Community-Driven Economic Development

UrbanMain, a program of the National Main Street Center (NMSC), offers a new set of community-driven economic development services to help under-resourced older and historic neighborhood commercial districts restore economic vitality and promote quality of life. The program builds on NMSC's 40 years of nonprofit leadership in commercial district revitalization and the work of the Main Street America Network. UrbanMain offers specialized services, professional development, networking, and advocacy for the field of urban commercial district practitioners.

Who We Are

Chicago UrbanMain is comprised of business associations and local entrepreneurs from neighborhoods across Chicago's Southside including; the South Shore Chamber of Commerce, Morgan Park Beverly Hills Business Association, 51st Street Business Association, and The Endelo Institute.

South Shore Chamber of Commerce

As the lead agency for economic development in South Shore, SSCC strengthens and supports our small businesses and commercial corridors, by empowering our members with effective training, technical assistance, and access to public and private sector resources.

Morgan Park Beverly Hills Business Association

The MPBHBA is a community of entrepreneurs working together and supporting each other to create a stronger neighborhood and business environment.

51st Street Business Association

The 51st Street Business Association is a non profit 501 c3 working to make a difference in a distressed urban community.  We were founded in April 2009 by businesses and residents in the 51st street corridor.  We are piloting economic development projects utilizing city, state, federal,  philanthropic  and community resources.

The Endeleo Institute

Welcome to a public charity that fuses three overlapping entities into one corporation focused on creating a culture of health in the Washington Heights community, specifically along the West 95th Street Corridor.