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Chicago Lawn

Located on the city's Southwest Side, Chicago Lawn is a multi-ethnic working class community determined to stop the downward spiral of disinvestment and urban decay, and to create an attractive, safe and inviting place to live for families from many backgrounds. Today, African-Americans and people of Mexican and Arab descent are purchasing homes in the area, becoming a part of existing institutions and supporting new types of organizations and businesses. The lead agency in the neighborhood is the Southwest Organizing Project.

See Chicago Lawn's 2017 Quality-of-Life Plan.

Chicago Lawn Community Area


Population (2010) 63,206 down 3% from 2000
Racial/ethnic makeup (2010) 55% African American, 30% Latino, 12% white  


Total occupied units (2010) 17,165 down 5% from 2000
Owned housing units (2010) 10,039

up 2% since 2000


Median household income (2010) $42,864 up 14% from 2000
Percentage above $50,000 (2010) 21% 20% above $75,000

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Marquette Safety Zone Provides 'Invisible' Shield
Thanks to Elev8 and the Southwest Organizing Project’s Safety Zone initiative, which has brought violence prevention workers to the area, gang activity near Marquette has declined substantially.
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.
Jamanika Chillis: Marquette Mentor
Seven years ago, Jamanika Chillis was a shy woman who had never held a job for more than three years. Today, thanks to her involvement at Marquette and strong support from Elev8, she’s a role…
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…

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