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Maurice Cox
Maurice Cox

Chicago Officials Are Pitching The First Citywide Plan In 60 Years. Is It The Key To Equitable Growth?

City planners set a goal of getting 10,000 people to give feedback on the "We Will Chicago" draft plan before public comment ends Nov. 1.


Uptown Once Forced Black Residents To Live On 1 Block. A Community Garden Honoring That ‘Winthrop Family’ Is Now Open

The Winthrop Family Historical Garden honors Black residents who persevered despite racist segregation in the neighborhood.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Chicago’s Casino Will Have A 3,000-Seat Theater, A 2-Acre Park, An Extended Riverwalk And More. Here’s What To Expect

"Our hope is that this will be a place where Chicagoans will come," the city's development commissioner said. "They will meet the world; the world will meet Chicago."


A Hotel May Be Coming To North Lawndale’s Ogden Corridor As Developer Regroups After Missing Out On City Grant

The city is supporting development of the hotel on four vacant lots near the CTA Pink Line as a way to bring jobs, tourism dollars and boost the impact of other major investments in the area.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Grants Up To $5 Million Available For Businesses And Entrepreneurs As Part Of Chicago Recovery Plan

The Chicago Recovery Plan Community Development Grant will offer grants that will prioritize businesses in historically underserved neighborhoods.


Culver’s In Pullman Opens Next Week

The Culver's at 111th Street and Doty Avenue is the latest company to come to Pullman as local leaders try to boost the neighborhood's economy.

Roseland, Pullman

Affordable Housing, Community Hub Coming To 47th Street In Back Of The Yards

The city picked United Yards to revitalize the 47th Street and Ashland Avenue commercial corridor as part of the Invest South/West initiative.

Back of the Yards

The Legacy District Will Bring Housing, Retail And A Rooftop Garden To Bronzeville’s 47th Street

The $19.2 million project will turn .6 acres of vacant land at 47th Street and Vincennes Avenue into a six-story building, according to the city. It's being funded through the city's Invest South/West initiative.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

If Auburn Gresham Residents Don’t Want Affordable Housing Development, They Could End Up With Nothing, Officials Say

Auburn Gresham residents were told an affordable housing complex is the only option for their neighborhood — even though they want necessities like a grocery store.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Some Auburn Gresham Residents Say They Don’t Want City-Backed Affordable Housing On 79th Street

Residents called for more commercial-focused development and better communication from city officials.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Century-Old Englewood Firehouse Will Be Redeveloped Into Culinary Center, Business Hub For The Community

City officials chose the project to kick off the second phase of the ambitious Englewood Square development, which is anchored by a Whole Foods Market.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Disinvested: How Government And Private Industry Let The Main Street Of A Black Neighborhood Crumble

A half-century after Chicago’s uprisings in 1968, a once-thriving retail strip in East Garfield Park still suffers from broken promises, bad policy and neglect.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Aldermen Slam City’s Planning Chief, Accuse Him Of Bypassing Them In Key Ward Projects: ‘You’ve Got To Do A Better Job’

One alderman graded Commissioner Maurice Cox's department with a “resounding D or F.” Cox took over the role last year.


City Moves To Landmark Pilsen’s Beloved St. Adalbert Church After Years Of Activism

The preliminary recommendation could be considered by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks in the spring, a spokesman said.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

Pilsen Neighbors Ask City: Why Force A Landmark District We Don’t Want But Refuse To Save A Beloved Church?

Planning Commissioner Maurice Cox said the church was not in any “immediate threat” of being demolished — but smaller buildings in Pilsen are.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

Pilsen Alderman Blasts City For Pushing Landmark District Residents Don’t Want As Officials Float A Smaller Plan

City officials attempted to allay fears around their plan to landmark 900 Pilsen properties to no avail. They also floated a smaller plan which would see 465 properties landmarked.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

Chicago Park District’s Plan For New Brighton Park Headquarters Approved By Key Committee

Some commissioners lauded a "transformational" investment in the South Side neighborhood while others cautioned about the risk of gentrification.

Bridgeport, Chinatown, McKinley Park

Lightfoot’s Plan To Expand Neighborhood Opportunity Fund Gets Thumbs Up From Aldermen

The changes to the fund are intended to make it easier for small businesses to apply and use the money.


Revamped Neighborhood Opportunity Fund Accepting Applications With A Priority On South And West Sides

Improvements allow the grant to cover up to 100 percent of project costs for locally-owned businesses that hire from the neighborhood.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Bridgeport’s Ramova Theatre Gets City Funding Help — And A Look Inside Shows How Much Work Lies Ahead

As developers clear their first hurdle on the $23 million project, Block Club Chicago got a look inside the dilapidated theater.

Bridgeport, Chinatown, McKinley Park