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Become A ‘Corridor Ambassador’ In Back Of The Yard’s 47th Street Business District

This is the second year the city has paid for ambassadors to walk business districts and greet customers, get to know businesses and connect neighbors with resources.

The Goldblatt’s Building at 47th Street and Ashland Avenue in Back of the Yards on April 4, 2022.
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BACK OF THE YARDS — A neighborhood group is hiring “corridor ambassadors” to boost people’s experience along one of Back of the Yards’ busiest business corridors.

The Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council is looking for four people to work part-time to make the 47th Street corridor more welcoming.

The corridor ambassadors will work in pairs walking certain parts of Ashland Avenue and 47th Street, greeting residents, informing neighbors about events, giving directions and getting to know staff of local businesses, according to the job flyer.

Ambassadors will also connect people experiencing homelessness to city resources and coordinate with the police and other public safety agencies regarding security concerns.

Spanish-speakers are preferred but not required.

For more information or to apply, call Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council at 872-281-7832.

This is the second year Back of the Yards has been granted funding for the city’s Corridor Program through the Department of Planning and Development.

Last year, 10 neighborhood organizations were chosen to launch the corridor ambassador roles in their business district. The city expanded to include 17 groups in this year’s program, including a group to look after Rogers Park’s Howard Street.

Each group gets about $270,000 in Chicago Recovery Plan funds to train and employ its ambassadors, according to the city.

“The Corridor Ambassadors program produced exceptional results in its first year, providing hyperlocal, personal assistance to people as they visited, shopped, or worked along these key arterials,” planning Commissioner Maurice Cox said in a news release. “The program’s expansion will deliver even more concierge-like services to neighborhoods in need.”

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