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Watch the Video: Revitalizing The West Chicago Avenue CorridorWatch the Video: Revitalizing The West Chicago Avenue Corridor

Community Development, Business & Economic Development—As co-quarterbacks, the Chicago Community Loan Fund (CCLF) and the West Humboldt Park Family and Community Development Council (WHPFCDC) are revitalizing the West Chicago Avenue Corridor.

Successful Equity Express Training at the Center for Neighborhood TechnologySuccessful Equity Express Training at the Center for Neighborhood Technology

Community Development, Business & Economic Development—On October 23rd of 2014, 31 professionals in the nonprofit sector participated in the Equity Express Green Financial Education Train-the-Trainer Program at the Center for Neighborhood Technology… Continue

West Humboldt Park Development Council's Community MeetingsWest Humboldt Park Development Council's Community Meetings

Community Development—Please join the West Humboldt Park Development Council and community partners at the Chicago Avenue Revitalization Task Force Meeting and the Block Club Network Crime & Safety Meeting.

Chet Jackson of WHPDC receives NHS Neighborhood Leadership AwardChet Jackson of WHPDC receives NHS Neighborhood Leadership Award

Community Development, Business & Economic Development—Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago (NHS) held its Annual Meeting and Neighborhood Leadership Awards program, "NHS @ 40: Deep Roots, Still Growing " on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at the… Continue

RFPs issued for West Humboldt Park SSA #63RFPs issued for West Humboldt Park SSA #63

Community Development, Business & Economic Development—The West Humboldt Park SSA #63 is seeking full-service company vendors to provide Sidewalk Cleaning Services and Security Services for the Chicago Avenue commercial corridor for 2015. Proposals are… Continue

Summer PlayStreets Events & Block Club Parties in West Humboldt ParkSummer PlayStreets Events & Block Club Parties in West Humboldt Park

Community Development—The West Humboldt Park Development Council organized three PlayStreets events in partnership with Gads Hill Center and Block Club Network members for the West Humboldt Park community during the… Continue

West Humboldt Park Development Council Revealing of Banners on Chicago AvenueWest Humboldt Park Development Council Revealing of Banners on Chicago Avenue

Community Development, Business & Economic Development—The West Humboldt Park Special Service Area #63 (SSA), in partnership with Neighborhood Housing Services and the West Humboldt Park Development Council (WHPDC) installed 44 banners along Chicago… Continue

New Divvy Bike Share Stations Coming to West Humboldt ParkNew Divvy Bike Share Stations Coming to West Humboldt Park

Community Development, Business & Economic Development—West Humboldt Park residents will soon have another way to get around the neighborhood and take trips to other parts of Chicago. The City of Chicago recently made the announcement that the Divvy Bike… Continue

Join me at SOCIAL MEDIA WEDNESDAYS 2014

Smart Communities, Community Development, Business & Economic Development—Please accept my personal invitation to join us Wednesday evenings, September 17 to October 1, for a series of free social media workshops presenting practical and affordable digital marketing… Continue

Free Healthy Halloween Event in West Humboldt ParkFree Healthy Halloween Event in West Humboldt Park

Community Development—Are you looking for a FUN, SAFE, and FREE Halloween Event? Well, look no further! The West Humboldt Park Development Council presents Healthy Halloween 2013. The event is October 31 st from 3:30 to… Continue

FREE Health and Wellness EventsFREE Health and Wellness Events

Community Development—Cooking Classes for Adults and Families. Wellness Parties to celebrate health. Fitness Classes. Farmer's Markets.Hot Meals. Support Groups. And they are all absolutely FREE! Find out how you can get… Continue

Tech ThursdaysTech Thursdays

Smart Communities, Community Development, Business & Economic Development—Join other business owners, coaches and friends for breakfast as TECH T HURSDAYS 2014 highlights the latest business solutions, services and technologies September 4th to 25th from 8 to 10:30 am… Continue

Commercial Corridor Tipping PointCommercial Corridor Tipping Point

Smart Communities, Community Development, Business & Economic Development—After years of disinvestment and decline the Chicago Avenue commercial corridor (on Chicago’s Westside) has begun a substantial rebound on numerous fronts. Some of the improvements are planned… Continue

Free Summer Events!Free Summer Events!

