What is a Special Service Area?
Special Service Areas (SSAs), 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.
The City contracts with local nonprofits, 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. There are currently 53 active SSAs in Chicago.
- Advertising and Promotion
- Business Improvement Program
- Economic Development
- Facade Improvements
- Public Way Maintenance
- Public Way Aesthetics
- Tenant Retention and Attraction