4 days ago

Catalyzing Change Through Empty Lots on Chicago’s South Side

Tina Hammond stands in front of her lot at 6832 S. Paulina St in Englewood. There are several vacant lots on her block, but this was the only...

    Catalyzing Change Through Empty Lots on Chicago's South Side - LISC Chicago
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Oct 17

Evelyn’s Food Love Uses LISC Small Business Loan to Bring Hip New Restaurant to Washington Park

...loan through the SBA Community Advantage program, which Shelton used to purchase the building at 5522 S. State St. and make renovations. Steve Hall, vice president for LISC Small Business, said many traditional banks...

Evelyn's Food Love is a rarity in the neighborhood of Garfield Boulevard and State Street - a family-style, sit-down restaurant. On a recent morning, motorists shouted encouragement to Shelton as she entered the eatery.

    Evelyn's Food Love Uses LISC Small Business Loan to Bring Hip New Restaurant to Washington Park
    http://www.lisc-chicago.org

Apr 20

No Small Plans on the Southwest Side

Currently, Nelson and his team are working hard to bring in other resources as well. To save a terra-cotta gem of a building at 839 W. 79th St., GAGDC is working to convert the former furniture store from 1925 into a healthy lifestyle hub, supporting more than 100 living-wage jobs in the community.

    No Small Plans on the Southwest Side - LISC Chicago
    http://www.lisc-chicago.org

Feb 02

Updated Feb 04

Neighborhood group, cops, awarded for transforming Uptown's Argyle Street into pedestrian attraction

...presence during the first Night Market season to combat the impression that the corner of Argyle and Sheridan was unsafe after dark. The local commander agreed to provide the officers, and Uptown United...

    Neighborhood group, cops, awarded for transforming Uptown's Argyle Street into pedestrian attraction
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Dec 06

Updated Dec 08

Lending a Hand

One example is La Casa Norte’s project at 3531-33 W. North Ave. The new facility is slated to include 25 affordable apartments with supportive services for homeless...

...its experience and comfort with complex public/private partnerships. For the new Mariano’s at 39th and King Drive, CNI had worked for years with the City of Chicago and the Chicago Housing Authority...

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...new developments. One of the biggest is converting Lawson House, a 22-story SRO at 30 W. Chicago Ave. formerly run by the YMCA, into more than 430 units of supportive housing. The Lawson...

    Lending a Hand
    http://www.lisc-chicago.org

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    Again, have you read Code of Silence, by Jamie Kalvin?

    There have been several feature stories in the Chicago Sun Times about how the thoroughly corrupt Chicago Police Department conspired against gang affiliated black male youth in the Ida B. Wells public housing development for a decade!

  • That's rather a generalization; "thoroughly corrupt Chicago Police Department" is a reach. Corrupt officers on the force? Yes. Are ALL officers corrupt? Hardly.... Stereotyping is not a good practice.

Sep 08 2016

Updated Sep 12 2016

Reclaiming Southwest Chicago

As Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan walked toward the intersection West 62nd Street and South Washtenaw Avenue, Ticina Edwards rushed out her front door and extended her hand.

    Reclaiming Southwest Chicago
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  • 30+ yrs Long-time resident, trying to help keep it livable

    Great. But how far did she continue to walk, and how much security did she have with her? I wasn't aware of any "garden club" walks around there or was she coming to Mass at St.Rita ?
    But if she did ONE walk around there, it's probably as many as her father has around 64th & Keeler lately..............

May 06 2016

Batter Up! Better Fields = Better Ball

...hundreds of Back of the Yards residents for whom the 8.3 acre park at 44th Street and Marshfield Avenue is an essential community asset – a place to play, to socialize, to learn. Its 1905...

    Batter Up! Better Fields = Better Ball
    http://www.lisc-chicago.org

Feb 18 2016

Big Scale of CNDA Winners Says Much about Local Development Capacity

...re-use by Heartland Alliance of the landmark police station at the northwest corner of Halsted and Addison. Its new residential wing has 79 apartments tailored to the expressed needs of the LGBT...

    Big Scale of CNDA Winners Says Much about Local Development Capacity
    http://www.lisc-chicago.org

Feb 08 2016

How to Make Neighborhoods Better and Stronger? Attend CNDA and Find Out

...the Awards ceremony, at 3 p.m. Thursday, February 18, at the Chicago Hilton & Towers, 720 S. Michigan Ave., is a panel discussion that will address that question. Answering it will be three people...

    How to Make Neighborhoods Better and Stronger? Attend CNDA and Find Out
    http://www.lisc-chicago.org

Jan 20 2016

A New Stage for Belmont Cragin…and, Quality-of-Life Planning in Auburn Gresham, Chicago Lawn and Englewood

...Saturday, January, 23, 2016 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Kennedy-King College (747 W. 63rd St. – Mini Great Hall). “We want much more resident involvement in the planning process, even more...

    A New Stage for Belmont Cragin...and, Quality-of-Life Planning in Auburn Gresham, Chicago Lawn and Englewood
    You must have JavaScript enabled to search this site. Areas of Work & Neighborhoods More than 200 residents and other community stakeholders gathered at Belmont Cragin Elementary School on December 17 for an event that was part design charrette and part talent show - with a bit of tent revival meeting thrown in for good measure.
    http://www.lisc-chicago.org

Oct 28 2015

Across the World, Across the Street

“I asked, ‘Why aren’t you in school, why aren’t you working?’ And the answers I got were the same answers I would have gotten on 63rd and Damen,” she said. “It gave me this sense of urgency, this sense that I have to do more."

