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Cook County Land Bank

CTA Primed To Buy Land Along Red Line Extension’s Path As Transit TIF Gets Key City Approval

The deal will allow the Cook County Land Bank to secure dozens of Far South Side properties until the CTA is ready to take them over to expand the Red Line.

Roseland, Pullman

South Side Developers Want To Invest In Roseland But Need More Government Help Overcoming Rising Costs, They Say

One developer who rehabbed a five-bedroom home on Normal Avenue said she walked away with just $3,000 profit "for a whole year's worth of work."

Roseland, Pullman

Cook County’s Scavenger Sale Is Meant To Fix Blighted Properties — But Advocates Say It Needs To Help Everyday Buyers, Not Hedge Funds

Officials have made changes to the sale, hoping to make it more accessible to everyday people. But opinions are split on how the sale can better benefit smaller investors while allowing properties to get redeveloped.


A Bronzeville Family Is Creating A Community Garden To Share Their Love Of Their New Neighborhood

The family moved to Bronzeville in 2018. After seeing a community garden across their street, they applied to expand it through the Cook County Land Bank Authority.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Restoration Of 35 Historic But Vacant Pullman Row Houses Underway

The homes, which have sat vacant for decades, will be restored and sold as affordable housing.

Roseland, Pullman

A West Side Fashion Brand Almost Lost Its Store Because Of The Landlord’s Unpaid Taxes — So It Bought The Building

Fort Maner opened in 2018 and nearly closed a year later when the building was about to be sold after years of unpaid taxes. "We were frightened. We didn't know what was going to happen," one of the co-owners said.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Health Center, Child Care, Affordable Homes Planned To Bring ‘Opportunities For Economic Growth’ To West Side

The project aims to build wealth among legacy West Siders and catalyze other community-driven initiatives in Austin.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Land Bank, DL3 Realty Still Negotiating Sale Of Washington Park National Bank Building

The Land Bank accepted DL3's proposal in March 2019. Once the sale is finalized, the developer aims demolish the nearly century-old building and replace it with a new one.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Despite Delays In Sale, Plans To Raze And Redevelop Long-Vacant Washington Park National Bank Building Remain

Developer DL3 Realty is still planning on building a bank, YMCA and coworking space on the site.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

A Life-Changing Moment: Woman Wins A Free Bungalow As Part Of Land Bank Giveaway

Vanessa Johnson beat out 15,000 other applicants to win a newly rehabbed three-bedroom Washington Heights bungalow.

Beverly, Mt. Greenwood, Morgan Park

Want A Free Single-Family Home Renovated By HGTV’s Downing Brothers? Here’s How To Win It

You have until Sept. 15 to enter to win a free South Side home renovated by the famous Downing twins.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham