The Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) ensures a fair and vibrant market place for both businesses and consumers. BACP licenses businesses and public vehicles, provides business education and access to resources, enforces the Municipal Code, and protects consumers from fraud.

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Preview the Small Business Center website, a one-stop destination for small business owners and entrepreneurs, for information on licenses, permits, and additional resources: Small Business Center Please send your feedback to

The Lincoln Bend Chamber of Commerce has partnered with 40th Ward Alderman Patrick O'Connor and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) to offer 40th Ward residents FREE Rain Barrels. The 55-gallon barrels are made of recycled plastic and connect to downspouts to capture rainwater from roofs to save for later use, such as washing cars, watering lawns, cleaning tools, etc. The Rain Barrels also help prevent sewer overflows and flooding. Homeowners may order up to 4 barrels , and there is a choice of colors. The barrels come with connecting hardware and detailed instructions, and are delivered FREE to homes. To place an order, 40th Ward residents can stop by the 40th Ward service office at 5850 N. Lincoln Avenue, or call 773-769-1140 or visit Orders for the free barrels must be place no later that December 31, 2016. After the deadline, barrels may be purchased from MWRD for $47.85 or $51.67 (depending on color choice).

Please join us for 2016! If your business is within the boundaries of Lincoln Avenue from Foster to Peterson, Peterson Avenue from Lincoln east to Western, and Western Avenue from Peterson south to Foster, then you are in our district and we would love to have you as a member.l The year's subscription will include many networking and educational opportunities, all designed to strengthen your business. Mail back your 2016 dues to: Lincoln Bend Chamber, 5700 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60659.
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Looking for a property for your business? Site Selector is a web application which allows users to search for and post available industrial, office, and retail properties. These properties may be layered on a map, with the ability to add various other infrastructure and amenities layers, such as industrial corridors and “L” and Metra lines. Incentive program layers such as TIF may also be overlaid with the tool. Individual listings provide detailed property information, including square footage and rent or sale price. Site Selector is hosted by World Business Chicago (WBC) and is located at Site Selector’s listings are populated by, a real estate marketplace company contracted by World Business Chicago to provide listing capability to NBDCs and real estate brokers. For help with, email

Looking for free legal assistance for your small business? Attend one of these Free Legal Clinics offered by The Law Project* and the City of Chicago's Neighborhood Business Development Centers.

All of the Lincoln Bend Chamber of Commerce business district is located in the 40th Ward of the City of Chicago. Visit 40th Ward Alderman Patrick O'Connor's website at for timely information regarding area news and important community notices. Alderman O'Connor's website is updated regularly and includes many community links of interest.

Has your business been a victim of bad checks? The Cook County State's Attorney's Office has a cost free service to assist businesses hurt by bad check issues. If you would like to obtain information on this program, contact Prosecutor Relations Manager Gloria Jean Waber at 866-581-7284 or email or visit

A Reminder-Snow & ice removal, along with litter pick-up, are required of business owners/licensees. Please take care to remove snow and ice, and any litter, from sidewalks abutting your property. Questions? Call the 40th Ward Superintendent's Office at 312-744-8387.

Rosehill Cemetery & Mausoleum, 5800 N. Ravenswood Avenue, will again be offering their bimonthly walking tours of the historic cemetery on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month. This free tour highlights Rosehill's history, sculptures, and stories from the lives of famous Chicago pioneers and politicians buried there, including Civil War generals and Chicago Mayors, Banker Norman W. Harris, Hot Dog King Oscar Mayer, Montgomery Ward, Richard Sears, and suffragette Frances Willard. Tours meet at the Rosehill's Ravenswood gates at 10 a.m. For more information, call (773)561-5940.

Lincoln Bend Chamber of Commerce Members:$$AVE on your office product purchases with the Office Depot Chamber of Commerce Program, created exclusively for Chamber members. Save significantly on your office supply purchases, along with furniture, janitorial supplies, breakroom materials, and more. Download the flyer, and start taking advantage of the savings, along with easy, on-line ordering, etc. Questions: Contact Brian Axelrood, 630-234-0792, email Flyer

Advertise your business to the thousands who drive through our business district daily. The Lincoln Bend Chamber of Commerce is selling newly designed and colorful banners, which will feature your business name and be displayed on the street poles in our area. To view the banners and download an order form,click here:

The Illinois State Treasurer's Office is launching the Cultivate Illinois Green Energy Program, an environmental initiative, to assist businesses, nonprofits and local governments finance the purchase or installation of energy efficient equipment, such as solar panels, solar thermal energy systems, or other energy efficient equipment and upgrades. Cultivate Illinois Green Energy is a linked deposit program that promotes "Going Green" statewide. For more information or to participate, please contact the Treasurer's Office at 217-557-6436 or visit and follow the Cultivate Illinois link.

Did you wonder how you can pay your property tax bills? How you can get your property tax refund? How you can see your payment or exemption history? How to find services for seniors? You can get the answers to such questions by going to : The Cook County Treasurer's website has a wealth of information about the property tax system in 21 languages and about individual properties.

Lincoln Bend Business Owners & Managers: The Chicago Police District's 2016 CAPS meeting schedule for our area, Beat 2011, is as follows: (Please note, all meetings begin at 7 p.m. and all are held at the 20th District Police Station Community Room, 5400 N. Lincoln Avenue)
Monday, February 1
Monday, April 4
Monday, June 6
Monday, August 8
Monday, October 3
Monday, December 5

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