Economic Development

The Department of Planning and Development's economic development initiatives include a wide spectrum of financial assistance programs, business development efforts, and related quality-of-life endeavors for local neighborhoods.

DPD also provides funding to delegate agencies whose objectives include small business development, site development or area-wide marketing, maintenance and management within a specified commercial business district.

Chicago PACE
Chicago PACE makes it possible for owners and developers of commercial properties to obtain low-cost, long-term financing for energy efficiency, sustainability and renewable energy infrastructure deployed in new or existing buildings.
Property Tax Incentives
Property tax incentive programs encourage private business investment, employment, the revitalization of communities suffering economic stagnation and the preservation and rehabilitation of landmark buildings.
Small Business Resource Guide
DPD's Small Business Advocacy division is tracking all available resources from the public, private and nonprofit sectors that can help Chicago entrepreneurs re-open following the recent civil unrest and the ongoing public health crisis.