The Façade Enhancement Program was developed by C. Johnson & Associates. The Program is offered under several Special Service Areas (SSA) located on the South side of Chicago. The SSA board of directors set aside a portion of the SSA taxpayer dollars for façade improvements in the SSA area. Local businesses in the Special Service Area are eligible to participate yearly. Each year, five to ten business owners in the SSA are offered grants to improve the façades of their business. The Façade Enhancement Program not only assists with renovations but also provides businesses with free architectural services.
Any business or building owner located within a participating SSA district seeking to invest in the Façade of their building may apply. (Check with your local SSA provider to see if the Façade Enhancement Program is offered in your area.)
Businesses interested in participating are asked to attend an informational meeting held by the local SSA provider and C. Johnson & Associates. The main issues addressed at this meeting will be:
C. Johnson & Associates will meet with each interested business owner one-on-one to outline the business’ preliminary design goals and outcomes
C. Johnson & Associates will:
Program Guidelines: All improvements must be visible to pedestrians on the main thoroughfare and contribute to the overall improvement of the SSA business district.Improvements include, but are not limited to:
For a copy of the brochure and application, click here