Chicago Business Affairs & Consumer Protection

Chicago Business Affairs & Consumer Protection The City of Chicago's Dept. of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection. You can also keep up with us on Twitter @ChicagoBACP and @ChiSmallBiz.

Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) ensures a fair and vibrant market place for both businesses and consumers. BACP licenses businesses and public vehicles, provides business education and access to resources, enforces the Municipal Code, and protects consumers from fraud. BACP licenses more than 100,000 businesses, ranging from ma and pa shops to fortune 500 companies, issues about 15,0

Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) ensures a fair and vibrant market place for both businesses and consumers. BACP licenses businesses and public vehicles, provides business education and access to resources, enforces the Municipal Code, and protects consumers from fraud. BACP licenses more than 100,000 businesses, ranging from ma and pa shops to fortune 500 companies, issues about 15,0

Operating as usual

BACP Remote Small Business Expo will be Thursday, October 21, from 9AM to 2 PM. Our keynote speaker will be Christopher ...
10/15/2021

BACP Remote Small Business Expo will be Thursday, October 21, from 9AM to 2 PM. Our keynote speaker will be Christopher LeMark, founder of Coffee, Hip-Hop and Mental Health. LeMark has been a voice for art, community, and mental wellbeing in Chicago since 2000. Register at chismallbizexpo.com

BACP Remote Small Business Expo will be Thursday, October 21, from 9AM to 2 PM. Our keynote speaker will be Christopher LeMark, founder of Coffee, Hip-Hop and Mental Health. LeMark has been a voice for art, community, and mental wellbeing in Chicago since 2000. Register at chismallbizexpo.com

Yay, it's Friday! Join us TODAY for our last Food Truck Fest from 11 AM to 3 PM at Daley Plaza.  Enjoy some of Chicago's...
10/15/2021

Yay, it's Friday! Join us TODAY for our last Food Truck Fest from 11 AM to 3 PM at Daley Plaza. Enjoy some of Chicago's favorite @mr.quilesfoodtruck @lawrencesshrimp Haroldschicken55 @asweetsgirl
and support small businesses.

Yay, it's Friday! Join us TODAY for our last Food Truck Fest from 11 AM to 3 PM at Daley Plaza. Enjoy some of Chicago's favorite @mr.quilesfoodtruck @lawrencesshrimp Haroldschicken55 @asweetsgirl
and support small businesses.

We are 24hrs away from the last #ChiFoodTruckFest of the 2021 season.  Come have lunch with us TOMORROW at Daley Plaza f...
10/14/2021

We are 24hrs away from the last #ChiFoodTruckFest of the 2021 season. Come have lunch with us TOMORROW at Daley Plaza from 11 AM - 3 PM and enjoy tasty cuisines from @asweetsgirl @lawrencesshrimp @@mr.quilesfoodtruck @haroldschicken_on87th

We are 24hrs away from the last #ChiFoodTruckFest of the 2021 season. Come have lunch with us TOMORROW at Daley Plaza from 11 AM - 3 PM and enjoy tasty cuisines from @asweetsgirl @lawrencesshrimp @@mr.quilesfoodtruck @haroldschicken_on87th

We are one week away from the FREE Remote Small Business Expo. Join us on Thursday, October 21, 9 AM - 2 PM. Receive 1:1...
10/14/2021

We are one week away from the FREE Remote Small Business Expo. Join us on Thursday, October 21, 9 AM - 2 PM. Receive 1:1 guidance from industry experts, participate in business education webinars, receive financial tips and more. Register today at chismallbizexpo.com

We are one week away from the FREE Remote Small Business Expo. Join us on Thursday, October 21, 9 AM - 2 PM. Receive 1:1 guidance from industry experts, participate in business education webinars, receive financial tips and more. Register today at chismallbizexpo.com

Are you in need of capital for your business?  Join BACP TOMORROW at 2 PM, for a webinar entitled "Access to Capital Pro...
10/13/2021

Are you in need of capital for your business? Join BACP TOMORROW at 2 PM, for a webinar entitled "Access to Capital Program with the SBA", presented by the SBA. Attendees will receive an overview on how to access capital programs through the SBA. Register at chicago.gov/businesseducation

