Special Service Area #31Servicing areas on Clark, Damen, Lawrence, Montrose, Wilson and along the Ravenswood corridor.

The Greater Ravenswood Special Service Area

Known as Business Improvement District in other cities, Chicago’s Special Service Areas fund expanded services and programs through a localized property tax levy. As an economic development tool, the SSA helps to ensure that tax dollars are used locally and, because the taxes raised allow us to provide consistent and reliable services, the Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce is able to actively maintain and promote the Ravenswood business community.

SSA #31 Programs and Services

Established in 2008, the Greater Ravenswood Special Service Area (SSA #31) provides special programs for areas of Clark Street, Damen Avenue, Lawrence Avenue, Montrose Avenue, Wilson Avenue, and the Ravenswood Corridor.

The SSA offers a wide range of programs and services. For example, the SSA manages contracts for services such as snow removal, litter abatement and landscaping. Additionally, the SSA also helps assist local businesses through public relations, marketing, special events, and storefront improvements.

Visit the City of Chicago SSA page to learn more about how SSAs work.

The Latest from SSA #31

  1. The patio at River Valley Market in Ravenswood New Ravenswood Patio Rebate Program Helps Restaurants & Bars Increase Outdoor Capacity May 11, 2021 Posted in: Community News As Chicago makes continued progress in the fight against COVID-19, local bars and restaurants are preparing for critical summer. To support these small business owners, GRCC is launching a new Ravenswood Patio Rebate program. Read Full Article

SSA #31 Commissioners

  • Nick Yassan, Rany Management
  • Allison Levin, Hayes Properties
  • Jessie LaMacchia, Lillstreet Art Center
  • Andi Mints Gilreath, Resident
  • Michael Parker, Jersey Mike’s Subs

View the 2018 SSA #31 Service Provider Agreement.

With the goal of sustaining the competitiveness of the commercial, industrial and residential districts of Ravenswood, the SSA helps brand the community as attractive and inviting.

Special Service Area #31 is administered by the Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce and managed by the SSA Commission. Acting as a representative group of local property owners and business owners, the SSA commission provides oversight and makes recommendations on the SSA’s annual budget and services.

Greater Ravenswood SSA #31 Map

Legend:

  • Greater Ravenswood
  • Other SSA Boundaries
  • Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Districts
  • Ward Boundaries

Download the PDF SSA #31 Map.

Requests for Proposals

RFPs will be posted as opportunities become available. SSA #31 posts annual RFPs for holiday decorations, landscaping, litter abatement, sidewalk powerwashing and snow removal, among other potential RFPs.

Open RFPs include:

Call for Sculptures: Request for Artist ProposalsDeadline January 15, 2020

If you have questions about any active RFPs or upcoming service requests, please contact GRCC Executive Director Megan Bunimovich at megan@ravenswoodchicago.org or 773-975-2088 ext. 101.

Upcoming SSA Meetings

Meetings held at the GRCC office at 1770 W Berteau, Suite 207. Meetings begin at 2 p.m., unless otherwise noted, and are open to the public per the Illinois Open Meetings Act. 

2021 Meeting Schedule

Archived SSA Meeting Agendas & Minutes

2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017

Interested in becoming an SSA commissioner?

To become and SSA commissioner, you must be a property owner or tenant of property within the SSA boundaries. Vacancies on the commission are filled by an application process in which the alderman, members of the community, and the GRCC gather feedback about applicants. Then, a nominating committee reviews the applications and suggests a slate of commissions, before the Alderman and mayor approve each applicant. If you’re interested in learning more, please contact us.

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