SSA 27 Community Events & Placemaking Grant

Lakeview Special Service Area (SSA) 27 is pleased to offer its Community Events & Placemaking Grant Program, which provides up to $5,000 in financial assistance and technical support for unique events and projects taking place in the Lakeview neighborhood. With funding from SSA 27, the Program furthers our goals to create memorable experiences and promote the neighborhood within the boundaries of the SSA.


Native Plant Sale

Saturday, June 22 at 9am until plants sell out at Southport Plaza along the Lakeview Low-Line (3410 N Southport Ave, Chicago 60657)

Over 35 species of native wildflowers, sedges, and ferns!

The plant sale, hosted by Southport Neighbors Assoc., will feature native flowers, sedges, and ferns that are suited to our local ecosystem and especially selected for their ability to support pollinators, birds, and other wildlife. This sale aims to empower the Lakeview community to transform our neighborhood with thriving native flora. There will be a flowering perennial, sedge, or fern to fit your landscape—whether it’s sunny, shady or in between.

Drive By Pianist

We are capturing your stories, music, and the sounds of our neighborhood. Come see a driveable piano, play your favorite song, tell bad dad jokes, or even share your musical influences. @DriveByPianist will have platform interviews and live feeds, sharing the SSA 27 with the world. Dates and Locations:

  • Racine & Belmont (6/18 5p-7p)

  • Paulina Brown Line stop (6/27 12p-2p)

  • Southport Brown Line stop (6/30 1p-3p)

  • Southport & Belmont (7/7 1p-3p)

  • Ashland & School (7/17 12p-2p)

  • Ashland & Lincoln (7/28 1p-3p)

  • Lincoln & Diversey (8/7 tentative)

  • Lincoln & Wellington (8/20 tentative)

  • Ashland & Wolfram (8/25 tentative)

Raqs Hafla: A Middle Eastern Dance Exhibition

Saturday, July 6 at the Southport Plaza along the Lakeview Low-Line (3410 N Southport Ave, Chicago 60657)

Enjoy an an hour-long concert starting at 4pm of solo and group acts which highlight different dances of the Middle East, performed by a mix of diverse dancers to provide a more comprehensive experience of Chicago's variety of artists. Presented by Bellydance by Phaedra


Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, 21 at Southport Corridor

The Japanese Culture Center (JCC) and Japanese Arts Foundation (JAF), in conjunction with the Chicago Chapter of the Ikenobo Society and Ohara Ryu School of Ikebana, will be presenting the 4th annual Ikebana Walk along the Southport Corridor in Lakeview. Flower arrangements from two schools of Ikebana, as well as Origami art and Japanese Calligraphy (Shodo) will be displayed in the storefront windows of local businesses in the original Japantown of Chicago for this free event.


Saturday, August 10th at the Southport Plaza along the Lakeview Low-Line (3410 N Southport Ave, Chicago 60657)

Story7 Inc presents "International Pop Down" at the Southport Plaza along the Lakeview Low-Line features local pop up vendors, a live painter and DJs performing along with live musicians. Come listen to the international sounds while checking out local arts and crafts vendors.

Shakespeare in the Park

Saturday, August 31st at 5pm

5pm Master Naturalist Park tour (meet on West Side of Gross Park)

Park your picnic and SNAG YOUR SEAT on the east side lawn pre performance and join Planted Green at 5pm on the West side of Henderson (by Ravenswood) for a Gross Park native garden tour by Sara Strother, master naturalist. Sara will explain the importance of native plants to our planet’s ecological health, and demonstrate how Planted Green and neighbor volunteers are helping to make Gross Park a model greenspace recognized by the National Wildlife Federation, Monarch Watch, pollinators and preschoolers.

6pm SMC Plays Midsummer Mayhem: All the devils are here (East Lawn of Gross Park)

Midsummer Mayhem production is a mashup of classical Shakespeare scenes built around a central theme. Expect comedy, tragedy, fights, movement and music. This 45 minute production is appropriate for all ages and even people who aren’t sure if they like Shakespeare. SMC Plays is a not-for-profit Chicago theatre company that has been telling Shakespeare stories since 1992

7pm post performance social hour

Socialize after with with bites and treats from Frasca and Churro Parlor

Endless Summer

Sunday, September 15 at Blaine Elementary School

JCC Chicago Apachi Day Camps presents the 4th annual Endless Summer, a pop-up day camp experience in the fall that will offer activities, games, crafts, entertainment and camp-like festivities to take advantage of the last days of beautiful Chicago weather.

CircEsteem Around Chicago Summer Tour

CircEsteem is bringing a FREE Circus show to a park near you! They are excited to be presenting their 4th Annual "CircEsteem Around Chicago Summer Tour," bringing entertainment and education all across the city. CircEsteem strongly believes in bringing the circus into neighborhoods, providing them with opportunities to gather and build community. Bring out the whole family to enjoy a 45-minute performance featuring acts of juggling, acrobatics, unicycle, aerial silks, tightwire, and more. After the show, they'll invite the youth of the audience to step into the circus ring for a 30-minute workshop where they can try their hand at some of the skills we teach. You don't have to run away to join the circus this Summer!


Saturday, May 11th from 6pm - 10pm at Stage 773

The Ultimate Mom's Night Out with food, dancing, photo opps, vendors, swag bags, door prizes, and more. Free admission with a donation of a new, to like-new, newborn to age 12 item for Cradles to Crayons.


Mom's only! 21+

Formal attire recommended.

Advance Registration Required.

Completed Programs

Apply for the 2024 SSA 27 Community Events & Placemaking Grant

The Community Events & Placemaking Grant Program (the “Program”) is funded by Lakeview Special Service Area 27 (“SSA 27”) and administered by the Lakeview Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce (“Chamber”) to serve the commercial and residential district within the SSA 27 service boundaries. The goal of the Program is to support the development of more events and public programming serving our community through grants and other technical assistance. The Program furthers the organization’s goals to create memorable experiences and promote the neighborhood, providing support and funding for organizations or individuals planning special events, ongoing public programming and creative placemaking activities.


Fill Out the Google Form to Apply HERE


Download the application HERE