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Illinois Business Aid, Relief and Resources Due to COVID-19

For Our Businesses...

Small Business Safe Reopening Grant Program

In response to the widespread economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and in an effort to assist local small businesses absorb the costs of reopening in a safe manner, the City of Des Plaines has established the Small Business Safe Reopening Grant Program for qualifying small businesses and restaurants in the community. Visit our Business Assistance page for eligibility requirements and to download the application.

Resurgence Mitigation, as of February 2, 2021

Suburban Cook County is now in Phase 4 of the State’s Restore Illinois Plan. This means that restaurants and bars can resume limited indoor dining. Be sure to make reservations and follow public health measures when dining out.  These mitigation efforts will impact many businesses in our community and a full list of the guidelines can be seen on the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity website.

IDPH will continue to track the positivity rate in regions requiring additional mitigations over a 14-day monitoring period to determine if mitigations can be relaxed, if additional mitigations are required, or if current mitigation should remain in place.

UPDATES: Reopening Businesses and Outside Dining Guidelines for Restaurants

  • Phase 3 Delivery of Alcoholic Spirit Order allowing restaurants and bars with on-premises liquor licenses to sell beer, wine, and alcoholic spirits “to-go” in their original unopened packages: June 9, 2020 Supplemental Order.

  •  "Restore Illinois" Link for Businesses is a five-phased plan that will reopen our state, guided by health metrics and with marked by distinct business, education, and recreation activities characterizing each phase:

Direct Grants and Financial Assistance

Direct Resources for Businesses

  • Harper College SBDC has free online webinars to help businesses get online and to use social media - (go to the bottom of the webpage)
  • has various resources for businesses 
  • Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce has ongoing webinars on a variety of topics to help their business members
  • is a great resource for manufacturer’s in Illinois – there is a hotline for technical questions and webinars to help companies get through these uncertain times

US SBA Small Business Loan Program: Coronavirus Relief Options
Our nation's small businesses are facing an unprecedented economic disruption due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. On Friday, March 27, 2020, the President signed into law the CARES Act, which contains $376 billion in relief for American workers and small businesses. In addition to traditional SBA funding programs, the CARES Act established several new temporary programs to address the COVID-19 outbreak:


Illinois State Treasure’s Office Emergency Loan ProgramThe State of Illinois now has a small business relief loan program due to the novel coronavirus. The Illinois State Treasurer’s Office will be working with local banks and credit unions to offer bridge loans to cover payroll and other business expenses.

  • Eligible businesses have to be working with approved lending institutions and credit unions.
  • The business applying must be headquartered in Illinois

Visit or call 217.558.6217 for additional assistance on the State of Illinois program. Use the following link to learn more and apply 


VITAL RESOURCES FOR ORGANIZATIONS & BUSINESSES  (Source:Illinois Economic Development Association)