Chicago Hospitality Grant Program

The City of Chicago has launched the Chicago Hospitality Grant Program as part of its emergency COVID-19 relief package for the hospitality industry. This $10 million grant program is targeted towards Chicago’s restaurants and bars that continue to face significant challenges due to the COVID-19 crisis. Opening for applications this month, the Chicago Hospitality Grant Program will reallocate CARES Act funding to supplement state and federal relief programs with grants of $10,000 to independent bars and restaurants throughout Chicago that have been adversely impacted by COVID-19 and the State’s mitigation measures. 

"As we navigate the second surge of COVID-19

I am committed to using every available resource to its maximum potential to protect our residents and support our businesses,” said Mayor Lightfoot. “Our hospitality industry is at a crossroads and we each have a role to play in helping our bars and restaurants survive. This City relief package will help, but we still need all residents to wear a mask, social distance, avoid gathering in large groups and wash their hands. When we all do our part to bring cases down, we not only save lives but also ensure that our businesses can reopen quickly and safely.”

The new Chicago Hospitality Grant Program has been designed to supplement existing federal and state financial programs

by providing emergency relief to bars and restaurants that have been most affected by the COVID-19 crisis. The $10 million program is funded through a reallocation of CARES Act funds from the Chicago Small Business Resiliency Fund. The allocation of these funds will receive an equity lens that considers businesses applying from low- and moderate-income Community Areas. Grants will be distributed via lottery to recipients throughout the city.

"Chicago’s hospitality industry has been decimated by COVID-19

and we must do everything in our power as a City to support these independent bars and restaurants,” said Rosa Escareno, Commissioner of the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection. “This relief fund represents the latest in the City’s ongoing commitment to lessen the pain for our business community while making sure thousands of hospitality workers receive the support they need.”

To help bars and restaurants apply for the new Chicago Hospitality Grant Program, the City will be hosting a series of webinars over the next few weeks. To register and learn more, visit chicago.gov/businesseducation. Additionally, the City is directing businesses to apply for grants through the State of Illinois Business Interruption Grant Program (BIG). Applications are available today at illinois.gov/dceo.