Hospitality Business Association of Chicago

Hospitality Business Association of Chicago Protecting, Promoting, and Informing Chicago's locally owned bars and restaurants since 2005. The Hospitality Business Association of Chicago (HBAC) is a non-profit chamber of commerce for Chicago's locally owned bars, restaurants, night clubs and other hospitality venues.

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HBAC urges every member bar and restaurant to contact their members of Congress and urge them to prioritize replenishing...
10/19/2021
Experts worry summer’s robust restaurant industry rebound was ‘an artificial sugar rush’

HBAC urges every member bar and restaurant to contact their members of Congress and urge them to prioritize replenishing the Restaurant Revitalization Fund before the holidays to help the 70% of Chicago hospitality businesses that applied but have yet to receive any aid.

For the second month in a row, jobs growth in the restaurant industry was weak, prompting many to discount the industry’s summer rebound.

On Friday Governor JB Pritzker addressed how much longer the State indoor mask mandate may last.  Bottom line: It's not ...
10/18/2021
Why Gov. Pritzker Says Illinois Indoor Mask Mandate is Still in Place

On Friday Governor JB Pritzker addressed how much longer the State indoor mask mandate may last. Bottom line: It's not getting lifted anytime in the near future and the City of Chicago, despite good Covid metrics, can't adjust it's own mask mandate until the State relaxes their mandate.

(Though the City of Chicago could certainly shift to informational ticketing rather than writing fines...)

Reading between the lines, it appears very unlikely the State mask mandate will ease in the next several weeks. Appears IDPH wants to see how statewide case rates change as people move indoors during colder weather. So please remind your staff to keep those masks on, and mask mandate signage up to help avoid City fines!

https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/illinois-indoor-mask-mandate-wont-change-until-these-key-metrics-decline-pritzker-says/2638324/

Gov. J.B. Pritzker said it remains too early to give an indication of when he might lift Illinois’ indoor mask requirement, even as state COVID-19 metrics continue to dip.

Simple solutions are usually neither, and this is a perfect example. Any valet loading zone restrictions should be laser...
10/15/2021
Council member wants to deny valet license renewals to Chicago bars

Simple solutions are usually neither, and this is a perfect example. Any valet loading zone restrictions should be laser focused on problem establishments as part of existing community meeting/public nuisance hearings. Across the board restrictions on all tavern licensees will needlessly harm many very long time and responsible tavern licensed businesses will just hinder the industry's recovery from the Covid recession.

https://chicago.suntimes.com/city-hall/2021/10/14/22726646/chicago-city-council-bars-valet-parking-licenses-drunk-driving-alderman-brendan-reilly

"There is no reasonable explanation for issuing valet permits to serve taverns and nightclubs that have built a business model around bottle service and rounds of shots," said Ald. Brendan Reilly, whose goal is to prevent patrons of Chicago’s lively bar scene from driving home drunk.

TUESDAY at 3:30pm the Illinois SBA office will present a webinar on the Federal Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) pro...
09/14/2021
COVID EIDL Program Updates

TUESDAY at 3:30pm the Illinois SBA office will present a webinar on the Federal Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program and it's recent expanded loan limits. HBAC strongly recommends every member awaiting RRF grants attend this webinar to learn more about an important tool for small business survival ahead of a very challenging fall and winter season.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/covid-eidl-program-updates-registration-170362426604?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

Join the SBA Illinois District Office for an overview of the COVID EIDL Program, including key updates and enhancements to the program

Consumer uncertainty about the Delta variant led to a shocking drop in hospitality hiring across the US last month.  Whi...
09/07/2021
Restaurants cut jobs last month as the coronavirus surges again

Consumer uncertainty about the Delta variant led to a shocking drop in hospitality hiring across the US last month. While Chicago specific employment figures are not yet available please remind your elected officials of the critical need to avoid any new capacity limiting mitigations and the vital importance of Congress fully funding the Restaurant Revitalization Fund to assist every eligible restaurant that applied.

The industry lost 41,500 jobs in August, ending a long period of growth, as the delta variant strikes around the country.

