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.
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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 is excited to announce the return of Food Truck Festival at Daley Plaza! Join us every Friday beginning July 30, fr...
07/14/2021

BACP is excited to announce the return of Food Truck Festival at Daley Plaza! Join us every Friday beginning July 30, from 11 AM to 3 PM. To view the schedule and/or participate in this year's festival visit www.ChiFoodTruckFest.com

BACP is excited to announce the return of Food Truck Festival at Daley Plaza! Join us every Friday beginning July 30, from 11 AM to 3 PM. To view the schedule and/or participate in this year's festival visit www.ChiFoodTruckFest.com

07/14/2021
www.chicago.gov

Business licenses extended during the pandemic must renew by TOMORROW July 15! BACP Business Consultants will assist with renewal or new license applications, review any fees and provide as much flexibility as possible. Learn more:https://www.chicago.gov/content/dam/city/depts/bacp/Small%20Business%20Center/industrynoticelicenserenewalduedate7121.pdf

Join BACP today at 3 PM for a webinar entitled, "Grow Your Small Business With Grants Up To $250k", presented by the Dep...
07/14/2021

Join BACP today at 3 PM for a webinar entitled, "Grow Your Small Business With Grants Up To $250k", presented by the Department of Planning and Development. Learn about the department’s two grant programs that offers cash assistance to businesses. Register at Chicago.gov/businesseducation

Join BACP today at 3 PM for a webinar entitled, "Grow Your Small Business With Grants Up To $250k", presented by the Department of Planning and Development. Learn about the department’s two grant programs that offers cash assistance to businesses. Register at Chicago.gov/businesseducation

07/13/2021
www.chicago.gov

Business licenses extended during the pandemic must renew by 7/15/21! BACP Business Consultants will assist with renewal or new license applications, review any fees and provide as much flexibility as possible. Learn more:https://www.chicago.gov/content/dam/city/depts/bacp/Small%20Business%20Center/industrynoticelicenserenewalduedate7121.pdf

07/09/2021
www.chicago.gov

Business licenses extended during the pandemic must renew by 7/15/21! BACP Business Consultants will assist with renewal or new license applications, review any fees and provide as much flexibility as possible. Learn more:https://www.chicago.gov/content/dam/city/depts/bacp/Small%20Business%20Center/industrynoticelicenserenewalduedate7121.pdf

Join BACP on Friday, July 9 at 9:30 AM for an webinar entitled “Forming Your Business: Choosing a Legal Entity,” present...
07/08/2021

Join BACP on Friday, July 9 at 9:30 AM for an webinar entitled “Forming Your Business: Choosing a Legal Entity,” presented by Chokshi Filippone Law. Learn about the different entity options and how to navigate the different pitfalls. Register at Chicago.gov/businesseducation

Join BACP on Friday, July 9 at 9:30 AM for an webinar entitled “Forming Your Business: Choosing a Legal Entity,” presented by Chokshi Filippone Law. Learn about the different entity options and how to navigate the different pitfalls. Register at Chicago.gov/businesseducation

La semana pasada, el salario mínimo de Chicago aumentó a $ 15. Únase a la Oficina de Normas Laborales hoy a las 3 PM par...
07/08/2021

La semana pasada, el salario mínimo de Chicago aumentó a $ 15. Únase a la Oficina de Normas Laborales hoy a las 3 PM para un seminario web titulado "Derechos y responsabilidades bajo la Ordenanza de Salario Mínimo de Chicago". Regístrese en Chicago.gov/laborstandards

La semana pasada, el salario mínimo de Chicago aumentó a $ 15. Únase a la Oficina de Normas Laborales hoy a las 3 PM para un seminario web titulado "Derechos y responsabilidades bajo la Ordenanza de Salario Mínimo de Chicago". Regístrese en Chicago.gov/laborstandards

Last week, Chicago’s minimum wage increased to $15. Join the Office of Labor Standards today at 11 AM for a webinar enti...
07/08/2021

Last week, Chicago’s minimum wage increased to $15. Join the Office of Labor Standards today at 11 AM for a webinar entitled "Rights and Responsibilities Under Chicago's Minimum Wage Ordinance." Register at http://Chicago.gov/laborstandards

Last week, Chicago’s minimum wage increased to $15. Join the Office of Labor Standards today at 11 AM for a webinar entitled "Rights and Responsibilities Under Chicago's Minimum Wage Ordinance." Register at http://Chicago.gov/laborstandards

Staying compliant while operating a business can be a difficult task, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Join BACP...
07/07/2021

Staying compliant while operating a business can be a difficult task, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Join BACP, the Chicago Department of Public Health and the Department of Buildings, today at 3 PM for a webinar entitled “City Inspections: Ask Questions, Get Answers”. This webinar will cover inspections, sign display requirements, food inspections, zoning reviews and more. To register visit Chicago.gov/BusinessEducation

