Special Service Area (SSA) Program

Mark Roschen: 312.744.1083

Special Service Areas are local tax districts that fund expanded services and programs through a localized property tax levy within contiguous areas. The enhanced services and programs are in addition to those currently provided through the City.

SSA-funded projects typically include but are not limited to: public way maintenance and beautification; district marketing and advertising; business retention/attraction, special events and promotional activities; auto and bike transit; security; façade improvements; and other commercial and economic development initiatives.

The City contracts with local non-profits, called Service Providers, to manage SSAs. Mayorally-appointed SSA Commissioners for each SSA district oversee and recommend the annual services, budget and Service Provider Agency to the City. There are currently 57 active SSAs in Chicago.

The Department of Planning and Development is accepting applications from non-profit organizations that are interested in establishing or renewing a Special Service Area for 2024. To apply, a Feasibility Study must be submitted by Nov. 1, 2022.

SSA 2024 Application Materials:

SSA Commissioner Application Documents

RFP Released for SSA #28-2014 Service Provider

Four RFP respondents will have 15 minutes to present why their orgaization is best-suited to manage SSA 28-2014 for the remainder of 2023. DPD will select the SSA #28-2014 Service Provider within two weeks following the meeting. Presenters will include:

Belmont-Central Chamber of Commerce

Edgebrook Suagansh Chamber of Commerce

Portage Park Chamber of Commerce

Six Corners Association





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