Noteworthy News
An electronic newsletter for Tinley Park businesses
May 22, 2020

Village creates Temporary Outdoor Dining Application for Tinley Park Restaurants
With Phase Three of the State’s “ Restore Illinois” plan set to allow outdoor dining at restaurants beginning Friday, May 29, the Village wants to make sure all Tinley Park restaurants have the chance to start serving food to customers as soon as possible. To that end, the Village has created a simple, straightforward application process geared at expediting the time from submittal to approval.

Interested restaurant owners/operators can email a completed Temporary Outdoor Dining Application for Tinley Park Restaurants, as well as a sketch of the planned outdoor dining area layout, to Community Development Department staff will reply to the request within one business day of receipt and will schedule the required inspection within two business days.

Businesses who intend to offer outdoor dining will be required to maintain safe social distancing between diners, as well as provide adequate parking for customers and segregate vehicular traffic from dining areas located in a parking lot. Dining areas in parking lots are only allowed on private property. Restaurants looking to use public sidewalks or roadways should contact the Community Development Department at (708) 444-5100. Eligible businesses must hold a current business license and, if applicable, a current liquor license. The restaurant must also be in compliance with all of the Village’s liquor codes. Restaurants who are planning on erecting a tent that is more than 20’x20’ or 400 square feet must also submit a tent permit.

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Village creates redevelopment grant for eligible Tinley Park businesses
The Village is committed to assuring the long-term viability of the community by encouraging private investment in sites throughout Tinley Park that need significant redevelopment.

Because many of these sites don’t meet the criteria for traditional incentive agreements, the Village recently created the Non-Tax Increment Financing Redevelopment Grant for properties not able to access existing funding opportunities. Funds can be used for facade improvements, code compliance, storm water management, parking lot improvements and environmental remediation.

This is a matching grant of 50% of a minimum of $10,000 or a maximum of $30,000 per tax-paying business. For more information or to apply, visit the Village website at
Before you reopen, read these tips
If you’re among the many Tinley Park businesses taking steps to reopen your doors to the public next month, here are some helpful resources to guide you along the way.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has released recommendations for businesses whose water systems have been inactive or reduced during the COVID-19 pandemic. This lack of use can increase water age and stagnation, possibly leading to corroded pipes and plumbing materials, the accumulation of sediment and reduced disinfectant levels. Read IDPH’s recommendations for ways to reduce these plumbing and water quality concerns.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has also released water system safety guidelines for reopening buildings after a prolonged shutdown or reduced operation. Visit the page for information on ways to prevent mold, Legionella and other bacteria from causing safety issues with your plumbing.

Businesses that serve food can visit the IDPH’s “ Guidance for Food Service” page for information on what to do before and after reopening to ensure your restaurant and food supply is as safe and sanitary as possible.

For other helpful resources, please visit the Village’s dedicated business page at
Village Board asks State to consider localized reopening plan
The Tinley Park Village Board on Tuesday adopted a resolution asking that Gov. J.B. Pritzker allow the Village to implement a localized or EMS-region approach to reopening businesses and resuming civic activity in Tinley Park.

The resolution calls on Gov. Pritzker to modify his " Restore Illinois" plan to base the state's reopening on the 11 Emergency Medical Service regions that normally guide public health work, rather than on the four newly created regions in the existing plan. In addition, the Village would like the plan to have a 14-day timeline period to move on to the next phase rather than the 28-day time period outlined in Gov. Pritzker's plan.

The resolution also urges the Governor to develop workable guidelines and controls to allow restaurants, bars, salons and other businesses to open in Phase Three. After this resolution was approved, the Governor announced that he will allow outdoor dining in Phase Three, and the Village has implemented a plan to do this.

The resolution also urges the Governor to develop reasonable guidelines to allow facilities like childcare providers and entertainment facilities, which are now not scheduled to open until the later phases of the "Restore Illinois" plan, to open earlier.

For more information, please see the full resolution or watch the video of Tuesday’s Village Board meeting.
Village to host 'best practices' webinar for restaurant and bar industry
The Village of Tinley Park will host a webinar on Friday, June 5 regarding best practices for the restaurant and bar industry. A representative from the National Restaurant Association will join Village staff and Tinley Park businesses in the discussion.

Look for more information in a subsequent Noteworthy News email. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn and share with your peers!
Paycheck Protection Program funds still available
Tinley Park businesses are encouraged to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program, a loan offered by the Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.

The SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest or utilities. Businesses can apply through any existing SBA lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union and Farm Credit System institution that is participating.

Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating in the program.

Visit the SBA website for more information.
Recovery Fund applications open soon
Applications will be open soon for the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development's Community Recovery Fund, which is part of its Community Recovery Initiative. This loan fund will offer one-time, zero-interest loans of as much as $20,000 for small businesses and $10,000 for independent contractors in suburban Cook County. Loans will be administered by the Chicago Community Loan Fund and provided by a network of community lenders. To apply, businesses and independent contractors in suburban Cook County must meet these requirements:

Small Businesses

  • Fewer than 25 employees
  • Less than $3 million in revenue

Gig Workers

  • At least half of income from 1099 contract work
  • Less than $100,000 in gross annual income

Complete the fund interest form to be notified when the applications opens. Those who have already completed this form don’t need to resubmit it.
Webinar recording for food establishments available
Tinley Park businesses that serve food and drink are invited to watch a pre-recorded Zoom presentation by Dr. Jeannie Kotsiovos titled “Guidance and Best Practices for Food Service Establishments during COVID-19.” To access the presentation, go to the presentation's Zoom link and enter this password:


Please note that you need to include the period in the above password for it to work. For other COVID-19 resources for Tinley Park businesses, please visit the Village website at
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