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Making the link between the two      The new Diabetes Empowerment                                                                                                                                                             PAID
sets of findings was easy. Find-     Center, at California and Division,
                                                                           Emy Tseng, program officer for           Board of Advisors                                                                                     Chicago, IL
                                     includes a large kitchen that hosts   the Broadband Technology Op-                                                                                                                 Permit No. 3193
ing solutions was not.                                                                                                        Lori Healey, Chair
                                     cooking classes on healthy eating     portunities Program, said the                 The John Buck Company                Local Initiatives Support

LISC/Chicago has pursued a           with the goal of helping people       group was particularly interested
                                                                                                                         David Anderson (Emeritus)            Corporation/Chicago
comprehensive, multi-pronged         control diabetes through diet.        in how Chicago had used “real so-           New Pacific Consulting, LLC
approach to the challenge of                                               cial networks rather than virtual
                                                                                                                                Ann Baughan                   135 S. LaSalle St., #2230
urban food deserts, addressing       These grassroots efforts are in-      networks,” to recruit participants.             State Farm Insurance                                                                                                                                                                            The Newsletter of the Chicago Program
                                                                                                                                                              Chicago, IL 60603
immediate needs for a better         tended to build the physical and
                                     economic infrastructure neces-        In Auburn Gresham, where tech                       Kevin Brookins                                                                                                                                                                              of Local Initiatives Support Corporation
supply of healthy eating options,                                                                                      ComEd, An Exelon Company               p: 312·422·9550
while building – and document-       sary for grocery stores and           organizer Jimmy Prude filled his
                                                                           first training class by recruiting                  James Capraro                  f: 312·422·0802
ing – enough demand for fresh        restaurants. The Greater Auburn-                                                       Capraro Consulting
food that the market will attract    Gresham Development Corpora-          members of local churches and
                                                                           working mothers whose children                 Franklin Cole (Emeritus)
and grow new businesses in the       tion (GADC) is working with
communities who lack them.           faculty and staff of the University   attend local child care centers, the
                                                                           neighborhood portal functions as
                                                                                                                            Croesus Corporation
                                                                                                                             Willard S. Evans, Jr.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     FOOD OASES
                                     of Chicago’s Urban Health Initia-
In Washington Park, for example,     tive on a project to put healthy      a kind of local “”, al-
                                                                           lowing people within the commu-
                                                                                                                    Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas
                                                                                                                               Laurence Freed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     BEGIN TO
                                     choices on food store shelves
neighbors said that while they un-
                                     and to get food manufacturers to      nity to connect with local
                                                                                                                       Joseph Freed and Associates
derstood that they should eat
healthier, and even had some ac-     provide higher quality foods. And     residents, schools, small busi-
                                                                           nesses and city colleges.
                                                                                                                              Frances Grossman
                                                                                                                          Urban Partnership Bank                                                                                                                                                           When a report was released
cess to reasonably-priced healthy    LISC MetroEdge is creating and
                                                                                                                             Francia Harrington
food, they weren’t sure how to       refining tools that retailers can                                                        JPMorgan Chase                                                                                                                                                                                         identifying Chicago Food
actually prepare the sometimes-      use to evaluate potential new         Innovative ideas are the focus of the                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Deserts in 2006, portions of the
unfamiliar foods in a healthy way.   sites, including: customer-spot-      Chicago Lawn portal where neigh-                     Michael Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                               LISC/CHICAGO                                                                                                                          city’s South and West sides
                                                                           borhood youth have taken leader-
Washington Park Consortium, the
NCP lead agency, worked with
                                     ting maps that show where a par-
                                     ticular store has the greatest        ship roles in working with                        John G. Markowski
                                                                                                                     Community Investment Corporation
                                                                                                                                                                                               WELCOMES NEW                               Young people go on-line at the launch party for the Humboldt Park por-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     were devoid of any sellers of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     fresh produce. That same year,
them to create “What’s all the
fuss about food?,” a program of-
                                     market share; competition and
                                     trade area maps that plot the
                                                                           community members and technol-
                                                                           ogy experts to identify the most effi-             Craig Mizushima
                                                                                                                                                                                               BOARD MEMBER                               tal (left), while City of Chicago and U.S. Dept. of Commerce officials tour
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          a Smart Communities computer training class.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Sinai Urban Health Institute
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     completed a study that showed
                                                                                                                                  US Bank                                                      Craig Mizushima
fering cooking demonstrations        sites of competing stores within      cient and appropriate technologies                                                                                                                                                                                                                        troubling rates of obesity, dia-
                                     a given radius; and demographic       to serve the community.                              John Newman                                                    SVP, Midwest Regional Community
and lectures about the impor-                                                                                              LaSalle Bank (Retired)                                                                                                                                                                                    betes and other nutrition-related
tance of a well-balanced diet.       profiles that show total popula-
                                     tion and number of households         The Humboldt Park Portal aims                    Perry Pero (Emeritus)
                                                                                                                                                                                               Development Manager,
                                                                                                                                                                                               US Bank                                    COMMUNITIES SHOW OFF THEIR                                                                 health problems in Humboldt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Park, North Lawndale and other
In Humboldt Park, the Greater
Humboldt Park Community of
                                     broken down by race and ethnic-
                                     ity, median household and per-
                                                                           to build a sense of community
                                                                           and connection among residents
                                                                                                                          Northern Trust (Retired)
                                                                                                                                Terry Peterson                                                                                            DIGITAL SMARTS                                                                             neighborhoods on the South
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     and West sides of Chicago.
