Economic Development


QCDC is a Neighborhood Business Development Center as defined by the City of Chicago.

1) City Incentive Programs like the Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF), Tax Increment Financing (TIF), TIF Works and Streamlined TIF

2) Financial Resources

3) Networking Opportunities

4) Area Wide Marketing Initiatives

5) Technical Assistance for (trouble-shooting) city-related issues for small businesses

QCDC is a huge proponent of place making strategies that give public spaces an identity and improve the overall look and feel of commercial corridors, giving residents and stakeholders a greater connection to the community at large.

Projects include the transformation of a City owned vacant lot into what is now known as Park 43, a community-gathering place. Also, the installation of youth designed murals, planters, and banners along Cottage Grove Avenue and 47th cultural identity.

QCDC is the Service Provider for two Special Service Areas (SSAs). Learn more about Chicago’s SSA Program, and click here to learn more about SSA#47 and SSA#56, both managed by QCDC.

QCDC has created a portfolio of services that can be offered to developers as an option for “one stop shopping” as they move through various stages of their projects.  The Developer Assistance and Advisory Service program (DAAS) affords developers the opportunity to contract one organization to meet its community development needs.  The service package can be customized to fulfill the requirements of the project and jurisdiction. Click here for an overview of our DAAS programming.

Visit this page frequently for updates. We will provide information about opportunities that are available, changes from the City of Chicago and other news that you can use for your business.

Effective November 28, 2015 read the updated snow removal ordinance! Click here to read a short FAQ sheet or download the City of Chicago Snow Brochure here to find out how your business could be affected.

The Illinois Violence Prevention Authority (IVPA) funded “Operation Safe Zone”, an integrated strategy to positively impact specific commercial corridors threatened by destructive, criminal activity. This initiative was an extension of current efforts to attract, retain, and support retail development in the Quad Communities.

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If you are looking for ways to grow your business, responding for requests for proposals is a way to do that.

Please follow all instructions as listed, please contact the organization who has released the proposal directly for more details.

SSA 47 Streetscape Maintenance RFP
Submission Deadline Monday, April 10, 2017 at 5 pm

SSA 47 Planter Landscaping Design, Installation & Maintenance

Cottage Grove Avenue Special Service Area RFP – Submission date 1/23/17

43rd Street Tires 636 E. 43rd St.

Agriculture (773) 538-5000 | 530 E. 43rd St.

Ain’t She Sweet Cafe (773) 373-3530 | 526 East 43rd St.

“R” Blessed Hands Hair Studio, Inc. (773) 285-9521 | 841 E. 47th St

DeRice Asian Cuisine (773) 268-6868 | 918 E. 47th St.

Faie African Arts (773) 373-3975 | 1107 E. 43rd St.

Fort Smith (773) 268-8200 | 1007 E. 43rd St.

Hyde Park Building & Material Supplies (773) 268-5000 | 4630 S. Cottage Grove Ave.

Little Black Pearl Art & Design Center (773) 285-1211 | 1060 E. 47th St.

New Age Chicago Furniture (773) 285-3765 | 4238 S. Cottage Grove Ave.

Are you looking for commercial real estate space for lease or purchase? As a resource to our communities, QCDC provides access to properties through a partnership between the City of Chicago and World Business Chicago (WBC). These listings and more may be viewed with WBC’s Site Selector mapping tool.

Disclaimer: The Quad Communities Development Corporation is not a broker or a real estate agent.  All details published have been provided by the appropriate property owner, listing agent or representative who can address specific questions. The Quad Communities Development Corporation is not responsible for any negotiations or contracting of the available space.

*ATTENTION:  To all SSA Commission Chairs and Service Providers*

Urgent – Changes to SSA Commissioner Application:  Contains information regarding eligibility for all new and renewing SSA Commissioner applications.  Questions can be directed to Jennifer Magallanes at 

or call 312-744-0842.

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The Community Violence Prevention Collaborative is an administrative and programmatic initiative in the communities of Kenwood, Grand Boulevard, and Oakland created to reduce street violence and mitigate its affects on youth.

The Quad Communities are a great place to start or expand your business. Here is information on our community that you may find helpful in making your decision to locate your business here. Don’t just take our word for it, check out this video from our local business owners telling you why you should build your business in the Historic Black Metropolis!


Placemaking and SSAs

 Traffic Information


Leakage Information

Housing Growth

Legal Services for Small Businesses

Looking for free legal assistance for your small business? Attend one of these free legal clinics offered by The Law Project* and the City of Chicago’s Neighborhood Business Development Centers.

The Law Project’s Small Business Program offers legal support to entrepreneurs who are starting or have their own small businesses as a strategy to create financial independence. Since most entrepreneurs operate on a shoestring budget, obtaining legal advice is often unaffordable.

* The Law Project of the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights provides free legal assistance, education and training to community based nonprofit organizations, low/moderate income entrepreneurs and low-income first time homebuyers.

To learn more about The Law Project or apply for legal assistance visit or contact us at or 312-939-3638.

Here are links to additional resources that you will need when starting or expanding your business. 

Third Ward Alderman – Pat Dowell

Fourth Ward Alderman – Will Burns

City of Chicago 311 

City of Chicago Small Business Center