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North Branch Works

A membership-supported nonprofit organization focused on sustainable economic and community development along the North Branch of the Chicago River.


North Branch Works (NBW) is a nonprofit organization that has promoted balanced, job-creating economic development along the North Branch of the Chicago River for 40 years. NBW is a City of Chicago “delegate agency” providing an array of services to local businesses including manufacturers, commercial firms, service providers, and artisanal producers.

NBW seeks local economic development that provides well-compensated employment.

NBW seeks out business constituents, collaborates with workforce development organizations, consults with residents’ organizations, and advocates for the North Branch, Kennedy, and Addison Industrial Corridors.

NBW advocates for sustainable development and infrastructure improvements that complement the North Branch’s economic function as a working riverfront. NBW seeks to minimize environmental hazards and advocates for river improvements that will enhance the environmental quality of the North Branch of the Chicago River.

Services Provided

Develop ideas

  • Establish goals
  • Define products

Formalize structures

  • Buy or rent space (Specialty)

Find financing

  • Analyze needs
  • Apply for a loan (Specialty)
  • Apply for a grant (Specialty)

Increase sales

  • Develop partners
  • Update business plan

Capture wealth

  • Update pitch deck
  • Seek legal counsel
Contact Information
Jonathan Snyder
2545 W Diversey Ave
Suite 225
Chicago, IL 60647