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2014 Sidewalk Cafe Season Applications Available

The 2014 Sidewalk Café Season begins on March 1st. Sidewalk Café Permits have a nine-month term and must be applied for and issued every year. Businesses with a valid Retail Food Establishment License may apply for a Sidewalk Cafe Permit to serve food outside their restaurant on city sidewalks. Applicants intending to serve liquor at a Sidewalk Cafe must have a valid Liquor License pursuant to Chapter 4-60 of the Municipal Code of the City of Chicago. Completed applications may be submitted via mail, or in person, to our Small Business Center in City Hall, Room 800, 121 North LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60602. For more detailed information related to our Sidewalk Cafe Program, other Public Way Use Permits, or any of the aforementioned required business licenses, please call 312-74-GOBIZ (744-6249) or go to our website at www.cityofchicago.org/bacp.

Any questions regarding accessibility compliance please call the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities at 312-744-4441 or go to their website at www.cityofchicago.orgmopd. The entire Sidewalk Cafe Permit application process may take 30 – 45 days. The Sidewalk Cafe Permit annual, non-refundable, fee varies depending on the size and location of the Sidewalk Café, After your application is approved and introduced to City Council, your fee will be calculated. So please do NOT include any payment with your application submission.

For detailed information visit Sidewalk Café Application Information Package.

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