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Business, Housing, Economic Development

New businesses including then LaSalle Bank (now Bank of America), Walgreens and BJ's Bakery have added vitality to the Auburn Gresham business community, which includes a range of service, food and retail enterprises.

Additionally, there is a host of new and affordable housing development for senior citizens to young urban professionals.

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Chicago’s New Planning Chief Has Fresh Eyes For INVEST South/West
Chicago’s new planning commissioner, Maurice Cox, observed something very quickly when he met with community groups across the city. An empty building on West 79th Street, owned by the Greater…
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INVEST South/West
INVEST South/West is an unprecedented community improvement initiative from Mayor Lightfoot to marshal the resources of multiple City departments, community organizations and corporate partners…
Mayor Lightfoot Announces New Strategy to Support Revitalization on City’s South and West Sides
INVEST South/West aligns public, private, and philanthropic funding to create a network of communities for planned growth
Mayor Lightfoot to announce city partnership with BMO Harris Bank to reinvest in South, West Sides
Mayor Lori Lightfoot will join the CEO of BMO Harris Bank Monday to announce a new initiative, INVEST South/West, to revitalize communities on Chicago's South and West Sides.
‘Master Planned Development’ Guidelines Would Enhance Zoning Procedures for City’s Largest Development Sites
The proposed “Master Planned Development” designation would apply to projects known colloquially as “mega projects.”
‘Master Planned Development’ Guidelines Would Enhance Zoning Procedures for City’s Largest Development Sites
The proposed “Master Planned Development” designation would apply to projects known colloquially as “mega projects.”
Mayor Lightfoot Announces Plans to Quadruple Funding for Bus Program on Chicago’s Most Popular Routes
CDOT-CTA Bus Priority Zone Program to receive more than $20 million to support Mayor’s commitment to relieve traffic blockage on Chicago’s Streets
Network News: Updates from the Chicago Rehab Network
Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation staff capacity building is in full effect! The Chicago Rehab Network's real estate development training is highly regarded across the country. Check out…
New Metra station coming to Auburn Gresham neighborhood
After years of planning, Metra and government officials on Monday announced a timetable to design and start construction of a new station in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood on the city’s South…
14TH ANNUAL 79TH STREET RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL
It's finally time! 79th Street is closing for the weekend, for our 14th annual 79th Street RenFest. Come and celebrate with us. This year we are raising awareness and $$s to Rebuild79. Join us by…
Join Us on the Journey to Reimagine, Rebuild and Revitalize 79th Street!
Join the campaign to help the Auburn Gresham Healthy Lifestyle Building and other redevelopment projects become our neighborhood reality on 79th Street. #Rebuild79
Brewer Coffee and Custard 79th Street Corridor TIF
The story of Brewer Coffee and Custard began with a family recipe. Owner Elijah Brewer III started experimenting with his mother's custard recipe at home and had a dream of one day owning his own…
MAYOR LIGHTFOOT, CITY OFFICIALS PROVIDE RESOURCES, TIPS TO BEAT EXTREME HEAT AND URGE RESIDENTS TO TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTION
Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, along with officials from the Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC), Department of Family & Support Services (DFSS), Chicago Department of Public…
Mayor Lightfoot Wraps Up Community Listening Tour to Form Partnerships and Learn About Key Neighborhood Priorities
Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot today joined the One Chicago for All Alliance to wrap up a six-part “community listening tour” that the mayor participated in throughout Chicago from April to June.
2019 OMEE Notice of Funding Opportunity For Small Businesses
This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) sets forth the requirement of the 2019 Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Minority-Owned Business Capital and Infrastructure Program. The…
Riverwalk Community Marketplace Opens this Summer
Following a 2FM public solicitation to identify marketplace vendors that encouraged minority and women-owned vendors to apply, the new Community Marketplace will open in June and will feature nine…
Metra gets state funding for two new stations, Auburn Park is back on Track
The new Metra stations that will be built at Auburn Park near 79th Street, is back on track!
Auburn Gresham Free Tax Site Closes 2019 With Record Returns!
Auburn Gresham Free Tax Site is open through Tax Day, April 15th. This year Ladder Up has joined forces with Center for Economic Progress and it's been a great tax season, offering the same great…
Navy Pier Summer Pop-up Informational Sessions
Entrepreneurs and small businesses, come learn about opportunities to pop-up at Navy Peer this summer 2019! First session is March 6, 2019, at 10am, click to see more details.
GAGDC Neighborhood Opportunity Fund (NOF) training gives tips for completing the application
The deadline to submit the City of Chicago Neighborhood Opportunity Fund, for this current round is March 5th! Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation's Special Service Area team held training…
The Small Business Center on the Road Expos are back for 2019!
The FREE expos bring business resources to the community for new and existing entrepreneurs looking to start or grow their business in the City of Chicago.
The 3rd Application Round of the NOF Program Deadline is March 5th!
We are pleased to inform you that Mayor Emanuel has opened the Neighborhood Opportunity Fund program for a third round of applications today for projects seeking grants up to $250,000.
Update New Chicago Ordinance Aimed at Encouraging, Regulating Pop-Ups
Starting a small business can be a daunting undertaking. Developing a strong business plan, securing funding and offering a product or service that people will want are hurdles that often stop a…
2019 Building: Community Assets, Health and Prosperity
Happy New Year to our clients, partners, residents and sponsors. Looking forward to a new year to continue to collectively impact building relationships and community assets.

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