Established in 1991, The West Loop Community Organization (WLCO) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit delegate agency of the City of Chicago. Coordinating public planning, supporting economic development, and cultivating community programming within the West Loop are among our active responsibilities. We provide valuable assistance to area residents and businesses by serving as a liaison to municipal departments, assisting businesses with a variety of licensing and permitting requests, and issuing recommendations on proposed developments in the area.

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  • Phase 4 BACP Liquor License Requirements

    Phase 4 BACP Liquor License Requirements

    Posted on 07/02/2020

    COVID-19

    The enforcement team of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) is prepared to take appropriate action this weekend to enforce the phase four guidance. Citations for violating the requirements to socially distance, wear face coverings and limit capacity can lead to fines of up to $10,000 and we will not hesitate to issue citations. And, in egregious cases, they will be issuing immediate closures. Let’s not be a reason COVID cases increase this weekend.

  • $56M Grant To Workforce Partnership To Bolster Contact Tracing

    $56M Grant To Workforce Partnership To Bolster Contact Tracing

    Posted on 07/01/2020

    COVID-19

    Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced the City has awarded a $56 million grant to Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (The Partnership), in collaboration with the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, NORC at the University of Chicago, Malcolm X College – one of the City Colleges of Chicago – and Sinai Urban Health Institute, to carry out contact tracing services in Chicago, with an effort based in communities most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Randolph Street Outdoor Dining Pilot Begins Tomorrow
  • Phase 4 Begins Friday, June 26

    Phase 4 Begins Friday, June 26

    Posted on 06/22/2020

    COVID-19

    Mayor Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Public Health announced that Chicago is ready to move to phase four of the “Protecting Chicago” reopening framework on Friday, June 26. Under this phase, most Chicago businesses can open under limited capacity with appropriate safeguards in place. Specifically, most businesses will be subject to a 25% capacity limit, with a maximum of 50 people in indoor spaces and 100 outdoors.

  • City of Chicago Announces Bars Can Re-Open Wednesday, June 17

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