Are you in need of capital for your business? Join BACP TOMORROW at 2 PM, for a webinar entitled "Access to Capital Program with the SBA", presented by the SBA. Attendees will receive an overview on how to access capital programs through the SBA. Register at chicago.gov/businesseducation

If you know someone who is facing eviction or has unpaid debt and needs legal help, share www.cookcountylegalaid.org or ...
10/13/2021

If you know someone who is facing eviction or has unpaid debt and needs legal help, share www.cookcountylegalaid.org or have them call the hotline at 855-956-5763 to get help today

If you know someone who is facing eviction or has unpaid debt and needs legal help, share www.cookcountylegalaid.org or have them call the hotline at 855-956-5763 to get help today

Registration is now open for the BACP Remote Small Business Expo sponsored by @fifththirdbank and @Western Union . Recei...
10/12/2021

Registration is now open for the BACP Remote Small Business Expo sponsored by @fifththirdbank and @Western Union . Receive 1:1 business guidance from industry experts, attend free webinars and more. Join us on Thursday, October 21 from 9AM - 2PM! Visit chismallbizexpo.com to register.

Registration is now open for the BACP Remote Small Business Expo sponsored by @fifththirdbank and @Western Union . Receive 1:1 business guidance from industry experts, attend free webinars and more. Join us on Thursday, October 21 from 9AM - 2PM! Visit chismallbizexpo.com to register.

Special Webinar Alert: Join us on tomorrow @ 11AM for a webinar entitled Chicago Business Vax Self-Certification present...
10/12/2021

Special Webinar Alert: Join us on tomorrow @ 11AM for a webinar entitled Chicago Business Vax Self-Certification presented by BACP and Chicago Dept. of Health. Learn how to earn a VAX-CHI-NATION badge for your business and more. Register at
Chicago.gov/businesseducation

Special Webinar Alert: Join us on tomorrow @ 11AM for a webinar entitled Chicago Business Vax Self-Certification presented by BACP and Chicago Dept. of Health. Learn how to earn a VAX-CHI-NATION badge for your business and more. Register at
Chicago.gov/businesseducation

Registration is now open for the BACP Remote Small Business Expo sponsored by @FifthThird and @WesternUnion. Receive 1:1...
10/12/2021

Registration is now open for the BACP Remote Small Business Expo sponsored by @FifthThird and @WesternUnion. Receive 1:1 business guidance from industry experts, free webinars and more. Join us on Thursday, October 21 from 9AM - 2PM! Visit chismallbizexpo.com to register.

Registration is now open for the BACP Remote Small Business Expo sponsored by @FifthThird and @WesternUnion. Receive 1:1 business guidance from industry experts, free webinars and more. Join us on Thursday, October 21 from 9AM - 2PM! Visit chismallbizexpo.com to register.

10/11/2021

The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) will be closed on Monday, October 11, 2021 in observance of Columbus Day. Our staff will be available to assist you again on Tuesday, October 12.
For resources, please visit http://Chicago.gov/BACP

The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) will be closed on Monday, October 11, 2021 in observan...
10/08/2021

The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) will be closed on Monday, October 11, 2021 in observance of Columbus Day. Our staff will be available to assist you again on Tuesday, October 12. For resources, please visit http://Chicago.gov/BACP

The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) will be closed on Monday, October 11, 2021 in observance of Columbus Day. Our staff will be available to assist you again on Tuesday, October 12. For resources, please visit http://Chicago.gov/BACP

Join BACP and Chicago Department of Public Health  on Wednesday, 10/13 at 11AM to learn how your business can take the v...
10/08/2021

Join BACP and Chicago Department of Public Health on Wednesday, 10/13 at 11AM to learn how your business can take the voluntary Chicago Business Vax Self-Certification. Complete the survey to show your commitment to #ProtectChicago!
Register: chicago.gov/businesseducation

Join BACP and Chicago Department of Public Health on Wednesday, 10/13 at 11AM to learn how your business can take the voluntary Chicago Business Vax Self-Certification. Complete the survey to show your commitment to #ProtectChicago!
Register: chicago.gov/businesseducation

We’re hiring for the position of Associate Staff Attorney – 2 vacancies, Interns – 2 vacancies Outreach Division & Cable...
10/08/2021

