This is the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) resources page for City of Chicago Businesses, Consumers and Employees impacted by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Outbreak.
BACP is working with Federal, State and County agencies to provide business support options, and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) to communicate updated guidance for the businesses, consumers and employees affected by this crisis.
This is a rapidly evolving situation, and this page will be updated regularly with new resources. For up-to-date health guidance, please visit www.chicago.gov/coronavirus.
||UPDATES & RESOURCES FOR BUSINESSES
For the latest information on Chicago's reopening guidelines, visit chicago.gov/reopening.
- May 13, 2021 | City announces move to Chicago Bridge Phase
- December 16, 2020 | City extends regulatory relief into 2021
- July 31, 2020 | Mayor Lightfoot, BACP and CDOT Announce Expansion of Outdoor Dining Program
- Restaurant Revitalization Fund | The Restaurant Revitalization Fund will provide funding to restaurants, bars, food trucks, caterers and other qualifying businesses that continue to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is accepting applications beginning May 3, 2021 - applications can be made directly to the SBA or through SBA-recognized Point of Sale (POS) vendors such as Square, Toast, Clover, NCR Corporation (Aloha), and Oracle.
- Shuttered Venue Operators Grant | The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant is designed to provide emergency assistance to venue that have been greatly impacted by COVID-19. Applications are available today via the SBA’s online portal.
- Paycheck Protection Program | The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) provides loans to help businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Borrowers may be eligible for PPP loan forgiveness. Applications will be accepted until May 31, 2021 - application can be made through participating lenders.
- Reopening Chicago | The City of Chicago has developed detailed industry guidance for businesses to operate under Phase Four of the Reopening Framework.
- Health Resources | The Chicago Department of Public Health has a series of resources to assist residents and businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Resource Navigators | The City of Chicago has established Small Business Resource Navigators to provide 1:1 assistance to small businesses looking for support during this difficult time.
- Business Education Webinars | BACP is hosting a series of webinars to provide supportive resources to businesses and workers during the COVID-19 outbreak.
- COVID-19 Surcharges | Businesses may increase their prices a reasonable amount due to COVID-19. However, this price increase must be disclosed prior to purchase, and businesses cannot claim that this surchage is a tax. Furthermore, please read the Department of Finance's Restaurant Tax Guidance for COVID-19 Surcharges.
- Business Licensing | As the Department of Public Health recommends Social Distancing, BACP wants to remind business owners of the availability of online resources to support licensing.