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Once home to the city's second busiest shopping districts at the transit-served corner of 63rd and Halsted Streets, the Englewood neighborhood in recent decades has struggled to reverse a long decline in population and economic health.

Englewood’s population fell to 37,403 in 2010, down from 97,000 in 1960. With more than 10,000 housing units lost over the decades, the neighborhood has many vacant lots and large areas ready for redevelopment.

Teamwork Englewood, the lead agency, has played a major role in neighborhood planning and community engagement. See the 2016 Quality-of-Life Plan. And learn more about the neighborhood on the Englewood portal.

Englewood Community Area


Population (2010) 37,403 down 15% from 2000
Racial/ethnic makeup (2010) 97% African American  


Total occupied units (2010) 11,750 down 15% from 2000
Owned housing units (2010) 4,308 down 3% from 2000


Median household income (2010) $24,308 up 12% from 2000
Percentage above $50,000 (2010 20% 9% above $75,000

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Catalyzing Change Through Empty Lots on Chicago’s South Side
Through the Large Lots program, Englewood residents are making their blocks better and stronger.
No Small Plans on the Southwest Side
The release of new Quality-of-Life Plans in Auburn Gresham, Chicago Lawn and Englewood brings fresh strategies and grassroots momentum to longtime LISC partners.
Englewood Quality-of-Life Business Competition Announces Winners
Englewood companies vie for recognition - and cash - in the Englewood Quality-of-Life Business Competition.
Large Lots in Englewood – Vision and Hard Work Create New Community Assets
This photo essay takes you through the beginning of Sammiria Malcone, Linda Maalik and Delece Williams’ journey to beautify vacant lots in their Englewood neighborhood.
This IS Englewood
New Whole Foods grocery a welcome tipping point for Englewood.
Halfway Point for Englewood Quality-of-Life Planning - Ready to Act
In Englewood, quality-of-life planning is a community affair.
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.
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.
Quality-of-Life Planning Is Back …
Fueled by resources raised through its recently completed Campaign for Stronger Neighborhoods, LISC Chicago is gearing up for a new round of neighborhood planning.
Teamwork Englewood and Partners Celebrate 10 Years of 'Making a Difference'
Close to 300 residents of the Greater Englewood neighborhood gathered on April 30 to celebrate 10 years of achievements that have flowed from their 2005 Quality-of-Life plan.
Big Data + Large Lots = Fast Start for City Program
Innovative website and partnership with Chicago Public Libraries help City of Chicago extend $1 sale of vacant lots to East Garfield Park
Portals Project: Add More Community Voices
A new curriculum is helping residents in several neighborhoods learn the ropes of writing, editing and posting stories on web portals that were designed through LISC Chicago's Smart Communities…
Website Helps Residents Buy $1 Vacant Lots
When the city announced a new program to sell vacant lots for $1, Teamwork Englewood and Chicago's civic tech partners responded with a website to make it easier to apply.
For Englewood 'Coders,' a Transformative Summer
After 10 weeks of intensive summer learning, teen "coders" showed their stuff to appreciative parents, friends and members of Chicago's tech community. And that's just the beginning as a new round of…
Knight Foundation Funds 'Bilingual Bridges' for Open Gov
The Knight Foundation awarded a grant to LISC Chicago to support resident engagement in Pilsen and Englewood that will better connect neighborhoods to Chicago's open gov and civic hacking communities.
Volunteers Dig In on NeighborWorks Day
A little rain didn’t stop about 500 volunteers from painting, planting and mowing on Saturday, June 1, when several of LISC Chicago’s local partners pitched in at the annual NeighborWorks…
LISC Partners Ready for NeighborWorks Day
There’ll be lots of painting, raking and mowing on Saturday, June 1, when several of LISC Chicago’s local partners turn out for the annual NeighborWorks Day.
Crowdfunding for Community Development? Yes Indeed
World Business Chicago is excited about the potential of the Kickstarter website to “catalyze reinvestment, grow small businesses and spur employment growth.”
NCP Groups Gain Voice in School Closings
Spurred in part by the threat of school closings, groups in neighborhoods served by LISC Chicago’s New Communities Program are organizing like never before to influence district decision-making.
New South Side Plan: From Vacant Land to “Productive Landscapes”
Citizens, planners across eight communities envision community gardens, "pocket" parks, 30-block hiking trail and other features in neighborhoods with vacant land and few signs of major development.
Pipeline to Paychecks
A LISC Center for Working Families bridges gap from college-to-career at Kennedy-King College.
Residents, Businesses Get Scoop on Community Web Portals
Through its Smart Communities Program, LISC Chicago has helped to establish five neighborhood portal websites, which enable neighborhood businesses, organizations and residents to start spreadin' the…
Citizens Proactively Plan on the mid-South Side
Voting is important, but coming out early on a cold Saturday in January to help plan the neighborhood – that’s citizenship
CWF Model a National Winner
Program to help families “earn it, keep it, grow it” wins federal grant competition … and a new branch at Kennedy-King College
Growing Green Healthy Neighborhoods
When more folks have left than are left, it’s time for a neighborhood to draw up some different kinds of plans. But whatever those plans call for – be it pocket parks, neighborhood…

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