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.

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.

Submissions will be accepted until March 1st

Fill Out the Google Form to Apply HERE


Download the application HERE


Yoga, Meditation, and Mindful Journaling

And Rise Women Inc (&Rise) and Voyage of Frequency will be presenting a special community family-friendly event: Yoga, Meditation, and Mindful Journaling. Our guests will be guided through a crystal bowl sound meditation to assist with reducing feelings of tension, and anxiety, and to create the space needed for self-compassion. Our guests will also learn, Mindful journaling, which is a type of doodling that is done with the intention of being present, in the moment, and focusing on the act of drawing. It is a way to relax and de-stress, and there are no rules or restrictions, and most importantly, mistakes - just let your creativity flow!

International Film Festival

The ChiFilmFest Block Party will bring Chicago's film-loving community together for a special Opening Night event to kick off 12 days of premiere screenings, filmmaker Q&As, panels, workshops, and much more at the 59th Chicago International Film Festival. The event will be free and open to the public. Attendees will enjoy live music, enter to win Festival tickets and prizes, discover culinary delights and libations from local restaurants and bars, watch highly-anticipated film trailers from around the world, walk our red carpet, enjoy film-themed activities, and learn more about Chicago's vibrant film community.

Endless Summer

JCC Chicago Apachi Day Camps presents the 3rd 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.

Lincoln Ave Block Party

Heritage Bikes and Coffee is proud to announce the first-ever Heritage Fallfest. As a cornerstone of the Lakeview community, our locally owned and operated shop has always been committed to strengthening community ties and encouraging neighbors to shop local. This event will provide a fun-filled autumn afternoon for all ages, featuring live music, food, activities, and more.


  • Live Music: Enjoy performances by two local bands, setting the atmosphere for the event.

  • Flower Truck Giveaway: A partnership with Flowers for Dreams will allow attendees to receive a fresh flower bouquet (while supplies last).

  • Children's Halloween Costume Pictures: A Little Photo Studio will capture adorable pictures of kids in their Halloween costumes.

  • Dog Costume Parade and Pictures: Dress up your canine companions and join the parade, followed by a photo session.

  • Balloon Guy: Experience the art of balloon twisting, a treat for both kids and adults.

  • Food Specials: Dive into a menu specifically curated for the event.

  • Pumpkin Spice Latte Tastings: Get a taste of our various unique Pumpkin Spice Latte blends.
    Local Business Pumpkin Carving Contest: Starting October 1st, local businesses can participate in a pumpkin carving contest. The community is encouraged to vote for their favorite pumpkin up until October 20th. The winner will be declared at the Fallfest on October 22nd and will be honored with a pumpkin trophy, displayed for a year. All voters will be entered into a raffle to win a gift card from one of the participating businesses.


Kick off summer and join Burley School in celebrating arts and science throughout our community. This outdoor event will feature performances from School of Rock, an art and STEAM gallery of student work, crafts, games, face painting and more! Open to the whole community.


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 3nd 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.

Native Plant Sale

Over 30 species of native wildflowers, sedges, and ferns!

  • All plants are sold as pints and cost $6-7

  • Native plant gardeners available for design consult at the event

  • Plants will be available first come, first serve

  • Please BYO box or other container to carry your plants home

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.


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.

Performances by Radio Free Honduras, Menjunje, DJ Onwa, Caswell James, DJ Soundculture

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!