The City of Chicago has announced the first seven winners of the first round of the Chicago Works Community Challenge across the city. In a press event at Rainbow Beach Park led by Mayor Lori Lightfoot, the winners of a combined $1.5 million grant were declared part of the larger $10 million initiative which began in 2021 and garnered roughly 500 submissions from locals across the seven target regions.
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The City of Chicago has launched a new study to determine the future of N Clark Street in Sheridan Park, Winnemac, and Andersonville. The project led by the Department of Planning and Development along with the Uptown and Andersonville Chambers of Commerce will analyze the future of the commercial corridor as retail and dining experiences continue to change and evolve. Dubbed ‘Clark Street Crossroads,’ the stretch from W Montrose Avenue to the south up and W Foster Avenue to the north currently has a pedestrian street designation similar to the recently approved designation in the West Loop.
An emergency demolition permit has been issued for a two-story, multi-unit building in the Engelwood neighborhood. The permit’s owner has been listed as the City of Chicago. As of now, no plans appear to have been submitted to upgrade the zoning designation for the property or for any future constructions.
The City of Chicago’s Invest South/West Initiative has selected winners for the next four RFP sites in Chicago. Located in four neighborhoods, the sites are located in South Chicago, North Lawndale, Bronzeville, and New City.
Full construction permits have been issued for a training and administration building under the address 4443 W Chicago Avenue in Humboldt Park. Planning documents from this spring show that the intended usage will be a government-owned Joint Public Safety Training Campus. This campus will provide a central hub for both current and new police officers, firefighters, and paramedics to practice emergency response and perform cross-department training exercises. The facility will be able to accommodate up to 1,500 first responders daily. As of now, the 34-acre site is occupied by an undeveloped forested area.