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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 3 Reopening Toolkits:
The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity has released industry-specific guidelines to support businesses as they plan for reopening during Phase 3 of Restore Illinois. The business toolkits provide guidelines and reproducible posters, signage, training checklists and promotional materials to assist business owners in successfully reopening their businesses. Toolkits are available for the following industries: manufacturing, health and fitness centers, offices, personal care services, retail, outdoor recreation, service counters, day camps, youth sports, and restaurants and bars for outdoor dining and drinking. The full toolkit, with information for each industry, is also available for download.

The earliest date Phase 3 may begin is May 29, 2020. Governor Pritzker stated that all four regions of the state continue to be on track to advance to Phase 3 at the end of this month. As a reminder, Highland Park is in the Northeast Region; metrics for all regions are updated daily at .

City of Highland Park Applications for Phase 3 Accommodations
Below, please find applications to allow temporary outdoor dining and other expanded uses of outdoor space consistent with state public health guidelines within the City of Highland Park. Business owners may submit an application to expand use of outdoor settings adjacent to their businesses, such as adding outdoor dining, seating, displays, merchandise, etc. Fitness businesses may apply to use City-owned outdoor property for outdoor classes. There is no fee for this application or permit. Questions regarding these outdoor expansion applications should be directed to the Office of Business Development, at 847.926.1027.

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: 

New: The Illinois Small Business Development & International Trade Center at the College of Lake County has identified four new opportunities for disaster funding:

  1. Inland Bank PPP Loan.
  2. Great Lakes Credit Union PPP Loan. GLCU will begin processing PPP applications at noon, Friday, May 8. The credit union also provided a PPP Applicant Document Checklist and a GLCU Business Membership Application.
  3. Ivanhoe Capital Advisors.
  4. Illinois State Treasurer’s Office Small Business COVID-19 Relief Program.
The Illinois SBDC International Trade Center remains available for virtual appointments. Resources and contact information is available on their website.

Last updated May 24, 2020.

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State of Illinois Relief for Small Businesses

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