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Sometimes a small investment in a particular place, such as a new mural, plaza or community garden, can be a powerful catalyst for positive change in a neighborhood. LISC has provided numerous small grants and loans to help neighborhood partners make targeted improvements that add beauty, attract pedestrian traffic or improve safety.

For more information about LISC's placemaking initiatives, contact Jake Ament.

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Listen Up! Youth Speaks at CNDA on Feb. 17
The 21st Annual Chicago Neighborhoods Award Ceremony is February 17, 2015 at the Chicago Hilton & Towers, 720 S. Michigan Ave.
Community Organizing: Step One for Neighborhood Change
A series of workshops gives LISC’s neighborhood partners an opportunity to share what they’ve learned about building community engagement, power and voice.
Can Big Plans Connect to Neighborhoods?
A LISC panel explored how big projects like the Lucas Museum and Obama Library can have an impact far beyond downtown.
At City Club, Vasquez Calls for ‘New Vision’
In an October 16 address to a sold-out crowd, LISC Chicago’s executive director talked about the need for “civic infrastructure” to build stronger neighborhoods.
Cubs Charities Diamond Project a Home Run for Neighborhood Baseball
Community groups from around the city are getting funding and training to improve their youth baseball facilities, thanks to the Cubs and LISC.
Keeping It Real
LISC’s partners, programs and ideas about neighborhood vitality were woven into this year’s UIC Urban Forum.
Practice Makes Perfect: New Approaches to 'Hoops'
Every week from June through August, 14 neighborhoods close off streets and turn out crowds for Hoops in the Hood, a basketball program first developed as an anti-violence strategy.
Applications Open for 21st Annual Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards
Awards recognize excellence in community development and architectural achievements in Chicago’s neighborhoods.
Neighborhoods Beckon with Summer Activities
Basketball, jazz and family play bring people together and build community in safe, healthy environments
10 Earn Awards at 20th Anniversary CNDA
The Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards celebrate excellent architecture, real estate development, and personal achievement. Here are the 2014 winners.
CNDA at 20: Much More Than Buildings
Energy and inspiration flow from annual awards ceremony that draws from across Chicago’s community development world.
Proposals Invited for NFL Grassroots Program Grants
The National Football League Foundation and LISC fund projects that improve the quality, safety and accessibility of local football fields. Proposals are due February 14, 2014.
Neighborhood Focus for 2013 Artists Month
Chicago neighborhoods will put their arts and culture on display in October as Chicago rolls out its 18 th annual Chicago Artists Month (CAM), which will feature individual artists and organizations…
Bikes Deliver as Vehicle for Community Development
Away from the lakefront, bikes are vehicles for skills-building and self confidence. Transportation, too.
Altgeld Park, Little Village Gain New Green Fields
Funders, neighborhood partners work to turn grass and dirt playlots into football, soccer field.
For An Instant, City Streets Become Neighborhood Playgrounds
PlayStreets periodically closes off streets in Pilsen, Little Village, Brighton Park, Woodlawn, Chicago Lawn and South Chicago to provide safe, supervised space with organized sports, fitness and…
The Bloomingdale Trail: It Takes a Village to Make a Park
The Bloomingdale Trail, an abandoned 2.7-mile railroad embankment that runs through four neighborhoods – Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Wicker Park and Bucktown – is being converted into a…
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.
Sculptures Bring Beauty, Peace to Ronan Park
Groundbreaking for North River Commission-led project celebrates cultural blend
Comprehensive Community Development: Albany Park Works to Do More with Less
North River Commission leads Great Neighborhoods effort in Albany Park
Celebrating the Murals of Humboldt Park
The Humboldt Park Mural Arts Project promotes murals as local destinations and uses them as a tool to revitalize the health, well being and vitality of Humboldt Park.
Report: BCA Still Coloring Community Canvases
A couple years after its primary funding from The Joyce Foundation ran out, the Building Community Through the Arts program (BCA) continues to help sculpt community development efforts in all three…
Arts Program Has Lasting Impact on Communities
A couple years after its primary funding from The Joyce Foundation ran out, the Building Community Through the Arts program (BCA) continues to help sculpt community development efforts in all three…
Chicago Running Mates Battle Sleet, Build Bridges
An ugly sleet-snowstorm scared off more than half the runners registered for the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle, held Sunday, March 29. Yet 21 middle-schoolers from Chicago Running Mates joined the…
Mural Memorializes Mother and Two Sons
Mother and two sons killed in Humboldt Park auto accident are remembered through a mural at North Avenue and Kimball.

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