World Business Chicago (WBC) leads Chicago’s business retention, attraction and expansion efforts and raises the city’s position as a premier global business destination. Chaired by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, WBC fosters private sector growth and jobs through the advancement of a business-friendly environment that attracts world class talent.
A not-for-profit economic development organization directed by Rita R. Athas, World Business Chicago advances Chicago’s position as a thriving location for business and enhances economic growth in the best city in the world in which to live, work, and play.
WBC’s staff navigates the site selection process for businesses by providing economic and industry data, site location assistance, state and local incentive information, and bringing together key parties to spur and accelerate economic growth.
WBC’s Board of Directors includes prominent business leaders who guide the enhancement of Chicago’s economy through the growth of its business community.
The City of Chicago's Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) is dedicated to empowering businesses to grow and succeed. BACP issues Business Licenses and Public Way Use Permits. The department ensures compliance with business and consumer laws and also provides access to free business education and resources.
For more information on inspections, permits, or starting a business in Chicago, see our Directory of Resources.