09/02/2021
illinois.webex.com

If your bar or restaurant was denied during the previous State of Illinois hospitality grant programs and not yet approved by the Federal Restaurant Revitalization HBAC strongly urges you apply for the current State of Illinois "Back to Business" grant program.

There is a $25,000,000 pool of money within the program specifically for hospitality businesses that have not received RRF yet, and the tens of thousands of hospitality businesses that did not receive State of Illinois Business Interruption Grants are prioritized in this latest program.

A comprehensive webinar on the program and how to apply are available online: https://illinois.webex.com/recordingservice/sites/illinois/recording/1022b65de3351039ae7f0050568f9d60/playback

The latest Association newsletter is now available online.  Updates on just enacted State Liquor Control Act changes and...
09/01/2021
City of Chicago mask mandate update, new State alcohol laws

The latest Association newsletter is now available online. Updates on just enacted State Liquor Control Act changes and City of Chicago mask mandates are featured.

If you do not already receive the newsletter directly please use the link in this newsetter to subscribe. HBAC does not generally publicly post our newsletters with public safety/risk management info for bar, restaurant, and music venue owners and email is the only way to receive those alerts.

https://conta.cc/38pS70B

New York City permanently caps food delivery app fees, Chicago sues Grubhub & DoorDash Good afternoon, Below are updates on the latest City of Chicago Covid mitigations, City of Chicago lawsuits again

SUPPLY CHAIN UPDATE: As of Tuesday drivers were striking Sysco's Chicagoland operation.  If you are a Sysco account you ...
09/01/2021
Chicago Restaurants Worry About Food Supplies Due to Sysco Strike

SUPPLY CHAIN UPDATE: As of Tuesday drivers were striking Sysco's Chicagoland operation. If you are a Sysco account you should already have been contacted by your sales rep about possible disruptions. However with the long holiday weekend ahead HBAC urges all members with kitchens to make contingency plans for possible missed/rescheduled deliveries this weekend.

https://chicago.eater.com/2021/8/31/22651095/sysco-strike-chicago-restaurants-food-supply

Unionized workers out of a Sysco warehouse in Des Plaines walked off the job Monday

The City's Department of Chicago Business Affairs & Consumer Protection is seeking bar and restaurant owner feedback on ...
08/31/2021
Chicago Seeks Restaurants Stories Detailing Experiences With DoorDash, Grubhub, and Uber Eats

The City's Department of Chicago Business Affairs & Consumer Protection is seeking bar and restaurant owner feedback on third party food delivery apps and their business practices. This follows on the coattails of the City suing Grubhub & DoorDash over some business practices last Friday.

The brief BACP small business survey on the delivery app industry issues is available online. https://chicago.eater.com/2021/8/30/22648908/chicago-third-party-delivery-survey-doordash-grubhub-uber-eats?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Eater%20Chicago%20%202021-08-30%201810%20-0400%20%20Osmosys%20Campaign%2051775&utm_content=Eater%20Chicago%20%202021-08-30%201810%20-0400%20%20Osmosys%20Campaign%2051775+CID_45a7570d7a0aad7361dfd26938adcdd1&utm_source=cm_email&utm_term=Chicago%20Seeks%20Restaurants%20Stories%20Detailing%20Experiences%20With%20DoorDash%20Grubhub%20and%20Uber%20Eats

The survey’s launch comes days after the city filed lawsuits against DoorDash and Grubhub

New York City joins San Francisco in enacting a basic fee cap on third party food delivery apps.  New York City also vot...
08/27/2021
NYC approves permanent cap on delivery commissions

New York City joins San Francisco in enacting a basic fee cap on third party food delivery apps. New York City also voted to ban some of the app's most annoying business practices including listing businesses without their consent and listing phone numbers for establishments online that route calls to their operators rather than to the restaurant.

At a bare minimum HBAC hopes City Council soon joins NYC in banning the most obnoxious business practices of the high cost third party delivery apps.

https://bit.ly/3BlvmXM

Delivery providers will also have to get a license to operate in the city. Grubhub said it would "vigorously fight" the fee cap.

