Updated: Local business and COVID-19

“The information for businesses is changing so fast, and there’s so much information out there,” says Business & Government Librarian Bridget Optholt. Below, find some state and local resources for clarification and further help.

The latest Illinois state plans and orders

Read the March 18 plan from Gov. J.B. Pritzker: A Bridge to Phase 5 (pdf) and the latest COVID-19 Update from the State of Illinois (pdf).

What local businesses are open?

See the current Phase 4 Operating Guidelines for Businesses in the State of Illinois. 

  • Carry Out Oak Park is a site created by the Oak Park Economic Development Corporation that lists restaurants and retailers that are open for delivery, take-out, and pickup.
  • POP (Pick Oak Park) is a site that lists products and offerings from 70 different Oak Park businesses.
  • Takeout 25 Oak Park is a campaign to enlist Oak Parkers to spend $25 a week at locally owned Oak Park food establishments.

Where can local businesses get help?

The Oak Park Economic Development Corporation (OPEDC) aggregates resources and information for businesses affected by COVID-19. See OPEDC’s links to resources for businesses »

The Oak Park-River Forest Chamber of Commerce is also providing important resources and updates available to all businesses. Highlights include guidelines on childcare for essential workers, Small Business Administration loans and online trainings, and financial assistance from the Illinois State Treasurer’s Office. See resources from the chamber »

Looking for more social-emotional support? See our social services resources and check out this Community-based resource guide (pdf) »

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