The Business Interruption Grant (BIG) program is a $636 million program developed by Governor Pritzker and the Illinois General Assembly to provide economic relief for small businesses hit hardest by COVID-19. BIG leverages federal funding provided by the CARES Act to help offset COVID-19 related losses for Illinois small businesses. For more information, or to apply, go here.
Friday, December 11, 2020
Thursday, November 19, 2020
The State of Illinois imposed new mitigation measures go into effect on Friday, November 20 at 12:01 am. These restrictions are the most up to date and take precedence over the industry-specific guidelines if there are points of contradiction. Find up to the date information here.
Thursday, November 12, 2020
Beginning on Monday, November 16, 2020, the Mayor of the City of Chicago, Lori E. Lightfoot, as well as the Commissioner of Health for the City of Chicago, Dr. Allison Arwady, advise all residents of Chicago to stay at home in response to the rapid rise of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the city. Residents are advised to only leave home to go to work or school, or for essential needs such as seeking medical care, going to the grocery store or pharmacy, picking up food, or receiving deliveries.
Additionally, residents are strongly advised to:
- Not have guests in their homes unless they are essential workers (e.g., home healthcare providers or childcare workers)
- Cancel traditional Thanksgiving celebrations
- Avoid travel
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
The City of Chicago has launched the Chicago Hospitality Grant Program as part of its emergency COVID-19 relief package for the hospitality industry. This $10 million grant program is targeted towards Chicago’s restaurants and bars that continue to face significant challenges due to the COVID-19 crisis. This grant program will reallocate CARES Act funding to supplement state and federal relief programs with grants of $10,000 to independent bars and restaurants throughout Chicago that have been adversely impacted by COVID-19 and the State’s mitigation measures. For more information, or to apply, go here.
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
The Business Interruption Grant (BIG) program is a $636 million program developed by Governor Pritzker and the Illinois General Assembly to provide economic relief for small businesses hit hardest by COVID-19. BIG leverages federal funding provided by the CARES Act to help offset COVID-19 related losses for Illinois small businesses. Funding may be used to help businesses with working capital expenses, including payroll costs; rent; utilities; and more.
To apply, or for more information, go here.
Sunday, August 30, 2020
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Sunday, August 23, 2020
Starting Monday, August 24, the Illinois Housing Development Authority will be accepting applications for the Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program (EMA) to support Illinois homeowners unable to pay their mortgage due to a COVID-19-related loss of income. Homeowners can apply starting Monday, August 24 at 9:00am CST by going to https://ema.ihda.org/
Friday, August 21, 2020
Monday, August 10, 2020
In response to last night’s events, the City of Chicago's Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) has provide some updates on support and resources available for local businesses. Find more information here.