City of Chicago: Special Service Area #17

SSA Program Overview
The Special Service Area (SSA) is an economic development tool, created by state statute, that allows additional real estate property taxes to be levied to fund added services for a defined area.

The services funded through the SSA tax are in addition to services generally provided by the City. These services must predominantly benefit those properties that are located within the boundaries of the SSA. Examples of special services might include: sidewalk maintenance and beautification, landscaping, advertising and marketing, business recruitment/retention, parking, and safety programs.

A local SSA Commission, comprised of property and/or business owners within the SSA boundaries is established to recommend annually to the City a scope of services, budget, tax levy, and service provider to manage the SSA. A local chamber of commerce or business association serves as the service provider in most cases.

Role of the City of Chicago
The Department of Planning and Development reviews budgets and tax levies as provided by the SSA Commission and makes recommendations to the City Council. The City Council annually authorizes the tax levies, budgets, and service provider agreements for each SSA. In addition, the City Council confirms SSA Commissioner appointments.

Role of the Service Provider
The service provider administers the daily activities of the SSA, and is responsible for the hiring of employees and the disbursement of payments for services. Further responsibilities include: obtaining appropriate insurance for SSA programs as determined by the City; responsible for hiring a CPA to provide annual financial statements of SSA; submitting nominees for SSA Commissioners to DPD.

Special Service Area #17 - 2013 Meeting Schedule

Thursday, February 6, 2014
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Thursday, November 6, 2014

All meetings are at 4:00pm, and held at the Central Lakeview Merchants office located at 3355 N. Clark, and are open to the public.


NOTICE: Please be advised that all SSA #17 Central Lakeview Commissioner positions are currently filled to serve the 2012 - 2015 term. Qualified candidates can contact the office for information on applying for the 2015 - 2018 term.


  • Chair
    Kevin Hodos
    Standard Bank and Trust Co.
  • Vice Chair
    Stacey Loukas
    The Cubby Bear
  • Treasurer
    Eric Kirsammer
    Chicago Comics
  • Secretary
    Liala Beukema
  • Michael Canning
    Cleaned in the U.S.A.
  • Joseph Cartagena
    genacelli salon
  • David Gassman
    DLG Development
  • Susan Hagan
  • Mark H. Knight
    State Bank of Countryside
  • Jeanne Saliture