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.

Since the program’s inception in June 2017, the City of Chicago has had the privilege of awarding three cohorts of local businesses with Neighborhood Opportunity Fund grants.


Current NOF Grantees

Project Address Summary Estimated Grant Amount** Year Awarded
13th Flow30 W. Garfield Blvd. Renovations to an existing fitness facility serving the Washington Park community.$45,500.002019
345 Art Gallery345 N. Kedzie Ave.Acquisition of two lots adjacent to the visual arts gallery and venue to allow for expansion$40,000.002017
5 Loaves Eatery405 E. 75th St.Expansion of established neighborhood restaurant that will allow them to grow into adjacent storefront, increase capacity and improve efficiency.$211,602.302019
5 Loaves Eatery / Harold's Chicken 407 E. 75th St. Renovations to multi-tenant commercial property to improve the façade, tuck-pointing, and HVAC.$159,000.002018
51st Street Restaurant Row363 - 365 E. 51st St.Redevelopment of vacant ground floor commercial units to provide move-in ready space to restauranteurs.$250,000.002018
57th Street Design4130 S. Wabash Ave.Buildout of new HQ for a direct-to-consumer furniture maker with a contemporary-modern aesthetic. The building will be used for production space, gallery space and event space.$250,000.002019
7 One Street2311 - 13 E. 71st St.Buildout for casual dining restaurant and bar that pays homage to neighborhood history. They will serve comfort food with a modern twist and name menu items after prominent neighborhood Street names.$50,000.002019
79th/Halsted Retail7861 S. Halsted St.Renovations to six (6) unit commercial property to fill three (3) vacant units and to update the façade.$50,000.002019
A2 Express6901 - 09 S. Wentworth Ave.
141 - 147 W. 69th St.
Buildout and renovations for multi-tenant commercial property.$250,000.002019
ABJ A.R.T.S.1818 E. 71st St.Renovations for arts and culture organization including the buildout of a 125-seat black box theatre.$118,950.002019
Acuario Piscis Pet Store & Grooming3040 W. Cermak Rd.Interior and exterior renovations (including façade enhancement) for the existing pet store and grooming salon. Locally and family-owned business that sells pet supplies, reptiles, birds, rodents, and fish.$47,898.502019
AGB Investigative Services2445 W. 71st St.Redevelopment of property to accommodate professional office for a full service security firm.$83,074.502019
Altogether Lovely 1841 W. 63rd St. Repairs to interior and exterior of building to expand hair salon, hair supply store and education center.$24,225.502018
Ambassador Floral 11045 S. Halsted St. Complete renovation of the property, including expansion of the garden center$200,000.002017
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.$119,600.002018
Avenue Dogs5845 W. Chicago Ave.Buildout of vacant office space for a new Vienna beef hot dog stand. Applicant will also renovate the adjacent vacant lot to build an outdoor patio for seating during warmer months.$51,350.002019
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.$126,633.002018
Beverly Food Market8636 S. Ashland Ave.Renovations for a start-up grocery store that includes a deli and take-out foods space. The food market occupies a former Walgreens location.$250,000.002019
BJ's Market & Bakery1156 W. 79th St.Renovations and updates to a longstanding neighborhood eatery that serves Southern-style cuisine.$77,805.002018
Bridgewater Studio *4834 S. Oakley AveExpansion and rehabilition of an existing 50,000 sq ft building to expand the custom furniture and design business with the adjoining lot to increase production capacity, hire from the neighborhood and add an arts mentorship incubation space.$1,850,000.002019
Bronzeville Culinary Kitchens436 E. 47th St.Buildout of new shared commercial kitchen and events facility to support new and existing food-based small businesses.$250,000.002018
Bronzeville Salon Suites, LLC *80 E. Pershing Rd.Construct a 6,500 sq. ft building to create 18 fully equipped salon suites for independent beauty professionals.$720,334.002018
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$110,000.002017
