Near South Planning Board

The mission of Near South Planning Board –Catalyst For Growth – is to plan, guide and encourage a program of development for the near south area while creating, supporting and promoting a thriving business district.


Near South Planning Board (NSPB) – Catalyst For Growth – a not-for-profit community based organization serving businesses, institutions and property owners since 1946.


Primary service area is Jackson Boulevard to the north, Dan Ryan to the west, 35th Street to the south and Lake Michigan to the east.  While these are NSPB’s “official” boundaries, our focus can extend further south and west to include areas such as Hyde Park and Pilsen if requested.

As one of the City of Chicago’s delegate agencies in the Neighborhood Business Development Center Program (NBDC), NSPB works to attract and retain businesses by serving as a facilitator and by providing resources, referrals, permit assistance, marketing and other educational programs.

NSPB’s goals:

  • Develop the economic, social, physical and cultural resources of the area.
  • Create and support a thriving business environment.
  • Stimulate and coordinate plans of the City, organizations and individuals for the improvement of the area.
  • Develop relationships with the community and the metropolitan area as a whole.
  • Promote the Near South as a safe and desirable area for commercial, retail, institutional, residential and open space development.

Services Provided

Events and Community Building

  • Neighborhood Fairs and Festivals

Management Issues

  • Leadership/Professional Development

Marketing and Sales

  • Advertising/Brochure Design


  • Conference/Meeting and Event Space
  • Coworking
  • Office Space
  • Retail Space
  • Site Location Assistance
Primary Contact
Bonita Sanchez-Carlson
2600 S. Michigan Ave., LL-C
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 987-1980