Uptown Business Center

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Connect with the Uptown Business Center’s Free Business Services for Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses!

The Uptown Business Center (UBC) is managed by Uptown United, and supports new and existing business owners and entrepreneurs within the East-West boundaries of Lake Shore Drive to the Chicago River, and North-South boundaries of Lincoln Park to Rogers Park. Whether you’re in the idea stage of your business or a long-standing business owner, the UBC provides a suite of free business services!  

Sign up for a free UBC Business Consultation today for a wide range of free services including:  

  • Licensing Assistance: choosing and applying for the best license for your business, meeting zoning requirements, securing a liquor license, and more. 
  • Permitting Assistance: applying for and renewing sidewalk cafes, sign permits etc.  
  • Funding Resources: locating traditional and non-traditional financial resources including webinars, connections to local institutions, and the latest local and federal grant/loan information. 
  • Sector-Specific Support: industry events, trainings, webinars, networking opportunities. 
  • Connecting with your local Chamber of Commerce for additional support in marketing, neighborhood events, networking, and more.   

Upcoming Business Resource Events

Money Smart with Wintrust Bank: Tax Planning & Reporting
Thursday, November 30th| 1-2PM | Uptown Business Center, 4619 N Broadway
Join the Uptown Business Center and Wintrust Bank Uptown at 4619 N Broadway for a free training as part of the Money Smart Program on Tax Planning & Reporting. This training will cover small business taxes and requirements at the federal, state, and local levels, tax reporting, and payment planning.

Register for this FREE Event

UBC Resources

These presentations and resource packets cover small business resources and information presented at UBC events. Sign up for a free UBC Business Consultation today to learn about other resources for your businesses and to receive personalized support!


Holiday Marketing Hacks Webinar 10.23.2023


Small Business Insurance Policy Workshop 8.8.2023


Maximizing Social Media & Digital for Your Small Business Workshop 8.29.23

Uptown Business Center Partners

In total, there are 8 community Chicago Business Centers located throughout the city. Services are free. Visit chicago.gov/cbc or click here for more information. The UBC provides assistance with licensing, permitting, and additional specialized business services in collaboration with the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP), local Chambers, and community partners.

Within the map of Lake Shore Drive to the Chicago River, and North-South boundaries of Lincoln Park to Rogers Park, the Uptown Business Center works collaboratively with the following partners:

Chicago Business Centers Partner Chambers of Commerce and Business Support Organizations Aldermanic Offices
Calumet Area Industrial Commission  Uptown Chamber of Commerce Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce 2nd Ward – Ald. Brian Hopkins 49th Ward – Alderwoman Maria Hadden
Allies for Community Business Rogers Park Business Alliance Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce 32nd Ward – Ald.  Scott Waguespack 50th Ward – Alderwoman Debra Silverstein
Puerto Rican Cultural Center Edgewater Chamber of Commerce North Center Chamber of Commerce 40th Ward – Ald. Andre Vasquez
Greater Southwest Development Corporation Andersonville Chamber of Commerce Small Business Development Center at the Chinese Mutual Aid Association 43rd Ward – Ald. Timmy Knudsen
North River Commission Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce Northalsted Business Alliance 44th Ward – Ald. Bennett Lawson
Austin African American Business Networking Association West Ridge Chamber of Commerce 46th Ward – Ald. Angela Clay
Quad Cities Development Corporation Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce 47th Ward – Ald. Matt Martin
Uptown Business Center (managed by Uptown United) Lakeview Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce 48th Ward – Ald. Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth