A Greater Chatham Initiative program

Economic Support, COVID-19 Info & Guidance

Chicago Reopening and other Business Resources

Over 50% of the business licenses in Greater Chatham (Chatham, Auburn-Gresham, Avalon Park and Greater Grand Crossing) and South Shore communities are held by Food and Beverage businesses.


July 1st Chicago Minimum Wage increases
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Support your open local restaurants for pick-up & delivery List of RESTAURANTS

IRA webinar 30 Restaurant Marketing Ideas in 30 Minutes Webinar HERE

IRA Nov 19th webinar replay on Exploring New Revenue streams for restaurants


RestaurantOwner.com COVID Resource Library


CSSI Culinary H.E.L.P. Resource Podcasts and worksheets HERE


Working Credit – credit score improvement

Business owners and employees can receive consulting to improve your credit score Sign up for a session with our friends at Working Credit scheduling HERE


4/29/21 City of Chicago Capacity Restrictions
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March 2nd, City of Chicago Restaurant and Bars open to 50 patrons or 50% capacity, 6 per table, 1am 020321-50-expansion-of-operating-hours-and-increased-capacity-to-come-into-effect-immediately-bacp-update Download  

City Resource page


Liquor licenses extended until March 2021
Due to the hardships on liquor license holders as a result of the COVID-19 virus outbreak, all licenses with a renewal date of March 31, 2020 or after are automatically extended to March 31, 2021.
Details HERE


City of Chicago Reopening Businesses Portal
Important Chicago Reopening Notice – check out Reopening Portal


Need cash fast for your business? Kabbage online no fee digital gift certificates
Customers can purchase a gift certificate, business gets the cash right away, customer uses it sometime in the future. Easy to set up on the Kabbage platform. Business gets all the certificate value ($15-$500) less credit card fees, paid in days. Kabbage Help Small Business

COVID-19 Information

Links to sites for the latest in COVID-19 information

City of Chicago COVID Dashboard
CDC what you need to know Latest Response
State of Illinois COVID-19 Latest Response
Illinois COVID testing sites Sites
City of Chicago Latest Response
UofC Polsky Small Business Center Latest Response
UofC Community Support Programs
Illinois Restuarant Association Latest Response