We’re hiring for the position of Associate Staff Attorney – 2 vacancies, Interns – 2 vacancies Outreach Division & Cable Division. For full responsibilities of the positions and to apply, visit the City of Chicago’s employment portal. Chicago.gov/careers

We’re hiring for the position of Associate Staff Attorney – 2 vacancies, Interns – 2 vacancies Outreach Division & Cable Division. For full responsibilities of the positions and to apply, visit the City of Chicago’s employment portal. Chicago.gov/careers

Yay its Friday! Grab a co-worker and stop by the #ChiFoodTruckFest for lunch. Enjoy feature cuisines from @5411empanadas...
10/08/2021

Yay its Friday! Grab a co-worker and stop by the #ChiFoodTruckFest for lunch. Enjoy feature cuisines from @5411empanadas Harold's Chicken Shack Downtown @happylobsterchi @asweetsgirl @aztec_daves and Cynthia’s Gumbo at Daley Plaza from 11 AM – 3 PM.

Yay its Friday! Grab a co-worker and stop by the #ChiFoodTruckFest for lunch. Enjoy feature cuisines from @5411empanadas Harold's Chicken Shack Downtown @happylobsterchi @asweetsgirl @aztec_daves and Cynthia’s Gumbo at Daley Plaza from 11 AM – 3 PM.

Únase a BACP HOY a las 9:30 AM, para un seminario web titulado, Cómo prepararse y solicitar un préstamo comercial presen...
10/08/2021

Únase a BACP HOY a las 9:30 AM, para un seminario web titulado, Cómo prepararse y solicitar un préstamo comercial presentado por NBDC. Conozca los diferentes tipos de préstamos comerciales, los documentos necesarios y cómo solicitarlos. Regístrese en Chicago.gov/businesseducation

Únase a BACP HOY a las 9:30 AM, para un seminario web titulado, Cómo prepararse y solicitar un préstamo comercial presentado por NBDC. Conozca los diferentes tipos de préstamos comerciales, los documentos necesarios y cómo solicitarlos. Regístrese en Chicago.gov/businesseducation

Can’t make it to City Hall? BACP has eight regional Chicago Business Centers (CBC), which operate as hubs to provide bus...
10/07/2021
Chicago Business Center Program

Can’t make it to City Hall? BACP has eight regional Chicago Business Centers (CBC), which operate as hubs to provide business licensing assistance and other resources for small businesses. To learn more and set up a consultation with your local CBC visit Chicago.gov/CBC

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Please join BACP Chief Small Business Officer, Kenya Merritt, as we celebrate National Women’s Small Business Month with...
10/07/2021

Please join BACP Chief Small Business Officer, Kenya Merritt, as we celebrate National Women’s Small Business Month with Black Girl Ventures! Join today at 4:30 p.m. by visiting https://bit.ly/BGVChicagoWatch. #ChiSmallBiz #NWSBM

Please join BACP Chief Small Business Officer, Kenya Merritt, as we celebrate National Women’s Small Business Month with Black Girl Ventures! Join today at 4:30 p.m. by visiting https://bit.ly/BGVChicagoWatch. #ChiSmallBiz #NWSBM

The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) will be closed on Monday, October 11, 2021 in observan...
10/07/2021

The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) will be closed on Monday, October 11, 2021 in observance of Columbus Day. Our staff will be available to assist you again on Tuesday, October 12.
For resources, please visit http://Chicago.gov/BACP

The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) will be closed on Monday, October 11, 2021 in observance of Columbus Day. Our staff will be available to assist you again on Tuesday, October 12.
For resources, please visit http://Chicago.gov/BACP

Hungry? Its never to early to start thinking about the #ChiFoodTruckFest. Enjoy some of Chicago’s favorite this Friday @...
10/07/2021

Hungry? Its never to early to start thinking about the #ChiFoodTruckFest. Enjoy some of Chicago’s favorite this Friday @5411empanadas Harold's Chicken #62 - Downtown - 612 S. Wabash Ave.
@aztec_daves The Happy Lobster and Cynthia’s Gumbo at Daley Plaza from 11 AM – 3 PM.

