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Quality-of-Life Plan 2021

Far South Chicago One Band. One Sound.

Advisory Committee | Engagement & Planning Phase, 2020-2021

The Advisory Committee for the Far South Quality-of-Life Plan was the governing body of both the engagement phase and planning process. Advisory Committee members mobilized their networks to participate in six in-person and virtual community summits, co-led working groups, and oversaw the planning process.

Tyree Booker
Executive Director of Excel Academy Roseland
Reverend Elena Calloway
The Rock Enterprises and Development Corporation- T.R.E.A.D. Social Justice Chair
Dr. Joyce Chapman
FSCC President & Far South Community Action Council Chairman
Cheryl Johnson
Founder & CEO, People for Community Recovery
Tina Sanders
Co-Founder & CEO, Phalanx Family Services
Gloria Cosey
President, Rosemoor Community Association
Antione (D-ice) Dobine
Founder & CEO, Hands Around the Hundreds
David Doig
President, Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives
Marsha Eaglin, M.Ed.
Founder & CEO, IMPACT Family Center Branding & Youth and Family Chair
Dallas Gordon
DESI-Washington Heights Workforce Center Chicago Workforce Development Chair
Terrhonda Hudson
Chicago Rehab Network, Community Resident & Housing Chair
JoAnn Kenner
London Towne Houses Co-Operative Inc., President
Diane Latiker
Founder & CEO Kids Off the Block
Deloris Lucas
Golden Gates Homeowners Association
Sandra M. Patterson
President, Cottage Grove Heights Community Coalition
David A. Peterson Jr.
President/Executive Director, National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum Tourism/Transportation Chair
Pastor Jerome Powell
Senior Pastor, Beacon Light Ministries
Andrea Reed
Executive Director, Greater Roseland Chamber of Commerce
Dr. Tonya Roberson, PhD,MPH
Governor State University Mental Health & Wellness Chair
Dina Rutledge
Community Resident
Audrena Spence
Executive Director Calumet Area, Metropolitan Family Services Youth & Family Service Chair
Pauline Sylvain-Lewis
Roseland Reconnection Hub Director, Phalanx Family Services
Lee Taylor
Program Director, UCAN Riverdale
Juliette Tyson
Imani Village, Mission Coordinator, Green Technologies Chair
Win Walker
State Farm Insurance Agent Economic Development Chair
Dr. Yvonne Wilson
Body of Christ Deliverance Ministries Faith Based & Education Chair
Our Vision

We are many bodies, but one mind, making a difference in the lives of the people of the Far Southside of Chicago.

Our vision is the Far Southside of Chicago will be a region:
  • Bridging the gaps and building widespread intergenerational communication and collaboration. 

  • Unifying through equity and having scalable systems to measure outcomes of accountability and justice towards transformation   

  • Building new, healthy, sustainable family entertainment with thriving, viable business districts that are family-focused and safe.

  • Promoting diverse learning opportunities, training programs and life skills, work-study, and improving and sustaining traditional and non-traditional options.

  • Preserving and cultivating community and cultural pride by improving visibility and unity across the Far South region.

  • Beautifying and creating more awareness around green space, clean energy through the pride of ownership, and introductions to green economies and digital currency.

  • Circulating and recycling the community dollar in the Far South Chicago's Ethnic Wall Street by supporting each other economically.

  • Building career opportunities and encouraging entrepreneurship through the collaboration of workforce agencies in the Far South.

  • Enhancing community empowerment of all community members through activities like homeownership and improved housing opportunities.

  • Removing the mental health stigma and supporting self-care and caring for each other, especially our children in the legislative system. 

We deserve the best

The Far Southside of Chicago is a vast up and coming area, comprised of diverse, caring community leaders, businesses, green energy/technology companies, faith leaders, organizations, schools, and residents (young and old), who are working together to revitalize, develop, and create a thriving community of

neighborhoods that are economically, physically, culturally, educationally, financially productive, successful, and safe for all those with a stake in the community. 

