The City of Chicago has promised aid of up to $10m. The Department of Planning and Development will be earmarking grants for emergency cases. Both business owners and individuals are hopeful that they will qualify.
Jewel, the City of Chicago and community partners are also working hard to provide assistance for small businesses during this time. An $11m fund has been created in the hope of helping them re-build. According to Mayor Lori Lightfoot:
“Thanks to this fund, many Chicago businesses will be able to address the critical obstacles that businesses are facing and help them make the reopening in our Phase 3 a true reality for them, their employees and their customers. Getting our businesses back on their feet is vital to really moving our city forward and restoring vibrancy and hope in our neighborhoods.”
As well, White Sox has started selling T-shirts to raise money for the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund, with White Six logos, the slogan ‘Chicago Together’ and the Chicago City Flag embellished.