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Special Service Area #61
"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,]

2019 Commissioners:

George Rumsey (Chair) - Computer Resource Center, Inc.
Greg Guttman (Vice Chair) - MAC Properties
Mary Rogel (Acting Secretary) - East Point Associates
Nancy Stanek (Treasurer) - Toys Et Cetera
Anthony Beach - Hotel Sophy
Allison Hartman - DARE
Angie Marks - VP, UChicago Real Estate Operations
Mike McGarry - Moy Enterprises
Charles Newsome - Kimbark Plaza
Tiffany Paige - Modern Cooperative
Jackie Pingel - Vue 53

Eric Reaves, SSA Executive Director
South East Chicago Commission, Service Provider Agency
Diane Burnham, SECC Executive Director

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 2019

      January 22, 11:00 (Polsky Center)
      March 26, 11:00 (Polsky Center)
      April 23, 11:00 (Polsky Center)
      May 21, 7:00 (Polsky Center)
      June 25, 11:00 (Polsky Center)
      Julye 23, 11:00 (Polsky Center)
      August 27, 7:00 (Polsky Center)
      September 24, 11:00 (Polsky Center)
      October 22, 11:00 (Polsky Center)
      December 3, 11:00 (Polsky Center)

      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