Community Development—Be active this summer. Come out to these free health and wellness events. We have everything from cooking classes to fitness classes and they are all free!

Attend the 15th Annual CeaseFire Peace Festival in West Humboldt Park!Attend the 15th Annual CeaseFire Peace Festival in West Humboldt Park!

Community Development—Please join Ceasefire and the Kells Park Advisory Council as we celebrate the 15th annual Ceasefire Peace Festival on Friday June 6th at 4PM at Kells Park, 3201 West Chicago Ave. (Chicago Avenue… Continue

RFP issued for Sidewalk Cleaning Services for West Humboldt Park SSA #63RFP issued for Sidewalk Cleaning Services for West Humboldt Park SSA #63

Business & Economic Development—The West Humboldt Park SSA #63 is seeking a full-service sidewalk cleaning company to maintain the cleanliness and appearance of sidewalks and pedestrian ways in the West Humboldt Park Special… Continue

Thinking of Starting a Business?...Thinking of Starting a Business?...

Community Development, Business & Economic Development—Are you thinking about startng a business? Starting a business is an exciting proposition, but it’s also an incredibly challenging undertaking. Is Entrepreneurship For You? Starting your own… Continue

Turkey Chop offers free healthy food in West Humboldt ParkTurkey Chop offers free healthy food in West Humboldt Park

Community Development, Business & Economic Development—Good food is about more than feeding your body! On March 3rd, 2014 Turkey Chop Gourmet Grill opened a Free Hot Meal Site at 3506 W Chicago Avenue. It is the only hot meal site in West Humboldt Park… Continue

Chandeliers Boutique - Business ProfileChandeliers Boutique - Business Profile

Community Development, Business & Economic Development—Chandeliers - A little bit of Michigan Avenue right on Chicago Avenue. You might miss this little retail store underneath the Sportswear & Shoes sign at 3703 W Chicago Avenue if you don’t… Continue

Chicago Avenue Redux in the WorksChicago Avenue Redux in the Works

Community Development, Business & Economic Development, Healthy Stores Initiative—West Humboldt Park Development Council (WHPDC) and Chicago Community Loan Fund (CCLF) have been awarded a grant from Citi Foundation to implement a planning process to revitalize the Chicago Avenue… Continue

Free Kells Park Annual Easter Egg HuntFree Kells Park Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Community Development—Come out and join the fun for the Annual Kells Park Easter Egg Hunt in West Humboldt Park! This free event will take place on April 18 at 2pm in Kells Park, located at 3201 West Chicago Avenue, at… Continue

Spring Into Health!Spring Into Health!

Community Development—The weather is breaking and it is time to shake those winter blues! Come join us for healthy and fun Spring events. We have something for everyone, whether you're looking to brush up on your cooking… Continue

FREE HOT MEALS!!! Feed Your Body and Feed Your SoulFREE HOT MEALS!!! Feed Your Body and Feed Your Soul

Community Development—Join us for free hot meals! Turkey Chop Gourmet Grill, 3506 W Chicago Avenue, will be giving out free hot meals to those in need. The hot meal site will have its grand opening on Monday March 3rd … Continue

What do you think is missing on Chicago Avenue?What do you think is missing on Chicago Avenue?

Community Development, Business & Economic Development—Are you satisfied with the shopping choices along Chicago Avenue? Would you like more stores and more variety? We are conducting a survey of residents to determine what you would like to see along… Continue

West Humboldt Park Free Winter Wellness EventsWest Humboldt Park Free Winter Wellness Events

Community Development—Don’t let the winter weather keep you cooped up! The West Humboldt Park Development Council and partners have plenty of winter wellness events to keep you and your family entertained this… Continue

CCLF AND WHPFCDC AWARDED $250,000 FOR PARTNERS IN PROGRESS PROJECTCCLF AND WHPFCDC AWARDED $250,000 FOR PARTNERS IN PROGRESS PROJECT

Community Development, Business & Economic Development—One of 13 Organizations Selected by the Citi Foundation and Low Income Investment Fund to Advance the Community “Quarterback” Model CHICAGO, December 3, 2013 – Chicago… Continue

Mayor Emanuel Asks Residents to Suggest Locations for New Divvy StationsMayor Emanuel Asks Residents to Suggest Locations for New Divvy Stations

Community Development—Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Divvy, Chicago’s bike-share system, launched a new website today to solicit suggestions and feedback from Chicagoans on the locations for the 175 new Divvy stations… Continue

Enjoy Free Fitness Classes!Enjoy Free Fitness Classes!

