Sidewalk Cafe Rebate Program

Sidewalk cafes contribute to a vibrant Edgewater by activating public space, encouraging pedestrian traffic, inviting interaction with the businesses and contributing to the aesthetic landscape with attractive furniture and greenery.

In order to encourage business’s in SSA 26 to invest in installing sidewalk cafes in Edgewater, SSA 26 launched a rebate program in 2018 to reimburse up to 33 participating restaurants for the $600 sidewalk cafe permit fee. Sidewalk cafes in Chicago are permitted from March 1 to December 1; the permit process takes up to 30-45 days from the submission of the sidewalk cafe permit application (find a copy here). 

The 2018 rebate application can be found here and emailed, completed, with a copy of your business’s approved 2018 sidewalk cafe permit to ralph@edgewater.org, or mailed or dropped off to the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce, 1210 West Rosedale Avenue, Chicago, IL 60660.

Rebates will be issued to the first 33 applicants in the order of applications received. Please allow up to three weeks to receive your rebate.