Business and Employment

Applying for Unemployment

If you've lost your job due to the COVID-19 Crisis, you can apply for unemployment through the State of Illinois Department of Employment Services. Along with your personal and background information, you need the following documents and information on hand to complete your application: 

  • Drivers license or state ID
  • Current residential and mailing address
  • Social security number
  • Last dates of employment
  • Number of days worked during the last employment period
  • Number of weeks earning $484 or more during last employment period


Employment Opportunities

Select industries, including healthcare, customer service, logistics, store operations, and facility management, are hiring during the COVID19 crisis. If you are looking for work, see positions available on Skills for Chicagoland’s Future and the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership.

Financial Relief

If your small business is strained by COVID-19, you may be eligible for City, State, or Federal funds (loans or grants). The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) COVID-19 Resource Center has the most up-to-date resources for businesses. On this site, you'll find:

  • News and policy that impact small businesses
  • Emergency financing information and applications (neighborhood, city, state, and federal resources)
  • Options for 1:1 support, through the resource navigator
  • Information about workshop webinars


Health and Safety

Businesses should implement flexible sick leave policies and social distancing measures to protect employees and customers. Get the most updated guidance from the Chicago Department of Public Health.