Community Development—Enjoy Free Fitness Classes! Join the West Humboldt Park Development Council in starting a community fitness revolution. Shake your booty in our Hip-Hop Aerobics, Zumba, Line Dancing and Stepper's… Continue

The Chicago Plays! Playground Replacement Program Provides New Playground Equipment in West Humboldt ParkThe Chicago Plays! Playground Replacement Program Provides New Playground Equipment in West Humboldt Park

Community Development—The West Humboldt Park Development Council (WHPDC) and The Kells Park Advisory Committee (KPAC) submitted four applications requesting playground equipment replacements as part of the Chicago Plays… Continue

A space for entrepreneurs and freelancers, right in Humboldt ParkA space for entrepreneurs and freelancers, right in Humboldt Park

Business & Economic Development—My few years as a freelancer were anything but routine. I participated in conference calls in pajamas, and if I thought I could get away with it, while washing dishes or folding laundry. There were… Continue

Free Resume Writing WorkshopsFree Resume Writing Workshops

Community Development, Business & Economic Development—Do you need to put together a new resume, but don’t know where to begin? Want to write your first resume? Want some tips on how to grab the attention of a potential employer through your… Continue

Grant Money Available for Residential Properties within the Chicago-Central Park TIFGrant Money Available for Residential Properties within the Chicago-Central Park TIF

Community Development—Grant money for residential properties is available. Come to the July 23 public meeting for more information. TIF-NIP provides grants for exterior home repairs on single family residential… Continue

Halloween at Kells ParkHalloween at Kells Park

Community Development—Celebrate Halloween at Kells Park! Put on your costumes, grab the kids, and join us for an evening of fun.

New Healthy Resource Guide AvailableNew Healthy Resource Guide Available

Community Development—The West Humboldt Park Healthy Community Resource Guide is now available. The purpose of the West Humboldt Park Healthy Community Resource Guide is to provide a listing of healthy living resources… Continue

WHPDC's Turkey Chop Gourmet Grill Development  a Finalist for Urban Land Institute’s Vision AwardsWHPDC's Turkey Chop Gourmet Grill Development a Finalist for Urban Land Institute’s Vision Awards

Community Development, Business & Economic Development—On June 5, 2013 Chet Jackson, Executive Director at West Humboldt Park Development Council (WHPDC), Tom Otto, Economic Development Planner, and Jimmy Simmons, Board President, attended the Urban Land… Continue

Architecture For Humanity Creates Design Concepts for Chicago Avenue CorridorArchitecture For Humanity Creates Design Concepts for Chicago Avenue Corridor

Community Development, Business & Economic Development—At two community meetings in June Architecture For Humanity (AFH) did community presentations on streetscape and design ideas for the Chicago Avenue corridor. The West Humboldt Park Development… Continue

Bethel New Life Career Preparatory ProgramBethel New Life Career Preparatory Program

Community Development, Business & Economic Development—Are your dreams bigger than $8.25 an hour? Invest in yourself. Only six months to the future you dream about. Find out how. Enroll in Bethel's Free Career Preparatory Program. Call Eric Courts at… Continue

Public Meetings Show Community Support for Chicago Avenue Special Service AreaPublic Meetings Show Community Support for Chicago Avenue Special Service Area

Community Development, Business & Economic Development—Businesses, property owners, and residents voiced support for the proposed West Humboldt Park Special Service Area (SSA) at two community meetings. The two community meetings were held on May 1 and… Continue

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small BusinessesGoldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

Business & Economic Development—10,000 Small Businesses has assisted over 100 local businesses and are looking for more! The fifth cohort of business owners will begin their completely free courses and individual advising on May 3,… Continue

May & June Business Workshops at Bethel New LifeMay & June Business Workshops at Bethel New Life

Business & Economic Development—Bethel New Life Small Business Development Center is offering the following Business Workshops during May and June 2013:

Day of Peace: Student project aims to have a day without violenceDay of Peace: Student project aims to have a day without violence

Community Development—More than 47 homicides were commited in the City of Chicago last June. It was one of the bloodiest months all year. This June, a group of charter and public school students working together have… Continue

Can a restaurant transform a neighborhood?Can a restaurant transform a neighborhood?