The State of Illinois is using $250,000,000.00 in Federal economic recovery program to offer a new round of business ass...
08/18/2021
Small Business Assistance

The State of Illinois is using $250,000,000.00 in Federal economic recovery program to offer a new round of business assistance grants to the State's hardest hit small businesses. HBAC hopes this latest grant program will go better than the State's Business Interruption Grant Round 2 program that strung tens of thousands of small businesses along with hopes of funding only to turn down the vast majority of struggling applicants right before the New Years holiday.

The application is not complicated and HBAC urges every single member to at least apply for this latest grant if eligible. $25,000,000 of this program has been specifically earmarked for bars and restaurants that have yet to receive any Restaurant Revitalization Fund assistance.

Application documentation requirements per DCEO:

Documentation needed:
Business owner ID (ITIN business owners eligible)
Business’s 2019 AND 2020 Federal tax returns
Two (2) business bank statements – one from the period April through December 2020, and most recent statement

https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/SmallBizAssistance/Pages/B2B.aspx

As part of Governor JB Pritzker’s overall economic recovery strategy, the $250 million Back to Business (B2B) grant program aims to deploy small businesses recovery grants for those hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. The B2B grant program builds on the success of last year's Business Interrup...

08/05/2021

OLD TOWN VACCINATION EVENT: HBAC member The Rabbit Hole at Wells and Division in Old Town is offering free Covid vaccination and testing event on August 10th and August 31st in conjunction with Roseland Hospital. Please considering sharing with your staff and customers.

The Rabbit Hole Chicago will be a COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination Site



Vaccinations and testing are our best weapons in the battle against COVID-19. If you are not yet vaccinated, or know someone who is not, a local pub in Old Town is a trusted place to go.

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The Rabbit Hole Chicago, located at 1208 N. Wells Street in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood in partnership with Roseland Community Hospital will administer free vaccinations, and/or COVID-19 testing on Tuesday, August 10th and again on Tuesday, August 31st with more dates TBA. Anyone who would like a vaccination or test, or just wants some information can walk-in between the hours of 3:00pm to 8:00pm, with no appointments necessary.

For more information please call Mark McGee, Director of Vaccine Operations at Roseland Community Hospital: 773-948-0539

What: Free COVID-19 testing and vaccination

Where: The Rabbit Hole Chicago, 1208 N. Wells Street

When: Aug 10 and Aug 31 between 3p-8p

Approximately 2/3 of Chicago bars and restaurants are still waiting for their Restaurant Revitalization Fund application...
07/12/2021
Take Action | Independent Restaurant Coalition

Approximately 2/3 of Chicago bars and restaurants are still waiting for their Restaurant Revitalization Fund applications to be approved. They can't be approved until Congress replenishes the fund with more aid.

Please use the link below to contact your members of Congress including Senator Dick Durbin Tammy Duckworth and Mike Quigley and urge them to prioritize #ReplenishRRF funding.

The Independent Restaurant Coalition is fighting to save local restaurants affected by COVID-19. #SaveRestaurants

06/28/2021
www2.illinois.gov

State Liquor License Renewal Alert: Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Liquor Control have extended the renewal deadline for all STATE OF ILLINOIS retailer licenses to December 31st, 2021. HBAC appreciated this helpful relief for Chicago's small businesses and will continue working to secure equal flexibility for Chicago of Chicago liquor licensees as well.

ILCC FAQ on the license extension is available here:

https://www2.illinois.gov/ilcc/SiteAssets/Pages/Home/RenewalExtension%20to%20December%2031%202021.pdf

This morning the City of Chicago announced they would align with the State of Illinois and drop all remaining Covid rest...
06/03/2021
Chicago Will Fully Reopen June 11, Ending Capacity Limits At Restaurants And Businesses, Lightfoot Says

This morning the City of Chicago announced they would align with the State of Illinois and drop all remaining Covid restrictions on bar and restaurant service effective June 11, 2021.

HBAC congratulates every Chicago bar, restaurant, and music venue owner and manager who has managed to survive the past 450 days of ever evolving City and State Covid mitigations on hospitality.
https://blockclubchicago.org/2021/06/03/chicago-will-fully-reopen-june-11-as-illinois-moves-to-phase-5/

The news comes as COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths have plunged in Chicago and across the state.

