Posts By: Katie Coleman

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 »

Growing Job Opportunities for Returning Citizens

For too many North Lawndale residents, getting a job is nearly impossible despite their desire to work. More than half of all North Lawndale adults have had some involvement with the criminal justice system. Each of them faces significant barriers to employment. A partnership between Homan Square and the North Lawndale Employment Network (NLEN) aims… Read more »

New partnerships inspiring plans for growth

Earlier this year a partnership with Foundation for Homan Square and IFF (a nonprofit lender and experienced real estate consultant) was established to manage facilities and work with the community on continuing redevelopment. Additionally, a newly reinvigorated Community Advisory Council (CAC) and the new Homan Square Leadership Council are in place to help shape the future… Read more »

Nichols Tower Honors

The Urban Land Institute recently awarded its prestigious Vision Award to the Nichols Tower at Homan Square. The award defines the standard for real estate development in the Chicagoland area and recognizes “creative development practices, inventive partnerships, imaginative problem solving, or visionary ideas that have contributed to the growth of vibrant communities.” The ULI awards… Read more »

Oaks of North Lawndale SAIC

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and a host of community partners launched an amazing art and community development project called Oaks of North Lawndale with the goal of replanting the community’s urban forest while promoting community development. “Oaks of North Lawndale is an aspirational project that brings together the School of… Read more »

WTTW: Chicago’s Original Sears Tower Reborn as Community Center

Before it was called the Willis Tower, the downtown Chicago landmark was known as the Sears Tower. And long before construction on the skyscraper was completed in 1973, Sears had another iconic tower in Chicago. It was part of the massive Sears Roebuck headquarters on the West Side. Much of the Sears site has been… Read more »

Chicago Tribune: Rehab plan for Sears’ old West Side HQ takes shape

n Chicago’s West Side, massive structures that once housed Sears, Roebuck & Co.’s headquarters remain reasonably well-preserved but empty since redevelopment efforts a decade ago fell victim to the housing crash. Now, a financing agreement approved last week by the Chicago City Council is moving forward a $55 million plan to redevelop one of the stately brick buildings… Read more »