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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 Feb 27, 2015 BACP and Small Business Center Closed Monday, 3/2/15
Severe Alert Feb 5, 2015 Know Before You Hire a Tax Preparer
Severe Alert Jan 28, 2015 Plastic Bag Ban Will Take Effect on August 1, 2015
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

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Most Recent News (Business Affairs and Consumer Protection)

Feb 27, 2015 City of Chicago Sets Series of Free Events For ‘NATIONAL CONSUMER PROTECTION WEEK’
Feb 17, 2015 City of Chicago Cracks Down On Tax Preparers During Undercover Operation
Feb 5, 2015 City of Chicago Launching ‘A Comprehensive Guide To Starting A Restaurant’ Workshop Series On Friday
Feb 5, 2015 City of Chicago's Small Business Center Presenting Final ‘How To Obtain A Sidewalk Cafe Permit’ Workshop On Feb. 6
Jan 28, 2015 City of Chicago Small Business Center Hosts ‘Chicago Restaurant Week Kick Off Expo’
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What We Do

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BACP Resources

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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