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From Planning to Action on the Northwest Side

Belmont Cragin celebrates the completion of its quality-of-life plan, which is already having an impact in the community, and planning continues in Auburn Gresham, Englewood and Chicago Lawn.

Chicago Plans 2016

A new group of community organization members is learning the ropes of planning through the Chicago Plans workshops.

Batter Up! Better Fields = Better Ball

The Cubs Charities Diamond Project is improving community baseball fields throughout the city. And making plenty of kids happy.

Health, Community Development Go Hand-in-Hand

Neighborhood groups are expanding their conception of community development to include an emphasis on health. LISC is helping to facilitate this shift.

Affordable Divvy For Everyone Enters Second Year

Subsidized bike share program continues through five Financial Opportunity Centers.

Business District Leadership Program Begins Second Class with 20 New Neighborhood Participants

After a successful first year, the Business District Leadership program will support a second group of nonprofit and public sector leaders working within neighborhood business districts.

CNDA Forum: Strategies That Work, Policies That Don’t

The Forum at the 22nd annual Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards ceremony addressed different perspectives about how to develop underserved neighborhoods.

Big Scale of CNDA Winners Says Much about Local Development Capacity

An unusual group of large-scale projects filled the winner’s circle at this year’s CNDA ceremony, new evidence of what’s possible when resources link up with local ideas and energy.

How to Make Neighborhoods Better and Stronger? Attend CNDA and Find Out

The 22nd Annual Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards ceremony is Thursday, February 18, at the Chicago Hilton.

Chicago Plans 2015 Ends…Chicago Plans 2016 Begins

The Chicago Plans 2016 application deadline for communities seeking to learn the ropes of community planning is Monday, February 29, 2016.

AmeriCorps MLK Day of Service

Braving frigid temperatures, eight LISC AmeriCorps volunteers spent Martin Luther King, Jr. Day teaching digital literacy at the Kroc Center in West Pullman.

New Grant for Financial Opportunity Centers

Seven Chicago FOCs receive Social Innovation Fund grants to implement new programs.

A New Stage for Belmont Cragin…and, Quality-of-Life Planning in Auburn Gresham, Chicago Lawn and Englewood

The high-energy planning meeting in the Northwest Side neighborhood gathered final details from residents and gave other local LISC partners new ideas for their own quality-of-life planning process.

Civic Tech Done Right – Community Driven, Community Responsive, Community Friendly

How community developers and software creators work together to make neighborhoods better and stronger.

Applications For Next Business District Leadership Program Class Extended Through Jan. 2, 2016

The deadline for applying to the next class of LISC Chicago's Business District Leadership program has been extended to January 2, 2016.

Dream of Fields? LISC Helps It Come True at Kelly Park

Brighton Park residents celebrate new football field at Kelly Park.

Launched: Chicago Plans Workshops

Chicago Plans provides participants with the theory and skills necessary to convene community-planning processes rooted in inclusivity and meaningful engagement.

BDL Grads Put Theories to Test

BDL grads display "neighborhood change" projects and reflect on their experiences together. Applications for the next leadership class are being accepted through December 11.

New Class of LISC AmeriCorps Service Begins

The 21st class of LISC AmeriCorps members has begun working with Financial Opportunity Centers (FOC) across Chicago.

Data Processing: Know Your Neighborhood

LISC is helping community organizations get a grip on municipal data to make the case for what their neighborhoods need.

Across the World, Across the Street

Unpacking lessons about poverty, development and race in Chicago from the Civic Leadership Academy’s trip to Johannesburg, South Africa.

Hit the Trail? Neighbors Aim to Stay Near 'The 606'

Everybody loves The 606. But conversion of the old rail track into a popular walking/cycling path is having unintended consequences for some long-time residents.

Opening Day: Cubs/LISC Help Ripken Foundation Create 'Freedom Field' in Marquette Park

A new playing field opens in Marquette Park. Cal Ripken Jr., Cubs, and neighborhood organizations lead celebration.

Booming Bronzeville: QCDC Helped Create a “Good Problem” and Works on Even Better Solutions.

There's a point when community-based developers shift from chasing any kind of investment to cultivating those that best meet the needs of local residents. That's happening in Bronzeville now.

Slow Roll Highlights Biking, Neighborhoods

Slow Roll Chicago organizes weekly bicycle rides in underserved Chicago communities to promote cycling, fitness and neighborhood pride. Recent rides were in Englewood and Little Village.

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