Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection
Supporting Information Facts
City Services

Other Business Resources

Thank you for choosing to conduct business in Chicago. We appreciate your decision to help make Chicago an economically strong and vibrant city. Please use the various resources provided below to assist you with all of your business licensing and permitting needs.

LICENSING & PERMITTING

  Starting Your Business
  Business Planning, Check Zoning, Apply for Business License/s and Permit/s

  Running Your Business
  Find resources to help you develop your business plan

  Liquor Licenses
  Find out how to obtain a City of Chicago Liquor License

  Public Way Use 
  If your business has anything that extends over, under or is on the public way, then it requires a Public Way Use Permit

RESOURCES

  Find Neighborhood Resources
  See how a local chamber of commerce, Special Service Area provider, or other support agency could assist you

  Financial Assistance Resources
  Listings of loans, grants, tax credits, and financial education programs

  Legal Services and Resources
  Legal assistance with Real Estate, Employment, Corporate Entity and Intellectual Property

  Find A Location
  View a map of available commercial real estate using the World Business Chicago's Site Selector tool

  Chicago Municipal Code
  The Municipal Code is a compilation of City of Chicago laws, which is published by American Legal Publishing Corporation

  Business Education Workshop Calendar
  BACP offers free Business Education Workshops every Wednesday and Friday, which are open to the public and hosted at City Hall

  Start Your Business In Chicago Campaign
  Find information on how to start your business in Chicago.

  Schedule An Appointment With A Business Consultant
  To reduce your potential wait time to meet with one of our Business Consultants, make sure to schedule an appointment

  Contact Us
  Our contact information, as well as be able to request a speaker, submit a suggestion, and file a complaint about a business

SERVICES

  Search Businesses
  Search the City of Chicago's Data Portal for Business Licenses and Business Owners

  Third Party/Expediter Database
  The Third Party/Expediter Database is a detailed report of Third Party Processors and Licensed Expediters.