Groupon and LISC Chicago Honor South Shore Chamber of Commerce with Neighborhood Change Grant
Awards recognize impactful projects of local business districts whose efforts are building awareness and celebrating the culture of their community to increase economic vitality
As the grand-prize winner, the
“We’re thrilled to honor the South Shore Chamber as the grand-prize
winner of this year’s neighborhood change grant competition. They’ve
found a successful formula that works for their community, and we’re
excited to help them expand it into something they can offer year
The winners of the 2018 Neighborhood Change Seed Grant Awards include:
Grand-Prize Winner (
Shore Chamber for the South Shore Artisan Collective – The
collective will address several challenges in the South Shore
community and surrounding areas. By curating a vacant retail space,
they are reducing the blight along 71st Street. This will
help drive traffic and buzz to the space, assist property owners with
identifying viable businesses that add to the culture of the community
and assist entrepreneurs with an opportunity to succeed with the
assistance of the
South Shore Chamber of Commerce.
Runner-up Winners (
Edgewater Chamber of Commercefor The We All Live Here Photo Project– The photo project will help the Edgewater Chamber communicate the importance of art in the community. They anticipate over 10,000 people will be reached by the project at the "Edgefest Festival". Once the art project is installed in the commercial corridor the art project will help Edgewater affirm its identity by drawing attention to the wide-variety of people who live in Edgewater.
Rogers Park Business Alliancefor the "Vision Clark Street Plan" – The plan includes public art as the significant carrier of branding, marketing and beautification elements of the Clark Streetcommercial corridor. The planning process engaged the community at large and resulted in creating a plan that defines key goals of strengthening economic vitality in the corridor, which will be achieved through increased activity and enhanced physical conditions to attract and retain businesses and improve safety.
“We’re honored to have been chosen as the grand-prize winner and would
like to thank
LISC Chicago's BDLN Program brings non-profit, private and public sector
leaders together to support training, education and capacity building to
the growing field of commercial district practitioners in Chicago’s
neighborhoods. Over the past three years, LISC Chicago trained
approximately 50 community-based organizations on best practices in
commercial corridor redevelopment and leadership development from across
“Congratulations to the 2018 winners – their ideas represent the unique
characteristics of their neighborhoods and will ultimately help drive
local economic development,” said
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