Doing Business in Uptown
As the neighborhood continues to grow, Uptown leaders and residents are united in a shared vision for the future: re-investing in the community, embracing new opportunities for thoughtful development, harnessing the passion and creativity of its people to address challenges as they arise, and celebrating the stories of all who live, work and play in Uptown.

Uptown Guide to Good Storefront Design
Commercial streets that have a distinctive character and appeal to shoppers and diners are more successful. Uptown United has developed this guide as a resource for current and aspiring business and property owners to ensure that good design is part of their retail storefront. This guide provides general City of Chicago requirements for signs, awnings, window displays, and lighting as well as specific recommendations about what good design looks like in the context of Uptown, and some basic guidelines to follow that should help businesses thrive in the neighborhood.

City Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP)
Your one-stop destination for small business owners and entrepreneurs. Business Education Workshop Calendar: Workshops vary each month and are conducted by City Officials, experts, and partner business organizations.

Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber leads aggressive public policy and business growth initiatives and create meaningful events and programs to inform, engage, and connect members to each other and the community.


Cook County Clerk
The site for Cook County Clerk, David Orr, contains a search field for all elected officials. You can search by address, level of government or name. Click here to go to site.


Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity
To raise Illinois’ profile as a premier global business destination; and to provide a foundation for the economic prosperity of all Illinoisans, through coordination of business recruitment and retention, provision of essential capital to small businesses, investment in infrastructure and job training for a 21st century economy, and administration of state and federal grant programs.

Small Business Administration
Dedicated to providing support to small businesses across the nation. Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) provide a vast array of technical assistance to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs.


Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF)

The Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF) program uses Tax Increment Financing (TIF) revenues to help owners of commercial and industrial properties within specific TIF districts to repair or remodel their facilities for their own business or on behalf of tenants.


Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Portal

The portal is a web-based view of TIF-funded economic development, affordable housing and infrastructure projects and their districts.


Community Resources

Score Chicago
Offers free and low-cost business education workshops on a wide range of topics and SCORE mentors can advise clients about options for loans and other types of business financing.



The Uptown community is divided between three of Chicago’s 50 Wards – 46th, 47th, and 48th.

46th Ward – Alderman James Cappleman
47th Ward – Alderman Ameya Pawar
48th Ward – Alderman Harry Osterman