Ride Smart Chicago
The Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) is educating the riding public with important information they need when riding in one of the city’s licensed taxicab, pedicab, livery, rideshare, or horse-drawn carriage vehicles. Ride Smart Chicago will help protect and prepare consumers on how to be responsible passengers.
Learn More about Chicago’s Plastic Bag Ban
The City of Chicago’s plastic bag ban went into effect on August 1, 2015. Retailers occupying stores that are more than 10,000 square feet are no longer allowed to offer plastic bags.
The ban will be extended to smaller chain stores and franchises in August 2016. The ban does not affect small independent or non-franchise stores and restaurants.
Learn more about the plastic bag ban at Retail Bag Use.
Chicago’s Minimum Wage Ordinance is in Effect as of July 1, 2015
The City of Chicago Minimum Wage Ordinance;
went into effect July 1, 2015,and raises the minimum wage to $10. The ordinance applies to employers that maintain a business facility within the city of Chicago and/or are required to obtain a business license to operate in the city. It also applies to employees who work at least two hours in the city within the period of two weeks.This includes domestic employees, day laborers and home health care workers. A union may waive its members’ rights to receive the minimum wage as part of a collective bargaining agreement.The minimum wage increase will be phased in on an annual basis from July 1, 2015 to 2019. The minimum wage increases to $10.50 in 2016, $11 in 2017, $12 in 2018, and to $13 in 2019.
In addition, the first 10 minutes of each Business Education workshop will be devoted to reviewing the minimum wage increase: BACP offers workshops every Wednesday (3:00 – 4:30 p.m.) and Fridays (9:30 – 11:00 a.m.) at City Hall.
Find more information on the Minimum Wage Ordinance web page, along with the Notice to Employers and Employees that has to be posted in all businesses.
Find more information at the Minimum Wage Webpage .