HBAC Managing Director was quoted in the The Chicago Sun-Times last week opposing any new sales restrictions on liquor l...
06/01/2021
10 p.m. liquor sales cutoff ‘not written in stone,’ top mayoral aide says

HBAC Managing Director was quoted in the The Chicago Sun-Times last week opposing any new sales restrictions on liquor licensed businesses in a global City like Chicago with an around the clock economy.

Just a year after many responsible Chicago package good licensees were ransacked and vandalized in civil unrest it's simply unacceptable to impose an earlier beer, wine, and spirits sales curfew on all retailers in an effort to address a handful of problem licensees.

https://chicago.suntimes.com/fran-spielman-show/2021/5/27/22456996/liquor-sales-cutoff-10-pm-chicago-covid-pandemic-coronavirus-domestic-workers-contract

The proposal to permanently cut off liquor sales in retail stores at 10 p.m. has emerged as the most controversial element of Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s sweeping pandemic relief package, which was unveiled Wednesday.

As of Tuesday the City of Chicago has largely aligned with recent CDC and State of Illinois recommendations for indoor m...
05/19/2021
Business Education

As of Tuesday the City of Chicago has largely aligned with recent CDC and State of Illinois recommendations for indoor mask use in bars and restaurants. The Chicago Business Affairs & Consumer Protection is hosting webinars this Thursday at 3pm and Friday at 1pm to explain the latest City reopening regulations and answer business questions on them.

https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/bacp/provdrs/business_support_tools/svcs/workshopsandwebinars.html

The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, and are an important tool for ending the global pandemic. Vaccines protect you and the people around you, reducing the spread of COVID-19. Learn more at Learn more at Chicago.gov/COVIDVax.

Get your questions answered about the latest City of Chicago Covid changes for bars and restaurants at 2pm Monday.  Repl...
05/03/2021

Get your questions answered about the latest City of Chicago Covid changes for bars and restaurants at 2pm Monday. Replay of it should also be available on the Chicago Business Affairs & Consumer Protection webinar archives later this week.

Last week, the City of Chicago announced new Phase Four Regulations and a Chicago Bridge Phase! Join BACP today at 2:00 PM for a webinar entitled "Navigating the New Phase Four Regulations and Chicago Bridge Phase," presented by BACP. Attendees will receive an overview of the most recent updates to the City's reopening process. Register at Chicago.gov/BusinessEducation

INDUSTRY VACCINE EVENT: This Thursday, April 22nd there is an Old Town Covid vaccination event open to all Chicagoans 16...
04/20/2021
Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic: April 22

INDUSTRY VACCINE EVENT: This Thursday, April 22nd there is an Old Town Covid vaccination event open to all Chicagoans 16 and up sponsored by Alderman Brian Hopkins Alderman Brendan Reilly Alderman Michele Smith and Alderman Walter Burnett Jr.. There are many mid-day appointments still available. Second dose appointment is at same location on May 13th.

Please share this information with your staffs and even regulars who have not yet been able to register at other City sites for the vaccine.

Details and registration are available here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pfizer-covid-19-vaccination-clinic-april-22-tickets-150668498535

COVID-19 vaccination clinic for Chicago residents age16 and older in Phase 1 and Phase 2

Address

3023 N Clark St, # 276
Chicago, IL
60657

General information

The Association provides a variety of services to locally owned bars and restaurants including regular updates on hospitality specific issues including risk management, business licensing and permitting tracking, and marketing. The HBAC also tracks legislative issues that could impact the hospitality industry, and acts as a liaison to community groups and public officials on behalf of the Chicago Hospitality Industry.

Telephone

(312) 494-5880

Products

Voting membership in the Association is available to any locally owned hospitality licensed business in Chicago. Association dues range from between $25 and $90 per month and are based on the interior occupancy of a member business.

Sponsorships are available by invitation to vendors who serve Chicago's hospitality industry.

For either membership or sponsorship information contact the Association via email or phone to receive a information packet.

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