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Community Organizing: Step One for Neighborhood ChangeCommunity Organizing: Step One for Neighborhood Change

Placemaking, Auburn Gresham, Chicago Lawn, South Chicago—A series of workshops gives LISC’s neighborhood partners an opportunity to share what they’ve learned about building community engagement, power and voice.

Can Big Plans Connect to Neighborhoods?Can Big Plans Connect to Neighborhoods?

Placemaking—A LISC panel explored how big projects like the Lucas Museum and Obama Library can have an impact far beyond downtown.

Hundreds Help Reclaim Southwest Side HousingHundreds Help Reclaim Southwest Side Housing

Housing, Chicago Lawn—A rally featuring Gov. Quinn celebrates the first building in a program to buy, rehab and restore foreclosures on the Southwest Side.

At City Club, Vasquez Calls for ‘New Vision’At City Club, Vasquez Calls for ‘New Vision’

Business, Placemaking—In an October 16 address to a sold-out crowd, LISC Chicago’s executive director talked about the need for “civic infrastructure” to build stronger neighborhoods.

Want to Get People Back to Work? Fill the Basic Skills GapWant to Get People Back to Work? Fill the Basic Skills Gap

Income and Credit-Building, Albany Park—Bridge programs help prepare workers for good jobs.

Shops & Lofts Lesson: Never Give UpShops & Lofts Lesson: Never Give Up

Housing, Lending, Quad Communities—Mixed-use miracle at 47th & Cottage re-energizes Bronzeville and reaffirms the power of perseverance.

Cubs Charities Diamond Project a Home Run for Neighborhood BaseballCubs Charities Diamond Project a Home Run for Neighborhood Baseball

Placemaking, Albany Park, Back of the Yards—Community groups from around the city are getting funding and training to improve their youth baseball facilities, thanks to the Cubs and LISC.

Keeping It RealKeeping It Real

Placemaking, Little Village, Quad Communities—LISC’s partners, programs and ideas about neighborhood vitality were woven into this year’s UIC Urban Forum.

Businesses Reap Dividends of 'Special' Tax ZoneBusinesses Reap Dividends of 'Special' Tax Zone

Business, Back of the Yards, Quad Communities—Around the city, LISC is helping communities establish and run Special Service Areas to cover the costs of security, beautification and special events for local small businesses.

Blight ‘Squashed’ on Cottage Grove by Woodlawn Park PartnershipBlight ‘Squashed’ on Cottage Grove by Woodlawn Park Partnership

Housing, Woodlawn—A groundbreaking for senior housing and a squash facility signals the next stage of a Woodlawn redevelopment fueled by POAH, LISC and their partners.

Community Leaders Want Lakeside Mega-plan to Benefit All of South ChicagoCommunity Leaders Want Lakeside Mega-plan to Benefit All of South Chicago

Housing, South Chicago—With the super-sized USX/McCaffery project ready to launch on empty steel site, local groups push for neighborhood input on jobs and housing.

Trainings Help Business Owners Up Their GameTrainings Help Business Owners Up Their Game

Business, Pilsen—Graduates of an entrepreneurship program in Pilsen learn from experts and put lessons to work in their stores, restaurants and other local businesses.

Practice Makes Perfect: New Approaches to 'Hoops'Practice Makes Perfect: New Approaches to 'Hoops'

Placemaking, Safety, North Lawndale—Every week from June through August, 14 neighborhoods close off streets and turn out crowds for Hoops in the Hood, a basketball program first developed as an anti-violence strategy.

Applications Open for 21st Annual  Chicago Neighborhood Development AwardsApplications Open for 21st Annual Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards

Housing, Placemaking—Awards recognize excellence in community development and architectural achievements in Chicago’s neighborhoods.

Big Data + Large Lots = Fast Start for City ProgramBig Data + Large Lots = Fast Start for City Program

Civic Tech, East Garfield Park, Englewood—Innovative website and partnership with Chicago Public Libraries help City of Chicago extend $1 sale of vacant lots to East Garfield Park

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