• City Departments

  • When starting or running a business there are several city departments that you will need to work with and LSRCC is here to help!  From navigating business licenses, to putting up a business sign, chamber staff can guide you to the right department to ensure your business is in compliance with all city regulations. 

    Browse below for a list of city departments that work with the small business community, and local ward offices that can also be of assistance along the way.



  • The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) licenses, educates, regulates, and empowers Chicago businesses to grow and succeed.  BACP hosts information sessions on a bi-weekly and monthly basis to address topics pertinent to business.  BACP also enforces rules and regulations concerning many business practices.


  • The Small Business Center (SBC) is the commercial licensing division of the City’s Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) and the City’s “one-stop-shop” for business licensing, public way use permitting, and connecting entrepreneurs to resources.


  • ChiBizHub is a portal for aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners looking for resources to start, scale or accelerate their business in Chicago.



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