Who We Are
The West Town Chicago Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization with over 200 small business members. The Chamber’s mission is to strengthen its business community so that West Town Chicago continues to be a destination for shopping, dining, professional services, nightlife and culture.
Discover West Town's neighborhoods and their diverse offerings. These West Town retailers, restaurants, bars, professional services, and venues are truly unique and weave the wonderfully eclectic fabric of the West Town community.
Special Service Area
The Special Service Area (SSA) is an economic development tool, created by state statute and city ordinance, which allows extra real estate property taxes to be collected to fund added services for a defined area. It is the only taxing body in which property owners choose to be assessed and have direct decision-making authority on the use of those funds. The West Town Chamber of Commerce is the service provider for the West Town SSA.
Events & Festivals
The West Town Chamber of Commerce produces a
number of special events and festivals throughout the year to raise funds, draw consumers to the commercial districts, foster economic development, and promote West Town Chicago as a tourist destination.
The West Town Public Art program values cultural diversity and takes art out of designated space and places it in the public context to create full accessibility. Through highlighting local, emerging, and established artists; the purpose of the program is to culturally invigorate the vibrant community by enriching the neighborhood with pieces of public art, which will help to stimulate the local economy and establish West Town as a unique cultural destination.
The West Town Master Plan seeks to further the Chamber's on-going objectives: "To foster community and economic development by empowering businesses with information, networking opportunities, marketing, and other programs."
The Master Plan seeks to encourage continued community growth while preserving the people, places, and institutions that make West Town one of Chicago's great destinations.
Pop Up Project
The West Town Chamber of Commerce created the West Town Pop Up Project as an economic development tool. The mission is to recruit new businesses to the West Town area by offering short term leases to potential small businesses interested in trying out physical retail space and their business concepts on the Chicago Avenue commercial corridor in a short term “Pop Up”. The West Town Pop Up Project space is located next door to the West Town Chamber of Commerce office.
The West Town Chamber of Commerce is a small business development center providing programs and services for businesses located within the Chamber service area: from Division Street to Hubbard, and Halsted Street to Kedzie Avenue. Businesses within the service area and beyond are encouraged to join the Chamber to take advantage of the many Member benefits.