Getting Started

The first step for most prospective clients is to give us a call or send us an email in order to make an appointment to see the kitchen. Since someone is not always available for drop-in showings, it's important to make an appointment first. Our staff is minimal, but we do our best to return all inquiries within 24 hours. We're available to show you around at just about any time, including evenings and weekends, and we're happy to answer any questions, and will provide you with the paperwork you'll need (it isn't much).

Once you're ready to get started, we require just four things:

  1. A valid City of Chicago Food Service Sanitation Certificate
  2. Proof of liability insurance (minimum coverage of $1 million) with Kitchen Chicago listed as additional insured
  3. A signed operating agreement with Kitchen Chicago
  4. A valid Shared Kitchen User license for your business (short or long term) from the City of Chicago (info from the City)

Many of our clients visit us early in their planning process, after which we don't hear from them until a few months later when they are ready to get started. So don't hesitate to call us even if you're not sure of everything else quite yet. We understand that many of the people that are new to our space are also new to running their own business. There's no pressure, and we may even be able to help you out, as we have with a number of other new, small business owners.