Awardees


The Neighborhood Opportunity Fund Class of 2018 (Summer) grant recipients

The Neighborhood Opportunity Fund Class of 2018 (Summer) grant recipients.

The Neighborhood Opportunity Fund Class of 2018 (Spring) grant recipients

The Neighborhood Opportunity Fund Class of 2018 (Spring) grant recipients.

The Neighborhood Opportunity Fund Class of 2017 grant recipients

The Neighborhood Opportunity Fund Class of 2017 grant recipients.

After reviewing over 800 applications for the first and second rounds of Neighborhood Opportunity Fund grants, Mayor Emanuel is proud to announce a third cohort of grant recipients, selecting an additional 33 businesses.

In June 2017, Mayor Emanuel announced 32 businesses that were selected for the inaugural class of grant recipients; And in March 2018, 25 businesses were selected for the Class of 2018 (Spring).


NOF Class of 2017 Grantees

Project Address Summary
345 Art Gallery 345 N. Kedzie Ave. Acquisition of two lots adjacent to the visual arts gallery and venue to allow for expansion
Ambassador Floral 11045 S. Halsted St. Complete renovation of the property, including expansion of the garden center
Brown Sugar Bakery 4800 W. Chicago Ave. Rehab of commercial space to house a new location of the bakery and catering business currently operating at two other locations
California Smoke House 2800 W. Madison St. Rehab of the building to develop a new restaurant to replace the closed Wallace's Catfish Corner
Carniceria la Hacienda 5159 S. Kedzie Ave. Update to the fourth location of the family grocery business, including improvements to the interior, façade, parking lot, and roof
Creators By Nature Arts Center 149 W. 111th St. Acquisition and Build-out of an art gallery and theater space with four artists lofts on the second floor
Damenzo's 11226 S. Halsted St. Rehab of the local pizza restaurant including roofing, parking lot, and fencing repairs, and an upgrade to the HVAC system
Gallery Guichard 446 E. 47th St. Expansion of the gallery with the addition of an outdoor sculpture garden that will house rotating exhibits
Garifuna Flava Caribbean Restaurant 2516 W. 63rd St. Improvements to the façade, rehab of the dining room and expansion of the kitchen to keep up with demand
Homan Grown 3844 W 16th St. Addition of new component of the MLK Blooms Initiative that wholesales and retails perennials to Chicago-based landscaping firms
Ivory Dental Specialists 8344 S. Halsted St. Property acquisition and Build-out of a second location of this dental practice and space for Afro Joe's café
Iyanze Bronze 308 E. 51st St. Build-out for a second location of the Nigerian restaurant in the Bronzeville Cookin' building
Karla's Kitchen of Chicago 801 S. Pulaski Rd. Property acquisition and rehab for the relocation and expansion of this soul food restaurant
Turkey Chop 3804 W. 16th St. Build-out of the ground floor of the MLK Legacy Apartment building to house the second location of Turkey Chop
Ma Dear's Down Home Kitchen 2136 S. Pulaski Rd. Expansion of the soul food restaurant to the adjacent space to Build-out the dining room
Majestic Florist 8145 S. Cottage Grove Ave. Complete renovation of the local floral shop
Mikkey's Retro Grill 8126 S. Stony Island Ave. Building rehab to open a second location of the restaurant
Original Soul Vegetarian 203 E. 75th St. Property acquisition and rehab to expand existing restaurant and streamline the space
Shawn Michelle's Churned Homemade 56 E. 47th St. Build-out for a new ice cream parlor and warm pie pantry
Sip & Savor 78 E. 47th St. New location of Sip and Savor coffee shop in the recently revitalized Rosenwald building
Sisters in Cinema 2310 E. 75th St. Property acquisition and rehab to house a nonprofit that pays homage to African American storytellers and educates and trains the next generation of storytellers
Skyler Dees Catering Company 3806 W. 16th St. Build-out of the commercial kitchen for the catering company in the MLK Legacy Apartment building
South Shore Brew 7101 S. Yates Blvd. Build-out of a coffee shop that will offer Southern fare, grab-and-go pastries, and coffee from Bridgeport Coffee featuring African beans
The Honeycomb 2547 W. 71st St. Renovations to reopen the sports bar that closed in 2012 due to a fire
The New Look Restaurant 2546 E. 83rd St. Renovations to the existing restaurant, including construction of a backyard dining patio with a garden, a new store front system, MEP updates and roofing
The Quarry Event Center 2423 E. 75th St. Development of a new café space to incubate micro food businesses in the shared commercial kitchen space
Uncle Remus Restaurant 5611 W. Madison St. Rehab of the restaurant including floor repairs, façade improvements, new roofing and new fencing
West Austin Development Center 4920 W. Madison St. Reconfigure part of the ground floor of a three-story childcare facility for a cultural presentation theater

