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Homan Square Art Walk

Spring has sprung! Please join us on Saturday, May 1 from 10AM-12:30PM for an Art Walk with Homan Square neighbors and ArtWest Gallery founder, Alexie Young. We will begin at 3300 W Flournoy at 10, walk to 3439 W Flournoy at 10:45 and walk to 3654 W Lexington at 11:30. The Art Walk will include:… Read more »

The Carol Shaw Woodard Fund

Created in memory of Carol Shaw Woodard (1958 – 2021), the oldest daughter of Charles H. Shaw, the founder and guiding force of the development of Homan Square. Like her father, Carol lived with both humility and purpose, applying all her intellect, diligence, and empathy toward a fairer and more peaceful world for all. Your… Read more »

Public Art Project Launches in Homan Square

This spring, keep your eyes open for vibrant artwork displayed on vacant lots around our community. The Foundation for Homan Square is partnering with ArtWest Gallery founder and artist, Alexie Young, to showcase her 2020 School of the Art Institute of Chicago residency project, “Lawndale Love Letters”. This public art project is the first installation of the FHS Vacant Lot Campaign.  The FHS Vacant… Read more »

New Permanent Supportive Housing Project

The Foundation for Homan Square (FHS) is excited to announce the launch of the upcoming Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) development in Homan Square. The project will include the development of 21 new units of affordable and accessible units across three vacant sites in the community, with a focus on providing safe housing seniors and residents with disabilities. The PSH development also links with the start of the FHS Vacant Lot Campaign public art project.    FHS… Read more »

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 »