City of Chicago Programs
ESDC works with businesses to empower them to grow. Pilsen’s rich and vibrant culture, amazing food and art, and proximity to world-class universities and medical district attracts many businesses. We’re able to provide HUBZone resources such as TIF, SBIF, and Federal Empowerment Zone programs.
Local Industrial Retention Initiatives (LIRI): ESDC supports the growth and development of over 200 businesses of all sizes in Pilsen’s Industrial Corridor, which helps expand employment opportunities in the community. The Pilsen Industrial Corridor (PMD 11) covers 907 acres along the Chicago River on the southern border of Pilsen.
The Industrial Development Division of ESDC empowers the manufacturing district by attracting individual businesses through City of Chicago, Cook County, State, and Federal incentive opportunities that promote manufacturing growth. ESDC serves as a liaison to municipal agencies to identify opportunities for expansion and suitable locations for new businesses, fulfilling its commitment to increase the quality and quantity of jobs available to residents of Pilsen.