The Foundation for Homan Square strives to sustain an environment that helps students and families live their best lives through quality educational, recreational, healthcare and family support services, while instilling the desire to dream big and the skills to maximize success.

A New Strategic Direction

The Foundation for Homan Square serves as an umbrella organization over a tapestry of community resources in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood. With K-12 educational facilities, an active and robust community center, and a literal tower of nonprofit amenities — as well as hundreds of units of nearby affordable housing — our community is thriving and ready for the next stage of development.

In close collaboration with community members — and with leadership from our Community Advisory Council and Homan Square Leadership Council — we have developed several key goals:

  • Explore opportunities for development within an expanded Homan Square footprint;
  • Develop quality housing across the spectrum of affordability;
  • Develop mixed-use and commercial projects that provide space for community programming and local businesses; and
  • Inspire potential investment in specific projects within the larger Plan.

Download our Strategic Development Plan to learn more:

Latest News

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    When Sears filed for bankruptcy last fall, many Chicagoans found themselves reminiscing about its glory days, particularly in North Lawndale, on the city’s West Side, where the retailer’s original headquarters still stand. Built in the early 1900s, the site was the nerve center of Sears’s national mail order business. One of the largest and grandest industrial complexes in the United… Read more »

  • Stronger, Together: Letter from the Executive Director

    Dear Friends, Chicago is going through challenging times. The city’s place in the national spotlight is often focused on our worst moments. Despite the well-publicized problems, there are good things happening in every neighborhood. The story of Homan Square stands out as a time-tested example of how much can be accomplished in collaboration and community…. Read more »