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Chicago Works Community Challenge

 

Mayor Lightfoot's 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.  Dedicated funding will be allocated to community-identified enhancements to city-owned properties, including public parks, libraries, or city-owned residential vacant lots, as well as upgrades to outdoor Chicago Public School facilities.

 


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Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot announced 21 proposed community improvement projects have been selected as semi-finalists for the Chicago Community Works challenge, a $10 million grant competition to support upgrades to public properties throughout Chicago. Prior to making the seven final selections, the City will be hosting a community session in each Planning Region to present and gather feedback on the 21 semi-finalists. Please find details below on each community session, and sign-up for the one that covers your neighborhood of residence: 

Community Sessions

Far South

REGISTER HERE

  • Date: Tuesday, October 19
  • Time: 6:00 - 7:30 PM
  • Neighborhoods included: Beverly, Burnside, Calumet Heights, East Side, Hegewisch, Morgan Park, Mount Greenwood, Riverdale, Roseland, Pullman, West Pullman, South Deering, Washington Heights

West

REGISTER HERE

  • Date: Thursday, October 21
  • Time: 6:00 - 7:30 PM
  • Neighborhoods included: Austin, Humboldt Park, Near West Side, Lower West Side, North Lawndale, South Lawndale, East Garfield Park, West Garfield Park, West Town

North

REGISTER HERE

  • Date: Tuesday, October 26
  • Time: 6:00 - 7:30 PM
  • Neighborhoods included: Edgewater, Lincoln Square, Lakeview, Lincoln Park, North Center, Rogers Park, Uptown, West Ridge

Southeast

REGISTER HERE

  • Date: Thursday, October 28
  • Time: 6:00 - 7:30 PM
  • Neighborhoods included: Auburn Gresham, Avalon Park, Chatham, Englewood, West Englewood, Fuller Park, Grand Boulevard, Greater Grand Crossing, Hyde Park, Kenwood, Oakland, South Chicago, South Shore, Washington Park, Woodlawn

Northwest

REGISTER HERE

  • Date: Tuesday, November 2
  • Time: 6:00 - 7:30 PM
  • Neighborhoods included: Albany Park, Avondale, Belmont Cragin, Dunning, Edison Park, Forest Glen, Hermosa, Irving Park, Jefferson Park, Logan Square, O’Hare, Montclare, Norwood Park, North Park, Portage Park

Southwest

REGISTER HERE

  • Date: Thursday, November 4
  • Time: 6:00 - 7:30 PM
  • Neighborhoods included: Archer Heights, Ashburn, Bridgeport, Brighton Park, Chicago Lawn, Clearing, Gage Park, Garfield Ridge, McKinley Park, New City, West Elsdon, West Lawn

Central

REGISTER HERE

  • Date: Tuesday, November 9
  • Time: 6:00 - 7:30 PM
  • Neighborhoods included: Armour Square, Douglas, Greektown, Loop, Near North Side, Near South Side, West Loop
Semi-Finalists

Far South

  • Matthew Gallistel Language Academy-Playground Updates, 10347 S. Ewing Ave. (East Side)
  • Woodson Regional Library-Maker Space Makeover, 9525 S. Halsted St. (Washington Heights)
  • Park #581-Green Space Enhancements, 11625 S. Oakley Ave. (Morgan Park)

West

  • LaSalle Elementary-Campus Improvements, 1148 N. Honore Ave. (West Town)
  • Dett Elementary- Garden Upgrades, 2131 W. Monroe St. (Near West Side)
  • Columbus Park-Open Space Renovations, 500 S. Central Ave. (Austin)

North

  • Nettelhorst School-Playground Renewal, 3252 N. Broadway (Lake View)
  • Sam Leone Beach Park-Nature Center Upgrades, 1222 W. Touhy Ave. (Rogers Park)
  • Warren Park-Multigenerational Recreation Enhancements, 6601 N. Western Ave. (West Ridge)

Southeast

  • The Community Healing Garden-Open Space Updates, 7302 S. Dante Ave. (South Shore)
  • South Shore Cultural Center-Facility Improvements, 7059 S. South Shore Drive (South Shore)
  • Rainbow Beach-Racquet Court Updates, 3111 E. 77th St. (South Shore)

Northwest

  • Volta Elementary School-Playground Updates, 4950 N. Avers Ave. (Albany Park)
  • Ronan Park-Multicultural Garden Enhancements, 2900 W. Lawrence Ave., (Albany Park)
  • Kelvyn Park-Field House Improvements, 4438 W. Wrightwood Ave. (Hermosa)

Southwest

  • Claremont Academy-Playground Upgrades, 2300 W. 64th St. (Chicago Lawn)
  • McKinley Park-Garden and Skate Park Improvements, 3700 S. Damen Ave. (McKinley Park)
  • Archer Park-Ball Field Renovations, 4901 S. Kilbourne Ave. (Archer Heights)

Central

  • Haines Elementary School-Playground Upgrades, 247 W. 23rd Place (Armour Square)
  • King Branch Library-Children’s Area Improvements, 3436 S. King Drive (Douglas)
  • Skinner Park-Garden Improvements, 1331 W. Monroe St. (Near West Side)

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Awardees will be selected

through a multi-phase process. First, eligibility will be determined by a prescreening process that will confirm if the land or facility proposed can receive funding under Chicago Works capital plan guidelines. After the initial screening, the proposals will be subject to deep community engagement and an evaluation process based on feasibility, design, community input, and impact.


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Eligible projects must be located

on residentially zoned City-owned vacant lots (directory here) or in facilities operated by Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Park District, or Chicago Public Library.


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Download a PDF of the application to preview before applying. Please note, all submissions must be submitted via the online form below to be considered.