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DPD staff joined West Woodlawn neighbors and officials from the Mayor's Office on Sunday to celebrate what would have be...
07/26/2021

DPD staff joined West Woodlawn neighbors and officials from the Mayor's Office on Sunday to celebrate what would have been Emmett Till's 80th birthday at his boyhood home on South St. Lawrence Avenue. Officials also unveiled the plaque honoring the home as a designated Chicago Landmark.

Meet the artists of #WeWillChicago, the first citywide plan in 50 years, at local Chicago Public Library branches, July ...
07/24/2021

Meet the artists of #WeWillChicago, the first citywide plan in 50 years, at local Chicago Public Library branches, July 26 - August 5. Community members are invited to learn about the citywide plan and share thoughts on the plan pillars at these in-person gatherings. Visit WeWillChicago.com/Calendar for a full schedule of events.

All events are free and open to the public. Masks are required regardless of vaccination status.

Meet the artists of #WeWillChicago, the first citywide plan in 50 years, at local Chicago Public Library branches, July 26 - August 5. Community members are invited to learn about the citywide plan and share thoughts on the plan pillars at these in-person gatherings. Visit WeWillChicago.com/Calendar for a full schedule of events.

All events are free and open to the public. Masks are required regardless of vaccination status.

A workers’ co-op that employs formerly incarcerated people to prepare meals for schools and social service centers will ...
07/23/2021
ChiFresh Kitchen, Co-Op That Hires Formerly Incarcerated People To Cook For Those In Need, Finds A New Home In Greater Grand Crossing

A workers’ co-op that employs formerly incarcerated people to prepare meals for schools and social service centers will soon move into its own South Side facility.

ChiFresh Kitchen is preparing to expand from its roots in a West Side business incubator to a former convenience store at 400 E. 71st St. in Greater Grand Crossing.

The organization is a finalist to receive $250,000 through the Neighborhood Opportunity Fund for the move. #ChicagoNOF

Within two years, co-op members hope to be making 5,000 meals daily at a new facility at 400 E. 71st St.

DPD is hiring a lead for its West Side planning team, a communications associate, an economic development coordinator in...
07/23/2021

DPD is hiring a lead for its West Side planning team, a communications associate, an economic development coordinator in project development, and an economic development coordinator on the #ChicagoNOF team. Apply today at chicago.gov/careers.

DPD is hiring a lead for its West Side planning team, a communications associate, an economic development coordinator in project development, and an economic development coordinator on the #ChicagoNOF team. Apply today at chicago.gov/careers.

DPD and CDOT are accepting feedback from Southwest Side residents and stakeholders as a part of the Cicero Avenue Corrid...
07/23/2021

DPD and CDOT are accepting feedback from Southwest Side residents and stakeholders as a part of the Cicero Avenue Corridor Study, which is evaluating street design, land use and private development on Cicero Avenue from the Stevenson to Marquette: https://surveymonkey.com/r/WHBSP7K

DPD and CDOT are accepting feedback from Southwest Side residents and stakeholders as a part of the Cicero Avenue Corridor Study, which is evaluating street design, land use and private development on Cicero Avenue from the Stevenson to Marquette: https://surveymonkey.com/r/WHBSP7K

The largest development project in the history of the South Side was approved by City Council today for the former Micha...
07/21/2021

The largest development project in the history of the South Side was approved by City Council today for the former Michael Reese Hospital site in #Bronzeville.

Made possible by a $96.9 million City-owned land sale and a $60 million infrastructure agreement, GRIT's $3.8 billion Bronzeville Lakefront project will create more than 7 million square of offices and mixed-income housing, as well as new park spaces and other public amenities.

In addition to creating 20,000 jobs, the multi-phase project will strategically link downtown investment with underserved neighborhoods along the South Side lakefront. The community-driven project was selected through a formal RFP issued by DPD in 2016. #INVESTSouthWest

Today is the final day to submit your ETOD proposals at chi.gov/etod!
07/21/2021

Today is the final day to submit your ETOD proposals at chi.gov/etod!

Last call! The deadline to submit your #ETOD proposal is today. Learn more: chi.gov/etod

TONIGHT: How do you imagine the future of Western Avenue? The City is hosting the first of two meetings for its study on...
07/20/2021

TONIGHT: How do you imagine the future of Western Avenue? The City is hosting the first of two meetings for its study on the key North Side corridor, focusing on the northern portion of the study area, from Bryn Mawr to Howard. Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0vf-6hrDMuGtwGtDOOec-KM59Nhbw62ZhI

TONIGHT: How do you imagine the future of Western Avenue? The City is hosting the first of two meetings for its study on the key North Side corridor, focusing on the northern portion of the study area, from Bryn Mawr to Howard. Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0vf-6hrDMuGtwGtDOOec-KM59Nhbw62ZhI

07/19/2021
Western Avenue Corridor Study

Join DPD and Chicago Department of Transportation July 20 or 22 for an update on the Western Avenue Corridor Study. Learn more and register to attend at: Chicago.gov/Western.

