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

On Thursday, April 23, Governor Pritzker announced an extension of the Illinois Stay-at-Home Order to May 30. Under this extension, these listed modifications to the Stay-at-Home Order come into effect on May 1.

Posted: Monday, April 27, 2020

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced today that the current "stay at home" order will be extended with modification through May 30 at a signing next week. All Illinois residents will continue to be prohibited from certain activities, and non-essential businesses will still remain closed. Most individuals unable to maintain social distancing in public will be required to wear face coverings. Phased re-opening of the state will commence thereafter.

Posted: Thursday, April 23, 2020

Applications for the Chicago Small Business Resiliency Fund close tomorrow, Friday, April 24. Loan applications will be administered through the City's Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) partners.

Posted: Thursday, April 23, 2020

The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) has complied this list of private grant resources for eligible small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted: Wednesday, April 22, 2020

The West Loop Community Organization (WLCO) will hold alternative programming throughout the month of June.

Posted: Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Watch WLCO's Loan & Financial Assistance Webinar hosted Friday, April 10 at 9AM about what loan programs and financial assistance are available to small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted: Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Please join us Friday, April 10 at 9AM for a free webinar about what loan programs and financial assistance are available to small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted: Thursday, April 9, 2020

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) today announced a temporary Public Health Order prohibiting all liquor sales citywide after 9 PM each evening as part of the latest measure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Chicago’s communities.

Posted: Thursday, April 9, 2020

The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) is moving its free business education workshops online during the COVID-19 pandemic. Register in advance through the department website.

Posted: Tuesday, April 7, 2020

This program enables small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing and can be a term loans or used to bridge the gap while applying for a direct SBA Economic Injury Disaster loan.

Posted: Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Non-profit organization Accion assembled this cheatsheet for comparing some of the financial assistance available to businesses impacted by COVID-19 across the city, state, and national levels. Make sure your information is up to date!

Posted: Monday, April 6, 2020

The Illinois Department of Commerce has assembled a list of federal and state programs its encourages businesses to take advantage of, covering small to large businesses, personal protective equipment (PPE) facilitation, and more.

Posted: Friday, April 3, 2020

Recommended Guidance for Preventing Spread of COVID-19 in Grocery Stores, a novel coronavirus that has emerged and caused coronavirus disease. Public health experts continue to learn about SARS-CoV-2, but based on current data and similar coronaviruses, spread from person-to-person happens most frequently among close contacts (those within about six feet) via respiratory droplets.

Posted: Thursday, April 2, 2020

Today is National Census Day! By April 1, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. When you respond to the census, you'll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of today, April 1, 2020.

Posted: Wednesday, April 1, 2020

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