Community Businesses

City Announces Updated COVID-19 Regulations

March 25, 2021
Dear Chicagoan,
After three months of consistent decline or stability in our COVID-19 health metrics, the City has seen a worrying rise in all metrics over the last few weeks. Positivity rates and total cases have increased significantly and, most alarmingly, Emergency Department visits for COVID-like illness have increased by 38% in the last week alone.
Due to this alarming increase in health metrics, the City of Chicago today announced updates to the COVID-19 regulations that keep most indoor limits in place while allowing for cautious increases in outdoor spaces that are less conducive to virus spread. The following outdoor capacity changes will take effect immediately (note that most indoor regulations will remain in place – see the end of this email for the full regulations):
  • Bars and Restaurants: Maximum outdoor table size can increase to ten people, with tables set up so that patrons are six feet from patrons at other tables. Indoor table size remains limited to no more than six people.
  • Social Events (e.g. weddings, potlucks and other community events): Total outdoor capacity can increase to the lesser of 50% or 100 people
  • Performance Venues, Theaters and Seated Spectator Events: Outdoor venues with capacity greater than or equal to 200 can operate at 25% capacity. Smaller venues can operate at no more than 50% capacity or 50 people.
  • Outdoor Recreation: Maximum groups of 50; multiple groups permitted
  • Places of Worship: No outdoor capacity limit provided that six feet of social distancing is maintained between parties
  • Health and Fitness Centers: Outdoor classes can increase to 100 people
In each setting, six feet of physical distance must be maintained between different parties, meaning that facilities may need to operate at a lower capacity to achieve six feet between all parties. Additionally, in order to ensure proper enforcement and safety across industries, all patrons will continue to count towards capacity limits, even if they are fully vaccinated or have a recent negative test.
Please see below for a full update on these COVID-19 regulations, and visit for the latest information. Please note that there have been two changes to indoor regulations in order to ensure consistency and safety: seating at the bar/counter at restaurants or bars is now limited to four per party, with six feet between parties, and indoor fitness classes can increase to 50 people, provided that the total room capacity remains under the 50% limit and six feet of distancing is maintained between patrons, with face coverings worn at all times. Additionally, as a reminder, social distancing regulations at bars, restaurants and events have been updated: tables must now be spaced so that patrons are six feet away from patrons at other tables.
In order to help businesses navigate these new guidelines, BACP will hold a webinar on Monday, March 29 at 3:30pm. Register and learn more at
COVID-19 Regulations as of 3/25/21
Restaurants and Bars
  • Can operate indoors at the lesser of 50% or 50 people per space
  • Larger establishments that can fit more than 50 people within an indoor room at 50% capacity can use impermeable barriers such as plexiglass in order to divide rooms into multiple spaces. Provided that these spaces are fully divided by impermeable barriers, and that other regulations are followed, establishments may have the lesser of 50% capacity or 50 people within each indoor space.
  • Food must be available at all times in order to offer indoor service. Bars, taverns or breweries without a food license can operate indoors as long as they ensure that food is always available. This can be done by making menus available and allowing delivery or allowing patrons to order from third-party delivery services.
  • Table size limited to no more than six people indoors and ten people outdoors
  • Outdoor service includes:
  • Rooms with retractable roofs
  • Rooftops
  • Multi-party structures, such as tents, with at least 50% of walls open
  • Single-party structures, such as igloos, with proper ventilation
  • Tables within eight feet of a wall that is at least 50% open
  • Tables must be spaced so that patrons are six feet away from patrons at other tables
  • Seating at bars/counters allowed with six feet between parties and party size of four or fewer
  • Patrons must be seated at all times while eating or drinking
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times, except when seated and actively eating or drinking
  • Establishments must close for on-site service at 1:00 a.m. They may serve alcohol until that time provided that patrons are fully off-site by 1:00 a.m.
Social Events (e.g. weddings, potlucks and other community events)
  • Indoor events limited to lesser of 50% capacity or 50 people per space
  • Outdoor events limited to lesser of 50% capacity or 100 people per space
  • All food service and bars regulations must be followed, including:
  • Table size limited to no more than six people indoors and ten people outdoors
  • Patrons must be seated whenever eating or drinking
  • Tables must be spaced so that patrons are six feet away from patrons at other tables
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times, except when seated and actively eating or drinking
  • Close all dance floors and other places where social distancing is not possible.
Health and Fitness Centers
  • 50% indoor capacity, with no more than 50 people in any one space and six feet of social distancing between patrons
  • Indoor group classes of 50 or fewer can resume under the 50% capacity restriction, with six feet between patrons
  • Outdoor classes limited to no more than 100 people, with six feet of social distancing between patrons
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times indoors. They can be removed for outdoor activities provided that six feet of social distancing is maintained between patrons.
  • Locker rooms and showers can remain open if strict and frequent cleaning measures are in place
  • Close ancillary accommodations, including saunas, hot tubs, and steam rooms, where social distancing is not possible
  • 50% indoor capacity, with no more than 50 people in any one space
  • Outdoor recreation allowed with group size limited to no more than 50 people; multiple groups permitted
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times
Movie Theaters, Performance Venues and Spectator Events (seated and ticketed)
  • 50% indoor capacity, with no more than 50 people in any one space
  • Outdoor capacity for venues with capacity < 200: 50% capacity with no more than 50 people
  • Outdoor capacity for venues with capacity ≥ 200: 25% capacity
  •  Face coverings must be worn at all times
Retail Stores
  • 50% capacity
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times
  • Alcohol sales from establishments with a Package Goods license must end at 11:00 p.m.
  • 25% capacity indoors or outdoors
  • Guided tours limited to 50 people
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times
  • 25% capacity outdoors
  • 50% capacity with no more than 50 people for indoor exhibits
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times
Personal Services
  • 50% capacity, with no more than 50 people in any one space
  • Face coverings can be removed only for services that require their removal
Places of Worship
  • 50% capacity indoors, with no more than 50 people in any one space
  • No capacity limit outdoors, with six feet of social distancing between parties
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times
March 22, 2021
Dear Chicagoan,
Today, BACP announced the launch of the new Chicago Business Center (CBC) Program. Through this new initiative, eight regional Chicago Business Centers have begun operating as hubs to provide business licensing assistance and other resources for small businesses in communities throughout the City. The eight Centers are open for virtual consultations with entrepreneurs today – see below for the names and locations of the CBCs and how to set up a consultation, and visit for more information.





