West Town Chamber Of Commerce The West Town Chamber of Commerce (the Chamber), previously known as the Near North West Chamber of Commerce, has been operating since 1998. Its current management has been in place since 2002. Kara Hughes Salgado, Executive Director of the Chamber, transferred to the Near North West Chamber in 2002 and began the process to re-name and revitalize the Chamber’s presence in the West Town Community Area. The Chamber has received city grant funding as a delegate agency under the current management for 14 years, is fiscally transparent and has passed all audits and reviews by the City of Chicago. Currently, the Chamber represents over 200 active dues-paying members, a mix of small independent retailers of various specialties, restaurants, bars, professional services, and local nonprofit organizations located throughout the West Town area. The Chamber’s official service area is from Halsted Street to Kedzie Avenue and Hubbard Street to Division Street.
West Town SSA (SSA 29-2014) The West Town SSA is an economic tool created by state statute and city ordinance. It allows an additional real estate property tax levy to be collected to fund additional services for a defined area (see map below for SSA 29-2014). It functions as a community cooperative where SSA taxpayers mutually plan, provide, and benefit from services within their defined area. SSA-funded services focus on the public way in addition to services generally provided by the city. The West Town SSA is governed by a volunteer commission whose nine members are property and business owners within the SSA. They are appointed by the Mayor, serve two-year terms on the commission, determine the desired area wide programs and services, and attend monthly meetings to vote on how the SSA money is to be spent. All budgets, minutes, and SSA related information appear online, including future programs that will help implement the West Town Master Plan. The West Town Chamber of Commerce, by way of contract with the City of Chicago, is the sole service provider for the SSA. With the establishment of an SSA, the Chamber service area has seen an economic transformation with a wide range of restaurants, art galleries, and boutiques opening throughout the district. The boundaries of the West Town SSA 29-2014 which will exist from 2015-2029 are: Chicago Avenue from Halsted Street to Western Avenue, Damen Avenue from Chicago Avenue to Huron Street, Ashland Avenue from Chicago Avenue to Division Street, Ogden Avenue from Fry Street to the Kennedy Expressway, Milwaukee Avenue from Erie Street to Augusta Avenue on both sides of the street and Augusta Avenue to Division Street on the east side of the street, Division Street from Milwaukee Ave to the Kennedy Expressway on the south side of the street.

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West Town Chamber Of Commerce The West Town Chamber of Commerce (the Chamber), previously known as the Near North West Chamber of Commerce, has been operating since 1998. Its current management has been in place since 2002. Kara Hughes Salgado, Executive Director of the Chamber, transferred to the Near North West Chamber in 2002 and began the process to re-name and revitalize the Chamber’s presence in the West Town Community Area. The Chamber has received city grant funding as a delegate agency under the current management for 14 years, is fiscally transparent and has passed all audits and reviews by the City of Chicago. Currently, the Chamber represents over 200 active dues-paying members, a mix of small independent retailers of various specialties, restaurants, bars, professional services, and local nonprofit organizations located throughout the West Town area. The Chamber’s official service area is from Halsted Street to Kedzie Avenue and Hubbard Street to Division Street. West Town SSA (SSA 29-2014) The West Town SSA is an economic tool created by state statute and city ordinance. It allows an additional real estate property tax levy to be collected to fund additional services for a defined area (see map below for SSA 29-2014). It functions as a community cooperative where SSA taxpayers mutually plan, provide, and benefit from services within their defined area. SSA-funded services focus on the public way in addition to services generally provided by the city. The West Town SSA is governed by a volunteer commission whose nine members are property and business owners within the SSA. They are appointed by the Mayor, serve two-year terms on the commission, determine the desired area wide programs and services, and attend monthly meetings to vote on how the SSA money is to be spent. All budgets, minutes, and SSA related information appear online, including future programs that will help implement the West Town Master Plan. The West Town Chamber of Commerce, by way of contract with the City of Chicago, is the sole service provider for the SSA. With the establishment of an SSA, the Chamber service area has seen an economic transformation with a wide range of restaurants, art galleries, and boutiques opening throughout the district. The boundaries of the West Town SSA 29-2014 which will exist from 2015-2029 are: Chicago Avenue from Halsted Street to Western Avenue, Damen Avenue from Chicago Avenue to Huron Street, Ashland Avenue from Chicago Avenue to Division Street, Ogden Avenue from Fry Street to the Kennedy Expressway, Milwaukee Avenue from Erie Street to Augusta Avenue on both sides of the street and Augusta Avenue to Division Street on the east side of the street, Division Street from Milwaukee Ave to the Kennedy Expressway on the south side of the street.
West Town Chamber Of Commerce The West Town Chamber of Commerce (the Chamber), previously known as the Near North West Chamber of Commerce, has been operating since 1998. Its current management has been in place since 2002. Kara Hughes Salgado, Executive Director of the Chamber, transferred to the Near North West Chamber in 2002 and began the process to re-name and revitalize the Chamber’s presence in the West Town Community Area. The Chamber has received city grant funding as a delegate agency under the current management for 14 years, is fiscally transparent and has passed all audits and reviews by the City of Chicago. Currently, the Chamber represents over 200 active dues-paying members, a mix of small independent retailers of various specialties, restaurants, bars, professional services, and local nonprofit organizations located throughout the West Town area. The Chamber’s official service area is from Halsted Street to Kedzie Avenue and Hubbard Street to Division Street. West Town SSA (SSA 29-2014) The West Town SSA is an economic tool created by state statute and city ordinance. It allows an additional real estate property tax levy to be collected to fund additional services for a defined area (see map below for SSA 29-2014). It functions as a community cooperative where SSA taxpayers mutually plan, provide, and benefit from services within their defined area. SSA-funded services focus on the public way in addition to services generally provided by the city. The West Town SSA is governed by a volunteer commission whose nine members are property and business owners within the SSA. They are appointed by the Mayor, serve two-year terms on the commission, determine the desired area wide programs and services, and attend monthly meetings to vote on how the SSA money is to be spent. All budgets, minutes, and SSA related information appear online, including future programs that will help implement the West Town Master Plan. The West Town Chamber of Commerce, by way of contract with the City of Chicago, is the sole service provider for the SSA. With the establishment of an SSA, the Chamber service area has seen an economic transformation with a wide range of restaurants, art galleries, and boutiques opening throughout the district. The boundaries of the West Town SSA 29-2014 which will exist from 2015-2029 are: Chicago Avenue from Halsted Street to Western Avenue, Damen Avenue from Chicago Avenue to Huron Street, Ashland Avenue from Chicago Avenue to Division Street, Ogden Avenue from Fry Street to the Kennedy Expressway, Milwaukee Avenue from Erie Street to Augusta Avenue on both sides of the street and Augusta Avenue to Division Street on the east side of the street, Division Street from Milwaukee Ave to the Kennedy Expressway on the south side of the street.
West Town Chamber Of Commerce The West Town Chamber of Commerce (the Chamber), previously known as the Near North West Chamber of Commerce, has been operating since 1998. Its current management has been in place since 2002. Kara Hughes Salgado, Executive Director of the Chamber, transferred to the Near North West Chamber in 2002 and began the process to re-name and revitalize the Chamber’s presence in the West Town Community Area. The Chamber has received city grant funding as a delegate agency under the current management for 14 years, is fiscally transparent and has passed all audits and reviews by the City of Chicago. Currently, the Chamber represents over 200 active dues-paying members, a mix of small independent retailers of various specialties, restaurants, bars, professional services, and local nonprofit organizations located throughout the West Town area. The Chamber’s official service area is from Halsted Street to Kedzie Avenue and Hubbard Street to Division Street. West Town SSA (SSA 29-2014) The West Town SSA is an economic tool created by state statute and city ordinance. It allows an additional real estate property tax levy to be collected to fund additional services for a defined area (see map below for SSA 29-2014). It functions as a community cooperative where SSA taxpayers mutually plan, provide, and benefit from services within their defined area. SSA-funded services focus on the public way in addition to services generally provided by the city. The West Town SSA is governed by a volunteer commission whose nine members are property and business owners within the SSA. They are appointed by the Mayor, serve two-year terms on the commission, determine the desired area wide programs and services, and attend monthly meetings to vote on how the SSA money is to be spent. All budgets, minutes, and SSA related information appear online, including future programs that will help implement the West Town Master Plan. The West Town Chamber of Commerce, by way of contract with the City of Chicago, is the sole service provider for the SSA. With the establishment of an SSA, the Chamber service area has seen an economic transformation with a wide range of restaurants, art galleries, and boutiques opening throughout the district. The boundaries of the West Town SSA 29-2014 which will exist from 2015-2029 are: Chicago Avenue from Halsted Street to Western Avenue, Damen Avenue from Chicago Avenue to Huron Street, Ashland Avenue from Chicago Avenue to Division Street, Ogden Avenue from Fry Street to the Kennedy Expressway, Milwaukee Avenue from Erie Street to Augusta Avenue on both sides of the street and Augusta Avenue to Division Street on the east side of the street, Division Street from Milwaukee Ave to the Kennedy Expressway on the south side of the street.
West Town Chamber Of Commerce The West Town Chamber of Commerce (the Chamber), previously known as the Near North West Chamber of Commerce, has been operating since 1998. Its current management has been in place since 2002. Kara Hughes Salgado, Executive Director of the Chamber, transferred to the Near North West Chamber in 2002 and began the process to re-name and revitalize the Chamber’s presence in the West Town Community Area. The Chamber has received city grant funding as a delegate agency under the current management for 14 years, is fiscally transparent and has passed all audits and reviews by the City of Chicago. Currently, the Chamber represents over 200 active dues-paying members, a mix of small independent retailers of various specialties, restaurants, bars, professional services, and local nonprofit organizations located throughout the West Town area. The Chamber’s official service area is from Halsted Street to Kedzie Avenue and Hubbard Street to Division Street. West Town SSA (SSA 29-2014) The West Town SSA is an economic tool created by state statute and city ordinance. It allows an additional real estate property tax levy to be collected to fund additional services for a defined area (see map below for SSA 29-2014). It functions as a community cooperative where SSA taxpayers mutually plan, provide, and benefit from services within their defined area. SSA-funded services focus on the public way in addition to services generally provided by the city. The West Town SSA is governed by a volunteer commission whose nine members are property and business owners within the SSA. They are appointed by the Mayor, serve two-year terms on the commission, determine the desired area wide programs and services, and attend monthly meetings to vote on how the SSA money is to be spent. All budgets, minutes, and SSA related information appear online, including future programs that will help implement the West Town Master Plan. The West Town Chamber of Commerce, by way of contract with the City of Chicago, is the sole service provider for the SSA. With the establishment of an SSA, the Chamber service area has seen an economic transformation with a wide range of restaurants, art galleries, and boutiques opening throughout the district. The boundaries of the West Town SSA 29-2014 which will exist from 2015-2029 are: Chicago Avenue from Halsted Street to Western Avenue, Damen Avenue from Chicago Avenue to Huron Street, Ashland Avenue from Chicago Avenue to Division Street, Ogden Avenue from Fry Street to the Kennedy Expressway, Milwaukee Avenue from Erie Street to Augusta Avenue on both sides of the street and Augusta Avenue to Division Street on the east side of the street, Division Street from Milwaukee Ave to the Kennedy Expressway on the south side of the street.