C.R.O.E. Broadcast Studio2434 W. 71st St.Renovations of existing TV broadcast studio to add radio and web-based services. C.R.O.E.'s programming is intended to help with outreach center serving local residents and the surrounding community. $138,831.502019
Café Du Bois325 W. 95th St.Acquire, renovate, and transform the vacant property into a sit-down retail coffee shop, Café Du Bois. The project will be developed and managed by The Endeleo Institute who will seek a local resident to manage and operate the coffee shop.$250,000.002019
Calahan Funeral Home7046 S. Halsted St.Expansion of an existing funeral home with a building addition and new parking.$250,000.002018
California Smoke House 2800 W. Madison St. Rehab of the building to develop a new restaurant to replace the closed Wallace's Catfish Corner$150,000.002017
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$110,500.002017
Catedral Café2455 - 59 S. Christian Ave.Buildout for start-up vegan restaurant with demo kitchen and rooftop patio. The owners own La Catedral Café & restaurant across the street, an anchor in the Little Village community.$204,500.002019
Cerveza Fiesta Restaurant and Brewpub3125 W. Cermak Rd.Landlord buildout for new restaurant tenant – Cerveza Fiesta Restaurant and Brewpub. In addition to brewpub food and beer offerings, they will conduct brewing classes on site.$142,350.002019
Chef Sara's Café7201 S. Exchange Ave.Renovations to existing local café to increase efficiency and improve customer dining area.$53,300.002019
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.$150,000.002018
Chubby's Char House5963 W. Madison St.Buildout for a start-up restaurant that will hire and train ex-offenders.$130,325.002018
Cinemas Entertainmentt3300 W. Roosevelt Rd.Buildout of a sit-down dining area within a new movie theater serving the North Lawndale community.$249,775.002018
Civic Commons - St. Laurence *1341-53 E. 72nd StreetRedevelopment of the former St. Laurence Catholic elementary school into a 40,000 sq ft arts and business incubator for community use, art programming, art skill training and artist work space.$1,600,000.002019
Coleman's Bar-B-Que #25752-56 W. Chicago Ave.Renovations and updates to established and family-owned barbecue restaurant.$124,408.052018
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$48,880.002017
Cup O' Joe Coffee - Veteran Roasters *626 East 111th StreetLease relocation of Cup of Joe to expand into a 28,000 sq ft facility for coffee and brewery production, that will include a cafe and brewpub and provide jobs to veterans.$2,000,000.002019
Cynthia's Gumbo 10333 S. Halsted St. Build-out of space for a catering and take-out southern-style restaurant.$68,250.002018
D.G. Deli and Produce market5449 W. Division St.Buildout for a start-up fresh meat and vegetables store.$79,300.002019
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$40,000.002017
Definition Theater Company *6551 S Cottage Grove AveRehabilitation and acquisition of an existing building, to include new HVAC, ceiling replacement, roof repairs, and buildout of office space and rehearsal space for a performing arts center and theatre.$1,600,000.002019
Del-Kar Pharmacy 3726 W. 16th St. Renovations to longstanding neighborhood pharmacy and convenience store.$102,375.002018
Dog-E-Stylez Grooming Salon1944 W. 47th St.Renovations to pet store and grooming salon and development of adjacent dog park.$55,900.002018
Don Pepe Restaurant3614 W. 26th St.Expansion of the restaurant to provide opportunities to feature local Latinx-themed artwork. Don Pepe will work with local artists to showcase their work. The project will add new capacity with a new exhaust hood and walk-in freezer.$35,999.602019
Doughboy's352 E. 71st St.Buildout for new tenant: Doughboy’s restaurant specializing in soul food and other specialty items. $61,750.002018
DragonFLY Gallery and Creative Spaces2436 W. Madison St.Acquisition and buildout for an art gallery and studio that will also offer classes and programming for local high school students.$98,325.002019
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.$250,000.002018
