Starting a Business
Step-By-Step ProcessBusinessUSA identifies 10 steps to starting a business in Illinois. Each step has additional resources identified. This is an excellent overview to the entire process of opening a business and a great place at which to start. Please note that some of the information on the website has been incorporated into the following information.
Choose a LocationNot all locations are created equal. The underlying zoning for the property partially determines if your business can legally operate at a particular location. Once you have found a potential location, check to see what the zoning is and if your type of business is able to operate within this zoning district. You may contact the Community Development Department at 847-506-6030 to verify that the zoning is compatible.
Verify that the building is compatible for what you want to do. Even though the zoning of the property may allow your business at a particular location, the building itself may not have been constructed to properly accommodate your business.
Check Zoning Compatibility
For example, a 1-story office/warehouse building is located in an M-1 Manufacturing District. Automobile repair is a permitted use within the M-1 Zoning District. However, because the building was built as an office/warehouse building, the building may have to be retrofitted with the proper exhaust systems, triple basins, and possible sprinkling which could be a major financial expense.