Businesses & Restaurants

As our daily lives and routines keep changing, please make an effort to support Northbrook restaurants and businesses while still practicing safe social distancing.

Phase 3 Guidelines for Restore Illinois

Governor Pritzker recently announced updates to Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan that will allow certain businesses to resume operations with restrictions in place. In Phase 3, bars and restaurants will have the option to open to the public for outdoor seating, in addition to current delivery, drive-thru, and pickup options. The Village is working to expedite an outdoor dining permitting process that adheres to the Governor’s Phase 3 modifications. Under the Governor’s Restore Illinois Plan, the earliest date Phase 3 could begin is May 29.

The Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) released guidelines for reopening and returning to work safely. Any questions can be directed to the DCEO by email
 to or by phone at 1-800-252-2923.

Governor Pritzker Extends Modified Stay-At-Home Order

On Thursday, April 23, Governor Pritzker announced that he will be extending the State’s Stay-At-Home Order through May. The Order, effective May 1, includes modifications from the previous Order regarding essential businesses. 
Read the State’s FAQ on essential businesses.

Read the full Order here.

Northbrook Chamber Survey

The Northbrook Chamber of Commerce is conducting a survey to gain better insight into how the coronavirus is affecting the local business community. The Chamber asks that you take a moment to answer 10 short questions so they may continue to address your concerns during this challenging time. Take the survey

President Frum Issues New Supplemental Order Requiring Face Coverings

Update: On May 1, Governor Pritzker’s Stay-At-Home Order extension requires face coverings for persons over the age of two who are able to medically tolerate a face covering or a mask.

Following the
 recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Village President Frum has issued a new Supplemental Order requiring face coverings for persons over the age of five when performing essential activities, effective Monday, April 20. The Order states the following:

  1. All persons over the age of five are required to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth made of cloth or other material while: 
    • Working in or patronizing essential businesses and operations that are open to the public or when employees have contact with the public. 
    • Engaging in essential activities such as shopping for necessary supplies and services, seeking medical supplies or medication, or visiting a health care professional. Read an FAQ for businesses here
    • Riding in public transportation, taxis, or ride share vehicles.
  2. A business owner or operator may refuse admission or service to any individual who fails to wear a face covering as required by this Supplemental Order. 
  3. Exceptions:
    • When a person is engaged in outdoor activity and permissible outdoor physical activity, as defined in Governor Pritzker’s Stay at Home Order (such as walking, hiking, running, or biking), and as further restricted by the April 2, 2020 Supplemental Order Regarding Contact Sports and Group Recreation, while at the same time practicing social distancing of at least six feet from others.
    • When riding in a personal vehicle.
    • When a person is alone or with members of a household or residence in a private space that is not open to the general public. 
    • When doing so poses a greater health, safety, or security risk to the person or to the public.
  4. Appropriate face coverings include non-medical grade masks, homemade masks, scarves, bandanas, or handkerchiefs. 
  5. Medical-grade masks and N95 respirators are not recommended for general public use under this Supplemental Order, and should be reserved for use by health care and medical providers and first responders.

Read the full Order here. This Order is pursuant to the Village’s Declaration of Emergency issued on March 26 and in addition to the Supplemental Order issued by President Frum on April 2.

Compliance with the Order

If you witness someone violating this Order in an essential business, please contact the business owner or manager. To focus on emergency needs, our Police Department may not respond to every reported violation of this Order in person. Our Officers will also contact business owners by phone when there is a reported violation. 

If you are an essential business, the Village has created posters you can download, print, and display with information on this Order. 

Federal "CARES" Act

The federal CARES Act, passed last week, includes a number of stimulus programs designed to help small businesses maintain their operations through the COVID-19 emergency. The Act’s Payroll Protection Program (PPP) enables eligible businesses to receive a forgivable loan to use for payroll purposes, utilities, rent, mortgage interest payments, and more. The SBA will begin accepting applications from approved Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) lenders again on Monday, April 27 at 9:30am

CARES Act Resources:

Business Webinars from Rep. Brad Schneider

Small Business and Nonprofit Webinars

Congressman Brad Schneider was joined by a representative of the U.S. Small Business Administration for two webinars on resources created by the recently passed CARES Act, including the Paycheck Protection Program loans, Small Business Debt Relief Program, Employee Retention Tax Credit, Employer Payroll Tax Deferral, and Business Counseling.

The first session iwas for small businesses and the second session iwas for nonprofits. Watch the recordings below:

Restaurants Offer Dine-In Alternatives

Effective March 16 at 9 pm, Governor Pritzker shut down dine-in operations for restaurants and bars statewide. We encourage the community to continue supporting local businesses and restaurants - click here for an interactive map or a list of restaurants offering delivery, drive-thru, carry out, and curbside pickup, compiled by the Northbrook Chamber of Commerce

The Village of Northbrook is committed to helping local restaurants and has taken the following steps:

  • Shopping center owners are allowed to designate non-accessible parking spots in their lots for food pickup.
  • Downtown restaurants facing the street are allowed a designated parking spot each for curbside pickup and delivery operations. 

Shop Local

Small businesses and local businesses are being affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, so consider showing your support for the business community with the following actions:

  • Purchase gift cards for later use
  • Order items for future pickup
  • Order for “no contact” delivery or pickup
  • Leave a generous tip
  • Remember to say "thank you" to service workers
  • Stay in touch with local businesses as situations change and develop
  • Join the Live Shop Dine text program to to get updates and great deals from restaurants and businesses. Text “NBK” to 55678 or sign up online here

Northbrook Grocery Stores

Grocery stores are experiencing an increase in business as the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation develops. We encourage you to shop local and be courteous to employees and other shoppers in this time of change, while practicing social distancing and hygiene. See below for a list of Northbrook grocery stores and their current hours of operation (subject to change). As a reminder, please do not hoard food or supplies, and do not buy more than you need out of panic. See the IDPH's guidance on grocery store etiquette.

Grocery Stores

Opportunities for Retailers & Restaurants

The Northbrook Chamber of Commerce offers marketing opportunities for retailers and restaurants, including the Live Shop Dine text program and the Northbrook Shopping Elf Facebook page. Send an email to with questions or to join:

  • Text program sends 2-3 texts per month. Community members can join by texting “NBK” to 55678 or online here
  • Facebook page has over 2,000 followers.