Founded in 1952, the South East Chicago Commission (SECC) is a community-based not-for-profit organization focused on enhancing economic development in  five neighborhoods on the south side of Chicago: Hyde Park, Woodlawn, Washington Park, Kenwood and Oakland.

The SECC pursues its mission through a number of programs and initiatives designed to make our communities more attractive places to live, learn, work, and play. Some of these programs focus specifically on economic development-by attracting new businesses to the area, for example, or by supporting existing businesses-while others monitor everything from building codes to liquor license applications to public transportation. Each year, we sponsor several community-wide events to celebrate and showcase our neighborhoods.

Governed by a board of community leaders, business owners, and neighborhood residents, the SECC works closely with residents and organizations throughout our communities to build consensus and advance our goals.

DIANE BURNHAM | Executive Director
what we do

Our Mission

Our mission is to (1) facilitate and support economic development within the Southeast lakefront communities, (2) foster collaboration and coordination among businesses, organizations and institutions and (3) promote job creation, community investment and economic vitality.


Our Commitment

SECC is dedicated to finding and delivering the right resources to sustain and grow the businesses and communities we serve!

Our Chicago Communities

Hyde Park | Kenwood | Oakland | Washington Park | Woodlawn