Portage Park Chamber Proposed as Special Service Area Provider for Six Corners

May 24, 2023

Department of Planning and Development    312.744.9267

The Portage Park Chamber of Commerce would administer the Special Service Area (SSA) that includes the Six Corners shopping district in Portage Park, under a proposal made to City Council today by Mayor Brandon Johnson.  

The designation of the chamber as the area’s SSA provider would run through the end of 2023.  

In October 2022, the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) prematurely terminated the service provider contract of the Six Corners Chamber of Commerce due to mismanagement issues. Since December, the Belmont-Central Chamber has been providing temporary services, including snow plowing, litter abatement, holiday decorations.  

The SSA program strengthens neighborhood retail corridors by providing supplemental services beyond Chicago’s general municipal services, such as public way aesthetics, business development, sustainability, and safety.  

Founded in 1937, the Portage Park Chamber was selected from four responses to a DPD request for proposals issued earlier this year for a permanent service provider for the areas.  Proposals were assessed on several criteria, including completeness and specificity of the proposal, experience and capacity of the respondent, and respondent familiarity with the Six Corners area.  


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