Uptown Business Center

What is the Uptown Business Center?

The Uptown Business Center (UBC) is managed by Uptown United, and aims to support new and existing Chicago-based business owners with licensing, permitting, and additional specialized business assistance in collaboration with the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP), local Chambers, and community partners. In total, there are 8 community  Chicago Business Centers located throughout the city. Services are free of charge. Visit chicago.gov/cbc or click here for more information.

Who does the Uptown Business Center help?

Whether you are in the “idea stage” of opening a business for the first time or an experienced owner, the Uptown Business Center is here to assist you with:

  • Business planning
  • City of Chicago licensing and permitting: Click Here for Licensing Basics
  • Financing assistance
  • 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. 

Click here to schedule a consultation

Or, contact our Business Center Manager:
Heather Saenger

Upcoming Business Center Events

“Social Media 101” Virtual Workshop – Monday May 16 | 1PM | REGISTER

At the request of our partners at the Quad Communities Development Corporation and Uptown United, Choose Chicago’s social media manager Joanie Faletto will offer a master class on digital marketing for small businesses. Joanie will cover some of the basic tools and resources available to businesses looking to attract and retain customers in a digital-first age. She’ll also be taking your online marketing questions!




Verizon Small Business Digital Ready | Now Accepting Applications

Digital Ready is an online curriculum designed to give small businesses personalized tools to succeed in today’s digital world. Learning modules, expert coaching, peer networking, access grant opportunities throughout the year and more—it’s all part of Verizon’s goal to provide resources to help one million small businesses thrive in the digital economy. $10,000 grant opportunities now available.

To apply, complete two courses or coaching events between 1/1/22 – 6/30/22, and apply by 6/30/22. Click here to register and for full details.

All Chicago Business Centers

Calumet Area Industrial Commission 
Allies for Community Business
Puerto Rican Cultural Center
Greater Southwest Development Corporation
North River Commission
Austin African American Business Networking Association
Quad Cities Development Corporation
Uptown United

Partner Chambers of Commerce and Business Support Organizations

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 community partners:
Uptown Chamber of Commerce
Rogers Park Business Alliance
Edgewater Chamber of Commerce
Andersonville Chamber of Commerce
Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce
West Ridge Chamber of Commerce
Lincoln Bend Chamber of Commerce
Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce
Lakeview Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce
Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce
Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce
North Center Chamber of Commerce
Small Business Development Center at the Chinese Mutual Aid Association

Partner Ward Offices:

40th Ward – Alderman Andre Vasquez
43rd Ward – Alderwoman Michele Smith
44th Ward – Alderman Tom Tunney
46th Ward – Alderman James Cappleman
47th Ward – Alderman Matt Martin
48th Ward – Alderman Harry Osterman
49th Ward – Alderwoman Maria Hadden
50th Ward – Alderwoman Debra Silverstein