Hungry? Its never to early to start thinking about the #ChiFoodTruckFest. Enjoy some of Chicago’s favorite this Friday @5411empanadas Harold's Chicken #62 - Downtown - 612 S. Wabash Ave.
@aztec_daves The Happy Lobster and Cynthia’s Gumbo at Daley Plaza from 11 AM – 3 PM.

Únase a BACP TOMORROW a las 9:30 AM, para un seminario web titulado, Cómo prepararse y solicitar un préstamo comercial p...
10/07/2021

Únase a BACP TOMORROW a las 9:30 AM, para un seminario web titulado, Cómo prepararse y solicitar un préstamo comercial presentado por NBDC. Conozca los diferentes tipos de préstamos comerciales, los documentos necesarios y cómo solicitarlos. Regístrese en Chicago.gov/businesseducation

Únase a BACP TOMORROW a las 9:30 AM, para un seminario web titulado, Cómo prepararse y solicitar un préstamo comercial presentado por NBDC. Conozca los diferentes tipos de préstamos comerciales, los documentos necesarios y cómo solicitarlos. Regístrese en Chicago.gov/businesseducation

@Chicago_police is working to create a diverse workforce, to reflect the city’s rich culture.  Be the change you want to...
10/07/2021

@Chicago_police is working to create a diverse workforce, to reflect the city’s rich culture. Be the change you want to see! Applications to join the Chicago Police Department are now open. For more information visit chicagopolice.org

@Chicago_police is working to create a diverse workforce, to reflect the city’s rich culture. Be the change you want to see! Applications to join the Chicago Police Department are now open. For more information visit chicagopolice.org

There’s just 2-weeks left for you to join us for the #ChiFoodTruckFest at Daley Plaza from 11 AM to 3 PM.  Bring a frien...
10/06/2021

There’s just 2-weeks left for you to join us for the #ChiFoodTruckFest at Daley Plaza from 11 AM to 3 PM. Bring a friend and enjoy some of Chicago’s best cuisine while supporting small businesses at the same time.

There’s just 2-weeks left for you to join us for the #ChiFoodTruckFest at Daley Plaza from 11 AM to 3 PM. Bring a friend and enjoy some of Chicago’s best cuisine while supporting small businesses at the same time.

We’re hiring for the position of Associate Staff Attorney – 2 vacancies, Interns – 2 vacancies Outreach Division & Cable...
10/06/2021

We’re hiring for the position of Associate Staff Attorney – 2 vacancies, Interns – 2 vacancies Outreach Division & Cable Division. For full responsibilities of the positions and to apply, visit the City of Chicago’s employment portal. Chicago.gov/careers

We’re hiring for the position of Associate Staff Attorney – 2 vacancies, Interns – 2 vacancies Outreach Division & Cable Division. For full responsibilities of the positions and to apply, visit the City of Chicago’s employment portal. Chicago.gov/careers

Join BACP today at 3 PM for a webinar entitled City Inspections, Ask Questions Get Answers presented by BACP.  Attendees...
10/06/2021

Join BACP today at 3 PM for a webinar entitled City Inspections, Ask Questions Get Answers presented by BACP. Attendees will get insight on how to operate a compliant business in the city of Chicago. Register at Chicago.gov/businesseducation

Join BACP today at 3 PM for a webinar entitled City Inspections, Ask Questions Get Answers presented by BACP. Attendees will get insight on how to operate a compliant business in the city of Chicago. Register at Chicago.gov/businesseducation

Registration is open for the BACP Remote Small Business Expo. Receive 1:1 business guidance from industry experts, parti...
10/06/2021

Registration is open for the BACP Remote Small Business Expo. Receive 1:1 business guidance from industry experts, participate in webinars, and get inspired by a dynamic keynote speaker. Visit chismallbizexpo.com

Registration is open for the BACP Remote Small Business Expo. Receive 1:1 business guidance from industry experts, participate in webinars, and get inspired by a dynamic keynote speaker. Visit chismallbizexpo.com

BACP Acting Cmsr. Ken Meyer is taking questions from Chicago City Council during #ChiBudget22. Tune in at chicityclerk.c...
10/05/2021

BACP Acting Cmsr. Ken Meyer is taking questions from Chicago City Council during #ChiBudget22. Tune in at chicityclerk.com

BACP Acting Cmsr. Ken Meyer is taking questions from Chicago City Council during #ChiBudget22. Tune in at chicityclerk.com

