The strength of the West Town Chamber comes from its Members and the community at-large. As a part of the Chamber, you will be a valuable part of the 300+ businesses that make our neighborhood so unique and welcoming. As the voice of the business community, the West Town Chamber works with its Members to accomplish what no person or single business can do alone. Become connected and engaged with the West Town business community by joining the Chamber today!
Basic Level Membership
Detailed listing on Chamber website directory including business information, hours of operation, logo, social media profiles, special deals, and events.
Listed in annual Discover West Town Neighborhood Guide (printed map)
Chamber Member decal for window
Ribbon cutting ceremony for new business openings or celebrations of longtime business anniversaries
Receive Chamber Member E-Newsletter with news/updates/events
FREE admission to Chamber networking events/meetings/informational seminars
FREE participation in the West Town Art Walk**, Business District Trick or Treat*, and Winterfest* events
Discounted Member rates for West Town festival retail and food vendor fees* (Do Division, West Fest, Dancing in the Streets, and Design Harvest)
PR/Marketing via website, social media, and monthly neighborhood "What's Happening in West Town" E-Newsletter and press release
Access to Chamber Members only Facebook Group
One annual 24-hour takeover of the West Town Instagram page (@westtownchicago)
Exclusive referrals of Chamber Member businesses
50% discount on street-pole banner sponsorship within West Town Special Service Area (SSA)
Technical assistance, access to City programs, and business resources
Voting privileges on neighborhood issues, committee volunteer options, and advocacy w/ local and state governmental agencies*
Community Partner ($150 for Add-On)
Includes all of the benefits of basic membership and...
Listing and link in the Chamber's monthly Member e-newsletter
One quarterly promo/ad including pic/logo in month of choice in Chamber's monthly e-newsletter and social media (not a paid ad) ($400 value)
Access to the Chamber Member mailing list (does not include email addresses) ($200 value)
Business name/Logo inclusion on "Community Sponsor" section on the Chamber's website
Community Champion ($500 Add-On)
Includes all of the benefits of basic membership, community partner, and...
Specialty icon highlighted in printed West Town Neighborhood Guide
Business spotlight in e-newsletter "What's Happening in West Town" and West Town Chicago social media pages
Business name/logo inclusion on one street pole banner within SSA ($150 value)
Business name/logo inclusion on website sponsor page of one Chamber organized event or festival per year ($2,000 Value)
*Benefit only available to businesses with brick and mortar locations in the Chamber's service area (Division to Hubbard and Halsted to Kedzie)
** West Town Art Walk participation is limited to Chicago Ave between Milwaukee and Western and Ashland between Chicago and Division
*Resident Members receive all Membership perks excluding any listing on business directories and PR services. Availability is limited because Resident Members cannot exceed 10% of the overall Chamber Membership base. Add-on levels are not available to Resident Members.
**Discounts not applicable to Community Partner or Community Champion Add-Ons
More About Membership
West Town Chamber Service Area
The Chamber’s official service area is Division Street to Hubbard, Halsted Street to Kedzie Avenue. Dues-paying business Members within that service area are eligible to vote on neighborhood issues, Chamber committees, and elections. Members located outside of the Chamber service area receive all of the same perks of membership except the right to vote.
Opportunity for Involvement
The Chamber involves its Membership base and holds regular Board and Committee meetings to assess the needs of the business community and create programs, events, and initiatives with the direction of the local business owners. All Chamber programs are initiated and steered by local business representative volunteers.
Networking and Educational Opportunities
The West Town Chamber holds a variety of networking events and informational seminars throughout the year (networking, educational, etc). Free City of Chicago resources, programs, and classes offered by the City’s Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection are shared in the Chamber’s monthly Member e-newsletter.
The Chamber releases two monthly newsletters: The "What's Happening in West Town" newsletter (a promotional summary of neighborhood happenings and business events) and the Chamber Member newsletter (contains business related information, Member meetings, and announcements about Chamber programming).
The Chamber is a voice for the local business community. The West Town Chamber of Commerce represents the Chamber Members' stance on issues relating to commerce, zoning, licensing, and commercial development to City and State officials. Stance letters from the Commercial Development Committee and Board are shared in the Chamber Member newsletter and sent to the appropriate officials and departments. The Executive Director of the Chamber is a registered lobbyist and lobbies on behalf of the Board of Directors and the Membership base.
Social Media, Marketing, and Public Relations
The Chamber has a "Members Only Facebook group" and shares timely information via social media. The Chamber operates @WestTownChicago and many of the individual Chamber special events are also on Facebook and Twitter: @DoDivisionStreetFest, @WestFestChicago, @DancingInTheStreetsChicago @WestTownArtWalk. Chamber Member business events, specials, local news, plus our details on Chamber meetings and special events are shared via social media outlets.
The West Town Chamber of Commerce works with a professional PR firm to secure publicity for the local businesses and special events in local, national, and international publications; and on local radio and television. This firm also manages the West Town Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts and posts local business specials, news, and happenings.
The Chamber has access to business resources, including contacts for the City and State, neighborhood demographic information, financial resources, and a list of commercial spaces available in an effort to retain existing businesses and recruit new businesses to move to West Town.
The Chamber assists local businesses with general business inquiries, City permits and licensing issues, and whatever business-related questions may arise The Chamber may also serve as a liaison between a Member business and the proper city department or official. Whether it’s a new business looking to open in the area and needs to know where to start or a long standing neighborhood favorite that is facing a zoning issue, the Chamber committed to helping them find the answers they need and providing any support available
The Chamber has a Commercial Development Committee which reviews proposals for new developments and zoning changes in the district, then presents recommendations to the Board of Directors who vote to write letters to the appropriate local Aldermen and City departments. Available commercial spaces are listed on the Chamber's website to encourage new businesses to move into the West Town area. All of the Chamber programs and policies are geared to promote positive economic and commercial development.
The Chamber works closely with neighboring business associations, like the Wicker Park & Bucktown Chamber of Commerce (WPBCC) and the Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago (ICNC). The Chamber offers a 50% discount on dues to businesses that are also Members of a neighboring organization. The Chamber also works with other local non-profits, schools, community and park groups to promote programs and provide opportunities for collaborations and fundraising.
Special Events & Fundraisers
The Chamber produces a number of fundraisers and special events throughout the year to promote the West Town commercial districts, to foster economic development, and provide area wide marketing. Funds raised at these events supplement the Chamber’s operating budget, fund Chamber programs and services, and proceeds also benefit local schools, parks, and other local non-profits.