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Round two of the Small Business Together Now fund is closing Today August 31st

Round two of the Together Now fund is closing on August 31st at 11:59PM. As you know, businesses city-wide are eligible, but the focus will be on awarding grants in community areas that received a disproportionately low number of eligible applicants during the first round, particularly South and West Side communities.

Healthy Marketplace Planned For Englewood Gets Boost With $1.75 Million City Grant

The funding for the grocery store and community area is earmarked from the Neighborhood Opportunity Fund, which Mayor Lori Lightfoot is trying to revitalize.

Racial Equity Rapid Response Team Announces Latest Efforts To Address Health Disparities

To provide targeted information and receive direct input from residents in each neighborhood, the RERRT is hosting three tele-town halls, one for each of the priority communities. The town halls will be streamed live through each organization’s social media platforms of South Shore Works, Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation and Austin Coming Together.

COVID-19 Housing Assistance Grant Program available to residents economically impacted

The $2 million COVID-19 Housing Assistance Grant Program is available to people who have suffered an economic impact due to a recent change in employment status. Apply by Wednesday, April 1:

Chicago DPD is accepting applications for three open City Planner positions!

DPD is accepting applications for three open City Planner positions. Applications will be accepted until Thursday, March 5th.

New leadership in the Mayor’s Office and departments to further administration’s top priorities in the first 100 days

CHICAGO—Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot today announced several key staff who will serve in leadership positions in her administration.

Mayor Emmanuel Bids Farewell to City Council & Spring LGBTE Workshop

The week of April 22nd, Mayor Emanuel presided over his final City Council meeting. The meeting was very productive.

2018-2019 Emergency Heating Repair Program

Emergency Heating Repair (EHR) Program is available for income eligible Chicago Homeowners for service to repair or replace their furnance or boiler heating system.

$1 Large Lots program to reopen in December 3rd
$1 Large Lots program to reopen in December
2018 November Small Business Monthly Workshop Calendar

The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) offers FREE business workshops every Wednesday and Friday at City Hall, 8th Floor. 

Local Businesses Show Signs of Supporting Safe Passage Program

This is a wonderful way for businesses, parents, and residents throughout the City to become involve in the community.

Statement from Speaker Madigan Reaction Rahm Emanuel Service Ending

House Speaker Michael J. Madigan released the following statement Tuesday, regarding Rham Emanuel.

City of Chicago Senior Fest

Senior Fest at Millennium Park! Alderman David Moore will be providing courtesy roundtrip transportation to Senior Fest for the 17th Ward Seniors. Space is limited and 17th Ward Seniors will need to RSVP by calling 773-783-3672.

Chicago Cooling Centers to Beat the Heat

Check on a neighbor, city cooling centers available; Additional facilities including libraries, police stations or other structures may be available as conditions warrant. 

City of Chicago Construction Summit 2018

The Department of Procurement Services is hosting its 6th annual Construction Summit 2018. This is a great contract and networking opportunity for prime contractors, sub-contractors, and construction-related business owners.

What's killing CTA train ridership? Two four-letter words.

One of the bigger bets Mayor Rahm Emanuel has placed in his seven years in office has been on public transit.

Sensing the City

The City of Chicago is about to become the front-runner in the latest “smart cities” trend with its latest innovation: Array of Things. 

January 2018 Business Education Workshops

The Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) offers workshops every Wednesday and Friday. Workshops vary each month and are conducted by City Officials, experts, and partner business organizations. All workshops are free, and open to the public. Workshops are held at BACP's offices located in Room 805 and Room 1103 at City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL  60602. 

FPCC Permits Available for Purchase at Dan Ryan Woods Visitor Center

FPCC Permits Available for Purchase at Dan Ryan Woods Visitor Center, Visitors can purchase picnic, event permits. Dan Ryan Woods Visitor Center, Western Ave. & 87th St. Chicago, IL 60620


City of Chicago Refuse and Recycling Holiday Schedule

Please note these important changes to the refuse and recycling schedule due to the Monday, May 29 Memorial Day holiday.  All city-collected refuse will be serviced Tuesday through Friday next week. Residents should ensure all black refuse carts are accessible throughout the week of collection, not solely on their regular day of collection.

FREE business workshops every Wednesday and Friday at City Hall!

The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) offers FREE business workshops every Wednesday and Friday at City Hall, 8th Floor. To register for a workshop call 312-744-2086. You also can register by emailing workshops are free and are located at the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection - City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, Room 805.

HURRY, Auburn Gresham $1 Large Lot Purchase Program Ends May 15th!

If you own land in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood, you can buy up two vacant lots from the City of Chicago for $1 a lot. Go to and follow the simple 3 Steps to apply! The lots must be on the same block as land you already own. Only one application will be accepted per property deed.

Chicago Resident Service Fairs

City of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Invites ALL Chicago Residents to Attend the Chicago Resident Service Fairs. These free Resident Service Fairs will begin on Saturday, March 19th and run over the next two months in different locations throughout Chicago. These will be one-stop workshops where residents can speak with experts from different city agencies to learn more about the many services that are already available, as well as new initiatives that we are launching.

City Promotes Temporary Pop-up Passive Park and Local Jobs In Auburn Gresham

The City of Chicago's plans to develop a "temporary", commemorative walking park at 7901 South Halsted where the old Walgreens once sat.  It would exist only until the site is developed.

Treasurer Summers Kicks Off "77 Proud" with Resource Fair and Panel Discussion

On Friday, Chicago City Treasurer Kurt Summers hosted the first "77 Proud" Financial Education Resource Fair, along with a panel discussion, to commence the initiative sponsored by City Treasurer Kurt Summers. January to March, resource fairs will take place across Chicago to raise awareness of financial education and the resources available. This fair is the first in the "77 Proud" initiative. To learn more, and see the calendar of upcoming events, visit

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