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Near North Side

Chicago's Near North side, bounded by North Avenue to Chicago Avenue and Wells Street to Halsted, has witnessed dramatic change in recent years as the Chicago Housing Authority's Cabrini-Green project was demolished and replaced with mixed income housing.

The neighborhood, in the shadow of the Gold Coast, has long been home to people of modest means who now are fighting for real estate turf at a time of rapidly changing economic conditions.

The Near North Unity Program (NNUP) was formed in November 2010  to promote and strengthen community cohesion in Chicago’s Near North community and to connect existing sub-communities into a resilient neighborhood by building upon local strengths through planning, organizing and human development.

Learn more about the neighborhood, and NNUP, on the Near North portal.


Population (2010) 86,204 up 18% from 2000
Racial/ethnic makeup (2010) 73% white, 10% African American, 8% Asian, 4% Latino  


Total occupied units (2010) 52,670 up 15% from 2000
Owner occupied units (2010) 24,047 up 27% from 2000


Median household income (2010) $72,471 up 18% from 2000
Percentage above $50,000 (2010) 63% 46% above $75,000
LISC’s Quality-of-Life Planning Bettering Neighborhoods throughout Chicago
In its third decade, LISC’s Quality-of-Life Planning (QLP) is bringing equitable change to neighborhoods throughout 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.
Near North Has a Plan of Its Own, Thank You
Plans issued from on-high have shaped, and mis-shaped, Chicago’s Near North neighborhood for over a half century. But now there’s a new plan, one guided by folks who actually live there.
Neighborhoods Beckon with Summer Activities
Basketball, jazz and family play bring people together and build community in safe, healthy environments
Near North Unity Soars … For Now
Public housing tenants and condo owners are finding common ground at NNUP.
Moving Closer to Unity in Near North
It's still sometimes edgy, but disparate voices in the former Cabrini Green neighborhood are gradually finding common ground
Near North Portal Aims to coNNect
"Common space in cyberspace" went live in mid-April
Closing a Condo-Cabrini Chasm
Near North condo owners and CHA tenants get real about building a viable mixed-income community--and that means putting some underlying tensions on the table.
What They're Saying
Owners, tenants and stakeholders talk about how best to pull together their Near North neighborhood
From Learn-and-Earn to Slam-and-Jam
Summer program keeps Near North youths busy, happy, willing and able to cross old boundaries
Near North Residents Groove to Seward Park Jazz Festival
More than 400 residents gathered at the Near North Side park on Elm Street for the second of five outdoor concerts in a free, summer-long Jazz Fest.
Bridge-Building on Division Street
For as long as anyone can remember, East has not met West on Chicago’s Near North Side. Now comes the Near North Unity Program.
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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