COVID-19

BUSINESS RESOURCES

City of Chicago Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund

In collaboration with the City of Chicago, The Chicago Community Trust and United Way of Metro Chicago launched the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund to unite the funds raised by Chicago’s philanthropies, corporations and individuals to be disbursed to nonprofit organizations across the region.

Sources for Most Up to Date Information

State of Illinois

Coronavirus Response

Governor's Press Room

City of Chicago

ChiBizHub

Chicago Department of Public Health

Local Ward Offices

Additional Pandemic Resources

Stay up to date on resources to support your business during the COVID-19 outbreak. We will be updating this page as we receive new information. Things are changing continuously, please check back often.
  • Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund- Verizon has invested $2.5 million dollars for the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). LISC is offering grants to help small businesses fill urgent financial gaps until they can resume normal operations or until other more permanent financing becomes available. 
  • Hospitality Emergency Grant Program -  the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is launching this program with $14 million drawn from funds originally budgeted for job training, tourism promotion, and other purposes.help hospitality businesses make ends meet in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Grant funds are available to support working capital like payroll and rent, as well as job training, retraining, and technology to support shifts in operations, like increased pick-up and delivery.​
  • The State of Illinois is now eligible for The Small Business Administration's Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. This program will provide small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million to provide vital economic support to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. Click here for more information and to apply.
    • Have questions? View this PowerPoint for more details.
    • Review the Women's Business Development Center Disaster Loan Readiness Checklist to make sure your application is expedited and processed efficiently
  • Rowboat Creative has launched an initiative called Creatives Who Care, to help any and all impacted by the current situation by creating donation platforms. The Creatives Who Care Initiative not only helps raise funds for others, but also assists in keeping Rowboat Creative team members employed. Learn more here.
  • Consumption on premises-incidental activity and tavern liquor licensees in the City of Chicago can sell and deliver incidental packaged goods liquor.  
    • Liquor sales and delivery must occur during liquor sale hours as defined in the Municipal Code 4-60-130
    • Licensees must verify proof of age
    • Only sealed packaged goods in their original container (no to- go cups) can be sold or delivered
    • Additional restrictions on delivery may apply to those who are licensed by the State as brew pubs, distilling pubs and  manufacturers. 
    • These businesses should contact the State Liquor Commission for additional information.

  • ComEd and People's Gas' Covid-19 services

  • Grubhub is temporarily suspending collection of up to $100 million in commission payments from impacted independent restaurants nationwide.

For more resources for the Arts Community, visit the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

  • The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus.

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