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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.

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 COVID Resource Library

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

Take Out Chicago Contest – for customers

To encourage all Chicagoans to support our beloved hospitality industry, the City is launching the Take Out Chicago contest. Through this program, launched with the support of Choose Chicago, residents that order takeout from ten unique bars and restaurants between yesterday and December 15 will be entered into a contest to win a VIP experience at one of Chicago’s premier cultural institutions, including the Art Institute, DuSable Museum, Lincoln Park Zoo, Soldier Field and more. Chicagoans can learn more and submit their entry at

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

October 23rd BACP webinar HERE

Indoor dining and drinking allowed only at establishments with a Retail Food license. Indoor dining limited to 40% capacity, with a maximum of 50 customers in a room. No more than six people per table. All patrons must be seated. Take-out/delivery/curbside pick-up at restaurants may continue during business curfew hours. All liquor sales must cease at 9:00pm

Non-essential businesses curfew 10pm – 6am

October 1st Phase IV expansion

As part of our Phase IV: Gradually Resume guidelines, these updates will go into effect Thursday, October 1 at 5:00 a.m. These restrictions are the most up to date and take precedence over the industry-specific guidelines if there are points October 1st Phase IV contradiction.
Updates include:

+ Restaurants, health and fitness centers, and all other establishments that have been limited to 25% indoor capacity will now be able to increase their maximum indoor capacity to 40%
+ The limit of 50 total individuals within one room or space remains in place
+ Bars, taverns, brewers and other establishments that serve alcohol for on-site consumption without a retail food license may reopen indoor seating at 25% capacity or 50 people, whichever is fewer.
+ Service remains limited to no more than two hours per party, and customers must be seated when eating, drinking or ordering – patrons cannot walk up to the bar to order
+ The establishment must partner with a food provider so that food is available to patrons at all times (e.g., making menus available and allowing delivery, allowing patrons to order from third-party delivery services)

Additional food service and bar updates include:
+ When dining out at a food service establishment or bar, customers must wear face coverings while seated at all times (including when interacting with staff), except when actively eating or drinking
+ When taking reservations and seating walk-in customers, restaurants and bars should retain an email and/or phone number for possible contact tracing
+ Bars, restaurants and other establishments that serve alcohol will now be able to sell alcohol for on-site or off-site consumption until 1:00 am and may remain open until 1:30 am (liquor stores, grocery stores and other establishments that sell alcohol to-go through a Package Goods license must continue to cease alcohol sales at 9:00 pm)
+ Maximum party size and table occupancy at restaurants, bars, taverns, breweries and event venues will remain at six people (indoor or outdoor)

+ All places of business should provide hand sanitizer for patrons and employees to use upon entry

Learn about the City’s plan for reopening:

To register for webinars visit

Cocktails To-Go Establishments with a Tavern or Consumption on Premises-Incidental Activity license can now sell pre-mixed cocktails to-go via carryout or delivery. As a reminder, the sale of alcohol to-go via delivery or carryout should end at 9:00 pm each evening. The sale of alcohol for on-site consumption should end at 11:00 pm.

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

July 1st Chicago Minimum Wage increases