Business Support

The success of the City’s business retention and expansion programs and services is extremely important to West Chicago’s overarching economic development strategy. It values every business, from large corporations which employ hundreds of people to the small business community that employs only a few. Each segment contributes to West Chicago’s economy and quality of life.

Retail and Restaurant Business Grant Program

The Retail and Restaurant Business Grant Program is sponsored by the City of West Chicago for the purpose of strengthening retail business activity in the Downtown Business District by attracting new retail and restaurant businesses as well as to assist existing retail and restaurant businesses.

This program offers 50/50 matching reimbursement awards (up to $10,000) for select eligible expenses. Eligible improvements include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Structural Repairs
  • Fire sprinklers and Alarms
  • Electrical and Interior Lighting
  • Plumbing, Grease traps   
  • HVAC, Exhaust hoods

Funds are restricted to retail and restaurant businesses on the 1st floor of commercial buildings in downtown. Grants available under the program at any particular time are subject to the then-available funding in the Downtown TIF Fund as budgeted by the City of West Chicago.

Applicants must complete the application, provide required supplemental documentation, and obtain City approval. The business must be located within the Downtown Business District TIF Designated Area.

To learn more about this program, please contact (630) 293-2200 x157 for further information.

Façade Improvement Program

This 50/50 matching grant (up to $10,000 in a fiscal year) is available for businesses/buildings in the City’s Historic District and may be granted up to three (3) years of match funding (not to exceed $30,000). This program assists with improvements to building exteriors that preserve the historic nature and aesthetic appeal of the City’s historic properties. Eligible improvements include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Façade restoration
  • Masonry repair
  • Exterior lighting
  • Awnings and shutters
  • Permanent new exterior signs

To learn more about this program, please contact 630.293.2200 x158 for further information.

Brilliance in Business Awards Program

The Brilliance in Business Awards Program was created as another vehicle for the City to connect with its business community. It aims to acknowledge the efforts businesses are making on behalf of their objectives and those of greater benefit to the community. The formal program, which conveys appreciation and acknowledges successful initiatives, projects, business practices and strategies, was developed to inspire, create momentum, increase satisfaction levels and stimulate further economic development. It also hopes to bring awareness to the level of diversity, creativity and corporate citizenship that epitomizes West Chicago business.

Event Marketing

Signature events such as West Chicago’s Blooming Fest, Railroad Days, Viva Mexico Independence Day Festival, and Frosty Fest deliver heightened visibility and differentiation for the community and offer businesses opportunities to connect to residents and visitors.

Beautification Programs

Enhancements like new gateway monument signage, community banners, public art and “greening” initiatives contribute to the general stature of the community as a compelling place to live and do business.

Healthy West Chicago

West Chicago has become known nationally as a community that cares about its health and sustainability and has formed a coalition of community leaders in local government, education, healthcare, social services, faith-based congregations, businesses, and non-profit groups who have organized to educate and sponsor programs and awareness that increase nutrition and physical activity in the City. The Healthy West Chicago Community Action Plan has become a model for other cities across the country.

Image Marketing

A dedicated program to communicate and promote the City’s attributes and competitive edge through media and public relations.