As the Alderman of the 16th Ward, I am committed to helping businesses develop and grow in the 16th Ward. My staff work closely with the area’s Chambers of Commerce and individual businesses on navigating the city’s regulatory landscape and developing solutions that foster entrepreneurship and commerce in the Ward, for the Ward.
The 16th Ward has a wide range of businesses – from "mom and pop" entrepreneurs to large industrial businesses that provide Chicago-made products and Chicago-based services to people around the world... and we have only just begun. If you have business-related questions, please do not hesitate to call my office at 773-836-0220.
Business Affairs & Consumer Protection
The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) licenses, educates, regulates and empowers Chicago businesses to grow and succeed as well as, receives and processes consumer complaints.
BACP provides bi-weekly and monthly informative sessions to help businesses act responsibly and create economic vitality and vibrant communities for the people in Chicago.
BACP educates small business and consumers to ensure the public is protected against fraudulent practices.
BACP investigates for business compliance in areas such as: sales practices, fuel, natural gas, electricity, durable and non durable merchandise and services.
The Department also enforces rules and regulations relating to liquor establishments, measures and weighs, public chauffeurs, public passenger vehicles, ambulances, and transportation network providers.
Greater Englewood Community
In order to serve as a catalyst for economic development, Greater Englewood CDC’s mission is to re-brand, re-build and revitalize the Greater Englewood Community by building on existing community assets and facilitating ongoing collaboration between residents and other key stakeholders.
PUBLIC RIGHT OF WAY
The City’s streets, sidewalks and parkways are part of the public way. Any business or property owner occupying this space is required to have a Public Way Use Permit. Typical public way encroachments include canopies and signs that identify businesses. Permits are issued by the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (DBACP) and are valid for five years.
Each permit is issued specifically for a particular use. There is also an annual charge per public way use. Applications, a guide by DBACP regarding this process, and additional documents are available here.
Residents of the 16th Ward who need more information should call the 16th Ward Office, 773-863-0220.
PUBLIC WAY ZONES
The Chicago Department of Transportation installs and maintains standing zone and loading zone signage. This program provides business and residents with access to portions of the street for loading of goods and for passenger pick-up and drop-off. New standing zones and new loading zones require aldermanic input and further review by the Department of Transportation. Initial installation fees and annual maintenance fees are based on the distance of the zone.
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SMALL BUSINESS LICENSING
The Small Business Center (SBC) issues business licenses and regulates the business activities of industries as diverse as retail, food and liquor establishments, entertainment venues and theaters, day care centers, manufacturing facilities and motor vehicle repair shops just to name a few. If you have not already registered your business with the appropriate county, state, and federal offices, please do so before applying for a business license.
Standard application requirements and documentation may be found on the License Application Requirements Information page. Depending on your business activities, you may need more than one business license in order to be able to operate your business in Chicago. Please contact the City of Chicago Small Business Center at 312-74-GOBIZ (744-6249), to help you determine which license(s) you need to obtain.
There are business activities regulated by the State of Illinois that may be exempt from City licensing. Please review our Business License Exemptions page for a sample list of occupations/professions which do not require a Chicago Business License.
The Small Business License Reference Guide can be found here.
There are many regulations regarding parking in the City of Chicago. Here are links to provide information on many of the requirements imposed on drivers in the city. As always, feel free to contact the 16th Ward Office at 773-836-0220 or click on any of the following if you have any questions.
Our neighbors rely on walking and transit as their primary way to get around, and without a wide, clear path through snow and ice, it is especially difficult for people with disabilities, seniors, and children to walk safely. According to the Municipal Code of Chicago (4-4-310 & 10-8-180), property owners and occupants are responsible for keeping sidewalks clear of snow and ice.Let's all do our part to ensure a safe passage through the Winter.
Download Sidewalk Snow Removal Guidance for Residents and Businesses by clicking here.
From April 1st through mid-November, bright orange temporary parking restrictions are posted the day before sweeping service is scheduled to begin on any street to ensure curb-to-curb cleaning. Some arterial streets have permanently posted signs that specify a once-per-week period when parking is prohibited for street sweeping.
Persons needing more than one day notice of street cleaning should contact their local ward sanitation office. Street sweeping requests should be made to city's request line at 3-1-1 or click on the button below to make your request.
Click here to view the 16th Ward Street Sweeping Schedule and Map.