Minimum Wage and Fair Workweek

The annual scheduled increase in Chicago’s minimum wage and a scheduled enhancement of the Fair Workweek ordinance requirements will go into effect on Friday, July 1, 2022. The Chicago minimum wage is tiered for large businesses with 21 or more employees, and small businesses with 4-20 employees. The minimum wage for larger employees increases annually…

A Message from the BACP Commissioner

City of Chicago Business Affairs & Consumer Protection In just the first few months of 2022, we have seen impactful changes take place in our great city. We awarded grants to over 2,000 small businesses and nonprofits through the Chi Biz Strong and Outdoor Dining Grant Programs, enhanced regulation of secondhand dealers and pawnbrokers to further protect against the purchase and sale…

City Announces Indoor Vaccine Requirements

City of Chicago Business Affairs & Consumer Protection // Dec. 21, 2021 Today, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), and the Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) announced that any individual 5 years of age or older will be required to show proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to dine indoors, visit gyms, or enjoy entertainment venues where food…

Reminder: Chicago Mask Mandate in Effect

Under City of Chicago Public Health Order No. 2021-1, business must post signage indicating that masks are mandated for all customers in indoor settings regardless of vaccination status. Signage is available to download by visitingChicago.gov/Reopening, under the Resources drop-down menu, then Communication Resources. Chicago’s Phase 5 Guidance is intended for all types of businesses and…

In Effect: Chicago New Indoor Mask Mandate

City of Chicago Business Affairs & Consumer Protection Effective Friday August 20, 2021, masks are required in all indoor public settings, regardless of vaccination status. Following updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and based on Chicago’s current local COVID-19 data, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) is requiring that…

Updated Chicago Regulations

City of Chicago Business Affairs & Consumer Protection // July 9, 2021   BACP is pleased to announce that Chicago’s City Council passed the Chi Biz Strong Initiative on June 25, 2021. This bold legislative package contains a number of initiatives to help jumpstart our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and set our businesses, workers…

City Announces Expansion of Indoor Dining

CITY OF CHICAGO BUSINESS AFFAIRS & CONSUMER PROTECTION // FEBRUARY 16, 2021 The City of Chicago announced that, effective immediately, indoor service at bars, restaurants and event venues can increase to the lesser of 40% capacity or 50 people per room or floor. This increase is due to the significant progress that Chicago continues to…

Chicago Vaccine Rollout for Grocery Stores

City of Chicago Business Affairs & Consumer Protection // February 4, 2021   Thank you for all you are doing to provide the goods and services our nation needs. We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has presented numerous challenges, forcing you to continually adapt while trying to keep your employees and their families safe. We…

2021 Session Update #9

More Regions Out of Mitigations Tiers / City Remains Under Stricter Guidelines / House Cancels February Session Dates / Rep. Thapedi Announces Resignation   FEBRUARY 2, 2021 Over the last week, all but one region has moved out of the Tier 2 mitigations (only Region 4 remains in Tier 2).  We wanted to update you…