                                                                           throughout Greater Humboldt                Rush University Medical Center
Wellness is surveying a 72-block     capita income, and grocery                                                                                                                                                                           Not long ago, there was no easy         tive, which aims to ensure digital
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          See “Food Oases” on next page 
area to determine if households      dollars spent per week.               Park. The portal is designed to                      Howard Pizer                                                                                              way to find out what events were        access for children, families, busi-
                                                                           give underserved residents a                    United Center Joint
have preconditions for diabetes.                                                                                     Venture/Chicago White Sox                                                                                         happening around Englewood, or          nesses and other community insti-
                                                                           space where they can be both                                                                                                                                                                           tutions in Auburn Gresham,
                                                                           consumers and producers of in-                      Hipolito Roldan
                                                                                                                            Hispanic Housing
                                                                                                                                                                 SUMMER                                                                   what schools and community or-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ganizations were in the neighbor-       Chicago Lawn, Englewood, Hum-
                                                                           formation, using technology to
                                                                           celebrate and preserve the culture
                                                                                                                         Development Corporation                 SPORTS                                                                   hood. Small businesses had little
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ability to reach out to people in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  boldt Park and Pilsen. It’s man-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  aged by NCP lead agencies in each
                                                                           and heritage of Humboldt Park
                                                                           residents, and represent the com-
                                                                                                                               Scott Swanson
                                                                                                                         Charter One Bank - Illinois             PLANS                                                                    community, and those residents had      of those neighborhoods and admin-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  istered by LISC/Chicago.
                                                                           munity with affirming stories and
                                                                                                                                 David Vitale
                                                                                                                          Urban Partnership Bank
                                                                                                                                                                 UNDERWAY                                                                 to rely on word-of-mouth to find
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          out about most local news.
                                                                           images from the neighborhood.                                                         This summer – as in                                                                                              Smart Communities had a chance to
                                                                                                                               Thomas Weeks                                                                                                                                       show off its work when a delegation
                                                                                                                        WeeksWeldon Development                  years past – LISC’s                                                      That all changed with the launch of
                                                                           Pilsen’s portal is a colorful display              Company                            Neighborhood Sports                                                      the Englewood portal –                  from the U.S. Department of Com-
                                                                           of arts and culture in the area.                                                      Chicago will engage                                             – offering         merce visited Chicago this spring.
                                                                           With both English and Spanish                                                         youth from around the                                                    news and content created and            The tour was part of a two-day visit
                                                                           language options, the portal has                                                      city in a variety of sports                                              posted by community members. As         hosted by the City of Chicago, which
                                                                           the ability to reach a myriad of                                                      programs. The activities                                                 site readership grows, organizers       received federal grants totaling $16
                                                                           audience members. The Pilsen
                                                                           Planning Committee created the                          GREEN!
                                                                                                                    GOING efforts to help the en-
                                                                                                                    As part of our
                                                                                                                                                                 promote good exercise
                                                                                                                                                                 and fitness, help build
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          hope it will someday be the first
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          thing people see when they search
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  million for Smart Communities and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  expansion of Public Computing Cen-
                                                                           portal as one step among many            vironment, we are encouraging you            community strength and                                                   for information about Englewood.        ters to provide enhanced access to
                                                                           that will make the neighborhood a        to receive this mailing and others           identity, and serve as a                                                                                         broadband technology, educational
                                                                           "Digital Excellence" community.          electronically. If you would like to be                                                                               Neighborhood portals like Engle-        training, and opportunities to earn
                                                                                                                                                                 way to identify potential
                                                                                                                    added to our email list, please send                                                                                  wood’s are just one aspect of Smart     hardware and software.
