Gina Caruso


Gina Caruso
Direct: 312-802-9290
Office: 312-944-6270

Gina brings a unique understanding of business districts with a proven track record of results from her background in economic development, urban planning, real estate, and small business. As a certified urban planner and licensed real estate broker, she specializes in neighborhood economic development and leverages her referral network to support the success of her clients, which include municipalities, landlord and tenants. Clients benefit from Gina’s understanding of their goals and finding strategic and creative solutions for them thorough sound data, listening, and insights into clients’ communities and organizations.

Career highlights include transforming the City of Chicago’s Special Service Areas (SSAs) from an underutilized tool to the nation’s second largest portfolio, supporting the success of 70+ business organizations in over 60 Chicago neighborhoods as Assistant Commissioner with the City of Chicago, implementing innovative and sustainable programming as the Executive Director of the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce/SSA #8 and utilizing her urban planning expertise to become a highly successful broker with The Lord Companies, LLC. Gina and her team also helped create and currently manage the newest SSA in Chicago, the Oak St. SSA in Chicago’s Gold Coast.

Gina brings a unique perspective to projects with her blend of public sector urban planning and private sector real estate experience. Gina also worked on various SSA and economic development projects with PLACE Consulting, including the renewal of Downtown Evanston SSA, the Southeast Chicago SSA 50, and managing Devon SSA 43.