What is SSA?

Improving the Community

Special Service Areas (SSA), 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.

SSA-funded projects typically include but are not limited to: public way maintenance and beautification; district marketing and advertising; business retention/attraction, special events and promotional activities; auto and bike transit; security; façade improvements; and other commercial and economic development initiatives.

The City contracts with local non-profits, 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 more than 50 active SSAs in Chicago and 800 Nationwide.

SSA Services Include:

  • Maintain clean and attractive sidewalks
  • Holiday Decorations
  • Maintain monuments
  • Public Art
  • Marketing & Advertising Greektown neighborhood
  • Special Events
  • Seasonal landscaping & beautification
  • Trolley service
  • Strategic Planning
  • Security
  • Facade Rebate
  • Security Rebate

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2020 Meetings

Under the Illinois Open Meetings Act, 5 ILCS 120/2.02, 2.03, the Greektown Special Service Area Tax Commission #16 is hereby giving notice of its public meeting calendar for 2020 to be held at the SSA #16 office at 306 S. Halsted St, 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60661 at 2:00 p.m.

Commissioners

  • Frank Caputo – SSA Chairman
  • Nicholas Kriarakis
  • Anastasia Makridakis
  • Eve Moran
  • Thomas Paspalas
  • Lorraine Reiff-Liakouras – First Vice-Chairperson
  • Alexander Theoharis
  • Marc Washor

2016 Greektown Sole Provider Agreement SSA 16

2017 Greektown Sole Provider Agreement SSA 16

2018 Greektown Sole Provider Agreement SSA 16

2019 Greektown Sol Provider Agreement SSA 16

2020 Meeting Dates

  • January 23, 2020 – Minutes
  • February 27, 2020 – Minutes
  • March 26, 2020 – Canceled
  • April 23, 2020 – Minutes
  • May 28, 2020 – Minutes
  • June 25, 2020  – Canceled
  • July 9, 2020 – Minutes
  • August 17, 2020 – Canceled
  • September 24, 2020 – Minutes
  • October 22, 2020 –
  • November 4, 2020
  • November 11. 2020
  • November 19, 2020 – Special Meeting – Learn MoreRegister Here
  • December 10, 2020

2019 Meetings

Under the Illinois Open Meetings Act, 5 ILCS 120/2.02, 2.03, the Greektown Special Service Area Tax Commission #16 is hereby giving notice of its public meeting calendar for 2019 to be held at the SSA #16 office at 306 S. Halsted St, 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60661 at 2:00 p.m.

2019 Meeting Dates

  • January 24, 2019 – Minutes
  • February 28, 2019 – Minutes
  • March 28, 2019 – Minutes
  • April 25, 2019 – Minutes
  • May 23, 2019 – Minutes
  • June – No Meeting
  • July – No Meeting
  • August – No Meeting
  • September 26, 2019 – Minutes
  • October 24, 2019 – Minutes
  • November 21, 2019 – Minutes
  • December 12, 2019 – Minutes

2018 Meetings

Under the Illinois Open Meetings Act, 5 ILCS 120/2.02, 2.03, the Greektown Special Service Area Tax Commission #16 is hereby giving notice of its public meeting calendar for 2018 to be held at the SSA #16 office at 306 S. Halsted St, 2nd Floor, Chicago, ILL 60661 at 2:00 p.m.

2018 Meeting Dates

2017 Meetings

Under the Illinois Open Meetings Act, 5 ILCS 120/2.02, 2.03, the Greektown Special Service Area Tax Commission #16 is hereby given notice of its public meetings for 2017 to be held at the SSA #16 office located at 306 S. Halsted Street, 2nd Floor Chicago,IL 60661 at 2:00PM.

2017 Meeting Dates

2016 Meetings

Under the Illinois Open Meetings Act, 5 ILCS 120/2.02, 2.03, the Greektown Special Service Area Tax Commission #16 is hereby given notice of its public meetings for 2016 to be held at the SSA #16 office located at 306 S. Halsted Street, 2nd Floor Chicago,IL 60661 at 3:00PM.

2016 Meeting Dates

Rebate Pilot Programs

Greektown SSA #16 and the West Central Association – Chamber of Commerce is committed to improving neighborhood safety and quality-of-life. In 2018, we are now offering rebate programs for safety/security and facade enhancements within the SSA district.

Security Rebate Pilot Program
Greektown SSA will reimburse up to $1,500 for the first-time installation of eligible cost and up to $500 for an updated project. Download the 2019 Security Rebate Pilot Program Document

Facade Rebate Pilot Program
Greektown SSA will reimburse eligible Facade improvements up to 50% of financial rebate for eligible exterior improvements worth at least $500 with a maximum rebate amount not to exceed a total of $3,500. Download the 2019 Facade Rebate Pilot Program Document

Greektown SSA will reimburse eligible awning and signage improvements, up to a 50% rebate for awnings, hanging and projecting signage, and 35% rebate for other signage. Rebates for all signage shall not exceed $2,000. Download the 2019 Facade Rebate Pilot Program Document

Emergency Board Up Grant

Provides up to 100% of cost (or to cover cost of insurance deductible), up to $1,000 maximum payout, for labor and materials to clean-up and board up your storefront doors, doorways and windows if your property sustained damage due to vandalism or looting. Download the information about this grant.

Health & Sanitation Rebate Program

The Health & Sanitation Rebate Program was created as an emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with a goal of supporting local businesses facing increased costs for sanitation supplies and takeout packaging. Download the information about this program.

Health & Sanitation Rebate Program Extension

The Health & Sanitation Rebate Program was created as an emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with a goal of supporting local businesses facing increased costs for sanitation supplies and takeout packaging. Download the information about this program.

Marketing Rebate Program

The goal of the program is to support local businesses adversely impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak by providing incentives in the form of rebates to businesses within SSA boundaries that invest in eligible expenses. Download the information about this program.

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