Want to open your business in Oak Park?
Doing Business in Oak Park
The OPEDC will work with business owners to find a viable option that will address the needs expressed for financial support. Business owners often look to Accion Chicago, Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest, and US Bank. OPEDC does not offer direct financing at this time.
Are you looking for a new location for your business or wish to find sites for development? Please contact OPEDC at 708-383-3838 or take advantage of our LocationOne database.
Before signing your lease in Oak Park, it’s important to make an appointment with the Zoning Administrator at the Village of Oak Park. They will determine if the space you’ve chosen is zoned appropriately for your business.
For more information, visit oak-park.us/village-services/planning/zoning.
Oak Park-River Forest Chamber of Commerce
The Oak Park-River Forest Chamber of Commerce is a member organization serving businesses in Oak Park, River Forest, Forest Park and the surrounding areas. The Chamber provides leadership, information, events, workshops and opportunities for networking and relationship-building, putting on hundreds of events per year. Their resources help businesses thrive in Oak Park. Visit their home page to learn how they can help you.
Commercial Facade Improvement Grant Program
The Village of Oak Park established the Commercial Facade Improvement Grant Program (C-FIP) to promote reinvestment in commercial buildings. Grants are being made available by the Village to qualified property owners or commercial tenants in recognition of the positive impact that new façade improvements can have on the appearance and vitality of the community. Funds are limited and will be designated to those projects that fully complete the Village’s application process prior to all grant funds being designated.
Questions regarding the Village’s Commercial Façade Improvement Grant Program can be directed to Cameron Davis, Assistant Director, Development Customer Services Department, 708.358.5421. Applications for the C-FIP program are available at Village Hall.
Permits, Inspections & Business Licenses
The Village of Oak Park just made it easier for you to apply for permits, schedule inspections and apply for business licenses with VillageView.