WHAT WE'RE READING
NEWS

  • West Loop apartments go up for sale [Crain's Chicago]
  • Inside Curtis Duffy's Ever, a restaurant hoping to explore a new frontier [Eater Chicago]
  • 12 best chicken and waffles in Chicago [Urban Matter]
  • De Niro's hotel group enters the Windy City in style [Top Hotel News]
  • How the pandemic may affect holiday shopping [Think With Google]
  • Where to eat oysters outside in Chicago right now [MSN]
  • TCC breaks ground at Fulton Market Life Sciences Hub [Connect Chicago]
  • Move-ins commence at West Loop development, Porte [RE Journals]
City of Chicago
Small Business Improvement
Fund (SBIF) Grant
Are you located in a City of Chicago TIF district and want to renovate your building?

The City of Chicago’s Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF) promotes economic development by providing small businesses with financial assistance for building-improvement costs. SomerCor is the program administrator contracted by the City’s Department of Planning and Development for the SBIF program.

SBIF grants use local Tax Increment Financing (TIF) revenue to reimburse you for the pre-approved repair or rehab of your business facilities or adjacent land acquisition. You must be located within a SBIF eligible TIF district.

The maximum grant assistance for an industrial property is $150K; for a single-tenant commercial property the maximum is $100K; and for multi-tenant commercial property, it is $50K.

Grant funds are provided after an approved project is complete and all expenses are paid. Please note that River West is the only area available within the WCA service area and closes on August 14, 2020.
Let the West Central Association know if your West Loop business is open! We are sharing the list of open businesses on our website, social media and newsletter.

You can find the list of open West Loop businesses here .

Please note that we are continually adding to the list so your business might already be listed! Check out the link above to see if you are listed before filling out the form.
Support our open local businesses! Check out our website for information on businesses open for delivery, pick up, live-streaming and more.
NEW MEMBER PROFILE: Moon Rabbit Acupuncture
Moon Rabbit Acupuncture is an eastern holistic health boutique in the West Loop. We offer acupuncture, cupping, gua sha, herbal formulations and an IR sauna. Read below to learn more!

Who are you?

Gudrun Snyder, founder & doctor of acupuncture


How long have you been in the neighborhood?

Business—five weeks open; I have lived here for six years.


Why the West Loop?

The West Loop is one of the most vibrant and community focused neighborhoods I have ever lived in. I knew that when Moon Rabbit was ready to open its door it had to be in the West Loop.


What are your top challenges in growing your business?

The pandemic


Why did you join the West Central Association? 

For help with marketing and getting people in the door during this time.


What makes your business unique?

We offer health and wellness services and products in an upscale welcoming environment.
MEMBER UPDATES
The #GrowWithGoogle livestream workshop provides best practices to support your job search experience–including tips on how to spruce up your resume, searching for jobs on Google & keeping your search organized.
Sepia and Proxi are now taking reservations!
Plant-Based, Quick Service Restaurant un•cooked
Opened in Chicago’s West Loop on July 6

Veteran restauranteur Carole Jones, former chef and co-founder of Chicago Raw, is proud to reveal her newest venture: un•cooked.

un•cooked debuted its plant-based, sustainably sourced menu on Monday, July 6 in Chicago’s Fulton Market District at 210 N Carpenter St., a Sterling Bay development. The zero-waste concept will showcase and celebrate
the power of plants.

If you are interested in trying un•cooked use the promo code (eatuncooked) at check out. This is available for first time users. It takes 10 percent off your order!
Green City Market re-opened on Saturday, June 20 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mary Bartleme Park! We will provide an update about our schedule for the remainder of the summer in the coming weeks.

Prefer home deliveries? We've still got you covered on Wednesdays (and pick up will continue to be available at Band of Bohemia on Wednesdays, too). 
EXPLORE GREEKTOWN
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Greektown Chicago Introduces New Street Art Project with Fanciful Fish Sculptures

Come & Meet Greektown Chicago’s Fun & Fanciful Fish! 
Greektown Chicago is alive with new street art! A school of 22 fanciful fish have landed along Halsted Street between Monroe and Van Buren. Each of the artist-painted fish sculptures is amazing. Some fishies showcase the imagination of Greek School students and teachers. Other fish exhibit the creativity of some of Chicago’s finest professional and emerging artists. 
These fabulous fish are positioned near your favorite shops, bars, and restaurant. And, they will be delighting visitors to Greektown all summer long.

The Greektown Arts Committee appreciates our partnership with the Chicago Greektown Educational Foundation and is thankful for the Greek Schools participating in this art display. Read more here

Chamber of Commerce representing businesses in the West Loop, Greektown, Madison Row, Randolph Street, Jackson Blvd., Fulton River District, Fulton Market, United Center Park, Little Italy, Tri-Taylor, University Village and Commons, UIC