Special Service Area (SSA)

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; facade improvements; and other commercial and economic development initiatives.


The City contracts with local non-profits, called Service Providers, to manage SSAs. Mayorally-appointed SSA Commissioners for each SSA district oversee and recommend the annual services, budget and Service Provider Agency to the City. For additional information, visit the City of Chicago's SSA Program online or download this presentation from the Department of Housing and Economic Development.

SECC Applies for Special Service Area (SSA) Program


The SECC is spearheading efforts to establish a Special Service Area (SSA) that would support businesses and business district improvements in Hyde Park. There are two recent developments that we are excited to report: 1) A SSA Advisory Council has been established to oversee and guide the SSA process. The first Advisory Council meeting was convened on Wednesday, January 30, 2013. Council members were given an overview of the SSA procedures and briefed on the expectations of Advisory Council members. 2) Kimberly Bares, PLACE Consulting Inc., has been hired to insure all SSA requirements are met. Ms. Bares has a proven track record in community/economic development projects and years of experience working with SSA's in Chicago.


The SECC has stepped up efforts to promote the forthcoming SSA and rally community support. Wendy Walker Williams, SECC Executive Director, gave a presentation at the Hyde Park TIF Advisory Council meeting and we are happy to report that the community is very supportive. Fourth Ward Alderman William D. Burns attended and also verbalized his support. Ald. Burns stated "the SSA will enable Hyde Park to make local investments to improve business and transportation."


SSA's generate additional resources for communities that can be used to improve business environments and the overall quality of life for residents. We are excited to have some momentum and will continue to proceed forward. For more information and SSA updates contact the SECC at 773-324-6926.


Click Here for the 2014 SSA Designation Timeline

Presentation: What is an SSA?

HP SSA Tax Payments Proposal (PIN Database) - Download Excel File or PDF File

HP SSA Map of Area

HP SSA Community Meeting Agenda and Details (May 2013)