NOF Class of 2018 Grantees

Project Address Summary
5 Loaves Eatery / Harold's Chicken 407 E. 75th St. Renovations to multi-tenant commercial property to improve the façade, tuck-pointing, and HVAC.
Ain't She Sweet Café 6253 S. Cottage Grove Ave. Build-out of tenant space in the Woodlawn Station building for the third location of a fast casual restaurant specializing in health conscious fresh food options.
Altogether Lovely 1841 W. 63rd St. Repairs to interior and exterior of building to expand hair salon, hair supply store and education center.
Balloons, Flowers & Gift Baskets 11033 S. Michigan Ave. Complete rehab of the local balloon and flower retail shop, including windows, electric, carpentry, bathrooms and HVAC.
Chicago Army & Lou's 416-24 E. 75th St. Build-out for start-up restaurant paying homage to the historic Army & Lou's including the addition of a rooftop patio.
Cynthia's Gumbo 10333 S. Halsted St. Build-out of space for a catering and take-out southern-style restaurant.
Del-Kar Pharmacy 3726 W. 16th St. Renovations to longstanding neighborhood pharmacy and convenience store.
Emanuel's Chapel Funeral Home 5112 S. Western Ave. Improvements to the façade and redevelopment of the parking lot.
Essential Elements - Chicago 1640 E. 87th St. Renovations to an existing Women's boutique to include replacement of roof and flooring.
Etcetera 2674 W. Madison St. Complete rehab of a start-up American restaurant and sports bar.
Garcia's Svcs, Inc. 5134 W. Grand Ave. Renovations to exterior and interior of building for a notary and document translation services business.
Head Quarters Barber Academy 5131 W. Madison St. Build-out on the second floor to expand existing barber shop and barber academy.
Inner-City Muslim Action Network Healthy Marketplace 1207-11 W. 63rd St. Property acquisition and rehab to establish a model corner store and healthy marketplace for IMAN's network of 62 corner store operators.
La Cremeria Santa Maria 3300 W. 26th St. Expansion of the dairy retailer and wholesaler with a second location in Little Village.
Laine's Bake Shop 6437 - 39 S. Cottage Grove Ave. Renovations of two commercial units for the relocation of an artisanal baking company to increase production capacity and to add retail space and administrative offices.
Latinos Progresando 2724 W. Cermak Rd. Property acquisition and build-out of a currently vacant public library building into a hub for cultural activities and events, such as art, music and theater. The first floor will house offices for the organization's legal immigration services.
LBP Carver 47 Café 1060 E. 47th St. Expansion of the kitchen for Carver 47, increasing the café's capacity to serve the community and train its workforce.
LeKula Café 645 - 53 W. 119th St. Complete interior build-out and redevelopment of parking lot for start-up café and lounge.
M&R Prescription Center 1959 E. 71st St. Improvements to storefront, store sign, security system, flooring, finish, and display area to improve store visibility and security of a neighborhood medical supply store.
Nuevo Leon Restaurant 3657 W. 26th St. Rehab of long-standing Mexican restaurant and redevelopment of customer parking lot.
OLD NAVY 11700 S. Marshfield Ave. Build-out for Old Navy store in Marshfield Plaza.
Osito's Tap 2553 S. Ridgeway Ave. Build-out of start-up craft beer and spirits bar adjacent to family-owned Moreno's Liquors.
Pretty Dapper 3810 W. 16th St. Build-out of a day spa at the Martin Luther King Legacy Homes complex.
Strawberry Café 1652 E. 79th St. Establishment of a new start-up restaurant specializing in breakfast and catering to the community.
WINGS 3513 W. 63rd St. Build-out of a new re-sale retail clothing store for domestic violence social enterprise.

