Posts By: Katie Coleman

New York Times: Former Sears Complex Returns as a Beacon in a Chicago Neighborhood

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 »

2018: New plans, partners, and momentum

With a new board of directors, dedicated partners, and a timely strategic plan, the Foundation for Homan Square (FHS) is on strong footing to build from our many successes. We have completed the transition of property management teams from The Shaw Company to IFF (formally Illinois Facilities Fund, now serving the Midwest from six regional… Read more »

Homan Rails Farm nurtures collaborations

Since the first seeds broke through the soil, the Homan Rails Farm has inspired collaborations for work, education, and healthy eating. The latest partnership has developed as Gardeneers becomes the new manager of Homan Rails Farm. Gardeneers is a Chicago nonprofit providing full-service, customized school garden programs. Their partnership with DRW College Prep has earned… Read more »

Family Focus Forever

No organization has been a stronger or longer-lived partner at Homan Square than Family Focus Lawndale. Family Focus is an original partner at Homan Square and has consistently partnered with other Homan Square providers to promote the well-being of children from birth by supporting and strengthening their families in and with their community. Family Focus… Read more »

Free Spirit Media developing documentary filmmakers

This summer ten aspiring filmmakers from Free Spirit Media (FSM) produced documentaries with the support of journalists from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Over the course of seven weeks, the teen documentarians worked with FSM staff and their assigned journalist to story map, plan, shoot and edit their seven to ten minute documentaries. Their… Read more »

YWCA empowers job seekers

The YWCA North Lawndale’s commitment to empowerment is constantly defying expectations. Recently they hosted a Career and Resource Fair to address the various needs of people seeking employment. Employers attending the fair not only promoted job opportunities, but also provided career coaching on both getting and keeping a job. Community organizations also attended and promoted resources… Read more »

Gallery Nights

No community can thrive without the arts. Artists and creators play an important role in helping to define the shared life of a community and contribute broadly to economic development. To support the burgeoning North Lawndale art scene, the Foundation for Homan Square and the North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council (NLCCC) are sponsoring Gallery Nights… Read more »

WBEZ: Chicago Has A Plan To Build Near CTA Trains. But Who Does It Help?

Some of Chicago’s most vibrant neighborhoods are around CTA ‘L’ stations. Land near transit is special, and five years ago, the city wanted to spread the magic. It passed an ordinance called Transit-Oriented Development, or TOD. It’s a wonky term, for sure, but the ordinance allows developers to increase density and to reduce the number… Read more »