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Special Service Areas, 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. SSA's provide enhanced services and programs in addition to those currently provided through the City of Chicago.
In 1985, the City of Chicago established the Kedzie Industrial Tract as a Special Service Area (“SSA”). The KTIA boundaries have remained the same since its inception. These are Kedzie Avenue on the east, 47th Street on the north, 49th Street on the south, and Central Park on the west.
The Back of the Yards Special Service Area #10 boundaries have remained the same since its creation in 1989. The area includes Ada Avenue on the East, 42nd Street on the North, 49th Street on the South and Hoyne Avenue on the West. The Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council is the sole service provider for Special Service Area (SSA) #10, the 47th and Ashland Retail District.
The City of Chicago City Council passed an expansion and reconstitution of Special Service Area (SSA) #13. The former boundaries of SSA #13 consisted of the one square mile areas known as the Stockyards Industrial Park, which is home to nearly seventy world class industrial businesses. The expansion now includes the many industrial businesses that lay on the outskirts of the Stockyards.
Special Service Area (SSA) #39, which services Brighton Park and Archer Heights, was established in 2007. SSA #39 is one of 44 SSAs in the City of Chicago that provides services outside of what the City would normally provide to its constituents; these services include, but are not limited to: graffiti removal, advertising rebates and seasonal shopping promotions, storefront renovation rebates, vacant commercial property marketing, shopper shuttle bus service, and strategic planning for the Archer Avenue retail district.

To see the list of all City of Chicago Special Service Areas, visit the City's website page.  Click Here.