Taxpayer relief due to Covid-19

To help reduce the financial impact of Covid-19 on our taxpayers, the due dates for the February and March tax payments have been extended to Thursday,
April 30, 2020 for the following taxes: Amusement tax (7510, 7510R, 7511), Bottled Water tax (1904), Checkout Bag tax (2737), Ground Transportation tax (7595),
Hotel Accommodations tax (7520, 7520S), Parking tax (7530, 7530V), and Restaurant tax (7525). Also, for the aforementioned taxes no additional interest will accrue from 3/17/2020 through 4/30/2020 on late tax payments for the periods July 2019 through January 2020. If you have any questions regarding this or any other tax matter, please email us at

Welcome to Chicago Business Direct. Our new and improved site combines all of your city license and tax needs in one place. Business owners, and/or their legal representatives, may apply for City of Chicago business licenses, renew business licenses, file tax returns, and make tax payments online.

For existing license holders, updating your business account information has never been easier! Chicago Business Direct has greater functionality that allows entrepreneurs to focus more time on their own business and less time at City Hall.

Taxpayers familiar with our previous site will notice the changes immediately. Our system enhancements have made the process of filing tax returns and making tax payments more intuitive and efficient. Register for a user profile, get linked to your tax account, and you're ready to file and pay.

Thank you for doing business in the City of Chicago and for using Chicago Business Direct. Please contact our Small Business Center if you need assistance.