South Chicago SSA #5 Commission

3030 E. 92nd Street
Chicago, Illinois
Call (773) 251-4581


South Chicago Parents & Friends

10241 South Commercial
Chicago, IL 60617
P: 773.734.2222





1750 E 71st St
Chicago, Illinois
Call (773) 955-9508


SSA 49# (79th)



8334 S Stony Island Ave,
Chicago, IL 60617
 Call: (773) 734-0626

SSA 50#


2938 E. 91 St.
Chicago, IL 60617


3501 E 106TH Street
Chicago, Illinois
Call (773) 721-7948





Hegewisch Business Association:
13349 S Baltimore Ave, Chicago, IL 60633




Grants – Property Improvements-Cit of Chicago

Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF)- SomerCor
The SBIF program helps owners of commercial, industrial, and mixed use properties within specific TIF districts repair or remodel their facilities for their own business or on behalf of tenants. Program participants can receive grants of 25-50-75%, depending on the size of the business, to cover the cost of remodeling work, with a maximum grant amount up to $150,000. The grant does not have to be repaid. Grants are provided to property owners after work is completed and bills are paid.
Up to $150K 312-360-3300
Streamlined TIF
The Streamlined-TIF program provides expedited access to valuable grants for the improvement of industrial, commercial, retail, or residential mixed-use properties in Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts citywide. The program incorporates an easy-to-use application form and efficient approval process to pay up to 25 percent of renovation, expansion, or redevelopment costs. Assistance ranges from $25,000 to $1,000,000.
$25,000 – $1 Million

Tax Credits – Property Improvements-City of Chicago:

