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Neighborhood Opportunity Fund

Neighborhood Opportunity Fund
Neighborhood Opportunity Fund

A Couple Wants To Turn An Abandoned Englewood Church Into An Arts Center — But They’re Running Out Of Money And Time

Plamen Yordanov and Iuliana Foghis bought the Love, Faith and Praise Church of God in Christ three years ago to launch their own art foundation. But they've struggled to get funding for much-needed renovations.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Carnitas Uruapan Opening Restaurant In Little Village’s Former La Concordia Space Thanks To City Grant

The family-owned business is getting $250,000 from the city to rehab a century-old building for its third location. The larger footprint will allow them to serve cocktails and add an outdoor patio.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Healthy Restaurant Coming To MLK Legacy Apartments In North Lawndale To Boost 16th Street Business District

The restaurant will be built in one of the commercial spaces at the MLK Legacy Apartments, supported by a city grant.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Chicago BodyShop Will Bring A Gym With Personal Training And Group Fitness To South Shore

The gym, set to open at 2049 E. 79th St. by the end of the year, will also offer programs for young people. "There's definitely a need in that area for space where you can come and get a quality workout."

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

ChiFresh Kitchen, Co-Op That Hires Formerly Incarcerated People To Cook For Those In Need, Finds A New Home In Greater Grand Crossing

Within two years, co-op members hope to be making 5,000 meals daily at a new facility at 400 E. 71st St.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

This Couple Spent Lockdown Exploring Their Passion For Coffee. Now, They’re Opening Their Own Cafe

Jackie and Pierre Marquez plan to open Tasa Coffee at 4136 W. North Ave. next year.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

A Popular West Side Dessert Shop Is Getting A Sweet Makeover With An Expanded Dining Area, New Facade

Bitoy's Sweet Treats in Austin was awarded a city Neighborhood Opportunity Fund grant, which will be used to upgrade the building and customer experience.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

With New Restaurants, A Bookstore And Beauty Salon, South Side Entrepreneurs Hope To Keep Local Dollars In The Neighborhoods

South Side entrepreneurs and nonprofits are bringing their dream communities to life thanks to a new round of Neighborhood Opportunity Fund grants.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

After Years Selling Negro League-Inspired Clothes, A Bronzeville Businessman Is Opening His First Store Thanks To City Grant

Flyball, Reggio's Pizza and Pop That Pop On The Grove received grants through the city's Neighborhood Opportunity Fund.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

South, West Side Entrepreneurs Get $10 Million In City Grants To Expand And Build Their Businesses

Nuevo Leon Bakery, Reggio's Pizza and ChiFresh Kitchen are among the businesses that got city money to build up their work.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Burst Into Books To Open Community Center And Bookstore For Kids Of Color In Roseland

The nonprofit with a focus on literacy plans to open "a space for the youth" of Roseland and the Far South Side in September, founder Jurema Gorham said. "When the kids walk in ... they'll say, 'This was created for me.'"

Roseland, Pullman

Englewood Business Owners Can Get Free Help Applying For $250K City Grants

The Neighborhood Opportunity Fund grant deadline has been extended until April 16.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Future Of South Shore Architecture Studio Uncertain As Plan To Buy 79th Street Animal Hospital Falls Through

TnS Studio design principal Taylor Staten said she'd still prefer to open the studio's headquarters in South Shore, but she may explore sites in Avalon Park or Bronzeville.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

$250,000 Neighborhood Opportunity Fund Grants Available For South, West Side Business Owners

The money can be used for construction, renovations, buying land and more. Applications are due by April 9.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

West Side Job Readiness Campus Will Soon Open, Giving Residents Opportunity To ‘Launch A New Beginning’

The workforce development campus is set to open March 15, bringing a cafe, banking services and more to the area.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

How A Chicago Political Hangout Went From Bustling To Boarded-Up — Even After The City Promised Help

Wallace’s Catfish Corner, a fish and soul food restaurant on the West Side, was a neighborhood staple. Now the building is boarded-up and unused. Its messy history shows the challenges of rebuilding an area devastated by disinvestment.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Side Job Readiness Campus Gets $2.5 Million Boost From City Grant

The workforce development center will house programs for returning citizens, as well as a community events space and cafe.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

None Of The City’s Neighborhood Opportunity Fund Grants Went To North Lawndale Last Round

Lawndale is one of the neighborhoods that is supposed to be prioritized under the INVEST South/West initiative. Now the fund has reopened, and West Side leaders are encouraging applicants to try again.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

South, West Side Business Owners Can Now Apply For $250,000 Neighborhood Opportunity Fund Grants

Applications for grants of up to $250,000 are open through Nov. 6. They're for entrepreneurs and non-profits on the South and West sides.

Little Village’s Xquina Cafe And Incubator Will More Than Double In Size, Move Across The Street

The project will now include a shared commercial kitchen and gallery event space.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop
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