Community Development, Business & Economic Development—Not long after Chet Jackson arrived in West Humboldt Park in 2011, he thought he'd found a way to get the drug dealers off the corners. He'd open a restaurant. Jackson had just been hired away from… Continue

Stewards Market Creating a 'Soulution'Stewards Market Creating a "Soulution"

Community Development, Business & Economic Development—We are SO excited to announce our campaign to launch an intensive training academy for our young adults on July 15, 2013! This academy is more than a solution to the violence and lack of opportunity… Continue

SBIF Funds Available for Companies in Division-Homan TIFSBIF Funds Available for Companies in Division-Homan TIF

Community Development, Business & Economic Development—Attention companies in the Division-Homan TIF District: Building Improvement Grants are Here! JUST IN TIME FOR SPRING IMPROVEMENTS For the first time, the Division-Homan TIF… Continue

Free Business Training Program for Business Owners Planned for May 2013Free Business Training Program for Business Owners Planned for May 2013

Smart Communities, Community Development, Business & Economic Development—Grow Your Business Training Program Planned for May 2013 As a business owner would you like to: Learn to think more entrepreneurially? Learn how to better manage your business? Better… Continue

Quentin Love: Transitioning Communities One Meat at a TimeQuentin Love: Transitioning Communities One Meat at a Time

Community Development, Business & Economic Development—*Opening Soon* TurkeyChop 3506 W. Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60651 Thousands of restaurants open each year looking to be the next best thing with creative dining concepts that focus on the needs… Continue

Business News from Chicago Dept of Business AffairsBusiness News from Chicago Dept of Business Affairs

Business & Economic Development—Sidewalk Cafe Season Begins on March 1 Informational Workshop Set for Wednesday The City of Chicago sidewalk café season begins March 1. Sidewalk Café Permits have a… Continue

Bro-N-Laws BBQ - Business ProfileBro-N-Laws BBQ - Business Profile

Community Development, Business & Economic Development—My inspiration for this restaurant was Southern Style Bar-B-Q. While spending my childhood summers in Mississippi my family often hosted outings and barbeques. This was an event where family and… Continue

Start Your Business Plan with Our Step-by-Step ToolStart Your Business Plan with Our Step-by-Step Tool

Community Development, Business & Economic Development—Having a business plan is a must for small business owners, but finding the time to put pen to paper often means putting it on hold. But when you find the time, what's next? What format should it… Continue

City of Chicago Business Affairs & Consumer Protection NewsCity of Chicago Business Affairs & Consumer Protection News

Community Development, Business & Economic Development—BACP continues to offer free workshops every Wednesday and Friday at City Hall in Room 805. They are open to the public, and cover a variety of topics. If you are looking to start or grow your… Continue

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small BusinessesGoldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

Community Development, Business & Economic Development—Learn more about Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at City Colleges of Chicago. The program is designed to give small business owners across the greater Chicago area resources to grow.

Healthy Eats Coming to Chicago Avenue... more news...Healthy Eats Coming to Chicago Avenue... more news...

Community Development, Smart Communities, Healthy Stores Initiative, Business & Economic Development—Healthy Eats Coming to Chicago Avenue You can’t tell from outside, but construction is well underway at 3506 W Chicago (near St Louis). The site will become the area’s first sit-down… Continue

November Business WorkshopsNovember Business Workshops

Community Development, Business & Economic Development—Check out these upcoming November business workshops sponsored by the City of Chicago. The Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) offers workshops every Wednesday and… Continue

Food Day 2012 Urban Agriculture Policy ConveningFood Day 2012 Urban Agriculture Policy Convening

Community Development—Advocates for Urban Agriculture (AUA) will hold a convening of Chicagoland urban agriculture networks, organizations and practitioners to learn about each others’ advocacy/policy-related… Continue

Community Small Business Owner Achieves SuccessCommunity Small Business Owner Achieves Success

Community Development, Business & Economic Development—Adolfo Vizcaino began his career working on air conditioning and heating systems, and quickly grew to love the work. As his skills continued to increase, the longtime West Side resident knew he… Continue

Free Fitness Class Participants Reap BenefitsFree Fitness Class Participants Reap Benefits

Community Development—Did you know that West Humboldt Park Development Council offers seven free fitness classes at various locations throughout the West Humboldt Park Community?

