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

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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.

Commissioners

  • Thomas Bonanno
  • Frank Caputo – SSA Chairman
  • Anastasia Makridakis
  • Ceasar Melidis
  • 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

Audit: 2013, 2012

2018 Meeting Dates

  • January 25,2018 – Minutes
  • February 22, 2018 – Minutes
  • March 22, 2018 – Minutes
  • April 26, 2018 – Minutes
  • May 24, 2018- Minutes
  • June 21, 2018- Minutes
  • July 12, 2018- Minutes
  • August – No Meeting
  • September 27, 2018 – Minutes
  • October 25, 2018
  • November 15, 2018
  • December 13, 2018

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 2018 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 2018 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.

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