Duwell Fish Company617 S. Pulaski Rd.Existing fish retailer renovating their parking lot and building out space for an outdoor farmer’s market. A 50-year old family-owned company.$80,207.692019
El Pollo Bravo4105 W. 26th St.Acquisition and buildout to re-open a chicken restaurant (specializing in flame grilled chicken). This project will allow Pollo Bravo to remain on the same block they were formerly operating on.$161,525.002019
Emanuel's Chapel Funeral Home 5112 S. Western Ave. Improvements to the façade and redevelopment of the parking lot.$147,550.002018
Englewood Branded 1546 W. 63rd St.Renovations to existing neighborhood-centric screen printing shop. The renovations will allow them to improve the retail area and the screen printing training area.$162,500.002019
Enlace Chicago *2759 S. Harding Ave.Buildout the third floor and rooftop to house an incubator for local small businesses and cooperatives with a focus on food, agriculture and art.$550,000.002018
Essential Elements - Chicago 1640 E. 87th St. Renovations to an existing Women's boutique to include replacement of roof and flooring.$22,500.002018
Etcetera 2674 W. Madison St. Complete rehab of a start-up American restaurant and sports bar.$250,000.002018
Far South CDC9951 S. Halsted St.Renovations to office space to help Far South CDC increase its office capacity, providing space for 18 – 25 employees.$49,510.002019
Floreria La Orquidea2458 S. Millard Ave.Acquisition and buildout for relocation and expansion of existing floral arrangement business.$243,750.002019
FoodHero L3C3525 W. 26th St.Buildout for a shared commercial kitchen with culinary and business training programs. Food Hero is an existing organization that offers certified courses in restaurant management, food manufacturing, food safety, etc.$162,500.002019
Frances Cocktail Lounge307 E. 75th St.Expansion of longstanding neighborhood tavern with an all seasons back patio and expansion of kitchen.$55,267.652019
Full Video Production Services2226 E. 71st St.Acquisition of an adjacent lot and renovations to an existing video production service business.$250,000.002019
Gallery Guichard 446 E. 47th St. Expansion of the gallery with the addition of an outdoor sculpture garden that will house rotating exhibits$15,000.002017
Garcia's Svcs, Inc. 5134 W. Grand Ave. Renovations to exterior and interior of building for a notary and document translation services business.$68,250.002018
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$212,500.002017
Gatling's Repast & Event Center10223-10227 S. Halsted St.Buildout for a state of the art events center affiliated with nearby Gatling's Chapel to support and grow the 30-year old business.$250,000.002019
Give Me Some Sugah2234 E. 71st St.Renovations to existing local bakery to increase commercial kitchen capacity.$12,805.002019
GN Bank4619 S. King DriveRenovations for a the only remaining black-owned, community bank in Chicago, the successor to ISF Bank.$50,850.002019
Halsted Memorial Chapels12345 S. Halsted St.Interior and exterior renovations to convert a former bowling alley into a new funeral home offering affordable services to the community.$250,000.002019
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. $149,828.252018
Head Quarters Barber Academy 5131 W. Madison St. Build-out on the second floor to expand existing barber shop and barber academy.$112,515.002018
Herban Produce2858 W. Van Buren St.Expansion for existing urban farm and buildout of adjacent commercial storefront for an associated events space.$150,751.252019
Heritage Café1849 E. 79th St.Renovation and acquisition of building to improve efficiency, increase capacity, and make use of the back lot for the café.$193,450.002019
Heritage Plaza Banquet Facility1500 W. 95th St.Commercial kitchen and banquet hall renovations for an existing community-oriented banquet facility affiliated with Third Baptist Church of Chicago.$150,000.002019
Hoagie Kingz10314 s halsted stTenant buildout for new sandwich shop specializing in hoagies, steak sandwiches, gyros, wings, Italian beefs, etc. $36,985.002019
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$45,737.252017