New Microsite Launched to Support Local Food SystemsNew Microsite Launched to Support Local Food Systems

Community Development, Healthy Stores Initiative—The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning has launched a new microsite and video to help support local food systems in metropolitan Chicago at www.cmap.illinois.gov/food .

Summer NewsletterSummer Newsletter

Community Development, Business & Economic Development, Healthy Stores Initiative—Check out our latest newsletter for news about WHPDC and the West Humboldt Park community.

News from the Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP)News from the Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP)

Community Development, Business & Economic Development—Welcome to "Business Source," the monthly City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) official business newsletter bringing you important business licensing… Continue

SBIF Success!SBIF Success!

Community Development, Business & Economic Development—Chicago Avenue HVAC/Electical business uses SBIF grant to expand There is one less vacant lot along Chicago Avenue in West Humboldt Park. The formally vacant City-owned lot at 3836 W Chicago… Continue

Micro Market Commercial StudyMicro Market Commercial Study

Community Development, Business & Economic Development—In January 2012 the West Humboldt Park Development Council commissioned Project Engineers Plus and UIC's Center for Business and Entrepreneurialism Studies to create a micro market study to be used… Continue

West Humboldt Park Development Council Welcomes New Community Development Planner, Isaiah RossWest Humboldt Park Development Council Welcomes New Community Development Planner, Isaiah Ross

Community Development, Business & Economic Development—Mr. Ross was welcomed as Community Development Planner at WHPDC in May 2012. A native of the Englewood Community, he has an outstanding passion for serving the needs of low-income, underserved,… Continue

Special Service Area (SSA) PresentationSpecial Service Area (SSA) Presentation

Community Development, Business & Economic Development—On June 15, 2012 Gina Caruso, City of Chicago, Department of Housing and Economic Development, provided an overview of the Special Service Area (SSA) program to 30 community residents and business… Continue

West Humboldt Park 4th Annual African Cultural Festival Saturday, September 8West Humboldt Park 4th Annual African Cultural Festival Saturday, September 8

Community Development—The West Humboldt Park Community invites all to participate in the 4th Annual Kells Park African Cultural Festival !

Business license reformBusiness license reform

Business & Economic Development—This month, Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduced a major effort to simplify and streamline business licensing. This effort will reduce the number of business licenses by 60% and will lower licensing fees… Continue

First Eagle Bank Makes Renovating Your Business Even EasierFirst Eagle Bank Makes Renovating Your Business Even Easier

Community Development, Business & Economic Development—The Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF) program uses local Tax Increment Financing (TIF) revenues to help owners of commercial and industrial properties and/or tenants within specific TIF… Continue

Dinner Event for potential Humboldt Park Portal writers Wed Aug 22Dinner Event for potential Humboldt Park Portal writers Wed Aug 22

Smart Communities, Community Development, Business & Economic Development—The Humboldt Park Smart Communities Program Presents: The Humboldt Park Portal Writers A dinner event for the potential citizen journalists of our community

Humboldt Park TIF Has Funding for BusinessesHumboldt Park TIF Has Funding for Businesses

Business & Economic Development—If you own a business or a commercial property within the Humboldt Park TIF district, there is $1,000,000 available to make improvements and keep you in the neighborhood.

Chicago-Style BBQ Tour: Looking for the Best with Hecky PowellChicago-Style BBQ Tour: Looking for the Best with Hecky Powell

Community Development, Business & Economic Development—First things first. If you’re ordering your barbecued ribs through anything but a thick sheet of bulletproof glass, you’re not getting real Chicago-style ribs.

