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To prepare yourself before applying for a City of Chicago business license, you must first decide what type of business you are interested in starting. Prepare a business plan that will suit your short and long term goals.
We encourage you to visit BACP online for more information on business planning, connecting with resources and other important information to help you in being successful.
Join us in celebrating Chicago Small Business Week by supporting our local businesses and/or starting your own! Starting on April 30th, through May 4th, we will be highlighting the following businesses: Monday - Restaurants and other Retail Food establishments; Tuesday - General Retail Stores; Wednesday - Home Improvement technicians; Thursday - Bars and Breweries; and Friday – Emerging Businesses. Please follow us on social media, with #ChiBizBlooms, on Facebook (/ChiSmallBiz) and Twitter (@ChiSmallBiz).
A Navy Pier Vendor license is required for businesses located at Navy Pier engaged in sales of merchandise or food on indoor and/or outdoor pushcarts/kiosks, which are stationary and in the designated space as per the vendor's lease agreement with Navy Pier.
A “Pharmaceutical Representative” (MCC 4-6-310) – is a person who markets or promotes pharmaceuticals to health care professionals while both are within the City of Chicago for more than fifteen calendar days per year. Exemptions include: Medical Science Liaisons, Wholesale Distributors, and pharmaceutical representative managers or supervisors who do not interact directly with health care professionals while in the City of Chicago.
All Valet Parking Operator business license applications and communications will now be processed at the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection’s “Small Business Center” located at City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle Street, Room 800. Valet Parking Operator Licenses will no longer be accepted, transacted or processed at 2350 W Ogden.