September 2014 Welcome to our e-newsletter, which highlights LISC Chicago’s Campaign for Stronger Neighborhoods. To date, our donors have committed $

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September 2014


Welcome to our e-newsletter, which highlights LISC Chicago’s Campaign for Stronger Neighborhoods. To date, our donors have committed $32.4 million toward the $40 million campaign goal to make communities stronger and healthier, including recent awards from JPMorgan Chase; Comcast; The Chicago Community Trust; PNC Bank; The Atlantic Philanthropies; and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.


CNDA applications due Thursday, September 11

The deadline for submitting applications for the 21st annual Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design is rapidly approaching. They're due by 5 p.m. CDT Thursday, September 11, 2014, and must be submitted online. Award-winners will be notified in November and recognized at the CNDA ceremony on February 17, 2015, at the Hilton Chicago. Apply here and get more information on eligibility and rules.

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B-ball rules

Hoops in the Hood, the summer community basketball program that LISC Chicago has helped expand to 14 neighborhoods, concluded another successful season on August 23 with the cross-city finals at Seward Park on Chicago's North Side. A good time was had by all, particularly the Near North teams, which won two of the brackets in their own back yard. For a street-level view of Hoops in action, watch the report of WTTW's Brandis Friedman about how the games play a crucial role in Little Village anti-violence strategies. The piece aired in early August on Channel 11's "Chicago Tonight."


Pullman Community Center: latest development in Far South Side transformation

When the Pullman Community Center, a $15 million recreational facility at 104th and Woodlawn, opens next fall it’ll be the latest in a string of developments to pull the historic Far South Side community into the 21st century. Construction, on 12 vacant acres donated by U.S. Bank, is expected to begin this fall. It will include three full-sized indoor multi-sport fields, making it the only facility on the city’s Far South Side to offer year-round play. The 138,000-square-foot building will also feature space for meetings, community events, exhibitions and sports training. Read all about it....


Community leaders want Lakeside mega-plan to benefit all of South Chicago

After years of planning, construction of a huge residential-retail-commercial development is expected to proceed on 600 acres of lakefront property formerly occupied by U.S. Steel's South Works plant. The so-called Lakeside development, which is bidding for the Barack Obama presidential library, will no doubt be a catalyst for additional investment in the struggling South Chicago neighborhood. But what impact will it have on the lives of working class residents and long-time businesses that have been the community's traditional backbone? See how community organizations are preparing for the future...


Trainings help businesses up their games

A handful of small business owners got an opportunity to hone their skills through the Entrepreneurship Training Program, a six-week course organized by The Resurrection Project and directed by Dr. Monica Gavino at Saint Xavier University. The program, in its third year, helps owners learn how to run their businesses - restaurants, bakeries, clothing stores, and day care centers, among others - more efficiently and effectively. This year's sessions centered on developing business plans and using technology. Get the full story...


Big data + large lots = fast start for city program

An innovative city program is allowing neighborhood residents and block clubs to buy vacant lots for $1. Started in Englewood and recently expanded to East Garfield Park, the Large Lot program is an effort to return empty land - and there's lots of it in Englewood and East Garfield Park - to productive use. But informing people of the benefits and responsibilities of acquiring the parcels, and establishing an uncomplicated web-based system to apply for the purchases, was harder than it looked. Enter LISC Chicago and its neighborhood partners, who got the word out via old-fashioned community organizing techniques while using 21st century technology to establish a user-friendly system of applying online. Here are the details....


Chalk the Walk gets kids drawing – and adults jawing – about Near North issues

In the last couple of years, the Near North Unity Program has organized a variety of activities - from jazz concerts and social events to community planning sessions - in an effort to bridge the divide between long-time neighborhood residents and more affluent newcomers to the blocks formerly occupied by the Cabrini-Green public housing project. The latest is Chalk the Walk, in which youngsters applied their artistic skills to a few sidewalks on North Sedgwick Street. Check it out....

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Get 'em while they're hot

Susana Vasquez, LISC Chicago's executive director, will discuss the critical role that neighborhoods play in urban life at the City Club of Chicago on Thursday, October 16, 2014, at 11:30 a.m.. Tickets are going fast. Get yours here....

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