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City pushes programs to help restaurant owners

The City of Chicago is aiming to make it easier for small business owners to open a restaurant. 

According to the most recent newsletter from the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection, the program includes several elements that will be helpful to new restaurant owners:

  • Greater transparency: A new restaurant start-up guide and dedicated website will help walk business owners through the process of starting a restaurant, including licensing, permitting, zoning, and inspections.  The City will also be providing additional resources to local business chambers, associations, and Alderman's offices.
  • Streamlined process: Business owners will require fewer steps and fewer visits to get their restaurant license, helping them open their doors quicker. 
  • Fewer inspection visits: Restaurants will have the option of team-based building inspections and will receive their licensing inspections in a shorter window of time. They will also be able to request optional onsite food consultations to help them design their kitchen and pass their food safety inspections.

These elements will help restaurants open their doors quicker and start making money faster.  For further information, visit or call 312.74-GOBIZ.

UPDATE: The city will be offering two upcoming training sessions to learn more about the Restaurant Start-up Program.  The session will cover the licensing and permitting processes and restaurant inspections. Representatives from BACP and other City departments will be on hand to answer questions.

The city is offering two training sessions to choose from:

Session 1: Tuesday, July 24th, Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N Lincoln Ave, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Session 2: Thursday, July 26th, Beverly Library, 1962 W 95th St, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Please RSVP to with the session you plan to attend and the number of participants that will be attending.  The city also recommends visiting the Restaurant Start-up Program website at prior to the session.


[all info via the July issue of the Business Source newsletter]

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