Huddle House Diner *9401 S. Stony Island Ave.Acquisition of vacant lot and construction of a new location for Huddle House diner franchise.$1,100,000.002019
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.$250,000.002018
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$200,000.002017
Iyanze Bronze 308 E. 51st St. Build-out for a second location of the Nigerian restaurant in the Bronzeville Cookin' building$101,124.002017
Jacaranda Bar3608 W. 26th St.Beautification of the space for a neighborhood tavern and lounge, plus addition of a back patio. $83,850.002019
Jeffery Java and Old Fashioned Donuts1951 E. 71st St.Buildout of start-up coffee shop and café featuring Old Fashioned Donuts.$250,000.002018
Karla's Kitchen of Chicago 801 S. Pulaski Rd. Property acquisition and rehab for the relocation and expansion of this soul food restaurant$200,000.002017
Karry Young Development1310 E. 75th St.Buildout of a banquet hall and events space on the ground floor with a full kitchen and a cigar lounge on the second floor.$250,000.002019
Kenwood Dental Group1335 E. 87th St.Renovations and modernization of an existing dental practice.$123,863.002018
Kusanya Café 823 W. 69th St.Renovations to neighborhood café and adjacent space to allow for an expansion where they will offer wellness and yoga classes.$55,250.002019
La Copacabana Fruit Market2732 W. Cermak Rd.Renovations and updates to full service grocery store and neighborhood market. $170,950.002018
La Cremeria Santa Maria 3300 W. 26th St. Expansion of the dairy retailer and wholesaler with a second location in Little Village.$58,500.002018
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.$225,413.502018
Larry's Barber College10456 S. Halsted St.Purchase and rehab to longstanding barber shop and college.$156,000.002018
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.$250,000.002018
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.$76,050.002018
Leamington Foods *3250 W. Roosevelt Rd.Resize existing grocery store to allow grocer to remodel, rebrand, and reinvest in the North Lawndale community.$1,547,484.712018
LeKula Café 645 - 53 W. 119th St. Complete interior build-out and redevelopment of parking lot for start-up café and lounge.$200,000.002018
Linda's Sport Shoes3236 W. 26th St.Renovations and updates to a sporting goods store specializing in athletic footwear.$16,500.002018
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.$250,000.002018
Love Dental11139 S. Halsted St.Renovations to a parking lot for a general dental office.$25,350.002019
M & M Realty LLC1701 E. 75th St.Redevelopment of a vacant former carwash for a multi-tenant retail strip to accommodate a new coffee shop and other commercial uses.$250,000.002019
M Lounge69 East Garfield Blvd.Buildout for an upscale boutique restaurant called Cleo’s and a private event space called M7. M Lounge owns and operates two similar lounges in the South Loop. $235,300.002019
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.$15,000.002018
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$39,000.002017
Madland Industries, LLC *328 N. Albany AveRehabilitation of the property to house Passion House Coffee Roasters, a photography business, and other potential tenants.$660,000.002019
Majani7355 S. Exchange Ave.Buildout of a commissary kitchen and offices for a growing vegan restaurant and catering company.$159,250.002018
Majestic Florist 8145 S. Cottage Grove Ave. Complete renovation of the local floral shop$150,000.002017
Mana Gourmet Foods942-44 E. 79th St.Buildout for a start-up café and dessert shop that serves an innovative and locally made product.$162,500.002018
Marlon's Chicken602 E. 75th St.Building upgrades to a neighborhood eatery specializing in chicken.$37,250.002018
Martinez Funeral Home2534 S. Pulaski Rd.Interior and exterior renovations to independently owned, LatinX funeral home. $114,400.002019
Melvina Masterminds6114 W. North Ave.Buildout for a new entity, led by comedian and Chicago native Hannibal Burress, that will seek to enrich students with skill development. This entity will offer entrepreneurship training programs and include a performing arts venue.$250,000.002019
