City of Chicago Services



Links to Key City resources

-Small Business Center

-City of Chicago local resource site

-Site Selector:

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-41st Ward Office Alderman Office TEL: (773) 631-2241


City of Chicago Calendar of Events Neighborhood Business Development Center Services

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Chicago 16th District Jefferson Park

5151 North Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60630
Phone:  312-742-4480
Fax:  312-742-4421
TTY:  312-742-4423

Click below for information about the CAPS Program and monthly Beat Meetings


City of Chicago Job link

Womnans bus dev center

Women’s Business development Center – helps women business owners successfully achieve economic independence through entrepreneurship

SCORE – For the Life of your business Workshops, Mentoring, Consulting, Bruce Montgomery 312-725-8601

 Important Numbers

Many city services can be accessed at
Chicago Department of Buildings- (312) 743-3600
Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection- (312) 744-4006
Chicago Department of the Environment- (312) 744-7606
Chicago Department of Public Health, Food Protection Division- (312) 747-FOOD [3663]
Chicago Department of Procurement Services- (312) 744-4900747-4747
Chicago Department of Revenue- (312) 747-4747
Chicago Department of Zoning- (312) 744-5777
Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities- (312) 744-7050

Cook County

Cook County Assessor’s Office

Cook County Clerk’s Office

State of Illinois

Many state departments and programs can be found at

 State of Illinois Business Portal

A comprehensive resource of business information from across state government. Easily access start-up guides, forms, and other resources for starting, running, or changing a business in Illinois.
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Illinois Secretary of State Business Services

Illinois Business Gateway (to register your business online)

Illinois Department of Registration and Education and Department of Professional Regulation

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

Illinois Department of Revenue
Business Hotline: (217) 524-4772

Illinois Liquor Control Commission
(312) 814-2206
100 W. Randolph, Ste. 7-801


U.S. Small Business Administration

The SBA is a federal government agency that offers technical, regulatory, and financial support for the nation’s small businesses. The SBA has a plethora of government-guaranteed loan programs for entrepreneurs who may not qualify for traditional bank loans. The agency also links small businesses with technical assistance and questions dealing with taxes and federal regulatory issues. Their Chicago branch office is located in the Citicorp Center and has a large selection of business resources.
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Internal Revenue Service

By calling (800) 829-3676, you may request Small Business Tax Guide (Publication 334) or a CD “Small Business Resource Guide” containing instructions and forms. Tax reports may be required after three months in business, so request forms early.
Small Business Tax Guide (Publication 334) Download:
Small Business Federal Tax Responsibilities:


Business Lending Sources

Below is a list of community and SBA-certified commercial lending institutions. Always start your search for financing with the bank that knows you the best- your own.

Banks – For the complete list of SBA-certified commercial lenders, go to


Links for Businesses

The following are links to sites that provide small businesses with valuable information and services.

ABC of Chicago links the strengths of arts and business, promoting community growth and vitality through the arts.

The web site of Lumity, which provides low-cost information technology training to non-profits in Chicago.

Community Media Workshop helps non-profits use the media more effectively through workshops and regular trainings.


Looking for free legal assistance for your small business? Attend one of these Free Legal Clinics offered by The Law Project* and the City of Chicago’s Neighborhood Business Development Centers.

* The Law Project of the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights provides free legal assistance, education and training to community based nonprofit organizations, low/moderate income entrepreneurs and low-income first time homebuyers. To learn more about The Law Project or apply for legal assistance visit or contact us at or 312-939-3638.


Chicago Small Business Links

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