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There are many reasons why over 2,700 businesses call Des Plaines home. From quaint mom-and-pop shops to multibillion-dollar corporations, the city is the preferred location for a variety of business ventures. City leaders and representatives work as a team to do everything in their power to advance the local business environment through streamlined processes, friendly staff and a network of partnering organizations.

The city enjoys a convenient location, with a bustling downtown and commercial corridors, a strong industrial and manufacturing presence, extensive transportation networks, and easy access to O’Hare International Airport and the world. Des Plaines also boasts two Metra train stations that are only a 30-minute train ride away from downtown Chicago.

On the service end, think of the city’s economic development staff as your business concierge, ready to connect you and your business goals to unique incentives and support services, making it easier for new and existing businesses to thrive. Some of these programs include:

$100,000 Restaurant Build-Out Incentive
Offered to new restaurants that open a location in our downtown district.

Business Assistance Grants
The City of Des Plaines offers five business assistance grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 depending on the program.

Business Support Services
Valuable introductions to organizations that are in the business of assisting your business.

Suggest a business and make a difference
The City of Des Plaines website now boasts a “Suggest a Business” page, giving everyone the ability to make a positive economic contribution to our community.

If you or someone you know is looking to move or open a business in the northwest suburbs, please visit the “Suggest a Business” webpage at Using the online form, you have the power to help businesses open and thrive in Des Plaines.

Once the information is submitted, a notice is emailed directly to city staff who can then reach out to the potential business owner and provide valuable information and resources. The city will also provide details on its popular grant programs and incentives to help make their decision even easier.

If you want to call and suggest a business or have any questions, call Patrick Ainsworth, economic development coordinator, at (847) 391-5384.