Students in the urban agriculture program at Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos                                                your name, organization and e-mail           neighborhood leaders.                                                                                                                                               A chef stir fries a tasty concoc-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Communities, part of the City of
High School in Humboldt Park.                                                                                    address to                                                                                                                                                                                 tion at the 61st Street Farmers’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Chicago’s Digital Excellence Initia-         See “Digital Smarts” on next page 
NORTH LAWNDALE’S LIVING LEGACY                                                                                                 LEADERSHIP TAKES CENTER STAGE AT CNDA                                                                                        CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THE 2011 CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT AWARDS WINNERS:

The dream that Martin Luther King Jr.     LCDC expanded the concept into a           Despite the sluggish real estate mar-     The theme of the 17th annual           Properties, are the bedrock of        summed up Chicago’s identity as
had 45 years ago, when he moved to        historic district that eventually will     ket, considerable progress has been       Chicago Neighborhood Develop-          democracy and progressive social      both a global center and a city of
North Lawndale to support open            feature a King memorial and exhibit,       made readying several other LISC -        ment Awards – the largest ever, at-    change.                               neighborhoods. “The mayor
housing, became a reality in early        a community center, a pocket park,         aided projects for groundbreaking in      tracting more than 1,500 people –                                            made us believe in ourselves as a
April for hundreds of community lead-     new stores and improved schools.           2011. Two of the biggest will be:
                                                                                                                               was “Leadership Makes the Dif-         Although Mayor Daley was un-          great city, a world-class city,” said
ers and residents who gathered to hail    So the new $17.7 million apartment
                                                                                                                               ference.” That theme was re-           able to attend this year’s February   Mooney. “The president of China
the Dr. King Legacy Apartments as a       complex, complete with 4,500               The Shops and Lofts at 47, a project
new beginning for the neighborhood.       square feet of sidewalk-level retail, is   that was restructured last year to        flected throughout the day,            8 event at the UIC Forum, his         stopping here is a testament to
                                          only a start.                              dovetail with the Chicago Housing         beginning with the pre-event           deep support for community de-        that. He balanced what we did                                                               The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Chicago Community Trust Outstanding                                                            The Polk Bros. Foundation Affordable Rental
                                                                                                                               forum in which the four leading        velopment was recognized at the       on the world stage with what we                                                               Outstanding Non-Profit Real Estate Project
“The dream lives on in Lawndale!”                                                    Authority’s Plan for Transformation.                                                                                                                                    Community Strategy of the Year                                                                       Housing Preservation Award
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              PCC Community Wellness Center for
they chanted inside a big white tent      With support from State Farm Insur-        This mixed-use complex at 47th and        mayoral contenders, including          ceremony with the renaming of         needed to do at home in our              Greater Humboldt Park Community of Wellness                PCC Austin Family Health Center
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Heartland Housing for Hollywood House
set up at 16th Street and Hamlin Av-      ance Companies, LISC provided a            Cottage Grove will feature a major        mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel,              The Friend of the Neighborhoods       neighborhoods.”
enue. “We are on our way to a new         predevelopment loan and support            grocer anchoring ground-floor store-      shared their perspectives on com-      Award in his honor. The newly-ti-
Lawndale!” declared Rev. Randall W.       for a project manager and historic         fronts and, up above, 150 apart-          munity development.                    tled Richard M.
Harris, Sr., president of the Westside    district task force.                       ments split among market rate,                                                   Daley Friend of
Federation of Chicago. With co-                                                      subsidized and housing authority          Julia Stasch, vice president for       the Neighbor-
emcee Kimberlie Jackson, executive        Other project support came from the        tenants. Bernita Johnson-Gabriel,         U.S. programs for the John D. and      hoods Award was
director of Lawndale Christian Devel-     City of Chicago, Illinois Housing De-      executive director of Quad Commu-
                                                                                                                               Catherine T. MacArthur Founda-         given to Cook
opment Corporation (LCDC), Harris in-     velopment Authority, the Richman           nities Development Corp., predicts a
                                                                                                                               tion, moderated the forum, inter-      County Board
troduced and credited the many VIPs       Group, and Citibank. The Chicago           2011 start for what she promises will
in attendance, including U.S. Senator     Housing Authority will lease 10 of the     be a “new urban model” for revitaliz-     viewing each contender on a            President Toni                                                                The Outstanding For-Profit Neighborhood                                            The Richard M. Daley                     The PrivateBank
                                                                                                                               range of issues, including the fore-   Preckwinkle by                                                                     Real Estate Project Award             Special Recognition Award        Friend of the Neighborhoods Award        Norman Bobins Leadership Award
Richard Durbin, Congressman Danny         45 apartments as part of its Plan for      ing faded commercial corridors.                                                                                                                                   Holsten Real Estate Development                  Goodcity                     Toni Preckwinkle, President,            Rob And Amy Castañeda,
Davis and Mayor Richard M. Daley.         Transformation.                                                                      closure crisis, public safety and      Lori Healey,                                                                        Corporation for Wilson Yard                                           Cook County Board of Commissioners               Beyond the Ball
                                                                                     Planning is almost complete for Zap-      education.                             LISC/Chicago’s
Memorializing Dr. King’s historic 1966    During construction the team of            ata Apartments, a joint effort of Bick-                                          board chair and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      THE RICHARD H. DRIEHAUS FOUNDATION AWARD FOR ARCHITECTURAL EXCELLENCE IN COMMUNITY DESIGN WINNERS
summertime stay on Chicago’s West         Safeway and Weis Builders created          erdike Redevelopment Corp. and the        Emanuel spoke knowledgeably            former chief of
Side long had been an ambition of         130 jobs for minorities and women,         Logan Square Neighborhood Associ-         about LISC and the resources and       staff to Mayor
LCDC. The N. Lawndale NCP qual-           at least 50 of them from the neigh-        ation. Zapata won key zoning ap-          partnerships it nurtures. “I be-       Daley. “This
ity-of-life plan called for development   borhood. The apartments are en-            provals during 2011 and will break        lieve the city can learn from LISC     year’s winner has
of affordable apartments on the very      ergy-efficient as well as affordable.      ground soon. LISC loans and grants        rather than the other way              worked her entire
site of the building where Dr. King       Most have rents within reach of fami-      helped secure and maintain the three
                                                                                                                               around.” he said. “LISC does it        life to improve un-
and his family lived during what was      lies making 60 percent of the              now-vacant development sites
                                                                                                                               the right way – comprehensively.”      derserved commu-
called the Chicago Freedom Cam-           Chicago area’s median income, and          around Armitage Avenue, where 60
paign—an effort to call attention to      some units have been subsidized so         affordable apartments will be built.                                             nities,” said
slum conditions facing African-Amer-      as to be affordable to families mak-                                                 Emanuel also offered his own           Healey. In her ac-
icans throughout the urban North.         ing as little as 15 percent of median.                                               community development agenda,          ceptance
                                                                                                                               prioritizing elimination of “food      speech, Preckwin-
                                                                                                                               deserts,” reducing city overhead,      kle thanked Daley                                                                                 First Place                                    Second Place                                            Third Place
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   John Ronan Architects                               Booth Hansen                                  Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture
                                                                                                                               and a southwest extension of the       “for his commit-                                                               Christ the King College Preparatory High School          Chicago Park District Fieldhouses                           Teen Living Programs
                                                                                                                               CTA’s Red Line.                        ment to all things
                                                                                                                                                                      that strengthen
                                                                                                                               Linking past, present and future,      communities.”
                                                                                                                               CNDA event chair Christopher G.
                                                                                                                               Kennedy later spoke about the in-
                                                                                                                               volvement of his parents, Robert
                                                                                                                                                                      Andrew J.
                                                                                                                                                                      Mooney, the in-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        GRANT & LOAN ACTIVITY
                                                                                                                               and Ethel Kennedy, with the civil      terim commis-                                                                     In the first Quarter of 2011, LISC              $273,975 to Jane Addams Hull                   $15,000 to the LEED Council to
                                                                                                                               rights organizations that gave rise    sioner of the city’s                                                              committed $2,384,414 in grants to               House to expand, build and operate             support its green task force and
                                                                                                                               to many present-day community          newly reorganized                                                                 support communities around the                  a new Center for Working Families              business outreach.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        city, including:                                site at Kennedy-King College and to
                                                                                                                               development corporations and           Department of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        create a new FamilyNet Center.                 $10,000 to the Rogers Park Busi-
                                                                                                                               with the original Bedford              Housing and Eco-                                                                  $288,000 to Perspectives Calumet                                                               ness Alliance to support early action
                                                                                                                               Stuyvesant Restoration Corpora-        nomic Develop-                                                                    Charter Middle School to support                $47,785 to North River Commission              projects recommended by the
                                                                                                                               tion. Community action and de-         ment, stood in for                  Julia Stasch and mayoral candidate
                                                                                                                                                                                               TOP: Moderator
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        extra teachers, tutors, counselors              for the Albany Park Multi-Cultural             LISC/MetroEdge study of Western
                                                                                                                               velopment, said Kennedy,               Mayor Daley, offer-      Rahm Emanuel at CNDA’s forum.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        and a social worker, as part of its             Sculpture Park and Healing Garden.             Avenue.
                                                                                                                               president of Merchandise Mart          ing remarks that         BOTTOM: Event Chair Chris Kennedy addresses more         Elev8 program.
Dignitaries cut the ribbon for the new Dr. King Legacy Apartments in North Lawndale.                                                                                                           than 1,500 attendees.

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