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.
- Maintaining clean and attractive sidewalks
- Landscaping, tree planting and tree care
- Enhancing the neighborhood's public spaces with streetscape elements (public art, bike racks, benches, litter receptacles, wayfinding kiosks, etc.) and creating new public spaces
- Lakeview Gift Card and holiday rebate program to support shopping locally
- Security Rebate Program to improve security in Lakeview (download guidelines and application here)
- Business recruitment and vacancy tracking
- Neighborhood and tourism marketing
- Holiday decorations
- Community events and programming
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 - Terese McDonald, Candyality
Treasurer - Matt Lederer, Mahogany Builders
Jason Aragon, Whole Foods Market
Darian Campise, Campise Properties
Paul Leamon, Beermiscuous
Amy Novotny, Arthur Murray Lakeview
Luis Monje, resident
Erin Schwartz, resident
Chuck Stewart, Lakeview Insurance Agency
TJ Walczak, Walczak Hernandez, P.C.
Doug Zylstra, Bazar Chicago
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 Low-Line Committee provides vision and direction for the Low-Line, a one-of-a-kind project that would connect Southport Ave. and Paulina St. with a contiguous, half-mile long walkway and garden beneath the CTA ‘L’ tracks, focusing its efforts on new plazas at Southport, Ashland and Paulina.
Next Meeting: To be announced
The Streetscape Committee advances SSA 27’s mission of improving and enhancing public spaces and creating memorable experiences within the service area.
Next Meeting: August 22, 2019, 8:30 am - Agenda
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: To be announced
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 - Fisheye Graphic Services and Z Factory
Holiday Decorations - Southport Construction
Landscaping - BrightView Landscapes LLC
Litter Abatement - Cleanstreet
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. 8, 2019, 8:30 am
Sept. 12, 2019, 8:30 am
Oct. 10, 2019, 8:30 am
Nov. 14, 2019, 8:30 am
Dec. 12, 2019, 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.