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Street Ambassadors Program

Managed by Department of Planning & Development, Department of Planning and Development

Data last updated on Aug 23, 2023

Launched June of 2022, the Corridor Ambassador program is welcoming the people who visit, shop, and work along commercial corridors in low- and moderate-income service areas or shopping districts that saw a 15% or more drop-in activity since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Corridor Ambassador program is active in 12 targeted retail districts across the city, and Ambassadors are employed by 10 local service providers. Over 100 Ambassadors have been hired to create a visible, welcoming presence on commercial corridors, encouraging residents and visitors to visit the local businesses and amenities. Ambassadors greet shoppers, talk to business owners, answer questions, and share information on upcoming programming and events, helping to improve the perceptions of these corridors and generate economic activity for local businesses.

To maximize their impact, ambassadors coordinate with CPS’s Safe Passage program, which provides a trusted adult presence for students traveling to and from schools, and refer to local service providers as needed. They also work with their local CPD district, as well as Chambers of Commerce, Special Service Area managers, and other entities supporting the INVEST South/West community revitalization initiative and community safety initiatives.

Reporting Period by Dataset

Street Ambassador Program corridor with ambassadors by community area June 1, 2022 through Dec. 31, 2023