Chicago Business Licensing
$25 UPFRONT FEE REQUIRED FOR ONLINE LICENSE APPLICATIONS
License applications made online will be assessed a non-refundable upfront $25 application fee. The upfront fee will be applied towards the final license cost.
The upfront fee enables the City to conduct its personalized application review process while ensuring reduced wait times for online applicants. Applications made in person at the Small Business Center are not assessed the upfront fee.
CURRENT ESTIMATED WALK-IN WAIT TIMES
Wait times may vary based on services requested.
Visit the Small Business Center to receive a ticket with your place in line. You may also obtain a ticket remotely before you arrive for certain services. Check estimated walk-in wait times before obtaining your ticket remotely, as you must be present in the Small Business Center when your ticket is called.
| Small Business Center
121 North LaSalle Street, 8th Floor, Room 800
Chicago, IL 60602
Monday through Friday; 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
312.74.GOBIZ (744.6249) or 312.744.1944 for TTY