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Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce


Wicker Park Bucktown

Chamber of Commerce

and WPB SSA #33 

1414 North Ashland

Chicago, Illinois 60622

P (773) 384 2672

F (773) 384 7525

  WPB SSA 33 Logo

Member Highlights

ChillFest 2017 would like to thank the following sponsors for making this event possible:

November 2017
Yelp's Local Economic Outlook: Using Data to Track Small Business Opportunity & Economic Health in America.

Bucktown Ranks #11 on Top 50 List of Most Improved Neighborhoods for Economic Opportunity.

Yelp's inaugural Local Economic Outlook is a new program to track which areas of America are ripe for economic opportunity: where small businesses in America have the best chance of success. This program is an ongoing effort to surface insights from Yelp's deep data stores to help businesses succeed and to arm policymakers with the information they need to make effective change that will boost local economies.

The Outlook centers around a list of 50 cities in the U.S. ranked by economic opportunity to show the current state of affairs in the local American economy. We define "economic opportunity" as the chance businesses have to stay open, and for new businesses to thrive.

In addition, we have produced a list of 50 neighborhoods and 10 business categories that have experienced the largest positive change in economic opportunity over the last year to provide a guide for where to look next. 

To download Yelp's Local Economic Outlook click here.


ChillFest - Neighborhood Pop-Up Music Fest

When:  Sat, November 25th, 2pm-6pm                      

The Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce is excited to bring back this pop up music festival for a fifth year. This annual event features over 60 musicians performing in storefronts like yours throughout WPB. This day of music intends to celebrate our neighborhood's creative roots while simultaneously driving traffic into your business! 

For more information about ChillFest Chicago 2017 click here.

Member Reminder: Promote Your Events on our Website!

Your business has events and we want to promote them for you on our website. Events posted on our website will be promoted in our weekly events newsletter, through our networks and through social media outlets. Take full advantage of your membership benefits! 
For more info on member benefits, contact  Gabriela , our Membership & Marketing Coordinator, or click here .  


City of Chicago Veterans Day Ceremony


When: Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 11am
Where: Soldier Field, 1410 Museum Campus DriveGate 0-South End at the Doughboy Statue

Chicago Honors America's Veterans

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events with honor local and national veterans at this year's Veterans Day Ceremony, which will be held at Soldier Field, Gate 0, onSaturday, November 11, at 11am. The ceremony will include a speaking program with a keynote address by The Honorable Ryan D. McCarthy, Acting Secretary of the Army, along with participants representing each branch of the United States military and the West Point Glee Club.

For more information click here.


WPB SSA 33 Logo SSA #33 Call for Commissioners & Committee Members

We are seeking SSA Commissioners!
Do you own property or have a business in the WPB SSA #33 district? Are you interested in helping to direct how a portion of your property taxes are spent? If you do not want to be a commissioner but want to have an impact, we are also looking to committee members.  Join the WPB SSA #33 Commission! 



Certification - Veteran Business Enterprise (VBE) 


T he City of Chicago VBE certification can be awarded to small and local business that are owned and operated by veterans who have been generally or honorably discharged. To take advantage of City of Chicago veteran programs/incentives, veteran-owned businesses must be VBE certified by the City of Chicago.

Benefits of City of Chicago VBE certification
  • Opportunities to participate in a number of programs which are designed to promote contracting opportunities for VBE firms
  • Veteran/small business JV bid incentive - 5% for eligible joint ventures and small, local, veteran-owned businesses
  • Veteran-owned subcontractor bid incentive - up to 2% for utilization of veteran-owned subcontractors
  • Service-disabled veteran-owned businesses can also apply to be certified as a Business Enterprises Owned or Operated by People with Disabilities (BEPD)
  • Listing in City of Chicago Certified Firms Directory.

To learn more about City of Chicago VBE Cerification visit: 




The Essentials for Avoiding Employment Related Disputes

When:Wed, November 29, 3:00pm -          4:30pm
Where: BACP City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle                                                           Street 8th Floor - Room 805 (map)

Presented by Charles Krugel, a Management Side Labor, Employment & Human Resources Attorney.
This presentation will provide information on how to resolve disputes in-house and how to know if you're in over your head (when to get help!). It will also provide information dealing with difficult employees, and government regulators, etc.

For more information click here.


SBA Learning Center: Social Media Marketing

Are you using Social Media to help increase sales of your product or service? Do you lack the basic knowledge to take advantage of the incredible marketing reach that social media offers?  This course is designed to show you how to utilize social media marketing to grow your business. You will learn research processes and strategies to help you harness the power of social media marketing.
To learn more about this 30 minute course click here. 

Chicagogrammers Holiday Gift Guide - Perfect to Spotlight YOU!
We want to highlight the super talented makers, crafters, artisans, start-ups and purveyors of Chicago, so we figured it would be a great idea to put out a gift guide on Cyber Monday, featuring YOUR goods! So if you're selling something that would be perfect underneath the tree this year, take advantage of a day when everyone's checking their inbox to get the word out to 500+ Chicago bloggers, Instagrammers and beyond!!
For more information on Chicagogrammers Holiday Gift Guide click  here. 

Have any business needs that require the skill and talent of an Artist?

Look no further than the WPBCC Artist Directory on our website for all your art and creative needs. Whether you are looking for help with logo design, a mural painted in your shop or office, or a specific visual art piece for your business, the WPBCC website is an excellent resource to find an artist that can meet your needs.

To check out our Artist Directory click here

On behalf of the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce,
Thank You Veterans for your service.

Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce | 773-384-2672 | |
1414 North Ashland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622