High Hopes for Cannabis in Illinois

With recreational marijuana on the cusp of legalization, businesses across Illinois could see a vast marketplace suddenly accessible. A recreational marijuana legalization bill was recently introduced in the Illinois legislature. The proposed bill puts small businesses in an especially advantageous position, promoting “craft growers” and banning large-scale operations. Without a corporate presence dominating the field, local cultivators and retailers [...]

Food Trucks Unfrozen? Illinois Court To Rule On Chicago Ordinance Regulating Mobile Food Vendors

  UPDATE On May 23rd, the Illinois Supreme Court filed its opinion in LMP Service, Inc. v. City of Chicago, ruling in the City's favor and upholding the constitutionality of the provisions in question: A ban prohibiting food trucks from operating within 200 ft of a brick-and-mortar restaurant (challenged on the grounds that it unfairly favors brick-and-mortar restaurants) A requirement [...]

Holly-Day Spirit: The Evergreen Business of Chicago’s Seasonal Christmas Tree Lots

Hey y’all, it’s Ian! Since I started as G & G Law’s Executive Legal Assistant, I’ve taken more notice of small businesses and their owners. Interacting with enthusiastic entrepreneurs on the daily will do that, I suppose, and what excites me most about our clients are their stories. Every enterprise is an extension of its founder; knowing the owner’s [...]

2019-02-21T10:10:59-05:00December 20th, 2018|Business Entity Selection/Formation, Employers, Startups|

Progressive Pop-Up Policy Passed by the Polity: Chicago’s New Licenses for Pop-Up Businesses

Doing business in any city is often a backwards and bureaucratic imbroglio, and Chicago is no exception. But the gales of change are blowing in the Big Windy! Entrepreneurs in Chicago will soon have a new, first-of-its-kind resource to sell their retail and food products to the public. Beginning on Monday, December 3, 2018, small business owners will be [...]

Entrepreneurs Catch A Break: City Offers A Discount On Business Licensing

#ChiSmallBiz   Most businesses in Chicago require a license from the city in order to operate, and the fees associated with this process can be expensive. In an attempt to alleviate this financial burden on entrepreneurs the Small Business Center of Chicago is offering a 2 year Business License for $125 (regularly the price for a 1 year license). [...]