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North Lawndale

A working class neighborhood once centered around the world headquarters of Sears, Roebuck and Co., North Lawndale is recovering from a long period of population decline and disinvestment.

Now home to 38,100 residents, down from 125,000 in 1960, the neighborhood has attracted significant new development over the past 15 years, including a shopping center and cinema on Roosevelt Road, several housing developments, an expanded health center on Ogden Avenue, and the Homan Square Community Center in the former Sears complex.

The NCP Quality-of-Life Plan unveiled in May 2005, titled "North Lawndale: Faith Rewarded," envisioned a community with low unemployment, high quality schools and training programs, healthy and stable families, adequate health and social services centers, thriving small businesses that are often locally owned, diverse housing types accessible to all income levels, attractive surroundings, and cultural facilities that serve the entire neighborhood.

Despite the Great Recession of 2008, some of those plans are being implemented. The lead agency in North Lawndale is the Lawndale Christian Development Corporation.


Population 2010 38,109 down 8% from 2000
Racial/ethnic makeup 2010 93% African American, 4% Latino  


Total occupied units (2010) 11,245 down 9% from 2000
Owner occupied units (2010) 3,377 up slightly from 2000


Median household income (2010) $25,466 up 16% from 2000
Percentage above $50,000 22% 11% above $75,000
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.
Police-Community Programs Win MetLife Foundation Awards
Police, Enlace Chicago and the North Lawndale Employment Network are honored for making their neighborhoods safer places to live.
Practice Makes Perfect: New Approaches to 'Hoops'
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North Lawndale’s MLK Dream Goes on Display
New Fair Housing Exhibit Center celebrates Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s historic 1966 sojourn in Chicago … and a neighborhood’s revival
Youth Build Paths Away from Violence
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Local Wisdom Key to LISC’s ACA Outreach
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Volunteers Dig In on NeighborWorks Day
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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.
Two Neighborhoods Plan “All-In” Safety Initiatives
LISC Chicago's Neighborhood Safety Initiative will take a 360-degree approach to fighting violent crime in South Chicago and North Lawndale.
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.
"Hoops" Tips Off vs. Youth Violence
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Neighborhood Leaders Hone Communications, Business Skills
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Hoops in the Hood: Profile of Volunteer Coach Darren Tillis
A State Farm insurance agent, Tillis has a deep commitment to his childhood community of North Lawndale that manifests itself through volunteer efforts like his basketball coaching.
Hundreds Hit the Courts for Hoops in the Hood
The 2010 Hoops in the Hood Cross-City Tournament winners for the Major Division from East Garfield also won a victory for their neighborhood, for the spirit of teamwork, and for safe streets.

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