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an expiration date on or after March 15, 2020 will hereby be considered active until 30 days after this ordinance is repealed.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

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

Food and beverage businesses that generated less than $1M in revenue and hotels that generated less than $8M in revenue in 2019 are eligible to apply to Governor Pritzker's Illinois Emergency Business Assistance Initiative, which is awarding lottery grants on April 4. Applications close tomorrow at 5PM.

Posted: Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Applications for the Chicago Small Business Resiliency Fund are now live! Loan applications will be administered through the City's Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) partners.

Posted: Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by directing $349 billion towards job retention and business operating expenses. If all employees are kept on payroll for eight weeks, SBA will forgive the portion of the loans used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. Up to 100 percent of the loan is forgivable.

Posted: Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses. Here are the questions you may be asking — and what you need to know, brought to you by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Posted: Monday, March 30, 2020

In response to the excessive gatherings of people along Chicago's Lakefront, Riverwalk and 606 Trail this week, effective immediately, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot has issued an executive order closing these spaces to the public until further notice. The Mayor made the announcement alongside city officials and mayors from surrounding communities that are also grappling with the issue of social and congregate gatherings in their communities while the state’s ‘Stay at Home’ order is in effect.

Posted: Thursday, March 26, 2020

Food and beverage businesses that generated less than $1M in revenue and hotels that generated less than $8M in revenue in 2019 are eligible to apply to Governor Pritzker's Illinois Emergency Business Assistance Initiative, which is awarding lottery grants on April 4.

Posted: Thursday, March 26, 2020

In an effort to help businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today announced an expansive series of measures waiving various County fines, fees and deferring tax collections.

Posted: Thursday, March 26, 2020

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) Commissioner Rosa Escareno today announced guidance for Chicago’s residents to be aware of and avoid consumer fraud related to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, including false advertising, phishing and price gouging. Following an increase in reports of fraudulent practices, BACP is reminding consumers to report suspicious consumer fraud activity to 311.

Posted: Wednesday, March 25, 2020

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