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Any business that serves food can endanger public health. That’s why restaurants are some of the most regulated businesses out there. Multiple state, county and city environmental health permits are common for restaurants. Those that serve alcohol need even more licensing. Prospective restaurateurs should expect to apply for at least five licenses and permits and in many cases much more.
Other Fast-Casual Restaurant licenses
As one of the country’s great metropolises, it’s no surprise that Chicago has a very involved and detailed licensing scheme. The city regulates more than 70 business-types, each needing to meet specific requirements. Navigating this maze of forms and fees can be daunting and costs can run high. But if you can make it in Chicago, you can make it almost anywhere.
Chicago has the third largest gross metropolitan product in the United States—approximately US$532 billion with an incredibly diversified economy. Long gone are the days when cattle sales, slaughterhouses and railroads comprised Chicago's economy. Today, Chicago has a thriving science and technology sector in addition to banking, manufacturing, transportation and e-commerce. Numerous securities and commodities exchanges operate in Chicago. It also plays home to many of the nation's largest companies.
Businesses in Chicago
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