COVID-19 Resources for Businesses

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
  • The Governor has issued a Stay At Home Order effective 3/21 at 5PM through April 30. Essential businesses are allowed to remain open, including:
    •  ​stores that sell groceries, medicine and pet supplies
    • gas stations
    • restaurants for take out & delivery only
    • hospitals and pharmacies
    • transportation (CTA, taxis, rideshare, etc.)
    • laundromats
    • financial Institutions
    • hardware stores
    • mail and goods delivery
    • daycare centers
    • critical labor functions (plumbers, cleaning, etc.)
    • hotels and motels
    • charitable and social service organizations
    • media (newspapers and radio stations)
    • bike and automobile shops
    • utilities and infrastructure 
**Still unsure if your business is essential? Refer to this essential business FAQ or this flow chart.
  • Effective Thursday, April 9, all liquor sales are prohibited after 9PM citywide, pursuant to a temporary Public Health Order.
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  • 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 or visit their website for additional information. https://www2.illinois.gov/ilcc/Pages/Home.aspx

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

  • 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.

Stay up to date by checking the latest news frequently. The most up to date information is available at the City of Chicago website, ChiBizHubState of Illinois Coronavirus Response PageChicago Department of Public Health WebsiteGovernor's Press Room and your local ward office: