Invest South/West

A bold, new plan from City Hall to revitalize 10 communities by reactivating their commercial corridors. The Southeast Chicago Chamber of Commerce is proud to be a partner organization in planning and implementing the changes for the 79th Street corridor. So, how do you change a neighborhood?

Community Driven Planning & Development

Keep the integrity and culture of the neighborhood but amplify both to fit the needs and dreams of residents and small business owners.

Building Stock

Fill every vacancy and concentrate business licenses in these key corridors around anchor points that are data-driven successes.


Think not only about how people get to work and to the grocery, but how we can connect to the rest of the city with ease and draw new neighbors and shoppers.

Area Beautification

More public art and arts programming for residents and to attract positive attention. Transform vacant lots into spaces of beauty, purpose and address community needs.

The presentation given at the Invest S/W kickoff on January 25, 2020 in Power Point form. Covers the overall plans and specifics for our corridor.

The Chicagoland Opportunity Zones Consortium is Chicago’s leader in creating development packages utilizing the Federal Opportunity Zone program.

Shows the existing conditions in the corridor as well as priority areas and possible anchors for future development.

Hear from the Deputy Mayor and the head of Department of Planning and Development about the plan for the Southeast Side.

Tax breaks, Tax Increment Financing, Neighborhood Opportunity Fund, Small Business Improvement Funds,  and TIFWorks are all available for the Invest S/W corridors.

Get an update after one year of the five year initiative.