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Chicago Business Resources

The Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) ensures a fair and vibrant market place for both businesses and consumers. BACP assist new and existing small businesses to succeed by providing access to important information, supportive services such as free workshops, seminars & connecting businesses to other important business resources.

Small Business Center (SBC)
An efficient resource for city information. SBC redesigned their website so information is easy to find. It takes only one click to have easy access to many resources such as financial resources that the City of Chicago provides.

City of Chicago Home Page

311 City Services

BACP's Business Resources

Business License
Three Simple Steps to Obtain a Business License
Schedule an Appointment with a Business Consultant
Free Business Counseling at BACP Solution Station
Business Outreach & Education
Monthly Business Education & Workshop Schedules
Apply for a Business License Online
Renew your Business License Online
Business License Look Up
Restaurant Start-Up Program
Intro to License
Business License Forms
Changes to your Business License
Business License Exemptions
Public Way Use
Investigations and Inspections
Hearing and Disciplinary Actions

Liquor Licenses
Chicago's Quick Guide to Liquor Licensing
Classes of Liquor Licenses
Liquor License Forms
Liquor Moratorium / Vote Dry Area Look-Up

New American Small Business Series
Mobile Food Vendor Licenses
Mobile Vehicle Operator Fire Safety Class
Public Vehicles

Available Properties in Chicago

is an online real estate mapping tool that helps businesses find & advertise available properties in Chicago. Great resource for businesses looking for retail or office space in the City.

Zoning Resources

Business License Zoning Reference Guide
Zoning Code Text
Zoning Interactive Map: Search Location Zoning Ordinance

Near South Wards

3rd Ward: Alderman Pat Dowell
4th Ward: Alderman TBD
11th Ward: Alderman Patrick Thompson
25th Ward: Alderman Daniel S. Solis
42nd Ward: Alderman Brendan Reilly

For more information about BACP please visit our BACP Page or visit BACP's official website at
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