The first meeting, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 20, will emphasize the northern section of the study area, between Bryn Mawr and Howard. The second meeting, at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 22, will emphasize the southern section of the study area, between Addison and Bryn Mawr.

DPD is excited to welcome the artist-organizers from Honey Pot Performance (HPP) to the We Will Chicago team! Learn more...
07/15/2021

DPD is excited to welcome the artist-organizers from Honey Pot Performance (HPP) to the We Will Chicago team! Learn more about the artists and view a schedule of their upcoming public events at WeWillChicago.com/artists.

“We’re here to celebrate your business acumen, your creativity and the knowledge that our 27 determined entrepreneurs ca...
07/13/2021
Lightfoot awards $10 million in Neighborhood Opportunity Fund grants to 27 entrepreneurs

“We’re here to celebrate your business acumen, your creativity and the knowledge that our 27 determined entrepreneurs can bring to neighborhoods that need them the most." - DPD Commissioner Maurice Cox

The fund was created by the mayor’s predecessor, Rahm Emanuel. Developers are allowed to build bigger and taller projects downtown if they pay into the fund, which focuses on long-neglected South and West side neighborhoods.

More than $10 million in #ChicagoNOF grant funding was announced by Mayor Lightfoot on Monday, with 27 projects selected...
07/13/2021

More than $10 million in #ChicagoNOF grant funding was announced by Mayor Lightfoot on Monday, with 27 projects selected as finalists for the South, West and Southwest side small business growth program. See the full list: neighborhoodopportunityfund.com/awardees

“The Committee on Design is truly an all-star cast that will offer invaluable, implementable, and realistic recommendati...
07/09/2021
Chicago planning agency gets first design committee

“The Committee on Design is truly an all-star cast that will offer invaluable, implementable, and realistic recommendations involving design excellence and related development concerns that will lead to better projects and improved neighborhoods,” said Commissioner Maurice Cox.

The 24-member panel will review major development projects before they get the city’s OK, bringing Chicago’s process closer to what applies in several other major cities.

Applications are open through Wednesday, July 21 for the ETODChi Pilot Program! The City of Chicago is seeking housing, ...
07/07/2021

Applications are open through Wednesday, July 21 for the ETODChi Pilot Program! The City of Chicago is seeking housing, commercial, community space, and community art projects that allow every Chicagoan to experience the benefits of dense, mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented development near transit hubs. Learn more at chi.gov/etod.

The Landmarks Commission today approved a Class L property tax incentive for the former Morton Salt building at 1357 N. ...
07/01/2021

The Landmarks Commission today approved a Class L property tax incentive for the former Morton Salt building at 1357 N. Elston Ave. The incentive will allow the developer, who is planning to construct an office and event space, to save about $5M in property taxes over 12 years.

We're hiring! DPD is accepting applications through 7/21 for Coordinating Planner (West Region Lead) & City Planner V (C...
06/30/2021
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We're hiring! DPD is accepting applications through 7/21 for Coordinating Planner (West Region Lead) & City Planner V (Central & Southeast Regions). Learn more at www.Chicago.gov/CAREERS.
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"What excites us most about this project is that it will put affordable working-class housing right downtown while findi...
06/28/2021
An Rx for downtown: More housing for working folks and an improved Pritzker Park

"What excites us most about this project is that it will put affordable working-class housing right downtown while finding new purpose for the underutilized site... If Chicago’s downtown is to remain vital and fully recover from the crushing economic impact of the pandemic, smart and bold moves are needed."

A new development next door to the Harold Washington Library would put a substantial amount of affordable housing right in the Loop while transforming a small park, not paving it over.

06/27/2021

The Chicago Works Community Challenge is a $10M community investment initiative that will provide funding of up to $1.5M for infrastructure investments in each of Chicago’s seven planning districts.

Apply now to bring transformational investment to your neighborhood! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5K5TKQ6

Chicago was among 12 cities selected this week to attend the 2022 Vacant Property #LeadershipInstitute hosted by the Cen...
06/24/2021

Chicago was among 12 cities selected this week to attend the 2022 Vacant Property #LeadershipInstitute hosted by the Center for Community Progress and the National League of Cities to foster innovative solutions to revitalize vacant properties.