Metropolitan Premier Grocery56 E. 47th St.Buildout of new grocery store to service Rosenwald tenants and local community.$110,500.002018
Mikkey's Retro Grill 8126 S. Stony Island Ave. Building rehab to open a second location of the restaurant$81,250.002017
Mosaic Wellness and Beauty Bar5658 - 60 W. Madison St.Buildout for start-up full service salon including wellness services.$48,750.002019
MZZ.Tish's Personal Touch Salon8602 S. Racine Ave.Renovations to an existing beauty salon.$18,248.752019
National Park Foundation11057 S. Cottage Grove Ave.Buildout for the Visitors' Center at the forthcoming National Pullman Monument Park.$250,000.002018
Nipsey's Restaurant & Bar9156 S. Stony Island Ave.Buildout for a start-up southern-style restaurant with 90s theme.$95,875.002019
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.$228,800.002018
North Lawndale Employment Network *1111 S. Homan Ave.Acquisition and rehabilitation of a site to builld new training campus that will house a café and event rental space as well as an urban farm for Sweet Beginnings.$2,500,000.002019
Nortom Public Accounting & Auditing Company1514 W. 87th St.Buildout for a start-up accounting services and insurance brokerage firm.$21,710.002019
Nubian Nation Greek Boutique7525 S. Vincennes Ave.Beautification of an long-standing retailer/distributor (e-commerce business) of merchandise for black Greek letter organizations.  $90,735.002019
Nuevo Leon Restaurant 3657 W. 26th St. Rehab of long-standing Mexican restaurant and redevelopment of customer parking lot.$98,995.002018
Ogden Commons *2632-2646 West Ogden New constructuion of a large office and retail building for retail restaurant tenants.$2,500,000.002019
OK Corral3225 W. 26th St.Buildout for the relocation of a longstanding western wear retailer that has been in business in Little Village for over 15 years.$179,400.002019
OLD NAVY 11700 S. Marshfield Ave. Build-out for Old Navy store in Marshfield Plaza.$213,538.502018
Original Soul Vegetarian 203 E. 75th St. Property acquisition and rehab to expand existing restaurant and streamline the space$200,000.002017
Osito's Tap 2553 S. Ridgeway Ave. Build-out of start-up craft beer and spirits bar adjacent to family-owned Moreno's Liquors.$162,500.002018
Panaderia Coral3807 W. 26th St.Interior renovations to increase capacity for lonstanding neighborhood bakery that has been serving the community since 1980.$95,230.702019
Party Wheelz7508 S. Cottage Grove Ave.Acquisition and buildout for start-up event space focused on birthdays for ages 3 - 12. Kids will be able to drive high-end brand electric cars that can be remotely controlled by parents.$132,184.002019
Peach's on 47th *4652 S King Dr.Expansion of an existing restaurant kitchen and dining hall to provide live jazz and blues on the weekends as part of a musically curated brunch.$400,000.002019
PMJ Enterprises4122 W. Grand Ave.Façade repairs for a general contracting company’s professional office.$145,662.402019
Pretty Dapper 3810 W. 16th St. Build-out of a day spa at the Martin Luther King Legacy Homes complex.$32,955.002018
Restaurant Y Taqueria La Justicia3901 W. 26th St.Exterior and interior renovations to a long-standing family-owned Mexican restaurant.$76,700.002018
RH Sneed's Hardware & Maintenance1650 W. 79th St.Interior and exterior renovations for a longstanding, minority-owned, independent hardware store.$23,075.002019
Rincon Family Services and XD Technology Center3942 W. North Ave.Buildout for a technology training center extension of a family support center.$237,250.002019
Rock the Islands Café 7114 S. Yates Blvd.Buildout for a start-up restaurant that will feature fare inspired by Jamaican, Haitian, and Cuban cuisines.$59,475.002019
Shakespear Rose Culinary Kitchen6246 S. St Lawrence Ave.Rehab of a commercial space to accommodate a commercial kitchen to incubate food-based businesses. Will offer cooking classes, host events and pop-up restaurants.$89,700.002019
Shawn Michelle's Churned Homemade 56 E. 47th St. Build-out for a new ice cream parlor and warm pie pantry$63,358.002017
Shuga Rush5904 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$94,575.002017
Sip & Savor 78 E. 47th St. New location of Sip and Savor coffee shop in the recently revitalized Rosenwald building$74,750.002017
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$98,500.002017
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.$152,327.502018
Smokey Zo's 11641 S. Halsted Ave.Buildout for a start-up wife-and-husband-owned barbecue restaurant. $53,250.002019
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$58,955.002017
South Side Community Art Center3831 S. Michigan Ave.Comprehensive building restoration for City landmark that is home to an iconic arts and culture organization.$250,000.002018
Spirit & Soul Catering5141 W. Madison St.Buildout for a start-up southern style restaurant and catering operation.$41,925.002019
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.$250,000.002018
Stewart Music Emporium212 E. 79th St.Buildout for start-up music store that offers rentals, music lessons and rehearsal space.$162,678.632019
Stone Community Development Corporation4932-36 W. Chicago Ave.Renovations of multi-tenant commercial space for professional office space, a community center operated by Stone Community CDC, and a new gourmet popcorn retailer.$250,000.002019
Stony Island Designs6948 S. Stony Island Ave.Building renovations for a start-up paint and decorating products retailer.$90,870.002019
Strawberry Café 1652 E. 79th St. Establishment of a new start-up restaurant specializing in breakfast and catering to the community.$250,000.002018
Style and Flow Salon9912 S. Ewing Ave.Buildout for a start-up beauty salon specializing in blow outs.$12,407.002019
Sunshine Gospel Ministries *360-76 E. 61st St.Acquire and restore historic art-deco building to house shared office space and business incubator.$1,875,000.002018
Sweet Potato Patch / McLaurin Development Partners *7721 S. Ashland AveAcquisition of 21,478 sf vacant site and buildout of commercial kitchen to serve as a business incubator for urban farming entrepreneurs in re-purposed shipping containers.$1,000,000.002019
SYTE Corporation *6793 S. Chicago Ave.Renovate 17,922 sq. ft. building into a headquarters for SYTE Corp., a technology and training incubator, and a small business development center.$2,108,928.002018
Taqueria Maravatio2625 W. 59th St.Buildout for relocation and expansion of existing Mexican restaurant.$186,387.502019
Teatro Tariakuri 3117 W. 63rd St.Exterior renovations (façade, storefront and roofing) to an existing dance theatre company that provides services to children and adults. They offer classes in English and Spanish.$35,750.002019
Ted's Place5813 W. Madison St.Renovations and updates to longstanding community tavern.$20,800.002018
The Annex2100 E. 71st St.Buildout for new food hall, incubator and business accelerator.$110,000.002019
The Artisan Collective1735 E. 71st St.Buildout for South Shore Chamber of commerce led arts-focused retail incubator to support local artisans.$39,563.552019
The Boyce Group and Aquarium Que Bar & Grill3452-58 W. 16th St.Buildout for a multi-tenant commercial building that will house staffing agency and start-up barbeque themed sports bar.$138,450.002019
The Build Brothers2612 W. 71st St.Buildout for a new office space for engineering and construction company including a technical training center. They will offer training to 14-21 year olds for technical programs such as AutoCad and Micro-Station.$250,000.002019
The Grove on Cottage *4528 S Cottage Grove AveNew construction of coworking space on the Cottage Grove corridor with office space and amenities including a café, retail space, a wellness center and a live music venue.$1,500,000.002019
The Honeycomb 2547 W. 71st St. Renovations to reopen the sports bar that closed in 2012 due to a fire$32,500.002017
The Jumper Store5315 W. Lake St.Acquisition and buildout for existing party rental company looking to open a new location to expand their business.$187,200.002019
The Kehrein Center for the Arts *5608 W. WashingtonRehab vacant auditorium into a performing arts center with 1,000 seat theater to expand educational and recreational offerings.$1,000,000.002018
The Law Office of Theodore London1718 E. 87th St.Expansion of existing law practice into an adjacent storefront to support growing business.$221,000.002018
