Community Events Give Back
Our neighborhood is well-known in Chicago for its special events. From Strolls and Crawls to Runs and Festivals, there's never a weekend with nothing to do. The LSRCC plans many of these events, all of which are designed to direct traffic to local business and improve the community. Explore the ways we give back using the tabs below.
Why does LSRCC conduct special events?
Our special events are designed to draw awareness to Lincoln Square and Ravenswood, and to support local business. Businesses who participate in LSRCC events have the chance to market, network, and make a profit at the same time. Businesses who don't participate can still see spillover benefits from all the potential customers our events draw to the neighborhood.
What events does LSRCC organize?
The following events are organized by the LSRCC:
- Winter Brew, January
- Wine Stroll, April & November
- Kids in the Square, May
- Summer Concert Series, June - August
- Shop Small Thursdays, June - August
- Thursday Evening Farmers Market, June - October
- Square Roots, July
- Apple Fest, October
- LSR Restaurant Week, October
- Halloween Happenings, October
- Small Business Saturday, November
- Unwrap LSR, December
How does LSRCC work with local businesses?
The LSRCC offers local businesses a variety of membership packages to choose from based on their needs. LSRCC members receive help marketing their business, obtaining permits and licenses, networking with peers, and learning new skills at trainings and workshops. For complete details on membership click here.
How many businesses participate in LSRCC events?
Some LSRCC events involve many businesses, while some others are more exclusive. Small events like Kids in the Square and Wine Stroll may have 25 to 40 local businesses involved, while larger street festivals such as Apple Fest and Square Roots tend to have 50 to 80 businesses. Each of our Event pages contains more details on the kinds of businesses who typically participate.
How many people attend LSRCC events?
The LSRCC organizes events both large and small. Attendance at a Spring Wine Stroll might be about 500 people, for instance, while larger events like Square Roots can draw as many as 28,000.
Why should I donate at the gate of a street festival?
Any time we ask for a gate donation, your dollars go toward one of the following:
- Event Logistics (cleaning crew, trash removal, hired security, stages/sound equipment, entertainment, tents/canopies, restroom services, management company, traffic signage, permits/licenses, electricity, and more)
- Volunteer Grant Donations (supporting local non-profits)
- Neighborhood Landscaping (enhanced planters, hanging lamp post planters, weeding, and more)
- Business Community Marketing (street pole banners, online advertising, print advertising, and more)
Board Director Dave Zibell, Director of Marketing at the Old Town School of Folk Music, explained our donation strategy in a recent interview with Crain's Chicago Business.
Which non-profits benefit from LSRCC events?
Running a community event is often harder than it looks! Luckily, the LSRCC receives a lot of help from community volunteers. Our Volunteer Grant Program provides a financial reward, funded by gate donations, for local non-profit organizations help staff our events. Recent beneficiaries of this Program include:
- Chase Park Advisory Council,
- Common Pantry,
- Community Christian Church,
- DANK Haus German-American Cultural Center,
- Lincoln Square Friendship Center,
- Neighborhood Boy and Girls Club,
- Old Town School of Folk Music,
- St. Benedict Preparatory School,
- Saint Matthias, and
- Waters Today.
For more details on the Volunteer Grant Program or to learn how to get involved, contact us.
To which public projects does LSRCC contribute?
Creating a thriving business community is of the utmost importance to the LSRCC. Using revenue generated by special events, the LSRCC regularly contributes to landscaping projects and community services to make our neighborhood more attractive for commerce. These currently include:
- Enhanced landscaped planters along Lincoln, Western and Lawrence Avenues
- Select public trash receptacle pick-ups to supplement discontinued city services
"On-Deck" projects include:
- Hanging, landscaped street lamp baskets for Lincoln Avenue between Lawrence and Foster
- Sitting areas along Western and Lincoln Avenues
- Redesign of the CTA Western Brown Line Station Plaza and walkway under the tracks
To which other activities does LSRCC contribute?
Local food pantry Lincoln Square Friendship Center awarded donation for participating in the Square Roots Chicago Volunteer Grant Program.
Contributions made to enhance landscaping initiatives provided by Special Service Area #21 - Lincoln Square.
Hanging flower baskets for Lincoln Avenue between Lawrence and Foster Avenues currently being planned and funded through special event revenue.
Festive decorations purchased and installed through special event revenue to increase holiday shopping foot-traffic.