Howard Street/Jarvis Square Special Service Area #19 

Howard Street/Jarvis Square Special Service Area (SSA) #19 includes Howard Street from Ridge Avenue to Sheridan Road, Paulina Avenue from Rogers Avenue to Jonquil Avenue and Rogers Avenue from Greenview Avenue to Ashland Avenue and the Gateway Centre PLUS Jarvis Square (Jarvis Avenue from Ashland Avenue to Greenview Avenue). The SSA has provided programs and services in the commercial district since 1997.
Link to SSA #19 Map


  • Advertising and Promotion: We develop promotions, campaigns and business retention and attraction materials.
  • Business Improvement Program (BIP): We promote and revitalize the commercial buildings within the SSA by providing financial and technical assistance to owners and tenants who wish to improve their storefronts. Through this program, owners and tenants are eligible for a 50% rebate up to $5,000 on improvements made to their façade. Download the application here.
  • Outreach: We visit businesses within the SSA to provide technical assistance and ensure that business owners are aware of all the programs, services and resources available to them.
  • Public Way Aesthetics: We mulch, weed and plant seasonal plantings. In addition, we install holiday lights and decorations, maintain street pole banners and purchase streetscape elements, as needed. We also run a Mural Art Initiative Program and install public art along Howard St.
  • Public Way Maintenance: We regularly conduct field checks of the public way and maintain the trash cans and planters.
  • Tenant Retention and Attraction: We hold business attraction workshops and give presentations to recruit new businesses to the commercial corridors and support current businesses. We also provide technical assistance to businesses and property owners including on-site visits.
  • Safety: We maintain several security cameras in strategic locations throughout the corridor.


2015 SSA #19 Audit
2016-2017 SSA #19 Audit
2017-2018 SSA #19 Audit
2017 SSA #19 Service Provider Agreement
Business Improvement Program Application
Commissioner Application


All Special Service Area Commissioners are appointed by the Mayor and determine the budget, workplan and sole service provider each year.

Charlotte Walters (Chair) – Property and business owner; Lost Eras
Gale Howard (Secretary) – Resident
David Skora – Resident
Michael Smith – Business owner; Hairz R Us
Renee Labrana – Business owner; R Public House and Jarvis Square Tavern

There are currently 4 vacant seats. Commissioners must live, own property or a business within the boundaries of Howard Street/Jarvis Square SSA #19. To see a map of the boundaries click here. To apply to be a Commissioner click here. For questions contact,

2022 Commissioner Meetings

SSA #19 Commissioners meet monthly to discuss initiatives, review programs and budgets for SSA #19. These meetings are open to the public. Only the Mayor appointed and vetted Commissioners may make motions and vote.

Due to Covid-19, all meetings are held virtually every third Wednesday of the month at 9 a.m.​ ​Meetings are recorded. If you do not want to be recorded you can enter the Zoom meetings without enabling the video.

  • Zoom: | Dial-in: +13126266799 | Meeting ID: 88205418899 | Meetings are recorded. If you do not want to be recorded you can enter the Zoom meetings without enabling the video.

Meeting Updates

  • Due to not achieving quorum during the April 20th meeting, an additional meeting was scheduled for Wednesday, April 27 at 10:30 a.m.

*Meeting locations, dates and times are subject to change, please check back one week prior to the meeting to verify the information.

For more information contact Rogers Park Business Alliance, 773-508-5885.


2022 Agendas
January 19 (virtual meeting)
February 16 (virtual meeting)
March 16 (virtual meeting)
April 20 (virtual meeting)
April 27 (virtual meeting)
May 18 (virtual meeting)

2021 Agendas
January 20
February 17 (virtual meeting)
March 17 (virtual meeting)
April 21 (virtual meeting)
May 7 (additional virtual meeting)
May 19 (virtual meeting)
June 16 (virtual meeting)
July 23 (virtual meeting)
August 18 (virtual meeting)
September 15 (virtual meeting)
October 20 (virtual meeting)
November 17 (virtual meeting)

2020 Agendas
January 15
February 19
March 18 (virtual meeting)
April 15 (combination Commissioners and Advisory virtual meeting)
May 13 (combination Commissioners and Advisory virtual meeting)
June 17 (virtual meeting)
July 15 (virtual meeting)
August 19 (virtual meeting)
September 23 (virtual meeting)
October 21 (virtual meeting)
November 18 (meeting canceled due to lack of quorum/agenda items)

2020 Renewal Advisory Agendas
March 5
April 15 (combination Commissioners and Advisory virtual meeting)
May 13 (combination Commissioners and Advisory virtual meeting)

2019 Agendas
January 16
February 20
March 20
April 17
May 15
June 19
July 3
August 21
September 18
October 16
November 20

2018 Agendas
January 11
February 7 (Special Meeting)
February 21
March 21
April 18
May 24
June 20
July 11
August 10
August 16
September 20
October 17
November 14
December 19

2017 Agendas
January 18
February 15
March 15
April 19
May 17
June 21
July 19
August 16
September 20
October 18
November 13
December 13

2016 Agendas
January 21
February 18
March 17
April 21
May 26
June 16

2015 Agendas
January 16
February 20
March 27
April 17

2014 Agendas
January 30
February 20
March 27
April 18
May 16
July 18
August 15
September 19
October 17
November 21
December 19

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Rogers Park Business Alliance
1448 W. Morse Ave.
Chicago, IL 60626
Phone: 773.508.5885
Fax: 773.508.9488