Business Resources

City of Chicago Resources

CITY OF CHICAGO Apply or Renew Your Business License Online – The City of Chicago’s Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) provides a fast and easy online application to streamline your renewal and application process. Click here to begin your application or renewal process. Call BACP at (312) 744-4006.

CITY OF CHICAGO Small Business Center

Finances, Loans – The Office of the City Treasurer manages the Small Business Loan Program and keeps a list of the participating banks. The Treasurer’s Office hosts a yearly Small Business Expo, a business plan writing competition, and a mentorship program connecting you to Chicago business leaders from sectors as diverse as banking, technology, manufacturing and the environment. Call the Treasurer’s Office at (312) 744-3356.

Free Business Education Workshops –
 Business Licensing and Affairs hosts dozens of free business education workshops every month covering a variety of topics, including: marketing, website creation, financial resource connection, writing a business plan, certification with the City of Chicago and MBE/WBE, and more. Monthly calendars are available here. Call BACP at (312) 744-4006.

D/M/WBE Certification –
Learn how to become a certified Disadvantaged/Minority/Women-owned Business Enterprise with the City of Chicago through the Department of Procurement Services. Call them at (312) 744-4900.

License and Permit Information –  BACP licenses businesses and public vehicles, provides an online business license look-up database, runs public way use programs, and more. To secure a permit (repair/replace, demolition, new construction, etc.) contact the Department of Buildings. Use their online “Easy Permit Process” to access the list of permits with streamlined applications, including sign, canopy, repair/replace. Call Department of Business at (312) 743-3600.

Restaurant Resource Center Do you own a restaurant? Are you thinking about opening one? Visit BACP’s Restaurant Resource Center to apply or renew your license, read info about liquor licenses, review sanitation and safety requirements and checklists, view results of health inspections, connect to the Illinois Restaurant Association and more! Call BACP at (312) 744-4006.

Starting Your Own Business – BACP’s Business Resource Center connects you to licensing information, a business resource list and a downloadable Guide to Starting a Business. Call BACP at (312) 744-4006.

Zoning – Is your business located in a TIF? What uses are allowed on your property? The Department of Zoning and Land Use Planning‘s website provides an interactive zoning map of the City of Chicago that answers all these questions and more. Contact a zoning liaison to ask specific zoning questions at (312) 744-5777.


For more information on City departments and services, contact 3-1-1, your local Alderman, or visit

State of Illinois Resources


The State of Illinois’ Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is the lead state agency responsible for improving Illinois’ competitiveness in the global economy. Guided by an innovative regional approach, DCEO administers a wide range of economic and workforce development programs, services and initiatives designed to create and retain high quality jobs and build strong communities.  DCEO leads the Illinois economic development process in partnership with businesses, local governments, workers and families.

Business Development – DCEO Business Development liaisons can connect you to a variety of loan programs, tax assistance, tax structure resources and more available for your business. Click here to view information.

Entrepreneurship and Small Business – DCEO’s Illinois Entrepreneurship Network provides assistance for financing, business planning, marketing and product development, training, business assessment, counseling and networking and much more. Find a list of local Entrepreneurship Center, Small Business Development Centers, International Trade Centers, Manufacturing Extension Centers and much more.

Workforce Development – The Bureau of Workforce Development is committed to encouraging statewide economic development by cultivating a well-trained workforce. A comprehensive list of employee/employer resources is available.
Technology – The Bureau of Technology and Industrial Competitiveness helps Illinois businesses, entrepreneurs and citizens to success in a changing economy by: developing the skills of their workers; promoting safe and healthy workplaces; assisting in the commercialization of new technologies; and providing access to modernizing technologies and practices.
For more information and a full list of services and resources available from DCEO, please call (312) 814-7179 or contact DCEO’s Northeastern Illinois Regional Manager, Robert Anderson at (312) 814-7129.

Federal Government Resources


The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. We recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America’s future, and to helping the United States compete in today’s global marketplace. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Guam.

Small Business Planner – Plan, start, manage or close your business with SBA’s Small Business Planner. Receive assistance to write a business plan, buy a franchise, secure licenses and permits, pay taxes, find a mentor, market and sell your business, file bankruptcy, sell your business and much more.

Grow and Expand Your Business SBA programs and services support you, the small business person. Learn about SBA-backed loans, government contracting opportunities, disaster assistance and training programs to help your business succeed.

Increase Your Knowledge and ProductivitySBA’s Business Tool Kit provides you with a wealth of information unique to small business through monthly chat events, electronic newsletters, podcasts and a myriad of business resources to support your business needs.

For more information, call SBA’s Chicago office at (312) 353-4528.

Aldermanic Offices

Ward 1
Alderman Joe Moreno
Office: 2058 N. Western Avenue Chicago, IL 60647
Phone: 773.278.0101
Fax: 773.278.2541
City Hall Office: 121 N. La Salle Room 300, Office 5
Chicago, IL 60602
City Hall Phone: 312.744.3063 312.744.3074

Ward 30
Alderman Ariel E. Reboyras
Office: 3559 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60641
Phone: 773.794.3095
Fax: 773.794.8576
City Hall Office: 121 N. LaSalle St. Room 203
Chicago, IL 60602
City Hall Phone: 312.744.3304

Ward 31
Alderman Ray Suarez
Office: 4502 W. Fullerton Ave. Chicago, IL 60639
Phone: 773.486.6488
City Hall Office: 121 N. La Salle Room 203, Office 19 Chicago, IL 60602
City Hall Phone: 312.744.6102 312.744.6123

Ward 33
Alderman Deborah Mell
Office: 3649 N. Kedzie Ave Chicago, IL 60618
Phone: 773.478.8040
Fax: 773.478.8006

Ward 35
Alderman Rey Colón
Office: 2710 N. Sawyer Ave. Chicago, IL 60647
Phone: 773.365.3535
Fax: 773.365.7391
City Hall Office: 121 N. LaSalle Room 203, Office 18 Chicago, IL 60602
City Hall Phone: 312.744.6835

Ward 39
Alderman Margaret Laurino
Office: 4404 West Lawrence Avenue Chicago, IL 60630
Phone: 773.736.5594
Fax: 773.736.2333
City Hall Office: 121 N. La Salle Room 300 Chicago, IL 60602
City Hall Phone: 312.744.7242

Ward 47
Alderman Ameya Pawar
Office: 4243 N. Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60618
Phone: 773.868.4747
Fax: 773.549.4757
City Hall Office: 121 N. La Salle Room 200 Chicago, IL 60602
City Hall Phone: 312.744.0446

Ward 38
Timothy M. Cullerton
Office: 6622 W. Irving Park. Chicago, IL 60634
Phone: 773.545.3838
Fax: 773.283.3343
City Hall Office: 121 N. LaSalle Street Room 203, Office 12 Chicago, IL 60602
City Hall Phone: 312.744.6811/312.744.6812