Take Advantage of Free City Business WorkshopsTake Advantage of Free City Business Workshops

Business & Economic Development—Did you know that the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs offers a regular set of business workshops free of charge?

WHP Healthy Corner Store gets National AttentionWHP Healthy Corner Store gets National Attention

Healthy Stores Initiative—West Humboldt Park Development Council has been engaging with store owners on Chicago Avenue in West Humboldt Park to bring healthy foods into neighborhood corner stores.

How one grant program is helping old-line manufacturers stay in the cityHow one grant program is helping old-line manufacturers stay in the city

Business & Economic Development—Three years ago, Bob Laystrom was prepared to move his 50-year-old company out of its outdated facility in Logan Square for new, spacious digs in suburban Palatine.

Four Business Owners Receive New Dell Desktop Computers through Smart Communities ProgramFour Business Owners Receive New Dell Desktop Computers through Smart Communities Program

Smart Communities, Community Development—Four Humboldt Park business owners received a free Dell Optiplex desktop computer as an earned incentive for participating in the Smart Communities Program. The Smart Communities Business Resource… Continue

The Power of One Family – West Humboldt NHS’ newest homeownerThe Power of One Family – West Humboldt NHS’ newest homeowner

Housing, Community Development—For the first nine years since moving to Chicago, the Shirk family of six lived in a 2-bedroom apartment, and had long believed that homeownership was out of their reach. Until they discovered a… Continue

Building Employment and Entrepreneurial Partnerships ExpoBuilding Employment and Entrepreneurial Partnerships Expo

Smart Communities, Business & Economic Development—The 5th Annual BEEP Entrepreneurial and Career Expo is scheduled for the final day of Money Smart Week , Saturday, April 28, 2012 at Orr High School, 730 N. Pulaski, from 10am to 2pm. The Expo… Continue

Tech Workshops to Grow Your Business - Saturday, April 28Tech Workshops to Grow Your Business - Saturday, April 28

Smart Communities, Community Development, Business & Economic Development—Take advantage of these tech workshops to grow your business. The following are some of the workshops offered at the BEEP Entrepreneurial Expo this coming Saturday, April 28.

Residents Get A Taste of HealthyResidents Get A Taste of Healthy

Healthy Stores Initiative—Two unseasonably warm days in March sets the stage for our Healthy Corner Store Food Tasting event.

Free Online Learning - Learn Microsoft Office 2010Free Online Learning - Learn Microsoft Office 2010

Smart Communities, Business & Economic Development—The Humboldt park Business Resource Network now offers free online learning. Learn Microsoft Office 2010 and more in a web-based and self-paced format. Learn new skills to grow and improve your… Continue

WHP: Reaching for Excellence Block by BlockWHP: Reaching for Excellence Block by Block

Community Development—“Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness to pull another Into the light.” ~Norman B. Rice

Use of the Web for Business Applications WorkshopUse of the Web for Business Applications Workshop

Smart Communities, Business & Economic Development—Humboldt Park business owners and would-be entrepreneurs learned about how to utilize the web for business applications at a workshop at the Richard M Daley Library Wednesday, February 1.

Humboldt Park business workshops in March & AprilHumboldt Park business workshops in March & April

Smart Communities, Business & Economic Development—The Smart Communities program works to increase digital access and use by families, businesses and other institutions in five moderate- and low-income Chicago neighborhoods including Humboldt Park.… Continue

Healthy Stores Campaign Engages with Chicago Central Park FoodsHealthy Stores Campaign Engages with Chicago Central Park Foods

Community Development, Business & Economic Development, Healthy Stores Initiative—Three went a nd grabbed chips, candy, and soda. A fourth stood in front of the healthy corner kiosk and cooler and came to the check out with a small bag of grapes, an apple and a banana.

Smart Communities Program Builds Smart BusinessesSmart Communities Program Builds Smart Businesses

Smart Communities, Business & Economic Development—The Smart Communities program works to increase digital access and use by families, businesses and other institutions in five moderate- and low-income Chicago neighborhoods including Humboldt Park.

