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West Town Pop Up Project

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The West Town Pop Up Project offers short-term leases to small businesses interested in testing their retail concepts in a physical space. Through this program, business owners can experience a storefront for three-months while receiving business support, technical assistance, and marketing benefits. 

 

The West Town Chamber created the Pop Up Project in 2021 as a commercial development asset to encourage retail business development along commercial corridors throughout the neighborhood. Over the years we’ve hosted fourteen businesses at 1821 W Chicago Avenue, six of which have gone on to find permanent homes in the neighborhood and surrounding area. 

Locations:

In 2024, the Project will be expanding to three locations:

  • 1821 W Chicago Avenue

  • 1901 W Chicago Avenue

  • 1716 W Grand Avenue

Become a Tenant:

Access to short-term retail space allows makers, artists, brands, and entrepreneurs the ability to meet their current customers and gain new ones. Small businesses can utilize the Pop Up Project storefronts as a retail access point, product or brand launch location, or experiential marketing space. 

 

Applications for Round Four of the Pop Up Project are currently open.

Wander from the Known

"The West Town Pop-up Project was an experience I’ll never forget! It allowed our business to grow and open doors we always dreamed of. West Town embraced us with open arms and for that, we will forever be grateful!"

The Spaces

The West Town Pop Up Project's include storefront space with high visibility on Chicago and Grand Avenues in West Town Chicago.

1821 W Chicago Ave. Space and Amenities Offered:
 
  1. Retail Space: 550 square feet (19’ x 21’5” main area )

  2. ADA restroom

  3. Small partially enclosed storeroom, dressing room, or office area

  4. Amenities: overhead lighting, electricity, heat, AC, water, security alarm, wifi

Photographs by @Motorkast

The Space
1901 W Chicago Ave. Space and Amenities Offered:
 
  1. Retail Space: 1200 square feet

  2. Restroom

  3. One enclosed office and three small, enclosed storerooms 

  4. Amenities: overhead lighting, electricity, heat, AC, water, security alarm, wifi

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1716 W Grand Ave. Space and Amenities Offered:
 
  1. Retail Space: 2,200 square feet

  2. ADA Restroom

  3. Partially enclosed storeroom

  4. Amenities: overhead lighting, electricity, heat, AC, water, security alarm, wifi

Photos coming soon

The Corridor

Two of our Pop Up Project's are located on the City's namesake corridor Chicago Avenue. Please explore the business and community directory for more information on the neighborhood and on the Chicago Avenue commercial corridor.

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