Sen. Celina VillanuevaCHICAGO – With support from State Senator Celina Villanueva, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity recently announced the latest round of Back to Business grants awarded to businesses in the restaurant industry.

“Local businesses are still working to bounce back, and opportunities like the Back to Business grant program will allow them to maintain a place in their communities,” said Villanueva (D-Chicago). “With these grants, our communities have the chance to grow and thrive.”

The Back to Business grant program provides recovery grants for small businesses throughout the state, with an emphasis on businesses in the hardest hit industries. Through the Back to Business and Business Interruption Grant programs, DCEO has provided over $535 million to more than 15,000 businesses since the start of the pandemic.

Twelve restaurants in Villanueva’s district will receive a combined total of $440,000 through this round of Back to Business grants.

“Local restaurants are necessary for every community,” said Villanueva. “This program allows neighbors to continue supporting one another, ensuring our businesses stay open for years ahead.”

For more information about the Back to Business grant program, visit DCEO’s website.