Provider Amount Contact
Industrial Projects
Cook County Property Tax Incentives – Class 6(b)
The Class 6b classification is designed to encourage industrial development throughout Cook County by offering a real estate tax incentive for the development of new industrial facilities, the rehabilitation of existing industrial structures, and the industrial reutilization of abandoned buildings. 6(b) incentives are renewable after 10 years.
Assessed at:
10% of market value for 10 years
15% in Year 11
20% in Year 12
Environmental Contamination
Cook County Property Tax Incentives – Class C
The Class C classification is designed to encourage industrial and commercial development throughout Cook County by offering a real estate tax incentive for the remediation of contaminated properties including abandoned property or vacant land. Commercial properties are not renewable. Industrial properties are renewable after 10 years.
Assessed at:
10% of market value for 10 years
15% in Year 11
20% in Year 12
Accessibility for Disabled
Federal Disabled Access Credit
The Disabled Access Credit allows small businesses to take an annual tax credit for making their businesses accessible to people with disabilities. A business that for the previous tax year had either revenues of $1,000,000 or less or 30 or fewer full-time workers may take advantage of this credit. The credit is available every year and can be used for a variety of costs, including accommodations for individuals who are blind or visually impaired.
Up to $5,000 (50% of eligible access expenditures/yr between $250-$10,250)
Accessibility for Disabled
Federal Barrier Removal Tax Deduction
This credit allows a business of any size to expense up to $15,000 per year for “qualified architectural and transportation barrier removal expenses.” In addition to improving wheelchair accessibility, this credit can also help businesses to remove physical barriers for people who are blind or visually impaired, for example, by adding Braille and large print signage.
Up to $15,000

 New Business

Welcome to our 6-Feet-Meets. Meeting’s in a social distance space with comfort and room to spare.
We look forward to you booking a space for your meeting needs.
2734 East 79th Street
Chicago, IL 60649



The MoonRose agency

MISSION: Our central aim is to build vibrant communities through stronger, healthier businesses. We empower business owners, non-profits and chambers of commerce with the tools and education necessary to grow and progress in the market place. We focus on helping these entities find clarity of purpose, market position, branding & identity and new sources of revenue all at an affordable, transparent price.



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Free Business Workshop:

 City Hall’s Solution Station Offers Free Help for Entrepreneurs

Counseling provided by Score, The Law Project, WBDC, Accion, and the IRS

Jack Halpin of Score Chicago helps a budding entrepreneur at the Solution Station.

Do you need guidance with your small business or help getting a business started?


Visit the City of Chicago’s Small Business Solution Station for free one-on-one business counseling. This is where you can talk to an expert about business planning, legal issues, small business loans, tax matters, or just get expert advice. Counseling is offered at City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, in Room 800.

The Solution Station is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Counseling is provided by our partner organizations SCORE, The Law Project, the Women’s Business Development Center, and ACCION Chicago.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is at the Small Business Solution Station from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the last Friday of every month. They also offer a bilingual (Spanish/English) staff who can address tax-related matters for small businesses.

An appointment to visit the Solution Station is not necessary, but can be scheduled by calling 312-744-2086 or emailing BACPoutreach@cityofchicago.orgThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..”>




Chef Sara Cafe  
7201 S Exchange Ave (at 72nd St) Chicago, IL 60649
Neighborhood: South Shore (773) 359-4637



Give Me Some Sugah “Bakery Cafe'”
2234 E 71st St, Chicago, IL 60649
(773) 363-9330






7101 S Yates Blvd
Chicago, Illinois
Call (224) 650-9329




1849 East 79th
Chicago, Illinois
Call (773) 530-0045






Parrot Cage

South Shore Cultural Center



C & G Restaurant
3003 E 92nd St, Chicago, IL 60617
(773) 734-0512



Small World Bar & Grill

3325 E 106th

Chicago, Illinois





Steve’s Lounge 
13200 S Baltimore Ave
(773) 646-1071



TNT Mexican Restaurant

8929 S Commercial Ave, Chicago, IL 60617
Phone(773) 768-4153



Mikkey’s Restaurant 
8126 S Stony Island Ave, Chicago, IL 60617
(773) 902-280


La Michoacana Premium
10533 S Ewing Ave, Chicago, IL 60617
Phone(773) 437-3644



10618 Ewing Ave
Chicago, Illinois
(773) 842-4407



House of Bing Chinese Restaurant

6930 South Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60649 Phone: 773-363-5400



Total Hegewisch Nutrition at 13251 S. Baltimore. For any inquiries on personal training or any drinks, contact Jesse at (219) 678-7536 or at




Ujamaa Network
One of the Largest Email Client List to Promote Your Business
Web Design & Advertising Co-op
Mike House, E-Marketing Specialist



Making a video can be expensive and intimidating. At Full Video Production Services, however, there´s no need to sacrifice high quality video production and outstanding service in the interest of saving money. You can have it all. 

