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Special Service Area #61
Serving "Downtown Hyde Park"

Special Service Areas, known as Business Improvement Districts in other cities, are local tax districts that fund expanded services and programs through a local 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 public way maintenance and beautification; district marketing and advertising; business retention/attraction, special events and promotions; bike transit; security; façade improvements; and commercial and economic development initiatives.

The City contracts with local nonprofits, 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 53 active SSAs in Chicago. [See,]

2021 Commissioners:

George Rumsey (Chair) - Computer Resource Center, Inc.
Greg Guttman (Vice Chair) - MAC Properties
Eric Thompson (Secretary) - Hyde Park Bank
Nancy Stanek (Treasurer) - Toys Et Cetera
Anthony Beach - Hotel Sophy
Angie Marks - VP, UChicago Real Estate Operations
Charles Newsome - Kimbark Plaza
Mary Rogel - East Point Associates
Wendy Walker Williams - University of Chicago Civic Engagement

South East Chicago Commission, Service Provider Agency
Diane Burnham, Executive Director
Brandon Evans, SSA Program Administrator
Raymonde Vance, SSA Recording Secretary

Hyde Park-Kenwood Residents

George talks U of C and "preservation."
Maroon Gray City Looks at HP Development:
The University, its real estate, and Hyde Park retail

      SSA #61 Schedule of Meetings for 2021

      January 26, 11:00
      February (no meeting)
      March 23 (time TBA)
      April 27, 11:00
      May 25, 11:00
      June 22, 7:00 pm
      July 27, 11:00 am
      August 24, 11:00
      September 21, 7:00 pm
      October 26, 11:00
      December 14, 11:00
      All meetings are currently held virtually, using Zoom. Please contact me if you would like the Zoom link for each meeting.

      Map of the SSA Footprint


      Frank Lloyd Wright in Kenwood

    The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference sponsored an informational forum on the Frank Lloyd Wright homes in South Kenwood in December, 2013. See for more information.

    Affordable Rental Housing in HP-K

The Coalition for Equitable Community Development unveils a detailed study of rental housing in Hyde Park and South Kenwood.
Read the executive summary Read the full report

55th Street Accessibility

On Saturday, June 16, 2012, the Hyde Park Disabibilities Task Force sponsored a "Walk and Roll" down 55th Street, identifying issues of accessibility and safety. Read the full disabilities report