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SBIF Success Stories

3506 W Chicago Ave BEFORE

3506 W Chicago Ave BEFORE

Turkey Chop Gourmet Grill, 3506 W Chicago Avenue  - The property at 3506 W Chicago Avenue was a typical mixed-use building with commercial on the first floor and a residential unit on the second floor. The building is 86 years old and was vacant for a number of years. Previously the commercial space had been used as a grill and sub fast food restaurant for take-out only. The first floor space was in poor condition consisting of drywall only, no fixtures or equipment existed in the space.  

3506 W Chicago Ave AFTER

3506 W Chicago Ave AFTER

West Humboldt Park Development Council acquired the vacant mixed-use building in December 2011 while simultaneously negotiating with a local restaurateur to bring a new sit down healthier-fare restaurant to the neighborhood. Our commercial corridor – Chicago Avenue between Kedzie & Pulaski – is plagued with vacant buildings, lots, and a shortage of healthy food options (produce stores, grocery stores, restaurants, etc). The project represented a strategic opportunity to rehab a vacant building located in the City’s designated Micro-Market Recovery Program area while providing a healthier food option for the community. WHPDC also wanted to set a new design standard for the commercial corridor. The majority of stores along the commercial corridor have interiors with protective barriers, closed in window frames, limited natural light, and dark dingy poorly maintained exterior spaces. We wanted to create a space that was light and airy, with large amounts of natural light and window space. 

The commercial corridor is located in the Chicago-Central Park TIF district which has the Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF) grant program providing grants up to 75% of construction rehab costs up to $150,000. We were able to obtain a grant to complete the building rehab. By December 31, 2012 construction was complete with all permits and certificates obtained. The restaurant – Turkey Chop Gourmet Grill – opened up in February 2013. A partner celebration event was held on February 4, 2013. We are currently negotiating with two non-profits to lease the 2nd floor commercial space.  View the project slide show.


3620 W Chicago Avenue - Project consisted of installation of new basement drain pipe, new steel door, removal and treatment of mold and mildew in basement, painting, new sump pump, electrical boxes, light fixtures, front door, pressure wash, tuckpoint, sealing of basement walls, removal of trees, branches from exterior walls, and concrete work.


3838 W Chicago Ave BEFORE

3838 W Chicago Ave BEFORE

Thermal-Electric, 3838 W Chicago Avenue - We assisted Adolfo with acquisition of an adjacent vacant City-owned lot, and provided technical assistance with expansion of commercial building, financing and utilization of Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF) grant.

3838 W Chicago Ave AFTER

3838 W Chicago Ave AFTER

T. Otto

Scope of work included purchase of adjacent vacant City-owned lot, parking lot paving, plumbing (including deep catch basin for parking lot), electrical work, signage, wrought iron fence, steel canopy, landscaping, and rolling shutters. 

The construction project allowed for business expansion for his growing HVAC and electrical business.  The parking lot allowed Adofo to securely store his fleet vehicles outside and freed up garage interior space for inventory and workspace.  Read more about his project.


3850 W Chicago Ave BEFORE

3850 W Chicago Ave BEFORE

T. Otto

Oliver's House of Beauty, 3850 W Chicago Avenue - Tuckpointing, new windows, doors, and facade on south (street) side; new roofing and flashing; demolition and rebuilding of new rear porch; plumbing work including new sump pump, floor drains in basement, new drains and copper water lines; electrical work; security shutters. 

3850 W Chicago Ave AFTER

3850 W Chicago Ave AFTER

T. Otto

This project was complicated by a challenging experience with a contractor.  We provided technical assistance to Oliver in selecting a new contractor, getting the project completed, and obtaining the grant reimbursement.  


Hair Mechanics, 3356 W Chicago Avenue - Storefront, framing, drywall, plumbing, electrical, painting; bathroom renovation, rebuilding of second floor work area, and HVAC system.


1945 W Chicago Avenue - Tuckpointing, HVAC systems, windows, hardwood flooring, and painting.

3345 W Chicago Ave

3345 W Chicago Ave BEFORE

3345 W Chicago Ave

3345 W Chicago Ave AFTER

Bryan Hanson