SSA 27

Spring 2015 Intership Opportunity (PDF)

Special Service Area 27 (SSA 27) works to make Lakeview a neighborhood where people wish to live, linger, and long to return. It provides resources to local businesses and residents, such as:

  • Daily Sidewalk Cleaning
  • Facade Improvement Incentives
  • Access to a Successful Shopping Rebate Program, SHOP Lakeview
  • Placemaking initatives like our Street Banner Program and way finding signage
  • The Procurement and Maintenance of Street Benches, Bike Racks, Trash Cans, and Planters
  • Commercial vacancy tracking

A special service area (SSA) is a property tax levy allocated from the City of Chicago that uses the taxes collected for service, beautification, and other programs within the SSA boundaries. A State of Illinois statute determines the restrictions and guidelines of the SSA. SSA 27 was formally established in December 2003, since then the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce has administered the SSA 27 programs as the sole service provider. A Board of Commissioners is appointed by the Mayor to recommend the annual tax rate and sole service provider of the SSA. View our 2014 Service Provider Agreement (PDF). For more information about SSAs, please visit the City of Chicago's website here.

Annual Report and Newsletter

Lakeview Area Master Plan (LAMP)

The Lakeview Chamber and SSA #27 sponsored the Lakeview Area Master Plan (LAMP) in 2010 to develop a vision plan to strengthen Lakeview. The LAMP process involved resident and shop­per surveys; business and property owner surveys; open houses; a youth focus group; a website; district analysis; and demographic research.

The LAMP research uncovered opportunities, vital statistics, comparative data, and consumer data to help us better understand the business district. Its work plan and execution strategies will provide a blueprint for us to make improvements that will increase lo­cal shopping, as well as attract new customers and new businesses to Lakeview.

The full plan is available for review and download HERE.


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  • Cleanslate - litter abatement
  • Christy Webber Landscapes - landscaping
  • Brickman - holiday decorations
  • Eilts & Associates - accountant
  • Z Factory - graphic design

Meeting Minutes


SSA 27 Board of Commissioners

Lisa Santos, Southport Grocery

Vice President/Treasurer
Kevin Vaughan, Mystic Celt

Colleen Daley, resident
Susan Eriksen, Char Crust
Ray Hallowell, Lakeview Funeral Home
Jill Heise, resident
Matt Lederer, Mahogany Builders
Melissa Salvatore, A Little Photo Studio
Lisa Santos, Southport Grocery
Kevin Vaughan, Mystic Celt
Jeremy Wechsler, Theater Wit
Nabil Zahrah, ZED Architects

Are you interested in becoming a Commissioner?

Please contact the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce office 773-472-7171 or email

SSA 27 By-Laws

Download the SSA 27 By-Laws (PDF).

2015 SSA 27 Board of Commissioners Meeting Schedule

All SSA 27 Board of Commissioner Meetings are open to the public.

Unless otherwise specified, meetings will be held at St. Luke Church, 1500 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL.

  • Thur., Jan. 8, 2015, 8:30 a.m.
  • Thur., Jan. 15, 2015, 6:00 p.m., at Southport Grocery, 3552 N. Southport Ave., Chicago, IL
  • Thur., Feb. 12, 2015, 8:30 a.m.
  • Thur., March 12, 2015, 8:30 a.m.
  • Thur., April 9, 2015, 8:30 a.m.
  • Thur., May 14, 2015, 8:30 a.m.
  • Thur., June 11, 2015, 8:30 a.m.
  • Thur., July 23, 2015, 8:30 a.m., Annual Meeting
  • Thur., Aug. 13, 2015, 8:30 a.m.
  • Thur., Sept. 10, 2015, 8:30 a.m.
  • Thur., Oct. 8, 2015, 8:30 a.m.
  • Thur., Nov. 12, 2015, 8:30 a.m.
  • Thur., Dec. 10, 2015, 8:30 a.m.

To contact us for further information, call 773-472-7171 or email