Requests for Proposals (RFPs)
Through the Department of Planning and Development (DPD), the City of Chicago continues to offer to qualified development teams and nonprofit organizations the opportunity to submit proposals for opportunity sites in the INVEST South/West neighborhoods.
4000-08 W. North/1616-38 N. Pulaski Road
Anchored by the long-vacant Pioneer Bank building, the site includes an adjacent, .75-acre parking lot. RFP goals include new retail and commercial amenities, rental and for-sale housing units, public open space, and opportunities to celebrate local culture.
3601-25 W. Chicago Ave.
The block-long, .68-acre site includes two, one-story buildings, a parking lot, and an alley. The RFP is seeking their replacement with a multi-story structure with retail, mixed-income residential units, and office space.
2908-26 E. 79th St./7901-33 S. Exchange Ave.
The two-part, 1.7-acre site includes vintage, low-rise buildings and vacant land adjacent to the Cheltenham station on Metra’s Electric Main Line. RFP goals include the construction and rehabilitation of transit-oriented housing and ancillary uses.
5021 S. Wabash Ave.
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 rehabilitation proposals for commercial, retail, residential or nonprofit uses.
RFPs Under Review
449-51 E. 47th St.
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.
4300 W. Roosevelt Road
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.
1515 W. 47th St.
The approximately 14,870-square-foot development location consists of a single, City lot on the southeast corner of 47th and Justine streets.
3400-18 W. Ogden Ave.
The approximately 42,900-square-foot development site consists of seven contiguous vacant lots between Homan and Trumbull avenues, all but one of which is owned by the City.
8840-54 S. Commercial Ave.
A 25,000-square-foot development site at the northwester corner of Commercial Avenue and 89th Street with an opportunity for the rehabilitation of vintage, mixed-use buildings alongside new construction. The project has the potential for 50 residential units, as well as commercial and community space.
Winning Development Projects
Mayor Lightfoot and DPD announced three winning proposals in March 2021, including a mixed-use residential complex anchored by a blues museum and cafe, a 56-unit affordable rental building with tenant gardens, and a sustainable food and culinary campus.
Collectively valued at more than $65 million, the projects were selected from 12 responses to Requests for Proposals (RFPs) issued in the fall of 2020 for three opportunity sites in Austin, Auburn Gresham and Englewood.
Planned for 23,000 square feet of vacant land near the intersection of Halsted and 79th streets, the $19.4 million proposed project will create 56 units of affordable housing with ancillary ground floor retail uses and 35 parking spaces. Designed to complement the planned, Chicago Prize-winning “Healthy Hub” adaptive reuse project across the street, the complex will include private garden lots, a playground for residents, private amenities, and public open spaces. The project is expected to generate up to 100 construction jobs and three full-time positions.
Austin United Alliance
Planned for the former Laramie Bank building and approximately 20,000 square-feet of adjacent land, the proposed $37.5 million project will renovate the landmark structure with commercial uses that include a blues museum, bank branch, café, and business incubator. The adjacent land will be redeveloped with a mixed-income, multi-story rental building that includes a green roof, public plaza, social spaces, and outdoor art. The project is expected to generate up to 150 construction jobs and 22 full-time positions.
Planned as the second phase of the Englewood Square shopping center, Englewood Connect is a $10.3 million “eco-food hub” that will establish culinary-related uses that empower, employ and feed local residents. The project will adaptively reuse the landmark Green Street fire station as a commercial kitchen, establish a business incubator to train start-up businesses, create an community "living room” for local events, and repurpose vacant land with hoop houses that provide year-round farming operations. A public plaza will serve as its focal point. Later phases will include a flexible market space and an event center. The project is expected to generate approximately 80 construction jobs and 45 permanent full-time positions.
Archived RFP Materials
838-58 W. 79th St.
The nearly 23,000-square-foot-site consists of six parcels of vacant land owned by the City. The RFP seeks their redevelopment with a high-quality, mixed-use project that includes ground-floor commercial spaces and residential uses above.
5200-24 W. Chicago Ave.
The approximately 34,200 square-foot site on the northwest corner of Chicago and Laramie avenues includes five vacant lots and the vacant, 14,340-square-foot Laramie State Bank building, a designated Chicago Landmark. The RFP seeks the mixed-use rehabilitation of the former bank and new construction on the adjacent land.
6200 block South Green Street, 914 W. 63rd St.
The 4.28-acre site consists of two packages: Site B1/B2 and Site C. The sites are being offered as the second phase of the adjacent Englewood Square I project, which is a Whole Foods-anchored shopping center at Halsted and 63rd streets. The goal of the RFP is to establish a vibrant, walkable, mixed-use town center that includes residential and commercial uses.
Due. Aug. 31, 2020
Due: Aug. 14, 2020
Chicago Architecture Center
Due: July 29, 2020
Due: July 26, 2020
Due: July 12, 2020