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Uptown Chamber of Commerce

The Uptown Chamber of Commerce exists to promote the business community in Uptown. Its members are supported with programs focused on marketing, strategic partnerships, City permitting, district events, advocacy, and economic development.


Since 1923 the Uptown Chamber of Commerce has been the go-to resource center for the small business community in and around Uptown, Chicago.  The Chamber is focused on supporting the numerous retail zones, historic entertainment district, and promoting the district to residents of the area and visitors from all over the globe.    

All businesses and entrepreneurs at any stage of business development are welcome to seek support from the Uptown Chamber of Commerce. Culturally specific services are available for the SE Asian community and there is a staff member who can speak Vietnamese. The Uptown Chamber is unique in that roughly ¼ of the membership is made up of nonprofit organizations.     

Services Provided

Develop ideas

  • Create business plan
  • Define products
  • Establish goals (Specialty)

Formalize structures

  • Buy or rent space
  • Certify as MBE/WBE
  • Buy insurance
  • Register legally
  • Secure licenses (Specialty)

Find financing

  • Manage books
  • Analyze needs
  • Evaluate equity
  • Establish accounts
  • Apply for a grant (Specialty)
  • Apply for a loan

Increase sales

  • Update forecast
  • Establish online
  • Join accelerator
  • Improve marketing
  • Update business plan
  • Develop partners (Specialty)

Optimize operations

  • Measure operations
  • Write handbook

Hire / retain staff

  • Draft staff manual
  • Write job specs (Specialty)

Capture wealth

  • Update pitch deck
  • Meet investors
  • Seek legal counsel
  • Plan for succession
  • Sell your business
Contact Information
John Blick
4619 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640