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Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection

Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection
Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection

Business Department To Set Aside $46 Million In Federal Money For ‘Food Equity,’ Nonprofit Support

The money will be spent on programs aimed at improving neighborhoods’ food options, boosting first-time entrepreneurs and padding the budgets of local nonprofits.

Citywide

7 Businesses Cited By City For Mask Mandate Violations

The city warned businesses should be on "high alert" for investigations into mask mandate violations.

Citywide

City Warns West Side Food Pantry For Violating Mask Mandate, But Founder Says Enforcement Is Uneven

Eat or be Eaten received a warning for not following the city's mask rules at a recent wedding. The organization's founder said they want to keep folks safe, but when people are eating and drinking, masks come off.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

After Years Of Renting, Street Vendors Come Together To Buy Their Own Kitchen: ‘This Is A Treasure’

City rules forbid vendors from preparing food at home or on the street. The kitchen gives them a stable place to prepare tacos, tamales and other goods — and even expand their businesses.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

How Could South Shore Revive Its Shopping Districts? Zoning Changes, Education And A ‘Main Street’ Strategy, Urban Planners Say

Experts say South Shore's economic leaders must build on plans for the historic Avalon Regal Theater, an entertainment district along Stony Island Avenue and other plans for preservation and growth.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Cantón Regio In Pilsen Ordered To Close For Operating Without A License

The restaurant was also cited for violating the indoor dining ban twice. "We take full responsibility. ... Only those who run a business know how tough it is to see their employees without a job," owner Danny Gutierrez Jr. said.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Headquarters Beercade Still Wants To Open In Pilsen, But City Siding With Neighbors Opposed To The Plan

Dozens of neighbors, including one whose front door is feet away from the proposed arcade bar entrance, say the bar will bring more traffic and create a public nuisance.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Some City Officials Urge ‘A Little Flexibility’ On Coronavirus Restrictions To Support Businesses

The city's business department is looking for more ways to help Chicago's entrepreneurs amid a second wave of coronavirus.

Citywide

Mikkey’s Retro Grill In Hyde Park Shut Down By City After Restaurant Caught Operating Without A License For Nearly 2 Years

Even after receiving the cease-and-desist order from the city ordering the business to close, Mikkey's has served customers off and on, said owner Rico Nance.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore