Bronzeville is one of 10 priority communities selected as a part of the initial phase of Mayor Lightfoot’s INVEST South/West commercial corridor improvement strategy.

Launched in October 2019, INVEST South/West's goal is to re-activate neighborhood cores that have historically served as focal points for pedestrian activity, shopping, services, transportation, public spaces and quality-of life amenities for local residents. In Bronzeville, the priority corridor is Cottage Grove Avenue and adjacent blocks on 43rd and 47th streets

Community Engagement

Bronzeville stakeholders participated in the INVEST South/West kick-off celebration in January 2020 at the Gary Comer Youth Center. The family-friendly event was one of four held this winter to launch the initiative with in-depth activities that helped participants identify priorities, goals, and key community assets.

More than 600 attendees listened to presentations about the goals and objectives of INVEST South/West, then interfaced with dozens of public agencies about opportunities to improve the community. A summary of the event, including an overview of Bronzeville comments and feedback, is available at right.

Neighborhood Roundtable

In spring 2020, the City formed the Bronzeville Neighborhood Roundtable. Consisting of representatives from city agencies, aldermanic offices neighborhood organizations, small businesses and resident groups, the roundtable seeks to advance local goals through a broad, cross-disciplinary approach that leverages the insights, wisdom, creativity and resources of local stakeholders.

The goal of the roundtables is transparency: to ensure the neighborhood voices are heard and integrated into the priorities of public and private investments, to obtain feedback on INVEST South/West projects as they advance, and to put planners at the table with neighborhood stakeholders. The roundtable will be led and facilitated by local representation, a corridor project manager, once identified.

Questions on the roundtable can be directed to

Requests for Proposals (RFPs)

449-51 E. 47th St.
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Bronzeville RFP

The approximately 26,300-square foot development site consists of two vacant lots owned by the City of Chicago on the southwest corner of 47th Street and Vincennes Avenue.

Due 4 p.m., Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Appendix | Appraisal | Forms | Q&A | Addendum

Bronzeville Community RFP Presentation
May 18, 2021 | Video | Developer Pitch Videos | Response Summaries
Community ScorecardQ&A

Pre-Bid Conference
Jan. 19, 2021 | Video | Attendees

5021 S. Wabash Ave.
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South Wabash RFP

The former Third Ward Streets and Sanitation facility dates to the 1910s and is located within walking distance to the Green Line station at 51st Street and Washington Park. The City seeks rehabilitaiton proposals for commericial, retail, residential or nonprofit uses.

Due 4 p.m., Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Appendix | Appraisal | Q&A

Pre-Bid Conference
April 14, 2021 | Video