Tag: support local

Calihan Catering receives $150k Business Interruption Grant

During a year of unprecedented challenges for businesses, North Branch Works has worked hard to identify and connect our members with local, city, state and federal grant opportunities.

Recently, we were thrilled to learn that Calihan Catering, a multi-generational family business on Goose Island with a thirty-five year history, received a $150k Business Interruption Grant (BIG) from the State of Illinois.

Along with this grant, Calihan Catering’s adjoining event space and sister business, Gallery 1028, obtained a $15k Business interruption Grant, raising the total amount of support to $165k.

It’s great news given that Calihan Catering’s business model is based upon large events bringing together between two and five thousand people and not easily adaptable to the current circumstances. This support is incredibly valuable given the uncertainty facing local businesses in the events space in planning for 2021.

Prior to the pandemic, Calihan Catering employed 176 people in high-quality jobs with family-sustaining wages. Although the business has been operating at 15% capacity, it’s expected these resources will help the business survive the worst of COVID-19.

Much like the assistance we provided to our members during the first round of the BIG program, we evaluated the criteria for the second round of BIG funding, determined the business was eligible, and encouraged Calihan Catering to pursue it. And like many of our member businesses, Calihan Catering promptly applied, resulting in a successful receipt of these grant awards.

The success of Calihan Catering’s application is a great example of the value in being part of North Branch Works’ network of member businesses and nonprofits as we regularly provide this type of assistance to our members.

We understand running a business requires your full attention and would love nothing more than to add value by advocating for your business needs, connecting you to city programs, helping you secure financial resources, and introducing you to fellow members for business opportunities that encourage local spending.

And while these grants will help Calihan Catering navigate the pandemic, there remains a need for regular business. If you’d like to experience Calihan Catering’s dynamic food, please contact Nash Calihan and his team at 312-587-3553, nash@calihancatering.com.

Let’s continue to support local businesses whenever possible in the North Branch community.

To join North Branch Works as a member, please contact Steve Simmons, 773-929-5552 x2226, steve@northbranchworks.org

Image credits: Calihan Catering

Rockwell on the River hosts Logan Square Farmers Market starting Dec. 13

In a major win for neighborhood economic development along the North Branch, the Logan Square Farmers Market will relocate for the winter to Rockwell on the River in Avondale, opening for business on Sunday, Dec. 13th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Farmers Market will operate from this location on Sundays until March 28, 2021 and follow strict COVID-19 protocols such as requiring masks and social distancing.

Rockwell on the River is located about a mile from Logan Square on Rockwell Street in between Belmont and Elston Avenues and accessible via the CTA #76 Diversey and CTA #77 Belmont buses.

Because Rockwell on the River generously provided two warehouses (3029 and 3031 N. Rockwell Street), you can take comfort knowing the space has over 17,000 square feet for vendors and customers to safely spread out.

And if you go, please keep in mind that the first hour (9-10 a.m.) is reserved for shoppers with high-risk.

North Branch Works is thrilled to welcome the Logan Square Farmers Market to our service area. It’s a great example of the opportunities we regularly identify and pursue for our business and nonprofit members and our work to promote spending at locally owned neighborhood businesses whenever possible.

In this case, we already happen to partner closely with the Logan Square Chamber of Commerce and Rockwell on the River, a dedicated North Branch Works member. Upon learning the Farmers Market needed a new space for the winter, we connected these two incredible organizations leading up to this exciting news.

We highly recommend visiting Rockwell on the River before and/or after going to the Farmers Market. A dynamic food and events destination, Rockwell on the River is home to many wonderful family-owned businesses such as Metropolitan Brewing, Metropolis Coffee, and Judson and Moore Distillery.

And by going for a short walk north on Rockwell Street, you can easily stop by businesses such as Guild Row Chicago, Bash Sports Academy, and the Alley Chicago. Please visit and support these businesses.

It’s exciting the Logan Square Farmers Market is coming to such a growing and thriving part of Avondale. We see this development as an incredible opportunity for existing businesses and the Logan Square Farmers Market to successfully grow their businesses.

And these types of partnerships support our vision for the North Branch of the Chicago River, which would bring many benefits to the city including thriving businesses, high-quality jobs, and sustainable economic development.