Grantee Profile

Wiley’s Chicken & Ribs is a BBQ restaurant in West Garfield Park, owned by brother and sister team, Eric and Yolanda Wiley. Since opening in their new location at 3848 W. Madison Street in August of 2020, the restaurant has continued to grow its loyal customer base. The reviews are in – the food is fresh and delicious – and you better come early before it runs out.

SBIF Grant Impact (Madison/Austin)

Wiley’s opened its doors in 2010, across the street from where it currently operates. In 2018, Eric and Yolanda applied for a SBIF grant to assist with the build out of their newly purchased location as owner-operators. 

The scope of work at Wiley’s Chicken & Ribs included a storefront system with new aluminum framing, glass windows, and entry door, and an interior buildout including a restroom that required framing, insulation, drywall, doors, and painting, and electrical and plumbing work throughout. They are currently in the initial stages of a second project after funding became available from the Madison/Austin’s August 2020 rollout period.

Wiley’s Chicken & Ribs is Open for Business!

Visit them at 3848 W. Madison Street for some top notch BBQ cooked to order. Check out their menu and stay up to date on their hours on their Facebook page:

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. Landlords, owner/operators, and tenants (with landlord approval) are eligible to apply. 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