Staying compliant while operating a business can be a difficult task, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Join BACP, the Chicago Department of Public Health and the Department of Buildings, today at 3 PM for a webinar entitled “City Inspections: Ask Questions, Get Answers”. This webinar will cover inspections, sign display requirements, food inspections, zoning reviews and more. To register visit Chicago.gov/BusinessEducation

Last week, Chicago’s minimum wage increased to $15. Join the Office of Labor Standards tomorrow at 11 AM for a webinar e...
07/07/2021

Last week, Chicago’s minimum wage increased to $15. Join the Office of Labor Standards tomorrow at 11 AM for a webinar entitled "Rights and Responsibilities Under Chicago's Minimum Wage Ordinance." Register at Chicago.gov/laborstandards

Last week, Chicago’s minimum wage increased to $15. Join the Office of Labor Standards tomorrow at 11 AM for a webinar entitled "Rights and Responsibilities Under Chicago's Minimum Wage Ordinance." Register at Chicago.gov/laborstandards

07/06/2021
www.chicago.gov

Reminder: business licenses extended during the pandemic must renew by 7/15/21! BACP Business Consultants will assist with renewal or new license applications, review any fees and provide as much flexibility as possible. Learn more:https://www.chicago.gov/content/dam/city/depts/bacp/Small%20Business%20Center/industrynoticelicenserenewalduedate7121.pdf

Staying compliant while operating a business can be a difficult task, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Join BACP...
07/06/2021

Staying compliant while operating a business can be a difficult task, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Join BACP, the Chicago Department of Public Health and the Department of Buildings, Wednesday, July 7 at 3 PM for a webinar entitled “City Inspections: Ask Questions, Get Answers”. This webinar will cover inspections, sign display requirements, food inspections, zoning reviews and more. To register visit Chicago.gov/BusinessEducation

Staying compliant while operating a business can be a difficult task, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Join BACP, the Chicago Department of Public Health and the Department of Buildings, Wednesday, July 7 at 3 PM for a webinar entitled “City Inspections: Ask Questions, Get Answers”. This webinar will cover inspections, sign display requirements, food inspections, zoning reviews and more. To register visit Chicago.gov/BusinessEducation

The City of Chicago offices will be closed Monday, July 5th in observance of Independence Day.On Tuesday, July 6th norma...
07/05/2021

The City of Chicago offices will be closed Monday, July 5th in observance of Independence Day.
On Tuesday, July 6th normal hours of operations will resume. Find resources online: www.chicago.gov/BACP

The City of Chicago offices will be closed Monday, July 5th in observance of Independence Day.
On Tuesday, July 6th normal hours of operations will resume. Find resources online: www.chicago.gov/BACP

The BACP Small Business Center will reopen to limited in-person visits on Tuesday, July 6! Masks and social distancing w...
07/02/2021
BACP COVID-19 Operations

The BACP Small Business Center will reopen to limited in-person visits on Tuesday, July 6! Masks and social distancing will be required, and remote consultations are still strongly encouraged. Learn more: https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/bacp/supp_info/bacp-covid-19-operations.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.

The City of Chicago offices will be closed Monday, July 5th in observance of Independence Day.On Tuesday, July 6th norma...
07/02/2021

The City of Chicago offices will be closed Monday, July 5th in observance of Independence Day.
On Tuesday, July 6th normal hours of operations will resume. Find resources online: www.chicago.gov/BACP

The City of Chicago offices will be closed Monday, July 5th in observance of Independence Day.
On Tuesday, July 6th normal hours of operations will resume. Find resources online: www.chicago.gov/BACP

07/02/2021
www.chicago.gov

Reminder: business licenses extended during the pandemic must renew by 7/15/21! BACP Business Consultants will assist with renewal or new license applications, review any fees and provide as much flexibility as possible. Learn more:https://www.chicago.gov/content/dam/city/depts/bacp/Small%20Business%20Center/industrynoticelicenserenewalduedate7121.pdf

Photos from Chicago Mayor's Office's post
07/02/2021

Photos from Chicago Mayor's Office's post

Are you a business owner in need of capital, but not sure where to start? Join BACP on Friday, July 2 at 9:30 AM for a w...
07/01/2021

Are you a business owner in need of capital, but not sure where to start? Join BACP on Friday, July 2 at 9:30 AM for a webinar entitled, "Financing Business Growth" presented by InUrban Strategies. Learn alternative methods to finance your business a much more.

Are you a business owner in need of capital, but not sure where to start? Join BACP on Friday, July 2 at 9:30 AM for a webinar entitled, "Financing Business Growth" presented by InUrban Strategies. Learn alternative methods to finance your business a much more.

