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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 Mar 21, 2014 RFPs Available for Mayor Emanuel's Neighborhood Small Business Challenge
High Alert Mar 17, 2014 The Draft Ambulance Rules and Regulations Are Available for Viewing and Comment
High Alert Mar 14, 2014 The Draft Filling Station Rules and Regulations Are Available for Viewing and Comment
Low Alert Apr 1, 2014 How to Address A Problem Business in Your Neighborhood
Low Alert Jul 26, 2013 City's Committment to Small Businesses

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Most Recent News (Business Affairs and Consumer Protection)

Apr 7, 2014 City of Chicago’s Small Business Center Sets Restaurant Start-Up Workshop Series
Apr 2, 2014 City of Chicago’s Small Business Center Announces Business Workshop Schedule for April
Mar 26, 2014 Mayor Emanuel Awards Taxicab Driver A Taxicab Medallion For Outstanding Service to Disabled Community
Mar 26, 2014 City of Chicago's BACP Reaches $45,000 Settlement After Investigating Deceptive Parking Ticket Scheme
Mar 7, 2014 City of Chicago to Host Small Business Center on the Road Expo in the Polish Community
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File A Consumer Complaint Online

Liquor Moratorium / Vote Dry Area Look-Up

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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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