Special Service Area 27
Special Service Area (SSA) 27 works to make Lakeview a neighborhood where people wish to live, linger and long to return. SSAs are a funding mechanism to raise money for services to a designated mixed-use area through a property tax levy in order to supplement City services. The Lakeview Chamber of Commerce is the Sole Service Provider for SSA 27, which was established in December 2003. It manages SSA-funded programs under the oversight of the SSA 27 Board of Commissioners. For more information about SSAs, please visit the City of Chicago's website.
We envision Lakeview as Chicago's most sought after neighborhood.
Our mission is to support a vibrant local economy and high quality of life for the benefit of Lakeview businesses and residents by improving and enhancing public streets and spaces, creating memorable experiences, encouraging spending locally and promoting the neighborhood.
- Greening and beautifying our commercial corridors through landscaping, tree planting and tree care
- Enhancing our public spaces with seating, lighting installations, public art, and seasonal décor
- Cleaning our sidewalks by removing and disposing of garbage and recycling
- Maintaining our public infrastructure, including bike racks, banners, wayfinding kiosks and litter receptacles
- Activating our community by providing fun and free community programming
- Promoting our neighborhood and its businesses through destination marketing campaigns and local shopping programs (see here for information on the Lakeview gift card)
- Strengthening businesses through networking opportunities and expert-led workshops
- Fostering a strong local economy through programs focused on recruiting and retaining businesses
- Enhancing our safety by incentivizing businesses and residents to install security equipment (see here for information on the security rebate program)
- Returning value to residents through local deals, rewards and promotions
Board of Commissioners
SSAs are governed locally by a publicly-appointed Board of Commissioners consisting of local SSA taxpayers (property owners, business representatives and residents) who serve in a volunteer capacity. Our Commissioners include:
Chairperson - Erin Schwartz, resident
Treasurer - Matt Lederer, Mahogany Builders
Jason Aragon, Whole Foods Market
Darian Campise, Campise Properties
TJ Walczak, Walczak Hernandez, P.C.
Are you interested in becoming a Commissioner? Please contact the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce at 773.472.7171 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Streetscape Committee advances SSA 27’s mission of improving and enhancing public spaces and creating memorable experiences within the service area.
Lakeview Gift Card Task Force
The Lakeview Gift Card Task Force oversees the Lakeview Gift Card program and advances SSA 27’s mission of ensuring a vibrant local economy.
Next Meeting: TBD
Community Events & Placemaking Grant Program Task Force
The Community Events & Placemaking Grant Program Task Force is responsible for reviewing applications submitted by organizations or individuals who are interested in planning events and public programming within the SSA, and determining whether to fund or provide technical support for projects that meet the SSA’s goals to create memorable experiences and promote the neighborhood.
Next Meeting: TBD
Unless otherwise stated, all committee meetings take place at the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce, 1409 W. Addison St. in Chicago. All meetings are open to the public.
Belmont (Ravenswood to Racine)
Lincoln (Addison to Diversey)
Ashland (Addison to Diversey)
Southport (Belmont to Byron)
Accountant - A.C.T. Group
Decorative Banners - Bannerville USA
General Contractor - Blake Residential & Commercial Development Co.
Gift Card - EML Payments
Graphic Design - Z Factory
Holiday Decorations - Southport Construction
Landscaping - BrightView Landscapes LLC
Litter Abatement - Cleanstreet
Printing - Fisheye Graphic Services
Public Relations - Ripson Communications
Website (Belmont Theater District) - Underground Professional
Unless otherwise specified, SSA 27 Commission meetings are held at Sheil Park, 3505 N. Southport Ave. in Chicago. All meetings are open to the public.
Aug. 13, 2020, 8:30 am
Sept. 10, 2020, 8:30 am
Oct. 8, 2020, 8:30 am
Nov. 12, 2020, 8:30 am
Dec. 10, 2020, 8:30 am
The Low-Line re-envisions the half-mile space beneath the CTA ‘L’ tracks between Southport and Lincoln avenues as an exciting Chicago art destination and a fun and dynamic path connecting Lakeview.
Lakeview Gift Card
Accepted at over 80 local shops and restaurants, Lakeview gift cards are the best way to experience the neighborhood. Whether you're interested in upscale-dining, a spa experience, or casual drinks, the Lakeview gift card offers something for everyone, making it the perfect gift year-round!
The Lakeview Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting proposals for holiday decor for Special Service Area 27 (SSA 27). Please find more information here.
SSA 27 Minutes
2020 Commission Minutes
2020 Committee Minutes
Streetscape Committee -- January 23, 2020
Streetscape Committee -- February 27, 2020
Streetscape Committee -- May 28, 2020
Streetscape Committee -- June 25, 2020
2020 Task Force Minutes
Events & Placemaking Task Force -- May 13, 2020
Commission Minutes Archive
Committee Minutes Archive
Task Force Minutes Archive
Neighborhood PR Task Force -- 2018