07/01/2021
www.chicago.gov

Effective today minimum wage in the City of Chicago has increased to $15.00 per hour! Click the link below to view the pamphlet.
https://www.chicago.gov/content/dam/city/depts/bacp/OSL/mwandpslhumantraffickingenglish51921.pdf

Join BACP, today at 3PM for a webinar entitled, Keys to Business Planning presented by UIC's College of Business. Learn ...
06/30/2021

Join BACP, today at 3PM for a webinar entitled, Keys to Business Planning presented by UIC's College of Business. Learn the 3 key parts that will help attract investors and more. Register at Chicago.gov/businesseducation

Join BACP, today at 3PM for a webinar entitled, Keys to Business Planning presented by UIC's College of Business. Learn the 3 key parts that will help attract investors and more. Register at Chicago.gov/businesseducation

The City of Chicago offices will be closed Monday, July 5th in observance of Independence Day.On Tuesday, July 6th norma...
06/30/2021

The City of Chicago offices will be closed Monday, July 5th in observance of Independence Day.
On Tuesday, July 6th normal hours of operations will resume. Find resources online: www.chicago.gov/BACP

The City of Chicago offices will be closed Monday, July 5th in observance of Independence Day.
On Tuesday, July 6th normal hours of operations will resume. Find resources online: www.chicago.gov/BACP

Our YouTube channel features business education webinars, reopening guideline webinars, Chicago Office of Labor Standard...
06/30/2021

Our YouTube channel features business education webinars, reopening guideline webinars, Chicago Office of Labor Standards updates, and more! Subscribe at www.youtube.com/chicagobacp

Our YouTube channel features business education webinars, reopening guideline webinars, Chicago Office of Labor Standards updates, and more! Subscribe at www.youtube.com/chicagobacp

City Council passed the Vaccine Anti-Retaliation Ordinance, which prohibits employers from retaliating against workers f...
06/29/2021

City Council passed the Vaccine Anti-Retaliation Ordinance, which prohibits employers from retaliating against workers for taking time off to get the COVID-19 Vaccine. Learn more at
http://Chicago.gov/laborstandards.

City Council passed the Vaccine Anti-Retaliation Ordinance, which prohibits employers from retaliating against workers for taking time off to get the COVID-19 Vaccine. Learn more at
http://Chicago.gov/laborstandards.

06/29/2021
City of Chicago Food Truck Fests

BACP is excited to announce the return of the Food Truck Festival at Daley Plaza every Friday from July 30 through October 15, from 11 AM to 3 PM. If you are a food truck operator and would like to participate in this year's festival please visit http://chifoodtruckfest.com to apply. Application deadline is Friday, July 2.

The City of Chicago's Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection is hosting Food Truck Fests in the Loop.

Save the Date for BACP’s first Remote Expo of 2021! This year’s expos will be better than ever, w/ the return of 30+ exh...
06/28/2021

Save the Date for BACP’s first Remote Expo of 2021! This year’s expos will be better than ever, w/ the return of 30+ exhibitors offering 1:1 business guidance, webinars, panels and a phenomenal keynote speaker. Mark Thursday, July 22, 2021 on your calendar and visit chismallbizexpo.com

Save the Date for BACP’s first Remote Expo of 2021! This year’s expos will be better than ever, w/ the return of 30+ exhibitors offering 1:1 business guidance, webinars, panels and a phenomenal keynote speaker. Mark Thursday, July 22, 2021 on your calendar and visit chismallbizexpo.com

Join BACP, on Wednesday, June 30 at 3PM for a webinar entitled, Keys to Business Planning presented by UIC's College of ...
06/28/2021

Join BACP, on Wednesday, June 30 at 3PM for a webinar entitled, Keys to Business Planning presented by UIC's College of Business. Learn the 3 key parts that will help attract investors and more. Register at Chicago.gov/businesseducation

Join BACP, on Wednesday, June 30 at 3PM for a webinar entitled, Keys to Business Planning presented by UIC's College of Business. Learn the 3 key parts that will help attract investors and more. Register at Chicago.gov/businesseducation

The City of Chicago offices will be closed Monday, July 5th in observance of Independence Day.On Tuesday, July 6th norma...
06/28/2021

The City of Chicago offices will be closed Monday, July 5th in observance of Independence Day.
On Tuesday, July 6th normal hours of operations will resume. Find resources online: www.chicago.gov/BACP

The City of Chicago offices will be closed Monday, July 5th in observance of Independence Day.
On Tuesday, July 6th normal hours of operations will resume. Find resources online: www.chicago.gov/BACP

Our YouTube channel features business education webinars, reopening guideline webinars, Chicago Office of Labor Standard...
06/24/2021

