ETOD Development Grants Up to $250,000!

The City’s newest grant program to support eligible affordable housing, mixed-use, or small-business ETOD. Apply by August 18, 2023.

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ETOD Pre-Development Grants Up to $150,000!

Explore this funding opportunity to support eligible affordable housing, mixed-use, or small-business ETOD in their early stages.

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The City of Chicago's ETOD Policy Plan

Every Chicagoan should be able to live in a healthy, walkable, vibrant community connected to transit and all its benefits. The City of Chicago seeks to realize this vision through efforts to promote Equitable Transit-Oriented Development (ETOD).

Since 2013, the City of Chicago has been encouraging compact, mixed-use transit-oriented development (TOD) near CTA and Metra rail stations. This development model can create community benefits such as increased transit ridership and more walkable communities, both of which reduce traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions, while also promoting public health and adding to the City’s tax base. Through a series of ordinances, first adopted by City Council in 2013, Chicago has remained committed to evolving its approach to TOD.

In 2020, the City published its comprehensive Equitable Transit-Oriented Development (ETOD) Policy Plan, which not only built upon the earlier TOD initiatives, but established equity as a guiding framework for TOD initiatives moving forward. The 2020 ETOD Policy Plan was developed through an intensive 18-month outreach process with a cross-sector group of over 70 neighborhood, citywide, and regional stakeholders as well as multiple city departments and sister agencies, convened by the Mayor’s Office and Elevated Chicago. The plan was further revised after a 45-day public comment period and unanimously adopted by Chicago Plan Commission in June 2021.

The City’s ETOD goals, established through the plan, include driving investment near transit in disinvested communities, preventing displacement in communities facing rising housing costs, and promoting affordable housing options near transit in low-affordability communities – all while creating more walkable, people-centered neighborhoods everywhere.

Most recently, the City passed the Connected Communities Ordinance in July 2022. This ordinance is the most comprehensive and equity-focused update to the City’s transit-oriented development policy yet. Crafted in partnership with Elevated Chicago and over 80 civic and community stakeholders, the Connected Communities Ordinance implements many recommendations from the 2021 ETOD Policy Plan, leveraging development near transit to connect Chicagoans to the resources and amenities they need - from jobs and schools to services and more.

Currently, an ETOD working group of over 40 community members and stakeholders (listed below) meets quarterly to advise the City’s progress toward implementing its ETOD goals. Through this working group, the City maintains its commitment to ensuring community voices guide how Chicago develops and grows.

What is Equitable Transit-Oriented Development

Equitable TOD (ETOD) is development that enables all people regardless of income, race, ethnicity, age, gender, immigration status or ability to experience the benefits of dense, mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented development near transit hubs. ETOD elevates and prioritizes investments and policies that close the socioeconomic gaps between neighborhoods that are predominately people of color and those that are majority white. ETOD projects and processes elevate community voice in decision making processes and in realizing community-focused benefits such as affordable housing, public health, strong local businesses, and environmental sustainability, to name a few. When centered on racial inclusion and community wealth building, ETOD can be a driver of positive transformation for more vibrant, prosperous, and resilient neighborhoods connected to opportunities throughout the city and region.

ETOD development and pre-development grant finalists can find additional resources on the Chicago Recovery Plan Grant Finalist Resources page.

Thomas Applegate, North River Commission

Dalia Aragon, NRC

Juan Sebastian Arias, Mayor's Office

Joy Aruguete, Bickerdike

Jordan Bailey, MPC

Lindsay Bailey, CMAP

Jordan Bailly, MPC

Aja Bonner, DOH

Cindy Cambray, CMAP

Enrique Castillo, CMAP

Chandra Christmas-Rouse, MPC

Christian Diaz, LSNA

Laurie Dittman, MOPD

Joe Dunne, Bickerdike

Molly Eckert, POAH

Ghian Foreman, Emerald South Economic Dev. Collab

Kendra Freeman, MPC

Dan Fulwiler, Esperanza Health Centers

Dr. Rev. Joseph Gordon, Carter Temple CDC

Kathleen Gregory, Esperanza Health Centers

Liz Gres, McKinley Park Community Council

Jacky Grimshaw, CNT

Natasha Hamilton, DOH

Jennifer Henry, CTA

Anton Hilton, Hilton Group, LLC

Leslé Honoré, CNT

Michael Horsting, RTA

Nina Idemudia, DPD

Aaron Johnson, DOH

Carolina Juarez, Rogers Park Business Alliance

David Kralik, Metra

Vig Krishnamuthy, CDOT

Abraham Lacy, Far South CDC

Emily Laflamme, CNT

Kate McMahon  CDPH

Cindy McSherry ULI

Jim Merrell, Active Trans

Leah Mooney, CTA

Heather Mullins, RTA

Patrick Murphey, DPD

Stephanie Neal, IFF

Carlos Nelson, Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corp.

Janell Nelson, JNJ Creative

Jannice Newsome, Elevated Chicago

Laurie Odig, Food Matters

Charlotte O'Donnell Obodzinski, PACE

Kevin O'Malley, CDOT

Roberto Requejo, Elevated Chicago

Kimberley Rudd, Rudd Resources

Laura Saltzman, Access Living

Marly Schott, Elevated Chicago

Robert Schultz III, Active Trans

Dawveed Scully, DPD

Jamie Simone, CDOT

Melvin Thompson, Endeleo Institute

Mike Tomas, GPCC

Jason Wald, CTA

Audrey Wennik, MPC

Kyle Whitehead, RTA

Alma Wieser, Equity Arts

Drew Williams-Clark, MPC

Will Woodley, The Community Builders

Mariia Zimmerman, MZ Strategies