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Visit the Small Business Center website, for information on licenses, permits, and additional resources.

Visit the Small Business Center website, for information on licenses, permits, and additional resources.

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Retail Establishments

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In the City of Chicago the majority of retail establishments will be required to have a City of Chicago Limited Business License.  You may however be required to have a different or additional license based on your business activity.  Some other types of licenses that may be required of your business include: a Retail Food Establishment License, a Motor Vehicle Repair License or one of our nine different classes of liquor licenses.

Alerts (Retail Establishments)

High Alert Mar 26, 2014 Cigarette Tax Delinquency Notices

Most Recent News (Retail Establishments)

Jan 23,2013 February Business Education Workshop Schedule Available
May 22,2012 MBE/WBE Rules & Regulations for Construction and Non-Construction Contracts
Feb 29,2012 Mayor Emanuel Announces the Allocation of Funds from Allied Waste Settlement
Feb 16,2012 Ordinance to expand "CHICAGOFIRST" Local Business Bidding Preference Passes City Council
Aug 31,2011 September Calendar - Free Business Workshops

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