The Chicago Star Award is more than an accolade; it’s a commitment to nurturing our local economy. By celebrating these businesses, we strengthen the fabric of our community and pave the way for a prosperous future.

Small Biz

The Chicago Star Award is an exciting initiative by the Chicago Treasurer’s Office aimed at recognizing and uplifting small businesses that significantly contribute to the economic and social well-being of our vibrant city. The Chicago Star initiative will engage the community, celebrate local entrepreneurship, and provide valuable resources to deserving businesses.

3 Step Process

The Chicago Star Awards is a prestigious recognition program spearheaded by the Chicago Treasurer’s Office to provide increased visibility and much needed resources to businesses that make a significant impact on the city’s economic and social fabric.


Begin by pinpointing a small business in your community that stands out, regardless of the products or services they offer. This is about recognizing those who contribute meaningfully to your neighborhood.


Take the next step by filling out the Chicago Star application. This formal nomination is your chance to put forth a small business that you believe deserves city-wide acknowledgment.


Remember you do not need to nominate a business more than once. Once you click Submit, you’re all set!


Amplify the impact by sharing the nomination opportunity with your network. Encourage family, friends, and fellow Chicagoans to participate, creating a ripple effect that can lead to a business you support becoming a celebrated Chicago Star.

Chicago Star Directory

Find a Chicago Star and support them today. Check out the 2024 list of Chicago Stars.

Chicago Star Application

Fill out the form below to nominate a business today.

Business Location
Business owner or contact person(Required)
Is the nominated business registered with BACP or Exempt?(Required)