Please download the City of Chicago Sidewalk Café Application Information Package for the sidewalk café season, which begins on March 1st and ends on December 1st. Sidewalk Café Permits have a 9-month term, and must be applied for, and issued, every year. Businesses with a valid Retail Food Establishment License may apply for a Sidewalk Cafe Permit to serve food outside their restaurant on city sidewalks. Applicants intending to serve liquor at a Sidewalk Cafe must have a valid Liquor License pursuant to Chapter 4-60 of the Municipal Code of the City of Chicago.
Completed applications may be submitted via mail, or in person, to the:
Small Business Center
Location: City Hall
Address: 121 North LaSalle Street, Room 800
Telephone: 312-74-GOBIZ (744.6249)
Hours: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm; Monday through Friday.