Learn more: https://www.communityprogress.net/blog/twelve-cities-selected-address-vacant-properties-vacant-property-leadership-institute

Chicago was among 12 cities selected this week to attend the 2022 Vacant Property #LeadershipInstitute hosted by the Center for Community Progress and the National League of Cities to foster innovative solutions to revitalize vacant properties.

Learn more: https://www.communityprogress.net/blog/twelve-cities-selected-address-vacant-properties-vacant-property-leadership-institute

Congrats to Soul Vegetarian Restaurant (now Soul Veg City) on their official reopening! The Chatham restaurant was the r...
06/21/2021
Soul Vegetarian, the 40-Year-Old South Side Vegan Icon, Leaps Into the Future

Congrats to Soul Vegetarian Restaurant (now Soul Veg City) on their official reopening! The Chatham restaurant was the recipient of a $250,000 Neighborhood Opportunity Fund grant to expand and rehab their space. #INVESTSouthWest

Meanwhile, Czech community aims to open a bar and restaurant in suburban Cicero’s century-old Klaus building

Mayor Lightfoot and DPD Commissioner Maurice Cox joined Austin community leaders this afternoon to cut the ribbon on the...
06/17/2021

Mayor Lightfoot and DPD Commissioner Maurice Cox joined Austin community leaders this afternoon to cut the ribbon on the POPCourts! plaza at Chicago and Lockwood. The new placemaking project from #INVESTSouthWest transformed a vacant lot into a colorful, adaptable spot for relaxation, play, food trucks and community-building.

Special thanks to Alderman Mitts, the United Way of Metro Chicago, LISC, SSA 72 and Lamar Johnson Collaborative for their generous contributions toward making this vision for Austin residents a reality.

06/15/2021
POPCourts! on Chicago and Lockwood

Join DPD, City officials, and members of the Austin community for the grand opening of POPCourts! on the corner of Chicago and Lockwood from 11 am - 2 pm this Thursday, June 17.

Part of Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot's INVEST South/West initiative and designed by Lamar Johnson Collaborative, POPCourts! transforms a former vacant lot into a space for relaxation, play, and community-building. #InvestSW

DPD joined Mayor Lightfoot, Studio Gang and other city leaders today to announce the winning proposal for the C40 Cities...
06/15/2021

DPD joined Mayor Lightfoot, Studio Gang and other city leaders today to announce the winning proposal for the C40 Cities Reinventing Cities competition: Assemble Chicago, a 20-story, 207-unit plan that will be the city's first net-zero high-rise development.

The downtown project will be 100 percent affordable for individuals and families making 30 to 80 percent of the area median income (AMI). Located at the nexus of multiple rapid transit lines, the building will include a two-level podium with a food hall for minority-owned restaurants, nonprofit office and meeting space, a produce grocer, and a wellness clinic. It will also provide $2 million in upgrades to the adjacent Pritzker Park. The formal review and approval process is expected to begin later this year.

“The reason these street activations are important is that it will bring foot traffic and create the vibrancy that peopl...
06/13/2021
Chicago will occasionally close three of downtown’s busiest streets this summer, clearing the Mag Mile, LaSalle and State for dining, entertainment

“The reason these street activations are important is that it will bring foot traffic and create the vibrancy that people are aching for coming out of the pandemic… Art, culture, dining, fitness. … There will be many levers pulled to reimagine the public realm.” - Deputy Mayor Samir Mayekar

Some of downtown’s busiest streets will become concert halls, restaurants and shops this summer as the city tries to recapture the energy it lost to the COVID-19 pandemic. Michigan Avenue and LaSalle and State streets will have temporary closures starting in July.

Photos from Chicago Mayor's Office's post
06/11/2021

Photos from Chicago Mayor's Office's post

Summer is here at Ix-Chel Gelato in #JeffersonPark! Owner Lupe Tsironis recently closed on a $10,500 #SBIF grant, which ...
06/10/2021

Summer is here at Ix-Chel Gelato in #JeffersonPark! Owner Lupe Tsironis recently closed on a $10,500 #SBIF grant, which covered 75% of the key electrical and exterior work that helped her reopen her gelato shop at 4968 N. Milwaukee Ave. Learn how the Small Business Improvement Fund can help your small business at chicago.gov/sbif. #SBIFspotlight

DPD co-hosted its first in-person public meeting in more than 15 months tonight in #AuburnGresham, where residents conve...
06/09/2021

DPD co-hosted its first in-person public meeting in more than 15 months tonight in #AuburnGresham, where residents convened at Leo High School to provide input and share insights on the future of the 79th Street #INVESTSouthWest corridor.

