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A Neighborhood Plan for North Lawndale

The Existing Conditions Report for the North Lawndale Neighborhood Plan is now available. All stakeholders are encouraged to review the draft report and provide their comments. The report will provide the foundation for further public engagement and the development of the draft plan in 2017. 

From a hub of industry to a base for the northern civil rights movement, North Lawndale is a culturally rich neighborhood with unique architectural character and historic significance. Located on the west side of the City of Chicago, North Lawndale is less than three miles from Chicago's Loop. Wide boulevards and long blocks, remnants of concentrated industrial development, speak to the neighborhood's history as a thriving manufacturing and residential center. While North Lawndale's more recent past has been one of population loss and disinvestment, the community's proximity to the Loop, University of Illinois at Chicago, and the Illinois Medical District bolster its potential as a desirable location for residential and commercial investment. For more demographic information, view the North Lawndale Community Area Data Snapshot.

Community-based revitalization efforts are improving North Lawndale's physical and social infrastructure and highlighting the neighborhood's many assets. CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) Program and the North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council (NLCCC) are collaborating to develop a neighborhood plan that will build upon the community's valuable assets, as well as past and current planning efforts, to complement and continue these efforts.

The North Lawndale community will be the focus of the plan, but the plan will also acknowledge planning activities in adjacent communities, including Little Village, the Near West Side, East and West Garfield, Austin, and Cicero. Recommendations will help position North Lawndale stakeholders to share resources with nearby communities for projects along mutual borders.

Key areas of emphasis for the plan include, but are not limited to: transit oriented development, economic development, Ogden, Roosevelt, and 16th Street Corridors, Douglas Park, as well as changes that are already occurring in the neighborhood such as the Homan Square development.

The planning process consists of five phases to be completed over 18 months, with guidance from a project steering committee made up of stakeholders in the community. The first phase will include initial meetings and extensive community outreach to ensure that a broad spectrum of stakeholders is engaged in the project. The second phase will involve an analysis of existing conditions, using information and public input gathered by CMAP staff in collaboration with the NLCCC. A visioning workshop to help develop a shared vision of the neighborhood's future will be held in the third phase. The fourth and fifth phases will build on previous phases to develop recommendations and create the North Lawndale Neighborhood Plan.

Public Engagement

There will be numerous opportunities for the public to provide input and participate throughout the planning process. The NLCCC, in partnership with CMAP, will embark on a series of workshops and meetings with various community stakeholders and residents from North Lawndale to solicit and incorporate local input to the planning process. We invite you to participate in the upcoming events.

Online Survey & Mapping Tool

Metroquest survey respondents identified more than over 300 points of interest on the map. Zoom in and click on the icons to see what was said or open the map in a new window

North Lawndale Community Planning Conference

A kickoff event with the North Lawndale community was held on April 16 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the DRW College Prep. See photos from the event below. Additional photos can be viewed on Flickr at https://www.flickr.com/photos/140334498@N03/.

News Coverage

Revitalization Plans for North Lawndale Are Underway
The Chicago Citizen, July 12, 2016

A new plan for the future of North Lawndale (SoundCloud Audio)
WBEZ, April 20, 2016

North Lawndale Kicks Off Neighborhood Plan Project
DNAinfo, April 17, 2016

​North Lawndale Stakeholders plan for the future
AustinWeekly, April 5, 2016

In North Lawndale, no more waiting for superman
AustinWeekly, September 25, 2015

Project Documents

Steering Committee Meeting, Feb. 25, 2016

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Community Planning Conference, Apr. 16, 2016

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Existing Conditions Report, December 15, 2016

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Project Partners

The North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council (NLCCC) has partnered with CMAP to create the North Lawndale Neighborhood Plan. NLCCC is a group of North Lawndale stakeholders, including community-based organizations, business owners, elected officials and individuals, that have come together to guide comprehensive planning and implementation in North Lawndale (Community Area 29). Please visit their website at www.nlcccplanning.org to learn more about the group and find out how else you can help realize the vision of healthy and vibrant North Lawndale.


Rodney Brown, Member, NLCCC Executive Sub-Committee, North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council (rodney@new-covenantcdc.org or 773-826-1356)

Brandon Nolin, CMAP Project Manager (bnolin@cmap.illinois.gov or 312-386-8752)



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