On Friday, July 31, 2020 the City of Chicago announced two changes to the Expanded Outdoor Dining Permit Program. The first will allow businesses that serve alcohol without a Retail Food License to operate on the sidewalk in front of their business. The second will allow both bars and restaurants to utilize this same permit program to offer service temporarily in patios, courtyards, and terraces.
These changes in permitting are effective immediately. For the full press release CLICK HERE and APPLY HERE.
Attend one of two WEBINARS for an overview on the process to obtain an Expanded Outdoor Dining Permit.
Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 11:00am
Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 2:00pm
Chicago Housing Assistance Grant Program
Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Departments of Housing (DOH) and Family and Support Services (DFSS) today announced an expanded Housing Assistance Grant program and a new online portal to assist Chicagoans who have been adversely impacted by the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. This new round of assistance, funded through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the greater philanthropic community, includes more than $33 million of relief for renters and property owners and provides eviction counseling for low-and moderate-income Chicago households impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
The platform of housing supports will be available through a new online portal – chi.gov/housinghelp – that will direct residents to the resources and programs that the City is providing to best suit individual needs and prevent widespread homelessness, foreclosure and eviction due to COVID-19-related financial hardships. View the full press release HERE.
Child Care Restoration Grants
The Governor and the Illinois General Assembly has directed at least $270 million of the state’s Coronavirus Urgent Remediation Emergency (CURE) Fund to support the economic health of childcare providers as our economy reopens in the coming months. As part of CURE, the Business Interruption Grants (BIG) Program is specifically designed to support businesses who have endured lost revenue due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
The Paycheck Protection Program resumed accepting applications July 6, 2020 in response to the President signing the program's extension legislation. The new deadline to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program loan is this Saturday, August 8, 2020.
The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. The Small Business Administration (SBA) will forgive loans if all employee retention criteria are met, and the funds are used for eligible expenses. LEARN MORE AND APPLY.
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