Frequently Asked Questions

What is

Chicago BD is the premier business directory that serves the needs of small businesses in Chicago. It is a free online directory of small and medium businesses that aims to provide business owners with a free online venue to list their products and services for the entire Chicago residents to see online. You can read more about this directory at

Is it free to list my business?

Yes, listing is FREE and without any hassle. All you have to do is sign up and provide details of your business. It only takes a few minutes to list your business with the following details:

          - Business name
          - Business addresses and contact numbers
          - Business / Services description
          - Website address (If there is any)
          - Email contact form
          - News page and / or products and services page

Who are qualified to list in

Small- and medium-sized businesses located in the entire Chicago are qualified to register in our online directory. If you are a small business owner located outside of Chicago, we have other directories that were created to serve the needs of businesses in other states. Please contact us for more details.

Can I list more than 1 business in the directory?

Yes, we offer unlimited listing as long as you own the businesses, they are all located in Chicago, and they are not illegal in nature. You can list as many businesses as you want by using just one account. All you have to do is sign up once and you will have the freedom to list as many businesses as you want easily through our “Add a Business Link”.

Can I remain on top of the category that I choose?

Yes. While the main mission of this online directory if to provide FREE listing for small businesses, business owners can upgrade their account to PREMIUM for a minimal fee in order to make their listing always on top of other businesses in the category of their choice.

What are the advantages that a Premium listing offer to businesses?

Businesses under premium accounts will be listed above all other businesses in the chosen category. That means you can get ahead of your competitors in the category you choose. If you want to stay on top of the list when people click on the category of your choice, Premium listing is the best package for you. Our Premium listing also includes the following:

          - Uploading of up to 6 photos
          - Details of business opening and closing times
          - Tiled ads appearing next to your competitors

Is it easy to upgrade?

 Yes. Upgrading can be done in just a few clicks. Just go you to your admin panel and click on “Upgrade Listing”.

I have not signed up yet but my business is already on this website. How did that happen?

To better serve Chicago residents who are looking for businesses online, our team of researchers have browsed other business portals and industry associations to look for local businesses that will be included in our directory.  You can easily delete or edit your listing by clicking the “Claim this Business” link placed directly above your business name.

Can I also create a website here?

Yes! Each listing comes with a free, easy-to-use website builder that Chicago business owners can utilize to create informative websites about their business. Our website builder can be access through this link:

Even if you have a website creating a free website is a great way to add valuable links to your main website. The simple website builder allows you to quickly put your site together. Click the link above to register your website address. Remember, the more online presence you have, the more chances of getting noticed by your target market. 

I have more questions before signing up, what should I do?

This FAQ page provides the most basic questions that have been raised by business owners. If you have further questionst hat are not addressed above, please feel free to contact us at We will be very  happy to discuss your concerns.We have a 24/7 customer service personnel who are ready to answer talk to you.

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