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Burnham Nationwide Offers Guide to Chicago Sidewalk Cafe Permit Process

By: Prodigy
04/10/2024, Chicago, IL // PRODIGY: Feature Story //

Burnham Nationwide, a leading provider of permit expediting services and building code consulting, released comprehensive guidance for businesses in the City of Chicago seeking to navigate the complexities of obtaining sidewalk cafe permits.

With the ever-evolving urban landscape and the city's commitment to fostering vibrant street life, sidewalk cafes have become a staple for many establishments looking to expand their dining experience outdoors. Both sidewalk cafes and outdoor patios offer open-air dining that requires permits. However, the main difference between these two is that patios are on private property, whereas sidewalk cafes occupy public spaces.

Chicago's sidewalk cafes enable restaurants to extend their dining areas to public sidewalks. This expansion helps increase their visibility and potentially boosts their revenue through added seating capacity.

"In Chicago, sidewalk cafes are a fantastic way for businesses to enhance their customer experience, yet many find the permit process challenging," said Louie Greenebaum, who secures the majority of sidewalk cafe permits every year for Burnham Nationwide’s clients in Chicago.

Burnham Nationwide is dedicated to simplifying this process for you and offers unparalleled expertise in building permit applications and zoning compliance.

In 2019, The City of Chicago established new rules on sidewalk cafes. Recent changes to the City’s sidewalk cafe permit process, and some lingering pandemic exceptions underline the importance of expert guidance. Burnham Nationwide's team of experienced project managers are well-versed in these updates. They provide clients with timely and efficient permit expediting services, ensuring that businesses comply with the latest regulations and receive their permits as swiftly as possible.

Burnham offers nationwide coverage, and also has written and advises on outdoor dining policies in New York and Los Angeles. Similar to Chicago, many of the temporary policies that came about during the pandemic, drove additional convenience and revenue for restauranteurs, and have become policy.

The company's monthly newsletter, The Final Review, (subscribe here) offers information on changes to sidewalk cafe permits in the City of Chicago, among other vital building and zoning process insights. Burnham Nationwide's approach goes beyond mere permit expediting; they offer comprehensive building code consulting, assisting businesses in managing and understanding any permitting process and ensuring the structure complies with local and national building codes requirements.

Burnham Nationwide's commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction has made it the go-to resource for businesses across Chicagoland and beyond. The company's expert team works closely with clients, providing personalized solutions tailored to their needs that facilitates urban development and innovation.

"Whether you're a seasoned restaurateur or a new cafe owner, navigating the permit process can be daunting and we can be your guide. We have the expertise to help you turn your outdoor dining dream into a reality," concluded Louie Greenebaum.

For more information on Burnham Nationwide and its services, please visit

About Burnham Nationwide

Burnham Nationwide works in over 3,000 municipalities across the United States, and has a diverse client base from Fortune 200 companies to specialized architectural and development firms. Burnham offers a systematic, professional approach that streamlines and navigates the complex planning, submission, and approval process with Building Departments and Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) so you don’t have to. With over 30 years of experience in the construction industry, Burnham is the trusted project manager for established firms that expect consistent and dependable execution for every project. Burnham obtains upwards of nearly 10,000 permits and licenses annually. The tenure of the staff, their genuine passion for safety and precision with a commitment for timely delivery, set them apart from the competition; encapsulated in their credo of “Simply Getting It Done.


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Burnham Nationwide, Inc.

Address: 111 W Washington St, Suite 1700, Chicago, IL 60602

Phone: 800-407-7990




Source: 38 Digital Market News

Release ID: 987942

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