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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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