Existing Business

Creating a business is tough on its own let alone sustaining it and creating something that can endure.  City staff knows that and we want to do our part to make sure your business is successful and stays in Oak Forest.  Click here to see what we can do to make sure that happens and take a look at some of the programs the city has to offer.  



Facade Assistance Program

The Facade Assistance Program offers a level of assistance for non-retail and retail businesses to improve their visual aesthetics, landscaping and signage. The program is a matching grant program sponsored by the City of Oak Forest with the basic goal of making Oak Forest businesses look better and improve the overall appearance of our commercial corridors.  A landlord or lessee may apply for matching funding. The applicant and landlord would be expected to each cover a minimum of 2/3 of the costs associated with renovation, while the City of Oak Forest would cover the remaining cost up to the maximum amount permitted under program guidelines (currently $20,000). Also, a signed agreement between the city and the applicant must be completed for City Council to approve the grant.  

For program information, see review the Grant Guidelines

Complete and submit the 
Facade Assistance Program application.


Business Licensing


Are you an existing business that needs to renew a license?  Here are a few licenses below and if it's not there try our permit and form center: