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Auburn Gresham

Auburn Gresham is a predominately African-American middle class community located just nine miles from downtown Chicago. After years of residential flight and commercial disinvestment along the 79th Street retail strip, the community began to see a rebound in the late 1990s through the efforts of a new alderman, alliance of community organizations and investment from the city.

The lead agency in Auburn Gresham is the Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation, which also serves parts of the Chatham and Greater Grand Crossing community areas.

Learn more about the neighborhood on the Auburn Gresham portal. And see the 2016 Quality-of-Life Plan.

Auburn Gresham Community Area


Population (2010) 58,625 down 7% from 2000
Racial/ethnic makeup (2010) 97% African American  


Total occupied units (2010) 19,375 down 7% from 2000
Owned housing units (2010) 10,693 nearly identical to 2000


Median household income (2010) $38,860 up 12% from 2000
Percentage above $50,000 (2010) 37% 19% above $75,000

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Smart Communities Teams Host D.C. Delegation
Two crowded rooms and plenty of stories provided a vivid picture of Chicago’s Smart Communities Program for a Washington, D.C., delegation checking up on the federally funded effort.
Auburn Gresham is a SMART Community
The Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation (GADC) launched its Smart Communities Initiative with a digital and red carpet theme.
Elev8 School-Based Health Centers Boost Attendance, Academic Achievement
Students at the five middle schools in LISC/Chicago's Elev8 program are also benefiting in a multitude of ways related to health and social services.
Digital Summer Program Graduates First Class
DYSJ provided an opportunity for youth in the five Chicago Smart Communities to obtain work experience through internship opportunities at businesses, governmental agencies and not-for-profit…
Digital, Funding Programs Boost Neighborhoods
LISC/Chicago’s expertise in neighborhood redevelopment was acknowledged this summer by the award of two significant federal grants that will help community residents stay afloat in the…
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.
ISU Teacher Pipeline Expands to Auburn Gresham
The Chicago Teacher Education Pipeline, a unique partnership between LISC/Chicago, Illinois State University (ISU), State Farm Insurance, Chicago Public Schools and Enlace Chicago in Little…
Perspectives Students, Speakers 'Keep it Real'
It’s not as if the 7th-graders at Perspectives-Calumet Middle School are strangers to street violence. But still, the man in front of their class a few weeks ago grabbed their attention in a…
Auburn Gresham Responds to Foreclosures
Auburn Gresham responds to foreclosures.
GADC Hosts Citywide Foreclosure Briefing
Neighborhoods react to foreclosure crisis.

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