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Information for Local Businesses

The City is committed to supporting local businesses during this time, understanding that our small business owners are making great sacrifices to support city- and statewide measures to protect public health. This page consolidates information about resources available to businesses and compiles in one place the information the City is sharing regularly with our business community. To receive these updates in your inbox, please sign up for our Business Development eNews.  

Phase 4 Reopening Update:
June 26, 2020: The State of Illinois has entered Phase 4. The State issued Phase 4 Guidelines for Reopening on June 22, 2020. An overview of changes from Phase 3 has also been released. More information is available on the City's Phase 4 Implementation page.

City of Highland Park Applications for Temporary Outdoor Expansion Permits

Temporary Outdoor Expansion for Restaurants, Retailers, Service Businesses and Fitness Businesses

Temporary Outdoor Expansion for Fitness Classes on City Property

Outdoor Dining Areas

Business Town Hall Resources:
The City of Highland Park hosted a virtual Town Hall for businesses on Friday, May 22, at 8:00 AM. Access details are available on the agenda.  The recording and Q&A are now available. Please download the following materials referenced during the meeting: 

The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) launched its first round of Business Interruption Grants (BIG), which provided $60 million to businesses experiencing losses or business interruption as a result of COVID-19 related closures. The first round BIG Program was available to up to 3,500 Illinois businesses. DCEO accepted applications from June 26th to July 7th. Funds were distributed to qualifying businesses in early July. Learn more about BIG here.


Resources for Reopening

Business Development eNews: Special COVID-19 Editions

Upcoming Webinars & Archived Presentations

State of Illinois Relief for Small Businesses

Federal Relief for Small Businesses

Other Opportunities for Small Business Relief

Resources & Toolkits

Information for Employers