W elcome to the North Avenue Business Association of Oak Park-Chicago Business Resource Page. Your one stop site to learn how to start a new business, move an existing business or improve you current business on the North Avenue Business District.
The North Avenue Business District runs from Harlem Avenue to Austin Avenue along North Avenue. The North side of North Avenue is Chicago and the south side is Oak Park making it a unique area when it comes to having a business because there are two sets of rules depending on what side of North Avenue your business is on. With that in mind it is very important to know all the rules and laws that will effect your business. If you don’t know the rules and laws for your area, you can lose thousands of dollars and jeopardize your business.
While North Avenue is governed by two different municipalities. There are some basic things any potential North Avenue Business owner can do to get started.
- 1. Check zoning-The area you may want put your business may not be zoned for your particular business. Some areas are residential, others for business, others for manufacturing. Check with the City of Chicago Zoning and Village of Oak Park to see if your potential location is zoned properly.
- 2. Check licensing-Like driving a car, you need a business license or permit to operate a business in Chicago and Oak Park. Each municipality has its own set of rules and procedures.
- 3. Consult with local business groups-Call municipal business offices, but also call local ones like the North Avenue Business Association, Oak Park Economic Development Corporation, and Oak Park Chamber for information and help. Advice is free and can save you thousands in un-needed start-up cost and fines.
Go to the “Business Resource” tab for a list of Chicago and Oak Park Business Resources to get more valuable information and help with your North Avenue business.