Effective immediately, there will temporarily be restricted access to the downtown area from 8PM to 6AM beginning this evening. The restricted access to the downtown area is not a curfew. Businesses are not required to close, taxi and ride-hail service can continue, and residents and workers will have access to the downtown area during this time through specific access points. However, businesses throughout the city should take extra precautions and work with their local Chicago Police District to determine area concerns.

Posted: Monday, August 10, 2020

Please be advised that the restricted overnight access to the downtown area will continue through the weekend. Restricted access will be in place from 9PM to 6AM each night, ending at 6AM on Monday, August 17. The restricted access to the downtown area is not a curfew. Businesses are not required to close, taxi and ride-hail service can continue, and residents and workers will have access to the downtown area during this time through specific access points. However, businesses throughout the city should take extra precautions and work with their local Chicago Police District to determine area concerns.

Posted: Monday, August 10, 2020

The City has announced that three companies have been granted permission to operate shared e-scooters in a pilot launching August 12. This year’s pilot, run by the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), has new, stricter rules, including a requirement that scooters be locked to a fixed object at the end of every trip. At the end of the four-month pilot, the City will evaluate whether shared e-scooters should be part of Chicago’s future.

Posted: Monday, August 10, 2020

Starting tomorrow at 11AM, dine out on #FultonMarket as the historical corridor joins the Outdoor Dining Pilot! Some restaurants between Halsted and Morgan will have expanded sidewalk cafes Friday-Sunday until 11PM. All patrons are asked to observe COVID-19 precautions. Enjoy!

Posted: Friday, August 7, 2020

Be advised that on July 22, 2020, the Chicago City Council passed Ordinance 2020-2915, a COVID-19 emergency-related measure to extend licenses that expire during the pandemic.

Posted: Friday, July 24, 2020

Please join 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett, Jr. and the West Loop Community Organization (WLCO) for a community meeting regarding the proposed development at 1012-1024 W. Randolph St. and 147-155 N. Carpenter St.: a 5-story office/retail building approximately 80-feet tall.

Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) announced a re-tightening of COVID-19 restrictions for bars, restaurants, gyms and personal services as a precautionary move in response to a recent increase in community cases of the virus.

Posted: Monday, July 20, 2020

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.

Posted: Thursday, July 2, 2020

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.

Posted: Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Through the summer, some restaurants have expanded sidewalk cafes. All patrons are asked to observe health guidelines whenever possible. Be safe and enjoy!

Posted: Thursday, June 25, 2020

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.

Posted: Monday, June 22, 2020

Mayor Lightfoot announced that, beginning Wednesday, June 17, bars, lounges, taverns, breweries and other drinking establishments that sell alcohol for on-site consumption without a Retail Food License will be able to open for outdoor service only.

Posted: Monday, June 15, 2020

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot along with the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) and Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) today introduced an ordinance to remove regulatory burdens and provide financial relief to restaurants seeking to operate outdoors during phase three of the City’s ‘Protecting Chicago’ re-opening framework ‘Cautiously Reopen.’

Posted: Friday, June 12, 2020

Please be advised that we're expecting large public assemblies within and passing through the West Loop neighborhood today, tomorrow, and possibly Sunday. There is a 3:00PM rally today at the Fraternal Order of Police headquarters (1412 West Washington Boulevard), and there is a 10:00AM protest tomorrow beginning at Union Park moving downtown. While routes have been formally approved for Washington and Randolph Street, it is possible smaller crowds may break off onto side streets. This note is not an expectation of unrest.

Posted: Friday, June 5, 2020

Based on our progress on several key health metrics, the City is poised to transition from phase two (“Stay-at-Home”) to phase three (“Cautiously Reopen”), as outlined in the updated “Protecting Chicago” framework, tomorrow, Wednesday, June 3. Here's what you need to know.

Posted: Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Visit westloop.org/propertycrime to view mapped reports of incidents. This map is new and will be updated as we receive information. If a crime is progress, report it to 911. Then, email info@westloop.org with the incident location, what happened, and what kinds of repairs will be needed. If you have documentation, like pictures of videos, please attach them with any other relevant information.

Posted: Monday, June 1, 2020

Today, the City of Chicago announced new precautionary measures to further ensure the health and safety of residents and the hundreds of peaceful protestors participating in rallies. As part of these efforts, the City announced that multiple routes to the Central Business District will be temporarily reduced today following multiple public safety incidents and property damage that occurred overnight.

Posted: Sunday, May 31, 2020

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced that Chicago is on track to transition to Phase 3 of the “Protecting Chicago” framework and will begin re-opening on Wednesday, June 3. Cautiously reopening in Phase 3 will still require strict physical distancing but will begin to allow for some industries to start reopening in consideration of various epidemiological factors.

Posted: Friday, May 29, 2020

Please join 25th Ward Alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez, the 25th Ward Zoning Advisory Board, and local community groups for a virtual community meeting to review and discuss the proposed development at 19 North May Street.

Posted: Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Mayor Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced that Chicago is on track to be ready to move to phase three of its reopening framework in early June. Based on our progress on several key health metrics, the City is poised to transition from phase two (“Stay-at-Home”) to phase three (“Cautiously Reopen”), as outlined in the updated “Protecting Chicago” framework, sometime in early June.

Posted: Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Please be advised that on May 20, 2020, the Chicago City Council passed Ordinance 2020-2372, a COVID-19 emergency-related measure to extend the licenses that expire during the pandemic. Licenses issued by the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (“BACP”) under Title 4 or Title 9 of the Municipal Code of Chicago (“MCC”) with an expiration date on or after March 15, 2020 will hereby be considered active until 30 days after this ordinance is repealed.

Posted: Thursday, May 21, 2020

Building on a robust, statewide effort to ensure Illinois can safely reopen and following the data, science, and guidance from public health experts and stakeholders across the state, Governor Pritzker announced updates to Phase 3 of the state's "Restore Illinois" plan.

Posted: Wednesday, May 20, 2020

On Monday, May 18, 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett, Jr. will host a community meeting regarding the proposed zoning change for the property located at 1152 W. Randolph. The zoning change is for a C1-3 to a Type 1, DX-3 with FAR of 3.0.

Posted: Monday, May 11, 2020

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, alongside the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), recently announced the “Protecting Chicago” framework that the City will be using to guide Chicago’s reopening process amid COVID-19. The framework — organized into five phases in alignment with the State of Illinois’ “Restore Illinois” plan — will advise Chicagoans on how to safely exit from shelter-in-place while continuing to prioritize the health of our most vulnerable residents.

Posted: Monday, May 11, 2020

The City of Chicago has partnered with the University of Chicago Booth School of Business to understand the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Illinois small businesses and what the city and state governments can do to help affected businesses recover.

Posted: Monday, May 4, 2020

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