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The Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) ensures a fair and vibrant market place for both businesses and consumers. BACP licenses businesses and public vehicles, provides business education and access to resources, enforces the Municipal Code, and protects consumers from fraud.


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Alerts (Business Affairs and Consumer Protection)

Severe Alert Jul 30, 2014 Know Before You Swipe! Paying for a Cab with a Credit or Debit Card
Severe Alert Jun 3, 2014 Sixth Infant Death Reported in Nap Nanny Product
High Alert Aug 22, 2014 Consumer Alert: Rogue Tow Companies Take Advantage of Disabled Vehicles
High Alert Aug 12, 2014 Know Before You Book A Vacation Rental
High Alert Jul 25, 2014 Know Before you Ride

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Most Recent News (Business Affairs and Consumer Protection)

Aug 27, 2014 Social Media Boot Camp Coming To City Hall in September
Aug 15, 2014 City of Chicago Announces Enforcement Efforts Under the Keep Chicago Renting Ordinance
Aug 15, 2014 City Launches Back to School Consumer Protection Campaign to Inform on Recalls and Prevent Potential Scams
Aug 1, 2014 City of Chicago Hosting New Workshops about Happy Hour Law and Pedicab Licensing
Jul 24, 2014 City of Chicago Hosting New Workshops about Happy Hour Law and Pedicab Licensing
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Apply for Your Business License Online

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File A Consumer Complaint Online

Liquor Moratorium / Vote Dry Area Look-Up

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Renew Your Business License Online

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Department Main Office

Business Affairs and Consumer Protection

  • Phone: 312.744.6060
    Toll Free:
    TTY: 312.744.1944
    Fax: 312.744.0246
  • 121 N. LaSalle Street
    8th Floor
    Chicago, IL 60602   
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Other BACP locations:

2350 W. Ogden Avenue

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