10/05/2021

"I want to thank Chicago Mayor's Office/Mayor Lightfoot for her steady leadership & the Chicago City Council for your tireless work...We must continue to do everything we can to support businesses & workers, & I look forward to working collaboratively..." -BACP Acting Cmsr. Ken Meyer #ChiBudget22

"This summer, the Chi Biz Strong Initiative passed and has been steering our business recovery efforts. The bold plan ri...
10/05/2021

"This summer, the Chi Biz Strong Initiative passed and has been steering our business recovery efforts. The bold plan rises to the occasion to jumpstart growth and build a recovery that is rapid, equitable, and enduring. "-BACP Acting Cmsr. Ken Meyer #ChiBudget22

10/05/2021

"We have issued over 4,700 new licenses so far this year – that’s licenses to new business entities looking to get their start in Chicago – with nearly 17,000 on-line license transactions from January to July of this year."-BACP Acting Cmsr. Ken Meyer #ChiBudget22

Tune in at chicityclerk.com to watch #ChiBudget22 testimony from our Acting Commissioner Ken Meyer.
10/05/2021

Tune in at chicityclerk.com to watch #ChiBudget22 testimony from our Acting Commissioner Ken Meyer.

Tune in at chicityclerk.com to watch #ChiBudget22 testimony from our Acting Commissioner Ken Meyer.

Are you a business owner and have questions regarding city inspections? Join BACP on Wednesday, October 6 at 3:00 PM for...
10/05/2021

Are you a business owner and have questions regarding city inspections? Join BACP on Wednesday, October 6 at 3:00 PM for a webinar entitled City Inspections, Ask Questions Get Answers presented by BACP. Get insight on how to operate a compliant business in the city of Chicago. Register at Chicago.gov/businesseducation

Are you a business owner and have questions regarding city inspections? Join BACP on Wednesday, October 6 at 3:00 PM for a webinar entitled City Inspections, Ask Questions Get Answers presented by BACP. Get insight on how to operate a compliant business in the city of Chicago. Register at Chicago.gov/businesseducation

Chicago business owners, show your commitment to protecting Chicago by requiring proof of vax from patrons and employees...
10/05/2021

Chicago business owners, show your commitment to protecting Chicago by requiring proof of vax from patrons and employees. Complete the self-certification and post your badge at your business and on social media! Learn more -> https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid-19/home/reopening-business-portal/business-self-certification.html

Chicago business owners, show your commitment to protecting Chicago by requiring proof of vax from patrons and employees. Complete the self-certification and post your badge at your business and on social media! Learn more -> https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid-19/home/reopening-business-portal/business-self-certification.html

Nothing like a little EXPOsure! Seeing info about the 10/21 remote BACP Small Business Expo- get expert advice, connect ...
10/01/2021

Nothing like a little EXPOsure!
Seeing info about the 10/21 remote BACP Small Business Expo- get expert advice, connect with industry experts and government agencies, learn new business strategies, and meet other business owners. www.ChiSmallBizExpo.com
cc: Chicago Transit Authority

Nothing like a little EXPOsure!
Seeing info about the 10/21 remote BACP Small Business Expo- get expert advice, connect with industry experts and government agencies, learn new business strategies, and meet other business owners. www.ChiSmallBizExpo.com
cc: Chicago Transit Authority

There's still time to enjoy the #ChiFoodTruckFest today until 3PM at Daley Plaza! Grab food from Harold's #55, The Fat S...
10/01/2021

There's still time to enjoy the #ChiFoodTruckFest today until 3PM at Daley Plaza! Grab food from Harold's #55, The Fat Shallot, Mr Quiles Mexican Food Truck, Cynthia's Gumbo Express Inc., and Lawrence's Fish & Shrimp!

There's still time to enjoy the #ChiFoodTruckFest today until 3PM at Daley Plaza! Grab food from Harold's #55, The Fat Shallot, Mr Quiles Mexican Food Truck, Cynthia's Gumbo Express Inc., and Lawrence's Fish & Shrimp!

