The Industrial Council of Northwest Chicago (ICNC) is a not-for-profit organization of manufacturers located in an industrial corridor northwest of Chicago's Loop. In an effort to facilitate the development and growth of area firms, ICNC is creating a Business Service Center (BSC) targeted to meet area business needs. The BSC will be a branch of ICNC; staffed, financed and operated with ICNC resources.
The Industrial Council of Northwest Chicago (ICNC) is an association of light to medium manufacturers: most of which employ between 10-15-workers. As a not-for-profit corporation, the Industrial Council's purpose is to promote the development, establishment, and expansion of industry on Chicago's near west side by addressing those issues affecting the industrial community.
In response to a request from Latino Youth, Inc. to explore the possibilities of opening a repair and insulation operation to complement its carpentry training program, CUED conducted a feasibility study in the Pilsen (Lower West Side) and Little Village (South Lawndale) area. The study was to respond to different questions: market feasibility, structure of the operation (for-profit, not-for-profit, size), difficulties in expanding their present program, and a general financial picture for the operation.
El Hogar del Nino/Cuidar presently operates a day care program located in the Pilsen area, which is bounded by the Chicago River, 16th Street and Western Avenue. The present day care center provides both all-day and after school programs for 80 children, and occupies three rental spaces, originally built for commercial and office uses. El Hogar del Nino has found the present space inadequate for day care use and it is contemplating expanding and/or relocating their program to a building they would purchase on 23rd Street and California.
On behalf of the Community Renewal Society (CRS), the Center for Urban Economic Development (CUED) of the University of Illinois at Chicago has analyzed the feasibility of developing an automotive repair cooperative in South Shore, Chicago. A detailed analysis of supply and demand data, industry trends, and typical operating ratios has led us to conclude that a venture as proposed is feasible.
The Center for Urban Economic Development (CUED) of the University of Illinois at Chicago has analyzed the feasibility of developing a cooperative supermarket located in the Village of Robbins, Illinois. This study was conducted for the Village of Robbins and the Robbins Illinois Cooperative Supermarket (RICS), a not-for-profit corporation.
Over the past five years, the construction of numerous high-rise office buildings has transformed the character of Chicago's Loop by significantly diminishing street-level retail activity. More than half (52 percent) of the retail stores in buildings torn down to make way for the current building boom have not relocated and have gone out of business. In addition, those that have relocated were pushed from the prime retail area to more peripheral locations. The proportion of businesses located in non-prime areas has risen from 20 to 45 percent of the total.
This report contains three separate articles written about Enterprise Zones. The first is "Administering Enterprise Zones: Some Initial Observations" by Charles Orlebeke. Enterprise zones, although simple in concept, may not necessarily be simple to administer. Enactment of enterprise zone legislation will confront the federal government with a series of administrative tasks.
Building codes play an important role in the stabilization and revitalization of neighborhoods. While much local attention has been focused on building codes changes to accommodate residential revitalization, there has been little corresponding discussion of the impact of the code on small businesses. The Chicago Association of Neighborhood Development Organizations (CANDO) has stepped in to help fill the knowledge gap with this report. Surveys, interviews, a meticulous review of the Chicago Building Code, and comparisons of the Chicago Code to model and suburban codes were conducted.