North Lawndale

North Lawndale 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 North Lawndale, the priority corridor is Ogden Avenue, running southwest from Kedzie Avenue to Pulaski Road.

Community Engagement

North Lawndale stakeholders participated in the INVEST South/West kick-off celebration in January 2020 at the Kehrein Center for the Arts. 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 North Lawndale comments and feedback, is available at right.

Neighborhood Roundtable

In spring 2020, the City formed the North Lawndale 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

Winning Development Project

3400-18 W. Ogden Ave.
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Lawndale Redefined

Lawndale Redefined is a $31.4 million joint venture from GRE Ventures, Imagine Group, and 548 Development. Planned for an acre of vacant, City-owned and private land on Ogden Avenue between Homan and Trumbull avenues, the project consists of 60 mixed-income apartments, three market-rate townhomes, retail and restaurant space, and a stand-alone community center with technology and arts programming.

Outdoor amenities include a plaza with public art and other cultural amenities. The project will create 30 permanent jobs and up to 120 construction jobs.

Upcoming Events

Development leads from Lawndale Redefined will re-introduce themselves to the community and discuss their vision for equitable development in North Lawndale. Staff from the Department of Planning and Development will also discuss details of how the project was selected.

Face masks are required to be worn by all attendees and social distancing will be observed.

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City of Chicago planners will provide a summary of feedback received at the Meet the Developer event, how that feedback will be incorporated into the plans, and update the community on what’s next as the project team looks forward to review and approval processes from City committees.

Questions? Email

Requests for Proposals

4300 W. Roosevelt Road
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Roosevelt & Kostner RFP

The 20.8-acre site in North Lawndale includes 25 publicly-owned parcels and represents the largest piece of vacant land on the West Side of Chicago.

Due Dec. 24, 2020
Addenda | Forms

Shortlist of Developers

Roosevelt & Kostner RFP Community Presentations
Video PitchesResponse Summaries | Developer Q&A
Part I: Feb. 23, 2021 | Video | Presentation
Part II: Feb. 24, 2021 | Video | Presentation

Pre-Bid Conference
Oct. 20, 2020 
Presentation | Video | Q&A | Attendees