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It is extremely frustrating trying to navigate through the fiasco of a database you have just to conduct a city business search. It is complicated, and I'm educated with IT experience. Keep it user friendly please. Just let us enter the business name, and then the information comes up. Why in the hell are you making us work to get this information? Its ridiculous! Use this database internally but for the general public, use the KISS theory please...Keep It Simply Stupid.
DON'T BUY LIT SOLAR PORTABLE POWER check the BBB website. They are a scam. After they take your money they will not respond to emails. They block you on Facebook and will not respond to messages. The owners Matthew Gedz and Chingiz Aghayev refuse to answer for any if the negative reviews or multiple emails sent. This Company Is Fraudulent- One Pays And Never Receives The Product Or A Refund...
.....Hi..I live 116 west elm street and there is construction going on in the next block. The drilling or riveting is daily from 9-500pm ....the noise is deafing even through the closed window.....its been going on for months....How can they get away with this.....you cant enjoy anything until after 5 pm......When will it end....This is a Senior Citizen building.....Some folks need to sleep at some point during the day...Cant hear the tv Help Joan Smith and the citys website is useless
Please shut down and revoke the licenses of Pocket Puppies, Park Pet Shop, and Pet Luv that are all operating illegally by violating the Chicago ordinance and selling sick puppy mill dogs to unsuspecting consumers. This is unacceptable.
The ultimate purpose of developing a vision board is to have a successful business. In the long run, it is fruitless to comprise a plan that can raise the funds you seek if your enterprise is so poorly conceived it is bound to fail. So a successful vision board should address the long-term needs of your business and devise strategies that enhance both the overall performance of your company and your personal satisfaction. Proper Planning Prevent Poor Performance!! Join me as we bring in the New Year with a fresh vision! Tickets on sale NOW!
Thousands descended upon the Mag Mile Saturday for one of the largest holiday parades in the country and stuck in the middle of the chaos were terrified and agitated thousand pound farm animals. One carriage horse was so distraught, it took three handlers to try and calm him down. My volunteer witnessed one driver smack a horse in the face twice. She has one of the strikes on video. The carriage operators and owners claim they love their horses. If that were true, they wouldn't hit them, subject them to such commotion on one of the busiest nights in Chicago and overwork them every single weekend. Plus, if they are willing to abuse these gentle animals in plain sight, we truly worry about what happens behind closed doors. The horse carriage licenses are due to be renewed this week, but that didn't stop the operators from breaking the law and overworking at least three horses this weekend. They know full well that neither the City's office of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP), Chicago's Animal Care and Control (CACC) nor the police will monitor them or enforce the animal welfare laws on Chicago's books. CAA’s nearly 1600 members, more than twenty thousand people who've signed online and paper petitions and the millions represented by our hundreds of business endorsements (including veterinarians, legislators, equine experts, animal protection organizations, local businesses, etc.) want to know how much longer carriage horses will be overworked and abused on Chicago's streets. The following is just a sampling of violations of the law since all 3 Chicago horse carriage companies were taken to court by the City of Chicago and were allowed to settle with BACP and pay only a fraction of what they should have owed over the summer of 2018. It is not, in any way, a comprehensive list of violations: 1. 1 horse struck in the face twice 11/23/19 2. 3 horses overworked 11/23/19 3. Horse overworked 11/16/19 4. Horse with no water bucket on 11/8/19 5. Horse left unattended 11/8/19 6. 3 horses overworked 10/27/19 7. 5 horses overworked 10/19/19 8. 2 horses overworked 9/29/19 9. Horse being forced to trot and worked during Rush Hour (5:32 pm) on 9/5/19 (a Thursday) = 2 violations 10. 2 horses overworked & 1 horse sent back to the stable by CACC because he had open wounds & was limping 8/25/19 11. 