After reviewing nearly 700 applications for the first round of Neighborhood Opportunity Fund grants, Mayor Emanuel is proud to announce the 32 businesses that have been selected for the inaugural class of grant recipients.

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
Digital Factory Technologies 7400 S. Stony Island Ave. Establishment of a new office for the mobile-media tech marketing company.
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 1554 S. Trumbull Ave. 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
Lawndale Christian Development Center 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
MacArthurs 5412 W. Madison St. Repairs to the roof system for the Southern and soul food restaurant
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
Nut'n'Egg Bakery and Catering 900 E. 47th St. Establishment of a brick and mortar location of the 20-plus year old bakery and catering business
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
Shuga Rush 5904 W. Madison St. Rehab storefront space to support the start-up of a sweet shop that will offer a variety of candy, pastries, beverages and free Wi-Fi
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 1745 E. 71st St. 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

Interested in applying? The Neighborhood Opportunity Fund can provide you with financial assistance to help improve your commercial property.

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