The Lighthouse Café524 S. Laramie Ave.Buildout for start-up neighborhood coffee shop.$29,425.502019
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$40,000.002017
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$30,000.002017
The Reading Room Café335 E. 51st St.Buildout for minority/woman-owned start-up vegan café with a library theme. They will create a "lending library" wall of books for customers.$54,600.002019
The Salud Center Fitness Facility3039 E. 91st St.Buildout of a new fitness center as part of the forthcoming Salud Center, a redevelopment of a vacated large YMCA building.$250,000.002019
The Wellness Connection at Imani Village901 E. 95th St.Buildout of commercial tenant spaces within Imani Village project for a pharmacy, produce market and coffee shop -- all tenants will have a health focus.$219,000.462019
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.$65,000.002018
The Woodshop Art Gallery441 E. 75th St.Renovations to update longstanding community anchor art gallery, custom cabinetry maker and frame shop. The Woodhsop has been serving the South Side for over 40 years.$45,175.002019
Tom's Pancake House1509 W. 47th St.Acquisition and buildout for a start-up family-oriented diner offer an “American breakfast.” They will collaborate with nearby culinary schools to offer workforce training opportunities.$250,000.002019
Tropical Optical Company3624 W. 26th St.Exterior and interior renovations for a full service optical office.$156,000.002018
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$20,250.002017
Uncle Remus Restaurant 5611 W. Madison St. Rehab of the restaurant including floor repairs, façade improvements, new roofing and new fencing$50,000.002017
Urban Core1840 E. 71st St.Buildout to accommodate four new health-focused businesses including yoga studio.$235,599.002019
Vendors Kitchen3654 W. 16th St.Building purchase and commercial kitchen expansion for an existing Mexican street vendor cooperative.$110,000.002019
Wagging Swag Pet Salon820 E. 63rd St.Buildout of a commercial unit in Woodlawn Station for an upscale dog, cat, and general pet grooming salon. Will provide dog walking and doggy daycare services as well.$114,238.802019
Waldron Property Solutions LLC9017 S. Cottage GroveAcquisition and buildout of office space for a general contracting firm.$242,450.002019
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$125,000.002017
West Humboldt Park Development Council3620 W. Chicago Ave.Renovations for a neighborhood non-profit organization focused on business development and commercial corridor enhancements.$120,282.502019
Wincorp Ventures2838 W. Roosevelt Rd.Conversion of existing convenience store into small grocery with healthier food options.$159,217.502019
Windy City Mushroom4514 W. North Ave. Complete renovations including façade and mechanicals for a new mushroom growing facility that will sell to local restaurants and retailers, and will also donate extra mushrooms to local food pantries.$250,000.002019
WINGS 3513 W. 63rd St. Build-out of a new re-sale retail clothing store for domestic violence social enterprise.$150,000.002018
Woodlawn Station804 - 820 E. 63rd St. This project will help fund the tenant improvements for the following new tenants: Brown Sugar Bakery, UPS and Blue Lotus Yoga. The tenants will have less buildout required of them byway of this assistance.$125,000.002019
YWCA Metropolitan Chicago's Small Business Incubator6600 S. Cottage Grove.Expansion for a long standing social services center who is adding a small business incubator and technology training center.$131,971.802019

* Larger projects (over $250,000 in grant funds) are pending City Council approval, and will have a full Redevelopment Agreement governing the terms of a larger grant, which will include standard M/WBE, prevailing wage and City residency construction requirements.

** Estimated Grant Amounts are preliminary estimates. Final awards are de­termined after two contractor bids have been received and a construction budget is finalized.


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