3 horses worked when it was 91 degrees (too hot) 7/4/19 12. INFORMATION CARD – 5/18/19 13. DRIVER PROXIMITY AND CONTROL – 5/18/19 14. OPERATING A HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGE ON RUSH STREET DURING PROHIBITED TIMES 5/18/19 15. PERMIT REQUIRED violation – 12/13/18 16. PASSENGER LOADING AND UNLOADING AREA 12/13/18 17. DRIVING CARRIAGE WITHIN A PROHIBITED ROUTE 12/13/18 18. OPERATING DURING PROHIBITED HOURS 12/13/18 19. Curbside Driving 12/1/18 20. At least four horses overworked & other violations on the weekend of Dec. 1 & 2, 2018 21. At least 6 horses overworked and other violations on 11/24/18 22. Antique Coach & Carriage failed to submit required log books - 11/1/18 23. Chicago Horse & Carriage failed to submit required log books - 11/1/18 24. Great Lakes Horse & Carriage failed to submit required log books - 11/1/18 25. Horses overworked & other violations on 10/27/18 26. 1 horse was worked approximately 13 hours on 10/13/18 27. Antique Coach & Carriage failed to submit required log books - 10/1/18 28. Chicago Horse & Carriage failed to submit required log books - 10/1/18 29. Great Lakes Horse & Carriage failed to submit required log books - 10/1/18 30. Horses overworked on 9/22/18 Horses overworked & other violations on 9/15/18 31. At least 14 violations on 9/1/18 including 8 horses overworked 32. Antique Coach & Carriage failed to submit required log books - 9/1/18 33. Chicago Horse & Carriage failed to submit required log books - 9/1/18 34. Great Lakes Horse & Carriage failed to submit required log books - 9/1/18 35. Horses worked when too hot on 8/26/18 36. Horses worked when too hot on 8/5/18 37. Horses worked when too hot on 8/4/18 38. Antique Coach & Carriage failed to submit required log books - 8/1/18 39. Chicago Horse & Carriage failed to submit required log books - 8/1/18 40. Great Lakes Horse & Carriage failed to submit required log books - 8/1/18 It's high time to revoke these licenses. Chicago's horse carriage operators have proven time and time again their complete disregard for the horses' welfare as well as Chicago's law.
I am disappointed to see that the horse drawn carriage owner/operators are in such chronic disregard of the city ordinance that limits the daily labor of each animal to six hours and yet they are forced into 9-12 hour days, plus the eight mile round trip the horses trod just to get to and from their work stations. This is abuse of the horses and abuse of the laws in place that would defend the animals against this abuse. Why are the licenses of the carriage owners continuously re-issued if they blatantly disregard the law? Please intervene! The horses are visibly stressed and unhealthy! Any day, they are likely to collapse and cause a catastrophe on our city streets. I am asking for your help! -Greg Reynolds
Dear Rosa Escareno, Commissioner for the BACP, I email you today Commissioner because I understand that Chicago's office of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) is the city agency that is supposed to monitor and enforce the laws related to Chicago's horse carriage trade. There were at least 6 horses (witnessed and documented) who were overworked again this past weekend along with many other violations. One horse was worked approximately 11 hours and two others were worked for at least 10 hours, yet Chicago's law CLEARLY states they can only work 6 hours in a 24 hour period. I ask you Commissioner Escareno to please NOT renew Chicago's horse carriage licenses (for 2019) at the end of this week. Why should these companies and chauffeurs be allowed to continue working on Chicago's streets? They've racked up 334 violations last year and continue to break the law regularly, The following violations are the ones KNOWN in just the last few months when observers have been able to spend free time documenting: * At least 6 horses overworked and other violations on 11/24/18 * Horses overworked & other violations on 10/27/18 * 1 horse who was worked approximately 13 hours on 10/13/18 * Horses overworked on 9/22/18 * Horses overworked & other violations on 9/15/18 * At least 14 violations on 9/1/18 including 8 horses overworked * Horses worked when too hot on 8/26/18 * Horses worked when too hot on 8/5/18 * Horses worked when too hot on 8/4/18 All these violations occurred AFTER each company settled with BACP over the summer with the promise to start following the law. It's clear that they refuse to follow the laws created with the input of veterinarians and equine experts. Of course, there were plenty more violations throughout the year as well. There is also a video of a toddler falling out of a carriage and landing on her face. It's just another of many reasons to not renew the licenses of this very dangerous activity. Thank you for to what I have to say for those without a say in how they live.
Commissioner Escareno, I am a concerned citizen and asking you to NOT renew Chicago's horse carriage licenses (for 2019) at the end of this week. These companies and chauffeurs, who racked up 334 violations last year and who continue to break the law regularly, should NOT be allowed to continue working on Chicago's streets. It is a cruel industry that does not fit in with modern traffic. These animals are often forced to overwork long hours and are constantly inhaling exhaust fumes from vehicles.