part.

ADT Security Systems

City of Chicago Police

Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office

Minuteman Press of Oak Park

Redeemer Church Chicago

Village of Oak Park Emergency Preparedness

What Goes with What Catering

Check here for information about next year’s event and future safety events. you can also send questions and comments to NABA at or NABA President Lee Owens at 773-610-3800.