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

Capture wealth

  • Seek legal counsel
  • Sell your business
  • Plan for succession
  • Update pitch deck
  • Meet investors

Develop ideas

  • Create business plan
  • Establish goals
  • Define products

Find financing

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

Formalize structures

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

Hire / retain staff

  • Write job specs
  • Draft staff manual

Increase sales

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

Optimize operations

  • Write handbook
  • Measure operations
Primary Contact
John Blick
4619 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640