2226 E 71st

Chicago, Illinois

Call (773) 580-1453





Be You. Be True. Be About It.

Not only do we help you publish your book, we even help with events planning and advertising. Why keep asking how to be published or saying you want to be published, when you can be published here today? Why settle for dreaming of being an author when you’ve kept what you’ve written over the years, or you’ve written the new messages that you have been charged with sharing, and you are in a position to be published immediately?
RAVEN-Graphic Designer
Raven Bedenfield, Owner


 Williams Financial Services– Start Your Business Here!
Sharonda Williams, Accountant, MSA” data-mce-href=”“>
Small Business Accounting, Tax Preparation & Planning Booking, Cash Flow Management, Payroll Processing

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Stony Island, Chicago


L.E. Werner & Associates
Quickbooks Pro Advisor
Lee Werner, CPA Certified or” data-mce-href=”“>

Crown Capital Management-Invest Money
Kevin Greer
312-216-5161” data-mce-href=”“>


GMR Bookkeeping & Accounting Services
Gwendolyn M. Robinson, Owner
Set up Accounting Systems, Monthly Financial Report, Tax Preparation or” data-mce-href=”“>

Farmers Insurance
Warner E. Brown, Insurance & Financial Service Agent
8055 South Stony Island” data-mce-href=”“>


 Genesis Print & Copy Services-Promote Business
Joleena Ramos, Asst. Manager or” data-mce-href=”“>
8319 S. Stony Island


 Western & Southern Life /Financial Group
Ora Floyd, Sale Representative” data-mce-href=”“> or

Myra Dunbar Braggs, Nail Technician
1859 E. 87th St


 Kale Realty Sell Property
Brian Colebrook, Broker Associated or” data-mce-href=”“>
312-939-5253 or cell 773-396-4766


 Perfect Perfections Catering*Great Food*
Nikida Brock, Chef” data-mce-href=”“>


 ADP Small Business Services
Justin Brown, Senior District Manager” data-mce-href=”“>


 Tranquility+two Cleaning Services
“Your Home should be your one place of sweet serenity”
Cnantel Marsh


 WVON 1690
Deanna Burrell, Market Specialist” data-mce-href=”“>
1000 E. 87th St
773-247-6200 ext. 427


Single Girl Summer
Deanna Kimberly Burrell, Author

Iman Carter-Cowans, Associate” data-mce-href=”“> or
312-661-1222 ext 4255

Clarence McMillan, Game Deisigner Technology” data-mce-href=”“>



CopyLine Magazine
Connecting News, Business, & People
Juanita Bratcher, Journalist, Author, Publisher, Poet & Songwriter” data-mce-href=”“>
773-375-8127 or 773-437-3841


Dreamexchange Construction & Remodeling Inc.
Cordell Watkins, License & Bonded
8334 South Stony Island
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State Farm
Charles A. Cathey Jr. Agent
1700 E. 87th Street
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Lisa Kidd, Crew Chief


Homemaking Skills Institute
Betty Jo Nichols, Executive, Director” data-mce-href=”“>

Brad’s Tire, Inc
9100 S. Chicago Ave


Farmer Insurance
Lanita Ross, Agent” data-mce-href=”“>

Word of Mouth Speech Project
Gloria A. Lewis, Speech Specialist


Bernard’s Wear Hats & Clothing
9017 S. Commercial


Orlando Davis, Cash Flow Consultant
Assist Doctor’s Office with Billing
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Krazy Kake House
Homemade Cakes and More



South Side All Breed Dog Training Club  dogSS Logo

Why train your dog? Here are a couple of reasons:

Dog misbehaving? If you had to sit in a house, unable to do anything but lay around, what would YOU do? Become so bored you might chew a couch?

  • Behavior problems are the number one reason why so many dogs are in our crowded shelters today!!  Approximately 8-12 million companion animals enter a shelter nation wide and approximately 5-9  million are euthanized each year. Which can be solved with proper training and patience.
  • It is essential for a dog’s mental development to start training in a positive manner.
  • It’s good exercise!  Number 1 reason dogs developed ‘bad behavior’ is lack of exercise.
  • It keeps a great bond between you (your family) and your dog for a lasting family friend.
  • Your dog will be well mannered.
  • Bragging rights.. You can show off in front of your family and friends!
  • The possibility to show your dogs in AKC shows and receive titles.

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