Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are announcing COVID-19 resurgence mitigations will be implemented in Region 11, the City of Chicago, beginning at 12:01 am on Friday, October 30, 2020.

Posted: Wednesday, October 28, 2020

This morning, on Friday, October 23 at 6AM, new regulations for non-essential businesses went into effect to help manage a second wave of COVID-19 cases in the Chicago region. The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection is holding a webinar to provide an overview of these new regulations today at 2PM.

Posted: Friday, October 23, 2020

Non-essential business curfew to be in effect from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am, and bars to close for indoor service. Targeted restrictions will be in effect for at least two weeks to manage second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted: Thursday, October 22, 2020

Please join 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett, Jr. and the West Loop Community Organization for a virtual community meeting to review and discussed the proposed planned development at 213-223 N Racine.

Posted: Thursday, October 15, 2020

Please join 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett, Jr. and the West Loop Community Organization for a virtual community meeting to review and discussed the proposed planned development at 1330-1364 W Washington / 100-138 N Ada / 1349-1389 W Randolph.

Posted: Thursday, October 1, 2020

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) today announced that Chicago has made sufficient progress in the fight against COVID-19 to ease certain restrictions on businesses. Effective Thursday, October 1, new guidelines for businesses will come into effect.

Posted: Monday, September 28, 2020

Did you know the U.S. Small Business Administration has a regional office located at 500 West Madison? We also have a certified Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at 855 West Adams.

Posted: Thursday, September 24, 2020

Today, the grand jury overseeing the killing of Breonna Taylor involving 3 Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) officers announced wanton endangerment charges against 1 of the officers. At the request of the Chicago Police Department (CPD), we are preemptively sharing the below public safety reminders in the event of any local civil unrest.

Posted: Wednesday, September 23, 2020

September 22 isn't just the Fall Equinox; today marks the ninth annual National Voter Registration Day! So we're taking a moment to share some important voting resources with the community, as casting your ballot this year may look a little different.

Posted: Tuesday, September 22, 2020




















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As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration and its cosponsors will host special webinars this Thursday and Friday, September 24-25, 2020, for small businesses and their employees in the construction, supply, and service sectors.






















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Posted: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

This year’s National Small Business Week activities will include numerous educational panels providing retooling and innovative practices for entrepreneurs as our nation’s small businesses look to pivot and recover, contributing to a stronger economy. The event will recognize the national award winners, including the naming of the National Small Business Person of the Year.

Posted: Monday, September 21, 2020

The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) will begin accepting applications for the second round of BIG funds tomorrow afternoon, Thursday, September 17. To help you prepare for your application, see this post for guidance.

Posted: Wednesday, September 16, 2020

While CPD does not expect civil unrest to occur, in light of yesterday’s shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, WI, some public safety precautions are in place this evening from 8PM-5AM tomorrow morning. There are currently no changes to public transportation and no access points in place for Downtown.

Posted: Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Please join 25th Ward Alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez and the 25th Ward Zoning Advisory Board for a virtual community meeting regarding the proposed development at 1130-1144 West Monroe Street (WNDR Museum).

Posted: Monday, August 24, 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: Thursday, August 13, 2020

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

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

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