The West Central Association Chamber of Commerce (WCA) is here to help small businesses, entrepreneurs, and large businesses within our service border area. We are a designated Neighborhood Business Development Center (NBDC) under the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection and help implement the City’s Neighborhood Small Business Growth Strategy.

Race and Enthnicity 2010

Source: 2010 Decennial Census

Employment (Top Six)

Sources: Calculations by Institute for Housing Studies at DePaul University using Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics data (top sectors) and 2012 Five-Year American Community Survey (unemployment).


27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett Jr.
4 N. Western Avenue, Unit 1C Chicago, IL 60612
Tel: (312) 432-1995


42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly
325 W. Huron, Suite 510, Chicago IL, 60654
Tel: (312) 642-4242


25th Ward Alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez
1645 S. Blue Island Ave., Chicago, IL 60608
Tel: (773) 523-4100


28th Ward Alderman Jason C. Ervin
2602 W. 16th Street Chicago, IL 60608
Tel: (773) 533-0900



Start your business resources:

  • City Licensing Requirements

  • Find a Location

  • Financial Assistance

  • Tax Registration

  • Guide to Signs


Running your business resources:

  • License Renewals

  • Building Permits

  • Contract Opportunities

  • Employee Training

Site Selector

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Commercial Real Estate Listings



Looking for free legal assistance for your small business? Attend one of these Free Legal Clinics offered by The Law Project* and the City of Chicago’s Neighborhood Business Development Centers.

* The Law Project of the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights provides free legal assistance, education and training to community based nonprofit organizations, low/moderate income entrepreneurs and low-income first time homebuyers.  To learn more about The Law Project or apply for legal assistance visit or contact us at or 312-939-3638.


City of Chicago

311 City Service


City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection
(licenses, information, education and training)

City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development
(plans, programs and funding opportunities)

City of Chicago Departments

U.S. Small Business Administration 
(financing and training)

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
(grants and programs)



The John Marshall Law School
(Pro Bono Program & Clinic)                                             

UIC - Office of Community Relations

The UIC Office of Community Relations (OCR) is responsible for strategically planning and implementing community engagement and outreach strategies across campus. The office maintains collaborative relationships with community, civic and internal constituency groups, representing the University in an effort to support UIC’s mission of community engagement and service. The OCR is a department within the Office of Public and Government Affairs, helping to provide consistent and open communications to a wide scope of audiences.