Resources for Northbrook businesses

Community Encouraged to Support Northbrook Restaurants & Win!

While the State’s most recent COVID-19 mitigation measures temporarily keep us from dining indoors, they won’t keep us from supporting our favorite Northbrook restaurants! Now more than ever, our beloved Northbrook restaurants need our support. From November 1 to December 31, spend $50+ at any Northbrook restaurant for a chance to win a $50 restaurant gift card. Submit a picture of your receipt showing the date of purchase and order total to business@northbrook.il.us. Every submitted receipt is one chance to win. Up to 10 winners (limit one winner per residence per week) will be selected every Monday from November 9-January 4 and will be notified by email. 

And don’t forget, when ordering in or picking up carryout – skip the disposable cutlery and individually packaged condiments when you can.

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Illinois Enters Tier 3 COVID-19 Mitigations
Effective Friday, November 20, at 12:01am, all Illinois regions will enter Tier 3 COVID-19 Resurgence Mitigations. Tier 3 builds on the Resurgence Mitigation Plan first released in July to suppress the spread of the virus and ensure our hospitals do not become overrun. This new tier aims to limit gatherings and encourages people to stay home to the greatest extent possible, while permitting some industries to remain open at significantly reduced capacities with proper safety measures in place. 

Tier 3 COVID-19 Resurgence Mitigations 

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.

State Issues Additional COVID-19 Mitigations

Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced COVID-19 resurgence mitigations for suburban Cook County (Region 10), effective at 12:01am on Wednesday, October 28. Region 10 has had eight consecutive days of increases in test positivity and seven days of increased hospital admissions. The sustained increases exceed the thresholds set for establishing mitigation measures under the state’s Restore Illinois Resurgence Plan.

Mitigation measures, which do not currently apply to schools, include the following:

Bars

  • No indoor service
  • All outside bar service closes at 11pm
  • All bar patrons should be seated at tables outside
  • No ordering, seating, or congregating at bar (bar stools should be removed) 
  • Tables should be 6 feet apart 
  • No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting
  • No dancing or standing indoors
  • Reservations required for each party
  • No seating of multiple parties at one table

Restaurants

  • No indoor dining or bar service
  • All outdoor dining closes at 11pm
  • Outside dining tables should be 6 feet apart
  • No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting
  • Reservations required for each party 
  • No seating of multiple parties at one table

Meetings, Social Events, Gatherings

  • Limit to lesser of 25 guests or 25 percent of overall room capacity
  • No party buses
  • Gaming and Casinos close at 11pm, are limited to 25 percent capacity, and follow mitigations for bars and restaurants, if applicable

In the coming days, IDPH will continue to track the positivity rate in Region 10 to determine if mitigations can be relaxed, if additional mitigations are required, or if current mitigations should remain in place.

Are you a business interested in outdoor dining concepts? Read the International Code Council's Considerations for Converting Outdoor Spaces into Temporary Seating Spaces.  

Promotion Opportunities

We want to help you promote your adjusted services, menu, and offerings! For a limited time, the Village will be sharing custom business promotions on our Facebook page, reaching our 4,400+ followers. 

Fill out this form to let us know some basic details and what information you’d like us to promote.

Example:

Basu Example

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 cookcountysmallbusinessassistance.com

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

Chamber Logo

U.S. Small Business Administration

SBA logo

Illinois Department of Public Health

IDPH

Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity

IDCEO

Illinois Restaurant Association

Illinois Restaurant Association

Village of Northbrook LinkedIn

LinkedIn

Face Covering Requirements

As of 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. Face coverings are required in public indoor spaces, such as stores, and places where proper 6-foot social distancing cannot be maintaned. 

Updated Policy for Face Coverings

Governor Pritzker issued an expanded statewide policy requiring customers to wear a face covering when interacting with staff at a bar or restaurant. These new guidelines will require patrons to wear a mask during any interaction with wait staff, food service workers, and other employees at bars and restaurants. Face coverings are to be worn over the nose and mouth when patrons are approached and served by staff, both indoors and outdoors. Read more about the policy.

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.