West Town Chamber Of Commerce The West Town Chamber of Commerce (the Chamber), previously known as the Near North West Chamber of Commerce, has been operating since 1998. Its current management has been in place since 2002. Kara Hughes Salgado, Executive Director of the Chamber, transferred to the Near North West Chamber in 2002 and began the process to re-name and revitalize the Chamber’s presence in the West Town Community Area. The Chamber has received city grant funding as a delegate agency under the current management for 14 years, is fiscally transparent and has passed all audits and reviews by the City of Chicago. Currently, the Chamber represents over 200 active dues-paying members, a mix of small independent retailers of various specialties, restaurants, bars, professional services, and local nonprofit organizations located throughout the West Town area. The Chamber’s official service area is from Halsted Street to Kedzie Avenue and Hubbard Street to Division Street. West Town SSA (SSA 29-2014) The West Town SSA is an economic tool created by state statute and city ordinance. It allows an additional real estate property tax levy to be collected to fund additional services for a defined area (see map below for SSA 29-2014). It functions as a community cooperative where SSA taxpayers mutually plan, provide, and benefit from services within their defined area. SSA-funded services focus on the public way in addition to services generally provided by the city. The West Town SSA is governed by a volunteer commission whose nine members are property and business owners within the SSA. They are appointed by the Mayor, serve two-year terms on the commission, determine the desired area wide programs and services, and attend monthly meetings to vote on how the SSA money is to be spent. All budgets, minutes, and SSA related information appear online, including future programs that will help implement the West Town Master Plan. The West Town Chamber of Commerce, by way of contract with the City of Chicago, is the sole service provider for the SSA. With the establishment of an SSA, the Chamber service area has seen an economic transformation with a wide range of restaurants, art galleries, and boutiques opening throughout the district. The boundaries of the West Town SSA 29-2014 which will exist from 2015-2029 are: Chicago Avenue from Halsted Street to Western Avenue, Damen Avenue from Chicago Avenue to Huron Street, Ashland Avenue from Chicago Avenue to Division Street, Ogden Avenue from Fry Street to the Kennedy Expressway, Milwaukee Avenue from Erie Street to Augusta Avenue on both sides of the street and Augusta Avenue to Division Street on the east side of the street, Division Street from Milwaukee Ave to the Kennedy Expressway on the south side of the street.
West Town Chamber Of Commerce The West Town Chamber of Commerce (the Chamber), previously known as the Near North West Chamber of Commerce, has been operating since 1998. Its current management has been in place since 2002. Kara Hughes Salgado, Executive Director of the Chamber, transferred to the Near North West Chamber in 2002 and began the process to re-name and revitalize the Chamber’s presence in the West Town Community Area. The Chamber has received city grant funding as a delegate agency under the current management for 14 years, is fiscally transparent and has passed all audits and reviews by the City of Chicago. Currently, the Chamber represents over 200 active dues-paying members, a mix of small independent retailers of various specialties, restaurants, bars, professional services, and local nonprofit organizations located throughout the West Town area. The Chamber’s official service area is from Halsted Street to Kedzie Avenue and Hubbard Street to Division Street. West Town SSA (SSA 29-2014) The West Town SSA is an economic tool created by state statute and city ordinance. It allows an additional real estate property tax levy to be collected to fund additional services for a defined area (see map below for SSA 29-2014). It functions as a community cooperative where SSA taxpayers mutually plan, provide, and benefit from services within their defined area. SSA-funded services focus on the public way in addition to services generally provided by the city. The West Town SSA is governed by a volunteer commission whose nine members are property and business owners within the SSA. They are appointed by the Mayor, serve two-year terms on the commission, determine the desired area wide programs and services, and attend monthly meetings to vote on how the SSA money is to be spent. All budgets, minutes, and SSA related information appear online, including future programs that will help implement the West Town Master Plan. The West Town Chamber of Commerce, by way of contract with the City of Chicago, is the sole service provider for the SSA. With the establishment of an SSA, the Chamber service area has seen an economic transformation with a wide range of restaurants, art galleries, and boutiques opening throughout the district. The boundaries of the West Town SSA 29-2014 which will exist from 2015-2029 are: Chicago Avenue from Halsted Street to Western Avenue, Damen Avenue from Chicago Avenue to Huron Street, Ashland Avenue from Chicago Avenue to Division Street, Ogden Avenue from Fry Street to the Kennedy Expressway, Milwaukee Avenue from Erie Street to Augusta Avenue on both sides of the street and Augusta Avenue to Division Street on the east side of the street, Division Street from Milwaukee Ave to the Kennedy Expressway on the south side of the street.