    Across the World, Across the Street
    You must have JavaScript enabled to search this site. Areas of Work & Neighborhoods Twenty-eight representatives from local nonprofits and government agencies enrolled in the University of Chicago's Civic Leadership Academy traveled to South Africa last summer. At a recent panel discussion in Pilsen, they discussed how their visit changed the way they view poverty, economic development, education and - particularly - race.
    http://www.lisc-chicago.org

Oct 02 2015

Updated Oct 14 2015

Booming Bronzeville: QCDC Helped Create a “Good Problem” and Works on Even Better Solutions.

...minded Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Later this year a new Mariano’s supermarket will open at 39th Street and Martin Luther King Drive, bringing 400 living-wage jobs to a neighborhood not long ago deemed a “food desert...

...seniors and working families. A few blocks to the south, at the southwest corner of Lake Park Avenue and Hyde Park Boulevard, the University of Chicago has pushed redevelopment of Harper Court retailing along with residential-over...

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...what used to be one of the biggest liquor stores on the South Side, at 51st and Prairie Avenue, into a “dining destination and culinary incubator” called Bronzeville Cookin’. Its Jamaican-themed Jerk Shack...

...the lake in Jackson Park, the other on the western edge of Washington Park along King Drive at 55th Street. That’s a half block from a CTA Green Line el station … with all the...

    Booming Bronzeville: QCDC Helped Create a "Good Problem" and Works on Even Better Solutions. - LISC Chicago
    You must have JavaScript enabled to search this site. Areas of Work & Neighborhoods There is a point in the rebuilding of ailing neighborhoods when the challenge facing community-based developers shifts from begging to choosing. That is, from chasing any kind of investment to cultivating those that best meet the needs and aspirations of those who live there.
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  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    Most appropriate coming from you!

    I am out of this frustrating conversation.

  • BC, can't blame the Hispanics much for not wanting people living around them who litter as I've seen Blacks do in Bronzeville. Have you noticed how clean the streets and sidewalks are in predominantly Mexican neighborhoods and in Chinatown!!? Even if racial prejudice were not a basis for Pilsen residents...

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    BC, can't blame the Hispanics much for not wanting people living around them who litter as I've seen Blacks do in Bronzeville. Have you noticed how clean the streets and sidewalks are in predominantly Mexican neighborhoods and in Chinatown!!? Even if racial prejudice were not a basis for Pilsen residents not welcoming Blacks, littering and loitering are good enough reasons in my opinion! Have you walked across the expressway to Bridgeport and notice how that short distance makes a world of difference in the cleanliness of the neighborhood as compared to neighboring Bronzeville?

Sep 14 2015

Updated Sep 24 2015

Slow Roll Highlights Biking, Neighborhoods

Anton Seals, Jr., of Grow Greater Englewood points out a rail viaduct near Growing Home's urban farm at Wood and 58th streets that's slated to be converted to an urban trail. Video recording him is Waymond Smith, who's making a documentary about cycling on the South Side.

...the September 2 ride starts rolling from its starting point at Dream Café and Grill, 748 W. 61st St. “We see Slow Roll as a vehicle for social change. Our target is people of...

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...controlled healthy-food economy. The group stops later at the Eat to Live Englewood garden, 71st and Princeton, where another farm is in the works...

Austin – September 16: “Riding to BUILD Chicago!” Starts and ends at BUILD, 5100 W. Harrison St.; co-sponsored by BUILD Chicago. 

Bridgeport – September 23: “Growing Food, Growing Justice, Growing Power.” Starts and ends at Iron Street Farm, 3333 S. Iron St., traveling to Growing Power's Roosevelt Square Urban Youth Farm, 1250 S. Loomis; co-sponsored by Growing Power. 

Bridgeport – September 23: “Growing Food, Growing Justice, Growing Power.” Starts and ends at Iron Street Farm, 3333 S. Iron St., traveling to Growing Power's Roosevelt Square Urban Youth Farm, 1250 S. Loomis; co-sponsored by Growing Power. 

...to Fruits: Exploring Uptown’s Historic Landmarks and Community Gardens.” Starts at Uplift High School, 900 W. Wilson, ends at Weiss Hospital Parking Garage Rooftop Garden, 4650 N. Clarendon Ave.; co-sponsored by...

...at Uplift High School, 900 W. Wilson, ends at Weiss Hospital Parking Garage Rooftop Garden, 4650 N. Clarendon Ave.; co-sponsored by Institute of Cultural Affairs, Go Edgewater, Kuumba Lynx and Chicago Park District...

    Slow Roll Highlights Biking, Neighborhoods
    http://www.lisc-chicago.org

  • I'm sorry I missed the Slow Roll. Sounds like a great idea and look forward to finding out more about it. Thanks for the original post. I'm just sorry that the original post was completely diluted by ridiculous bickering and baiting. You can still find out more about the organization whose mission is "Connecting neighborhoods to the resources they need to become stronger and healthier." http://www.lisc-chicago.org/index.html

  • Jeff Littleton Artist/ Chicago/ Uptown

    I don't always bike.....but when I do...I slow roll.

Aug 20 2015

Inaugural Class of Business District Leaders Graduate

The next cycle of the Business District Leadership program will begin in Spring 2016. An information session about the BDL program and the application process will be held Wednesday, October 28, 2015 from 3 to 5 p.m. at LISC Chicago, 135 S. LaSalle St., Suite 2230. 

    Inaugural Class of Business District Leaders Graduate
    http://www.lisc-chicago.org

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