Retail Thrive Zones

Helping commercial properties in struggling neighborhoods access tax assistance.

With the City of Chicago’s Retail Thrive Zones program, businesses in low-income neighborhoods are eligible for big breaks on their property taxes. But the program requirements can be a headache: properties qualify for different incentives based on a complicated formula that takes into account their geographic location, their tax history, and the financial details of their plans for development.

At DataMade, I worked with City employees at the Department of Planning and Development to make this process easier for applicants. We hid the complexity under the hood, allowing business owners to focus on the information that they need to make the best possible decision for their property.

I spearheaded the project, putting together the data prep pipeline, developing the frontend design, and deploying the app for the City.

The Retail Thrive Zones home

Browse eligible zones

Detail of the tax 

Applying for a tax