The WBDC Technology Makeover Contest $100,000 in Computer Hardware and ServicesThe WBDC Technology Makeover Contest $100,000 in Computer Hardware and Services

Business & Economic Development—The Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) is now accepting applications for its 2011 Small Business Technology Makeover Competition with a chance to win more than $100,000 in FREE… Continue

Humboldt Park Portal - a Resource for Businesses, Residents, Non-ProfitsHumboldt Park Portal - a Resource for Businesses, Residents, Non-Profits

Smart Communities, Community Development, Business & Economic Development—The Humboldt Park Portal is a business, civic, arts and community website where residents and others can learn about the Humboldt Park neighborhood, plug into local resources and share the Humboldt… Continue

Food Deserts in ChicagoFood Deserts in Chicago

Healthy Stores Initiative—Westside Writing Project students Richard Marion and Gwen Pepin report of the ongoing problem of food deserts and its effects on the people living in these areas, particulary in West Chicago.

Humboldt Park corner stores get freshHumboldt Park corner stores get fresh

Community Development, Business & Economic Development, Healthy Stores Initiative—Humboldt Park residents could see more fresh produce in corner stores as a new program grows to combat the effects of the neighborhood’s food desert. Launched by the West Humboldt Park… Continue

Chicago Avenue Stakeholders Meeting a SuccessChicago Avenue Stakeholders Meeting a Success

Business & Economic Development—Over 40 business owners and commercial property owners attended the Chicago Avenue Stakeholders Meeting Thursday, August 11 at Sanctuary Place.

Humboldt Park Business SurveyHumboldt Park Business Survey

Business & Economic Development—The City of Chicago Department of Housing and Economic Development (HED) in partnership with West Humboldt Park Development Council request your participation in a business retention and… Continue

Richard M Daley Branch Library Opening July 8Richard M Daley Branch Library Opening July 8

Community Development—The Richard M. Daley branch library opened on Friday July 8th! This branch library is located at 733 N Kedzie. The library will include a computer center as well as a YouMedia Center. YOUmedia is… Continue

Salvation Army plans westward move with expansion projectSalvation Army plans westward move with expansion project

Community Development—The Salvation Army has disclosed plans to build a community and transitional housing center on five acres in West Humboldt Park, saying the project would expand its mission to serve needy people.

Technology resources for Business Owners!Technology resources for Business Owners!

Smart Communities—Your success in business today depends on your ability stay current with technology. Business owners must be able to manage and implement effective technology solutions. New technologies give… Continue

64 FaceBook Content Tips for Business Owners64 FaceBook Content Tips for Business Owners

Smart Communities—Check out this great e-book which provides 64 great FaceBook content tips for business owners.

Get listed on the Humboldt Park Portal websiteGet listed on the Humboldt Park Portal website

Smart Communities—The Humboldt Park Portal is a new business, civic, arts and community website where residents and others can learn about the neighborhood, plug into local resources and share the Humboldt Park… Continue

Special Service Area (SSA) Information Meeting

Other Community Events, Alderman Meeting—Come hear a special presentation about the proposed Special Service Area (SSA) for West Humboldt Park. Special Service Areas fund additional services such as security services, maintenance &… Continue

Humboldt Park Portal Writers Event

Smart Communities, Other Community Events—A dinner event for the potential citizen journalists of our community. Read the Flier . Come find out more about the Humboldt Park Portal website. We are looking for community members who want to… Continue

Salvation Army Brings The Freedom Center to West Humboldt ParkSalvation Army Brings The Freedom Center to West Humboldt Park

Business & Economic Development—The Salvation Army is relocating The Freedom Center to a 5-acre site at Chicago and Christiana Avenues in West Humboldt Park. The Freedom Center is being relocated from its home of 36 years at Monroe… Continue

West Humboldt Park SSA #63

West Humboldt Park SSA #63

S.B. Friedman & Associates


West Humboldt Park
Special Service Area #63


The SSA #63 District encompasses the main portion of the Chicago Avenue commercial corridor, a  roughly one-mile stretch of property along Chicago Avenue between Albany Avenue on the East and Karlov Avenue on the West.

Special Service Areas, known as Business Improvement Districts or BIDs in other cities, 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.

Branding Campaign

North Star Destination Strategies

For more information on the SSA please contact Tom at (773) 342-0036 or tom@whpdevelopmentcouncil.net.

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