We’re Steel Here: Working Together to Reinvigorate South Chicago

Chicago Prize
Claretian Associates

Community residents, business owners and elected-officials look to reestablish South Chicago as a community of choice with affordable rental, commercial, environmental-friendly, and transit-oriented developments.

Last Updated: May 2023
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Community and economic development
Current Work Location(s):
  • Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
  • Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Priority Population(s):
  • Economically disadvantaged people
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
  • 8. Decent work and economic growth
  • 10. Reduced inequalities
  • 11. Sustainable cities and communities

Executive Summary

South Chicago is in the midst of creating a community focused project that will reinvigorate our neighborhood. The reminder of the economic devastation we faced from the exodus of South Works in 1992, a once global provider of steel, is realized in every closed business and abandoned home. For too long, South Chicago has laid dormant as a forgotten community. Now we are taking action to create opportunities as we work to strengthen our diverse neighborhood. We will no longer accept decisions that are made at the expense of our assets. We will align ourselves with strategic priorities that champion our success. Today, our plans will incorporate our local waterfront and business corridors connecting to Commercial Avenue, leveraging prime thoroughfares that embrace transit-oriented development and green technologies that make use of existing resources. Projects such as a 78-unit affordable housing development with a quality grocery store, a redeveloped wellness center with a business incubator, two athletic facilities, a performing arts center and natural play space, and other developments, will make use of the nearby South Chicago Metra Line and six other CTA bus connections to re-ignite the area. We are creating a spark for our built environment, housing portfolio, and workforce development opportunities in (3-5 years), while bolstering in long-term sustainable efforts that vastly improve economic development and health outcomes. Our plan for measuring progress and impact includes, tracking census data, the number of new business starting annually, population trends, availability of affordable housing, and local revenue from taxes.

Organization Details
Lead Organization

Claretian Associates

website: https://www.claretianassociates.org/
Organization Headquarters
Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Organization ID
Number of Full-time Employees
10 to 25
Annual Operating Budget
$1.0 to 5 Million

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