North Lawndale LTA HB

Feb 24, 2016

A Neighborhood Plan for North Lawndale

The final plan was unveiled in November 2018 at a celebration attended by more than 300 residents and community stakeholders. 

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.

Draft Plan Chapters for Public Review

The North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council (NLCCC) is working with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Chicago to prepare a detailed neighborhood plan for the North Lawndale community area. The plan establishes a 10 to 15 year vision for the community and identifies actions that will empower North Lawndale residents, business owners, and partner organizations to realize that vision. In addition to serving as a framework for future reinvestment and redevelopment in the community, the plan explores and promotes new opportunities that reflect changes in the community and the surrounding social and economic landscape.

The NLCCC Steering Committee, representing the group's 13 subcommittees, has prepared draft chapters that are now ready for public review and comment. Comments received in April and May 2018 will be reviewing by NLCCC Steering Committee and used to inform revisions to the draft plan. The final plan document will be created in June 2018 and presented for adoption by the NLCCC in the summer of 2018.

Please download draft chapters and provide feedback using the form below.

1. Housing
1 NLCCC Housing - Public Comment DRAFT - March 2018.pdf Email Comments - Housing
2. Economic & Workforce Development
2 NLCCC Economic and Workforce Development - Public Comment DRAFT - March 2018.pdf Email Comments - ED/WD
3. Transportation, Infrastructure & Technology
3 NLCCC Transportation - Public Comment DRAFT - March 2018.pdf Email Comments - Transportation
4. Greening, Open Space, Arts & Culture
4 NLCCC GROWs and Arts - Public Comment DRAFT - March 2018 Email Comments - Greening & Arts
5. Health & Wellness
5 NLCCC Health - Public Comment DRAFT - March 2018.pdf Email Comments - Health
6. Public Safety
6 NLCCC Public Safety - Public Comment DRAFT - March 2018.pdf Email Comments - Safety
7. Youth, Education & Recreation
7 NLCCC Youth Education and Recreation - Public Comment DRAFT - March 2018.pdf Email Comments - Youth

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.

Community Planning Conference III - April 21, 2018

On Saturday, April 21, 2018, nearly 300 attended North Lawndale’s 3rd Community Planning Conference hosted by the North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council (NLCCC) at Lawndale Cinemas Entertainment 10. The open house event, which included continental breakfast and a brief presentation, showcased the draft chapters of the North Lawndale Neighborhood Quality-of-Life Plan. Attendees also had the opportunity to speak directly with NLCCC Steering Committee members about the content of the draft plan. Input received at the Open House and through other events will be used to revise the plan before we prepare the final plan document and pursue adoption.

Media Coverage: North Lawndale residents weigh in on plan to enrich neighborhood, Curbed Chicago

Community Planning Conference II - June 3, 2017

More than 125 North Lawndale residents and other stakeholders joined NLCCC, CMAP, and LISC for the Second Annual Community Planning Conference on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at DRW College Prep. The half-day conference kicked off with an update on NLCCC initiatives including the announcement of Early Action Project Awards winners. The primary agenda items for the day included Breakout Sessions to brainstorm around various aspects of neighborhood quality of life, and a Vision Mapping Workshop where North Lawndale residents put pen to paper to map out desired future development and investment strategies and identify a path to improving the North Lawndale community. While a summary report of workshop results is currently being put together, you can click to review the Community Planning Conference II presentation, Breakout Session Discussion Guide, and Mapping Results. Photos of the event will also be posted soon.

See photos from the event below. Additional photos can be viewed on Flickr at

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 I - April 2016

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

News Coverage

Project Documents

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North Lawndale Finale Plan

Breakout Session Notes - June 3, 2017

Visioning Workshop, Jun. 3, 2017

Community Planning Conference II

Visioning Workshop Discussion Guide

Land Use Mapping Results

Planning 101 Presentation

Steering Committee Meeting, Feb 25, 2016

Scope of Work

Community Planning Conference - Final Presentation wKeypad Results

Community Planning Conference, Apr. 16, 2016

Community Planning Conference - Summary

Existing Conditions Report

Existing Conditions Report, December 15, 2016

A Neighborhood Plan for North Lawndale: subsections


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 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 ( or 773-826-1356)

Brandon Nolin, CMAP Project Manager ( or 312-386-8752)