The first officially recognized gay village in the United States, Boystown in Chicago, Illinois is the commonly accepted nickname for the eclectic Lakeview neighborhood that is home to Chicago's visible and active LGBT community. Boystown is situated just east of Wrigleyville. Go Cubs!
Special Service Area #18 (SSA #18) is a special taxing district that has been established along North Halsted Street from Belmont to Irving Park. Revenue generated from the taxing district is directed back to the neighborhood to be spent according to the annual SSA work plan. A Mayorally-appointed SSA #18 Commission which is comprised of local property and business owners within the SSA develops the work plan. The Northalsted Business Alliance is the Sole Service Provider for SSA #18 and is responsible for implementing the SSA work plan.
Since being established in 1997, SSA #18 has provided funding and leadership to address concerns of property and business owners along Northalsted. In 2009, a 15-year extension was approved by the Chicago City Council. SSA #18 helps keep Northalsted an attractive place to work, play, invest, and do business by providing:
- Planters, landscaping, and street tree maintenance
- Sidewalk snow removal and maintenance within the SSA #18 boundaries, including power washing
- Maintenance of SSA #18 trash receptacles
- Banners and winter holiday decorations that brighten up the area
- Funding to support marketing efforts and special events within the SSA #18 boundaries including Chicago Pride Fest, Northalsted Market Days, the Northalsted Halloween Parade, and Frost Fest
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The SSA Commission meets at Nookie’s Tree located at 3334 North Halsted Street from 9am - 10:30am. Meetings are open to the public. For more information about SSA #18 please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boystown is home to the world’s only outdoor museum dedicated to combating anti-gay bullying by celebrating LGBT contributions to history. To learn more about The Legacy Walk please visit legacyprojectchicago.org