New City

New City, consisting of the Canaryville and Back of the Yards neighborhoods, 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 New City, the priority focus is the intersection of 47th Street and Ashland Avenue and adjacent blocks.

Community Engagement

New City stakeholders participated in the INVEST South/West kick-off celebration in December 2019 at Kennedy-King College. 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 500 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 New City comments and feedback, is available at right.

Neighborhood Roundtable

In spring 2020, the City formed the New City 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.

Questions on the roundtable can be directed to

Requests for Proposals (RFPs)

1515 W. 47th St.
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New City RFP

The approximately 14,870-square-foot development location consists of a single, City lot on the southeast corner of 47th and Justine streets.

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

New City Community RFP Presentation
Response Summaries
6 p.m., Thursday, May 13 | Registration

Pre-Bid Conference
Jan. 2`1, 2021 | Video | Attendees