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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 Jan 15, 2015 Looking for a Small Business Loan – The City of Chicago Can Help
Severe Alert Jan 14, 2015 New Third Party/Expediter Database Helps Businesses Research and Report Violations by Expediters, Attorneys, and Other Third Party Processors
Severe Alert Dec 11, 2014 Taxi Driver Fairness Ordinance
Severe Alert Oct 29, 2014 How can our Small Business Expos across the city better support small business owners and entrepreneurs?
Severe Alert Oct 24, 2014 Know Your Local Business Development Centers

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Most Recent News (Business Affairs and Consumer Protection)

Dec 30, 2014 City of Chicago Partners With Intuit Quickbooks to Offer Free Quickbooks Online Subscriptions at its Workshops
Dec 23, 2014 City of Chicago’s Small Business Center Giving Away Two Free One-Year Subscriptions to QuickBooks Online at January Workshop
Dec 9, 2014 City Launches Two Consumer Protection Campaigns on Credit Fraud
Dec 4, 2014 City of Chicago Provided 2500 Entrepreneurs Free Business Workshops
Nov 25, 2014 City of Chicago Cracks Down on Valet Operators Making Fake Parking Meter Tickets and Illegally Parking Vehicles
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Apply for Your Business License Online

BACP & SBC Summary Flyer

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Business License Look-Up

File A Consumer Complaint Online

Liquor Moratorium / Vote Dry Area Look-Up

Monthly Business Education Workshop Schedules

Public Vehicle Party on the Plaza

Renew Your Business License Online

Schedule An Appointment With A Business Consultant

Third Party/Expediter Database

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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