Woodlawn Community Development

The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) is developing a strategy for the disposition of City-owned residential and commercial properties in the Woodlawn neighborhood, including vacant land and four City-owned buildings. The strategy will be developed with robust community input through a transparent process, prioritizing community wealth and building African-American wealth within the community.

sdfsdWoodlawn Community Open House

Residents of Woodlawn and other interested Chicagoans are invited to attend the Woodlawn Open House on January 30th, 2020 at Hyde Park Academy High School from 5 to 8p.m. The open house will be an opportunity for residents to learn more about the proposed programs, offer feedback to Department of Housing and Department of Planning staff, and talk with other residents. More information is available on the flyer at right.





Map of City-owned vacant commercial land and properties
Map of City-owned vacant residential land

DPD hosted several public meetings in the summer of 2018 to gain input from residents and stakeholders on draft goals and initial plans and concepts for the disposition of the residential and commercial land and buildings.

For the commercial land and buildings, DPD's goals are to build community wealth, provide amenities residents want and need, and focus on feasibility, all as part of a transparent process.

A previously announced Request for Proposals (RFP) process for the redevelopment of commercial land owned by the City, planned for early 2019, is indefinitely postponed due to a request of community leaders made to DPD.

Community Engagement Activities

The chart below provides a summary of stakeholder and community meetings, as well as the community input received throughout the summer of 2018.

Event Date Location Materials

12-1:30 p.m.
June 2, 2018

Woodlawn Resource Center
6144 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
11 a.m.-12 p.m.
July 25, 2018

Greenline Coffee
501 E. 61st St.

5:30-7 p.m.
July 31, 2018
The Grant at Woodlawn
6129 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
3:30-5 p.m.
Aug. 1, 2018
Woodlawn Resource Center
6144 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
2:30-4:30 p.m.
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Aug. 23, 2018
Apostolic Church of God
6320 S. Dorchester Ave.

Commercial corridor presentation

Housing presentation

6-7:30 p.m.
Sept. 19, 2018

Woodlawn Resource Center
6144 S. Cottage Grove Ave.


Summer meeting summary

Please check back as this page will be updated with relevant information and dates of future community engagement meetings. To receive updates as the process progresses, please sign up for email notifications from DPD.

Current and Previous Planning Efforts

Name Author Commissioned By Date

Aggregation / Econometrics Study (Ongoing)


Network of Woodlawn ETA 2019

Woodlawn Corridor Development Initiative

Metropolitan Planning Council

Cook County Land Bank Authority 2018

Getting Ahead of Gentrification

Network of Woodlawn

Network of Woodlawn 2018

Woodlawn Community Vision Strategies


Network of Woodlawn 2017

Woodlawn 2025: Engagement & Analysis Summary


Network of Woodlawn 2017
2017 Sprint: Central Area to Jackson Park
(Including Restitching Woodlawn)
Chicago Central Area Committee Chicago Central Area Committee 2017
Woodlawn Neighborhood Master Plan Gensler Network of Woodlawn 2016
Woodlawn Neighborhood Indicators Gensler Network of Woodlawn 2016
63rd Street & Cottage Grove Retail Analysis Goodman Williams Group, Ginkgo, CR&M City of Chicago 2015 

63rd Street Transit Oriented Development Corridor Study


City of Chicago 2014

Woodlawn: Rebuilding the Village

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)

 WPIC and TWO 2005


Residents and business owners in Woodlawn can use this form to share general thoughts with the City of Chicago as the Department of Planning and Development works to create a strategy for the sale of vacant and underutilized City-owned property in the Woodlawn neighborhood.

Personal contact information will remain confidential, but assists DPD with developing detailed public input summaries.

 Supporting Information Facts

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