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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 and consumer education as well as 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 1, 2015 New Minimum Wage Ordinance Begins July 1, 2015
Severe Alert May 4, 2015 Requests For Proposals (RFP) for Taxicab Dispatch Application “E-Hail” Program and Centralized Wav Taxicab Dispatch Service
Severe Alert Mar 6, 2015 Food Truck Fests Coming to the Loop
Severe Alert Mar 5, 2015 Know Before You Begin a Home Repair Project
Severe Alert Mar 3, 2015 Email Change – 2014 Annual Plastic Bag Recycling Report

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Most Recent News (Business Affairs and Consumer Protection)

Jun 26, 2015 City of Chicago Offering a Responsible Way to Dispose of Documents and Electronics at Shredder Day
Jun 26, 2015 City of Chicago Hosting Free Minimum Wage & Plastic Bag Ban Workshop
May 29, 2015 City of Chicago Inspectors Available to Answer Questions at June Workshop
May 22, 2015 Taxicab Driver Fairness Task Force Makes Recommendations to Improve the Taxicab Driver Industry in Chicago
May 8, 2015 Second Stop For City of Chicago's ‘Small Business Center on the Road’ is the Arturo Velasquez Institute on May 9
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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

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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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