Our YouTube channel features business education webinars, reopening guideline webinars, Chicago Office of Labor Standards updates, and more! Subscribe at www.youtube.com/chicagobacp

Our YouTube channel features business education webinars, reopening guideline webinars, Chicago Office of Labor Standards updates, and more! Subscribe at www.youtube.com/chicagobacp

Need some guidance on transforming your business Post-COVID? Join BACP on Friday, June 25 at 9:30 AM for a webinar entit...
06/24/2021

Need some guidance on transforming your business Post-COVID? Join BACP on Friday, June 25 at 9:30 AM for a webinar entitled, Business Transformation Post COVID, presented by Abraxas Group LLC. This webinar will help business owners chart a course back to profitability and growth. Register at Chicago.gov/businesseducation

Need some guidance on transforming your business Post-COVID? Join BACP on Friday, June 25 at 9:30 AM for a webinar entitled, Business Transformation Post COVID, presented by Abraxas Group LLC. This webinar will help business owners chart a course back to profitability and growth. Register at Chicago.gov/businesseducation

For many, starting a home business is the first step to becoming your own boss. Join BACP on Thursday, June 24 at 10 AM ...
06/23/2021

For many, starting a home business is the first step to becoming your own boss. Join BACP on Thursday, June 24 at 10 AM for a webinar entitled, Starting a Business in Your Home, presented by BACP. Receive an overview of Chicago’s new regulations for the Home Occupation License. Register at Chicago.gov/businesseducation

For many, starting a home business is the first step to becoming your own boss. Join BACP on Thursday, June 24 at 10 AM for a webinar entitled, Starting a Business in Your Home, presented by BACP. Receive an overview of Chicago’s new regulations for the Home Occupation License. Register at Chicago.gov/businesseducation

Effective marketing can help propel your business to the next level! Join BACP on Wednesday, June 23 at 3 PM for a webin...
06/22/2021

Effective marketing can help propel your business to the next level! Join BACP on Wednesday, June 23 at 3 PM for a webinar entitled, Marketing: What to Know, How to Start & What to Expect, presented by Score Chicago. Learn the fundamentals of marketing and why small businesses need marketing. Register at Chicago.gov/businesseducation

Effective marketing can help propel your business to the next level! Join BACP on Wednesday, June 23 at 3 PM for a webinar entitled, Marketing: What to Know, How to Start & What to Expect, presented by Score Chicago. Learn the fundamentals of marketing and why small businesses need marketing. Register at Chicago.gov/businesseducation

Save the Date for BACP’s first Remote Expo of 2021! This year’s expos will be better than ever, w/ the return of 30+ exh...
06/22/2021

Save the Date for BACP’s first Remote Expo of 2021! This year’s expos will be better than ever, w/ the return of 30+ exhibitors offering 1:1 business guidance, webinars, panels and a phenomenal keynote speaker. Mark Thursday, July 22, 2021 on your calendar and visit chismallbizexpo.com

Save the Date for BACP’s first Remote Expo of 2021! This year’s expos will be better than ever, w/ the return of 30+ exhibitors offering 1:1 business guidance, webinars, panels and a phenomenal keynote speaker. Mark Thursday, July 22, 2021 on your calendar and visit chismallbizexpo.com

City Hall is closed, but BACP has eight regional Chicago Business Centers (CBC), which will operate as hubs to provide b...
06/22/2021
Chicago Business Center Program

City Hall is closed, but BACP has eight regional Chicago Business Centers (CBC), which will operate as hubs to provide business licensing assistance and other resources for small businesses in communities throughout the city. The regional CBCs will focus in particular on underserved locations and populations, including low-income communities, people of color, people with limited English proficiency and businesses in the South and West Sides. To learn more about the Chicago Business Center program and to set up a consultation with your local CBC visit www.Chicago.gov/CBC

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.

Know your transportation options! The City of Chicago offers two apps to safely hail and /or pay for a Chicago Taxi.  Le...
06/22/2021

Know your transportation options! The City of Chicago offers two apps to safely hail and /or pay for a Chicago Taxi. Learn more at http://CHICABS.ORG

Know your transportation options! The City of Chicago offers two apps to safely hail and /or pay for a Chicago Taxi. Learn more at http://CHICABS.ORG

Our YouTube channel features business education webinars, reopening guideline webinars, Chicago Office of Labor Standard...
06/21/2021

Our YouTube channel features business education webinars, reopening guideline webinars, Chicago Office of Labor Standards updates, and more! Subscribe at www.youtube.com/chicagobacp

Our YouTube channel features business education webinars, reopening guideline webinars, Chicago Office of Labor Standards updates, and more! Subscribe at www.youtube.com/chicagobacp

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City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., Rm 805
Chicago, IL
60602

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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.
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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.