CHICAGO IS A
CITY OF NEIGHBORHOODS
We are investing in our local communities. INVEST South/West is leading this effort, providing investment where it is needed most, while World Business Chicago continues to drive inclusive economic growth.
We drive equitable and inclusive economic development.
The Community Impact team at World Business Chicago drives equitable and inclusive economic development. We are here to assist businesses looking to expand and grow in historically disinvested neighborhoods. Access information and resources on how to make a social impact through talent, labor and workforce partners, training, and more.
INVEST South/West is the city’s signature economic development platform focused on ten historically disinvested neighborhoods. The platform has four key pillars that support its overarching goal of enhanced South/West Side neighborhood vitality.
Woodlawn Restaurant Row will be the city’s first South Side foodie destination. The Greater Woodlawn area, comprised of Woodlawn, South Shore, and Hyde Park community areas, houses a growing residential and employment base with strong restaurant spending.
The Black and Latino Investment Summit is a program that brings together existing minority-led business owners with access to capital, technical assistance, and consulting. The inaugural cohort of 2022 was recognized on June 16, 2022 in a celebration of collaboration anchored in inclusiveness. Applications are open for the next cohort.
Small Business Tech Symposium inspires businesses and technologists in Chicago to learn how technology can positively impact business. The goal is to connect small business owners in historically disinvested areas to build a sustainable path to greater efficiency and growth through technology.
SOUTH & WEST SIDES NEIGHBORHOOD BUSINESS ATTRACTION SERVICES
Consultation, site selection, and government relation services for businesses looking to expand or relocate to the South or West sides of Chicago.
EXPLORE STORYDECKS FOR SOUTH AND WEST SIDE NEIGHBORHOODS
Interactive decks were created by community partners to highlight the vibrant cultures of neighborhoods on the South and West Sides of the city, and the economic opportunities they offer.
Located in the Northwest Side of the city
Adjacent to one another, Roseland and Pullman are neighborhoods on the South Side
Located on the South Side, bordering South Chicago
Located in the South Side of Chicago bordering South Chicago
Meet the members of the WBC Community Impact Team
Community Impact Manager
Community Impact Coordinator