NOF Class of 2018 Grantees (Summer)

Project Address Summary
51st Street Restaurant Row363 - 365 E. 51st St.Redevelopment of vacant ground floor commercial units to provide move-in ready space to restauranteurs.
AP Deli10756-58 S. Michigan Ave.Façade and storefront improvements to original location of AP Deli and buildout for a barbershop in an adjacent tenant space.
BJ's Market & Bakery1156 W. 79th St.Renovations and updates to a longstanding neighborhood eatery that serves Southern-style cuisine.
Bronzeville Culinary Kitchens436 E. 47th St.Buildout of new shared commercial kitchen and events facility to support new and existing food-based small businesses.
Calahan Funeral Home7046 S. Halsted St.Expansion of an existing funeral home with a building addition and new parking.
Chubby's Char House5963 W. Madison St.Buildout for a start-up restaurant that will hire and train ex-offenders.
Cinemas Entertainment3300 W. Roosevelt Rd.Buildout of a sit-down dining area within a new movie theater serving the North Lawndale community.
Coleman's Bar-B-Que #25752-56 W. Chicago Ave.Renovations and updates to established and family-owned barbecue restaurant.
Dog-E-Stylez Grooming Salon1944 W. 47th St.Renovations to pet store and grooming salon and development of adjacent dog park.
Doughboy's352 E. 71st St.Buildout for new tenant: Doughboy’s restaurant specializing in soul food and other specialty items.
Dust Em Clean Maintenance634 E. 61st St.Redevelopment of multi-unit commercial building owned and occupied by an existing janitorial and site maintenance company along with new retail tenants.
Haute Brats6239 S. Ashland Ave.Buildout for new tenant: "Haute Brats," a social enterprise that will serve takeout American classics and provide workforce development training in conjunction with local organizations.
Jeffery Java and Old Fashioned Donuts1951 E. 71st St.Buildout of start-up coffee shop and café featuring Old Fashioned Donuts.
Kenwood Dental Group1335 E. 87th St.Renovations and modernization of an existing dental practice.
La Copacabana Fruit Market2732 W. Cermak Rd.Renovations and updates to full service grocery store and neighborhood market.
Larry's Barber College10456 S. Halsted St.Purchase and rehab to longstanding barber shop and college.
Linda's Sport Shoes3236 W. 26th St.Renovations and updates to a sporting goods store specializing in athletic footwear.
Little Village Chamber of Commerce (XQuina Cafe)3534 W. 26th St.Rehab of vacant multi-unit building for a new community café on groundfloor with an office incubator and training space on the top floor operated by the Little Village Chamber of Commerce.
Majani7355 S. Exchange Ave.Buildout of a commissary kitchen and offices for a growing vegan restaurant and catering company.
Mana Gourmet Foods942-44 E. 79th St.Buildout for a start-up café and dessert shop that serves an innovative and locally made product.
Marlon's Chicken602 E. 75th St.Building upgrades to a neighborhood restaurant.
Metropolitan Premier Grocery56 E. 47th St.Buildout of new grocery store to service Rosenwald tenants and local community.
Norman's Bistro1001 - 1005 E. 43rd St.Façade enhancements to multi-unit commercial property including Norman’s Bistro, Room 43, and construction of The Haven.
Pullman National Monument Visitors Center11057 S. Cottage Grove Ave.Buildout for the Visitors' Center.
Restaurant Y Taqueria La Justicia3901 W. 26th St.Exterior and interior renovations to a long-standing family-owned Mexican restaurant.
Sky-Light Carpentry Services5420 W. Division St.Buildout for a new shared office space serving small businesses in the finance, insurance and real estate industries.
SkyART3026 E. 91st St.Buildout of a new studio space to expand services of growing arts center. The additional space will be used for a ceramic and sculpture studio.
South Side Community Art Center3831 S. Michigan Ave.Comprehensive building restoration for City landmark that is home to an iconic arts and culture organization.
St. Edmund's Redevelopment Corporation201-07 E. 61st St.New construction of an office building for an established Community Development Corporation that serves the Washington Park neighborhood.
Ted's Place5813 W. Madison St.Renovations and updates to longstanding community tavern.
The Law Office of Theodore London1718 E. 87th St.Expansion of existing law practice into an adjacent storefront to support growing business.
The Woodlawn1200 E. 79th St.Buildout of a start-up café and restaurant pop up space and an adjacent office incubator space used for educational classes.
Tropical Optical Company3624 W. 26th St.Exterior and interior renovations for a full service optical office.

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