Business is Open!The Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Chamber of Commerce maintains a list of businesses thare are open and providing essential services to residents during the COVID-19 crisis. Additionally, grassroots organizers have compiled a list of restaurants and food service establishments that offer takeout and carryout services during this time. Visit the LF/LB Takeout Facebook Group to learn more!
The City encourages everyone to support local businesses during this time of emergency, however, please know that the City is not affiliated or in partnership wtih these businesses and has no control over the services they provide. These links are being provided for informational purposes only. You are encouraged to contact businesses directly with any questions or concerns.
Financial Relief and Assistance InformationThere are a number of financial assistance programs for small and mid-size businesses from various departments through both State and Federal government agencies. These programs are continuing to evolve, and in some cases, the rules are still being defined. If you are a small business owner, we encourage you to visit these resources to stay up-to-date:
- The Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Chamber of Commerce has compiled a list of COVID-19 resources for local businesses on their website.
- The Small Business Development Center at College of Lake County produced a Small Business Survival Guide which includes a comprehensive look at the resources currently available to small businesses.
- Make sure to visit the Illinois DCEO Office and the Small Business Assistance websites for information related to various emergency loans, and other Coronavirus Relief Options available through the CARES Act.
The State of Illinois COVID-19 Response Website also includes information on economic assistance and other financial assistance programs including loans, unemployment insurance, utility relief, and others for businesses.