A comprehensive overview of Chicago’s 77 community areas was released Friday, March 6th by The Chicago Community Trust after nearly a year of work. Thank you for all of your help and your time with this initiative.
The compendium, called Chicago Neighborhoods 2015: Assets, Plans and Trends, includes summaries of assets, listings of community and citywide plans since the year 2000, and deep data archives at the district and census-tract levels. The material is organized around 16 planning districts that cover the entire city.
LISC Chicago and the planning firm Teska Associates developed the asset summaries after convening focus groups and conducting extensive research into each district’s historic and current development activity. The overview of planning documents was developed by the Metropolitan Planning Council and Place Consulting. Data was compiled by the Institute for Housing Studies at DePaul University.
LISC has worked with more than 20 neighborhoods over the past 15 years to develop community-driven plans focused around quality of life, the arts, education and digital technology. Chicago Neighborhoods 2015 allowed LISC to become more familiar with community groups citywide and their priorities to advance the future of the city and its neighborhoods.
The Chicago Community Trust invested in the project to provide a foundation for future neighborhood planning in Chicago, which has not had a citywide plan since completion of the 1966 Comprehensive Plan of Chicago.
The Chicago Community Trust website allows download of plans, data and asset summaries sorted by planning district at http://www.cct.org/cn2015. To review LISC’s report as a single 194-page document, download the Summary of Assets for All 16 Districts.