Para conmemorar los dos años en el cargo, la alcaldesa Lori E. Lightfoot les pide a residentes y organizaciones comunita...
06/07/2021
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Para conmemorar los dos años en el cargo, la alcaldesa Lori E. Lightfoot les pide a residentes y organizaciones comunitarias de Chicago que presenten ideas para mejoras y renovaciones financiadas con fondos públicos en propiedades municipales situadas en sus barrios.

El Reto comunitario Chicago Works es una iniciativa de inversión en la comunidad de $10 millones que producirá hasta $1.5 millones para mejoras de infraestructura en cada uno de los siete distritos de planificación de Chicago. Los fondos apoyarán las mejoras identificadas por la comunidad en las propiedades municipales existentes, incluidos parques públicos, bibliotecas o terrenos municipales vacíos en zonas residenciales y renovaciones de las instalaciones exteriores de la Escuela Pública de Chicago.

Los seleccionados se elegirán en función de la viabilidad del proyecto y a través de un sólido proceso de participación de la comunidad. Presente sus ideas desde ahora hasta el 30 de agosto de 2021 en Chicago.gov/ChicagoWorksChallenge.

¿Quiere obtener más información sobre el Reto comunitario Chicago Works? Únase al personal de la ciudad en un seminario web vía Zoom el miércoles 9 de junio, de 6 a 7 p. m. Inscríbase en Chicago.gov/ChicagoWorksChallenge.

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The Mayor has announced a new Chicago Works Community Challenge – a $10M community investment award that will make seven awards of up to $1.5M for each of Chicago’s 7 planning districts. Awards will be issued to fund community identified enhancements to city-owned properties including public par...

"On Thursday, the home in the South Side North Kenwood neighborhood where the blues icon [Muddy Waters] lived and raised...
06/04/2021
South Side home of blues legend Muddy Waters a step closer to city landmark status

"On Thursday, the home in the South Side North Kenwood neighborhood where the blues icon [Muddy Waters] lived and raised his family moved a step closer to becoming a city of Chicago landmark, granted preliminary landmark status by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks."

The home in North Kenwood where blues legend Muddy Waters lived was granted preliminary landmark status by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks on Thursday. A great-granddaughter is converting the property at 4339 S. Lake Park Ave. into The MOJO Muddy Waters House Museum.

To mark two years in office, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot is asking Chicago residents and community-based organizations to su...
06/03/2021

To mark two years in office, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot is asking Chicago residents and community-based organizations to submit ideas for publicly funded renovations or improvements to City-owned properties located in their neighborhood.

The Chicago Works Community Challenge is a $10 million community investment initiative to provide up to $1.5 million in funding for infrastructure investments to each of Chicago’s seven planning districts. Funds will support community-identified enhancements to existing City-owned properties, including public parks, libraries, or city-owned residential vacant lots, as well as upgrades to outdoor Chicago Public School facilities.

Awardees will be selected based on project feasibility and through a robust community engagement process.

Submit your ideas now through August 30, 2021 at Chicago.gov/ChicagoWorksChallenge.
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Want to learn more about the Chicago Works Community Challenge? Join City staff for an informational Zoom webinar on Wednesday, June 9 from 6 – 7pm. Register at Chicago.gov/ChicagoWorksChallenge.

Habrá servicios de interpretación en español disponibles.

To mark two years in office, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot is asking Chicago residents and community-based organizations to submit ideas for publicly funded renovations or improvements to City-owned properties located in their neighborhood.

The Chicago Works Community Challenge is a $10 million community investment initiative to provide up to $1.5 million in funding for infrastructure investments to each of Chicago’s seven planning districts. Funds will support community-identified enhancements to existing City-owned properties, including public parks, libraries, or city-owned residential vacant lots, as well as upgrades to outdoor Chicago Public School facilities.

Awardees will be selected based on project feasibility and through a robust community engagement process.

Submit your ideas now through August 30, 2021 at Chicago.gov/ChicagoWorksChallenge.
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Want to learn more about the Chicago Works Community Challenge? Join City staff for an informational Zoom webinar on Wednesday, June 9 from 6 – 7pm. Register at Chicago.gov/ChicagoWorksChallenge.

Habrá servicios de interpretación en español disponibles.

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