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Company Profile

Established in 2017, Wolf Point Distilling is a craft distillery located in the Kinzie Industrial Corridor of Chicago. They specialize in manufacturing high quality small-batch spirits with unique flavor profiles. 

SBIF Grant Impact (Kinzie Industrial Corridor TIF)

Wolf Point owner, Pavlos Dafnis, heard about the SBIF Fund from the Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago (ICNC). ICNC is a small business incubator with an manufacturing focus, and a partner delegate agency with the City of Chicago. 

SBIF provided Dafnis an avenue to access much needed capital to transform his space – setting the stage to grow his business and invest in the neighborhood.  

“The Small Business Improvement Fund has been a tremendous help in opening our business,” said Dafnis. “It gave us the support and opportunity to repair and restore the 1940s bow-truss building we’re located in. Resources such as this empowers small businesses to thrive in their communities and enables us to invest, grow, and give back.”

Dafnis used the awarded SBIF funds to complete major renovations during Wolf Point’s start-up phase, including: storefront improvements, new exterior doors, tuckpointing, roof repairs, interior demolition and buildout, and mechanical installations (HVAC, plumbing, and electrical).

Wolf Point Distilling is Open for Business!

Spirit production at Wolf Point Distilling continues. They plan to offer curbside pickup in the future, but for now, visit for a list of businesses selling their products.

Learn More About the Small Business Improvement Fund

Launched in 1999, Chicago’s Small Business Improvement Fund promotes economic development by providing reimbursable grants for permanent building improvement. Residential projects are not eligible.

SomerCor is the program administrator contracted by the Chicago Department of Planning and Development. Learn more about the program and apply by visiting