Chicago restaurants hope new Illinois small business grants will keep them open

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CHICAGO (WLS) – A new round of small business grants has been announced by Governor JB Pritzker, and Chicago restaurant owners are hoping the money can help them keep their doors open as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds. prolonged.

Governor Pritzker said the state would accept applications for the second round of grants worth a total of $250 million on Thursday.

At Bronzeville Wingz, their specialty is 30 different sauces. They’ve been open for most of the past six months, but owner Nichole Jackson says it hasn’t been easy.

“It was a struggle, I will say that,” she said.

Jackson hopes a state grant will allow him to keep the remaining staff without further cuts and ultimately stay in business.

“The challenges facing small businesses in this pandemic are immense,” Governor Pritzker said in announcing the new round of grants. “Many didn’t survive. And so what we’re trying to do is save as many as we can to support them in any way we can.”

At Pearl’s Place, lunchtime favorites are still on the menu, but the lunchtime crowds just aren’t the same as before COVID-19. Owner Darrell Green said a state grant from the first round of small business financial aid has helped him survive, for now.

“We have to survive. We’re doing our best to live up to it. That’s our goal,” Green said.

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