Near South Planning Board
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About the Near South Planning Board

Near South Planning Board (NSPB) is a not-for-profit community based organization serving businesses, property owners, developers, and institutions for over 70 years.
As one of the City of Chicago's delegate agencies, in the Neighborhood Business Development Center Program (NBDC), NSPB works to attract and retain businesses by serving as an advocate and by providing marketing and educational programs.

Near South Planning Board's mission is to plan, guide and support a program of development for the near south area of the City of Chicago.

Our Goals
1: Develop the economic, social, physical and cultural resources of the area;
2: Create and support a thriving business environment;
3: Stimulate and coordinate plans of the City, organizations and individuals for the improvement of the area;
4: Develop relationships with governmental authorities, contiguous communities and the metropolitan area as a whole;
5: Promote the Near South as a safe and desirable area for commercial, retail, institutional, residential and open space development.

Our Services
Staff Support
Need assistance? Business licenses, permits, zoning, business referrals, marketing, flyers (graphic design), events, meetings, streets & sanitation needs, traffic/parking concerns, neighborhood complaints, community outreach, construction issues, job postings, or any other business-related services - NSPB offers free advice to members and/or investigates many of these topics on your behalf;.
City Liaison
NSPB has direct access to key leaders at city hall and the police department and may make connections, or work on your behalf, with the following departments: Business Affairs & Consumer Protection, Planning & Development, Zoning, Landmarks and Alderman's offices;.
Shared Services
Not interested in hiring fulltime staff for certain services such as accounting, marketing, or technology? NSPB offers your company the opportunity to take part in a shared service program - Shared Office, Shared IT, Shared Marketing and Shared Accounting - (share the service, share the cost);
Individualized Connections/Networking
Opportunity to meet the Alderman; city representatives; business, educational, and civic leaders; developers, and residents in more intimate settings, at quarterly meetings, after hours social events, literary gala, and NSPB may be able to bring some of these leaders to your business;
Marketing Opportunities
Promote your business at the Printers Row Lit Fest member booths (first weekend in June), in welcome packets, Near South Map (free listing), Near South Business Directory, NSPB website (free listing); E-Newsletter, & Social Media (Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn);
Serve on committees where discussions focus on new developments & proposals, neighborhood issues, marketing opportunities, business collaboration, fundraising, and program development. Current committees include: Project Review, Liquor License Review, Program Development, Membership, Events, and Area Marketing/Development committees;
Small Business Development Assistance
Get free assistance in areas such as business planning, financial referrals, marketing plans, and support in developing new markets (appointments only);
Be kept up-to-date on neighborhood issues, new developments & proposals, expansion plans, new businesses and meet key governmental leaders at Quarterly Membership Meetings. NSPB also hosts safety and educational seminars on various business topics & initiatives;
Business Referrals
NSPB constantly refers individuals in search of products and services directly to our members;
Resource Center
Vacant Space Availability Database: NSPB maintains a list of properties with space available for lease or sale which is shared with City and interested investors;
Learn more about how your business benefits from the services we provide!

South Side Planning Board was founded in 1946 through the efforts of Michael Reese Hospital, Illinois Institute of Technology, and Mercy Hospital, when the City of Chicago did not even have a planning department. Burnham Park Planning Board began in 1980 and in 1993 the two organizations were merged into the Near South Planning Board.

For over 67 years, Near South Planning Board has been working to improve this area. Our community has been experiencing a period of tremendous growth and development.

New housing, beautification and infrastructure improvements are creating an attractive neighborhood that is bringing in people from all over the city. The variety of housing stock, in all price ranges, assures that we will continue as a diverse and integrated community.

At the Near South Planning Board, we are gratified that our persistence is being rewarded. The Board is constantly involved in numerous issues and concerns, on a variety of levels, that directly or indirectly affect the Near South area. In addition, we sponsor the Authors in the Schools program and we host the Harold Washington Literary Dinner.

As a not-for-profit organization, however, it is a constant battle, not only to do good things for the community, but for ourselves to survive.

Your contribution is important as we continue to promote the neighborhood, monitor and direct growth, interface with the City and the media, and work to eliminate blight.
  •   Who We Serve 
  •   Board Members 
NSPB serves the communities of:
  • Burnham Park
  • Burnham Shores
  • Central Station
  • Chinatown
  • Columbia College Chicago
  • Dearborn Park
  • DePaul University
  • Franklin Point
  • Groveland Park
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Lake Meadows
  • LaSalle Park
  • McCormick Place
  • Mercy Hospital
  • Motor Row
  • Prairie Avenue Historic District
  • Prairie Shores
  • Printers Row
  • River City
  • The Gap
  • The Financial District
  • The Museum Campus
  • South Commons
  • South Michigan Avenue
  • Woodland Park

President Bonnie Sanchez-Carlson, Near South Planning Board
Vice Chairman Michael Tobin, CBRE U.S. Equities Realty
Treasurer Bobby Mitchell, Sunrise Digital
Secretary Dr. Arol Augsburger, Illinois College of Optometry
Vice President Peter Cacciatore, Jos. Cacciatore & Co. Real Estate

Board Members
Ty Andrews Illinois Service Federal Savings and Loans
Dr. Arol Augsburger Illinois College of Optometry
Stan Bochnowski Lakeside Bank
Peter Cacciatore Joseph Cacciatore and Company Real Estate
Blanton Canady McDonalds
Wayne Caplan Sperry Van Ness Chicago Commercial
Fran Casey DePaul University
Joyce Chiu China Town Chamber of Commerce
Timothy Desmond Central Station Development
Jay Feeley Sedgwick Properties
Lori Healey Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority
Michael Hooper Hilton Chicago
Phillip Craig Johnson Johnson-Lee Architects
Leroy Kennedy Illinois Institute of Technology
Jennifer Kerr Chicago South Loop Hotel
Anthony Kramer Draper & Kramer, Inc.
Zach Ktsanes Crescent Heights
Jory Luster Luster Products
Mike Meagher James McHugh Construction Co.
Bobby Mitchell Sunrise Digital
Constance Murphy Mercy Hospital and Medical Center
Fr. Paul Novak De La Salle Institute
Matthew O'Malley The Chicago Firehouse
Donna Pugh Foley & Lardner, LLP
Steve Ross AMLI Residential
Bonita Sanchez-Carlson Near South Planning Board
Steven Smutny Dearborn Architects
Anamaria Spiteri IMPARK
Ashley Thorpe Chicago Tribune
Michael Tobin CBRE U. S. Equities, Inc.
Constance Williams Continental Painting
Sandor Williams ComEd
Ernest Wong site design group ltd
Terry Young Urban Partnership Bank

Event Calendar
Harold Washington Literary Dinner