Resources for Northbrook businesses

Illinois Enters Phase 5 of Restore Illinois

Illinois is now in Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois reopening plan. Effective June 11, the state has eliminated all capacity limits on businesses, large-scale events, conventions, amusement parks, and all other venues. Mask requirements for vaccinated and non-vaccinated individuals continue to align with CDC guidelines. Read the recommended public health guidelines from IDPH here.

ComEd Small Business Assistance Program

ComEd is offering eligible small business customers, whose service has not been disconnected, a one-time grant equal to 30% of their total ComEd balance (up to $1,000) that will be applied to the past due balance and the remaining balance can be spread over a payment plan of up to six months.

Small business customers whose service has been disconnected within the past 30 days may be eligible for a one-time grant equal to 30% of the total ComEd balance (up to $1,000) to help reconnect their service if accompanied with a payment of the remaining balance due.

See eligibility and apply here.

Support Northbrook Businesses

Tell Us What You Need! 

How can the Village of Northbrook support the business community? Business owners, managers, operators, employees, etc., the Village wants to hear from YOU

Fill out this brief survey to tell us what the Village can do to help.

Marketing Materials

Northbrook is stronger because of our vibrant and resilient business community. To emphasize this, we’ve started the ’Making Northbrook Stronger’ campaign. 

Participate in this movement by downloading the logo below to use in your promotions or to print and display in your window. You can also use the #MakingNorthbrookStronger hashtag on your social media platforms or any other methods of marketing. 

Business Assistance Logo

Click here to download a JPEG version of the logo.

Click here to download a PDF version of the logo.

Northbrook Public Library Business SurveyPhoto of the Northbrook Public Library

The Northbrook Public Library serves the local business community by providing access to resources, databases, educational classes and videos, meeting rooms, and more. Please take a few minutes to fill out a short survey about how the library is currently serving your business and what they could do in the future to be even more helpful.

Funding Opportunities

Cook County COVID-19 Recovery: Small Business Assistance

As part of Cook County’s ongoing COVID-19 Community Recovery Initiative efforts, the Bureau of Economic Development, in partnership with more than 35 county-wide organizations, is providing critical support for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Program offerings include:

  • Cook County / Chicago Business Advising Program
  • Business Resiliency Webinars

Learn more at

Round 2: Business Interruption Grants (BIG)

Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) recently announced the opening of a new $220 million round of Business Interruption Grants (BIG). Grants are available to small businesses heavily impacted by COVID-19 that have been unable to reopen since the spring or are operating at a severely diminished capacity. Applications are being accepted now, and resources to help you apply are available on the DCEO's website.

Federal CARES Act

The federal CARES Act 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.

CARES Act Resources: 

Cook County Community Recovery Initiative 

Cook County created the Community Recovery Initiative in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Community Recovery Initiative is a comprehensive economic relief program and consists of a variety of supportive services, including the Community Recovery Fund and the Technical Assistance Network to assist small businesses, nonprofits, and independent contractors. Get all the details here

Community Recovery Fund

  • Targeted for small businesses and independent contractors
  • Provides up to $20,000 in zero-interest loans for small businesses and $10,000 for independent contractors in suburban Cook County. Loans will be administered by the Chicago Community Loan Fund and provided by a network of community lenders. 
  • Offers immediate relief

Technical Assistance Network

  • Provides access to available financial products at the state and federal level
  • Answers questions and helps navigate pathways
  • Connects to business counseling and coaching
  • Assists with intake services, loan packaging, and process management

Quick Links for Businesses

Northbrook Chamber of Commerce

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U.S. Small Business Administration

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Illinois Department of Public Health


Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity


Illinois Restaurant Association

Illinois Restaurant Association

Village of Northbrook LinkedIn


Restore Illinois: What Does it Mean for my Business?

On May 5, Governor Pritzker released Restore Illinois, a five-phased plan that will reopen our state, guided by health metrics and with distinct business, education, and recreation activities characterizing each phase. The Restore Illinois plan recognizes that the economy will start growing again when consumers feel that it is safe to return to work, shop and dine out, and engage in social and recreational activities.