The Far Southside of Chicago comprises historic communities that have undergone massive transitions over the years. The Far South Chicago Coalition identified an entire region and gathered meaningful parties to create the largest Quality-of-Life plan area LISC Chicago has ever focused on to assist coordination. COVID-19 has shed a brighter light on the worsening Black life-expectancy gap in Chicago.

With these factors at the forefront towards sustainable transformation, the strategies provided by the community address the necessary actions needed. 

Keep up with us

This plan will be updated regularly as we implement the vision and strategies you see below and form more detailed action plans.  Check back often, but the best way to stay up to date is to join us.  We welcome all Far South residents and partners from within and beyond our communities who can help move forward this vision to join a committee.  For more visit ,email or call 773-627-4829 to get involved.

Youth involved with National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum
Our Community
Far Southside QLP Boundaries

Bounded by 95th Street on the north, the City limits on the south, the Bishop Ford Expressway on the east, and I-57 on the west. The Far South Quality-of-life plan includes a focus on the following communities: Roseland, Altgeld Gardens, Calumet Heights, Cottage Grove Heights, Fernwood, Golden Gates, London Towne, Morgan Park, Pullman, Roseland Heights, Rosemoor, Washington Heights, and West Pullman.

Our Physical Assets and Landscapes: Natural Assets

The beauty of the natural assets of the Far Southside is unparalleled. From the Cal-Sag River and Channel "Calumet-Saganashkee Channel", which historically was a part of the underground railroad, that slaves used in their attempt to escape to freedom, to the Major Taylor Bike Trail named after legendary African American cyclist Marshall "Major" Taylor, part of the Cook County Forest Preserve's Dan Ryan Woods and the Chicago Park District, there is something to engage the residents as well as anyone wishing to explore the treasures that nature has to offer.

Park Districts and Community Centers

Several special park districts and community centers are located on the Far Southside that offers residents access to playgrounds, indoor and outdoor sports fields, basketball courts, educational programming, and computer learning, and shared space for community gatherings. Places to relax, play sports, host parties, connect with friends, and do so much more.

National APR Pullman Porter Museum & Pullman Visitor Center

Asa Philip Randolph and Pullman Porters were the men who made up the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters (BSCP) union. Randolph was the chief organizer and co-founder of the BSCP, the first African-American labor union in the country to win a collective bargaining agreement. Under Randolph's leadership, the Pullman Porters fought a courageous battle for employment equality with the corporate giant, the Pullman Rail Car Company. The museum and the visitor center (information center) are a rich legacy for the community and the city.

Transit and Highways

The Far Southside of Chicago connects drivers and transit riders to the rest of the city through the Bishop Ford Freeway, a network of bus routes, the CTA Red Line train station. Plans are being developed to expand the Red Line, adding four more stops to the line increasing accessibility to and from the Far Southside. The proposed plan includes a stop at 103rd, 111th, Michigan Avenue and 130th Street. 

assets of Far South



Our Assets: The People of the Far Southside

The individual assets and gifts of the Far Southside are the people that are a very diverse and multi-faceted mix of individuals, families, businesses, and organizations.

Our Cultural Assets: What We Do That Expresses Who We Are

The Far Southside is rich in unique cultural assets and traditions that magnify and define its importance to the community and the city. Far too many to list, these events honor the legacy of individuals who have positively impacted the community. They foster neighborhood pride and work together with our families and all the communities within our geographic area. Through fun, entertainment, and even educational activities that stabilize the community, these relationships unite, strengthen, and empower individuals and families to excel and improve their lives.

Our Local Economy: How We Exchange Goods, Services and Labor

Once known for its bustling business corridor on Michigan Ave, the area has been dramatically declining, but a new renewal era is rising. Resident business ownership and larger chain and retail businesses are bringing a revival to the site. Our roots stretch from long-time business staples such as Richard's Super Premium Ice Cream and Old Fashioned Doughnuts, which have city-wide acclaim. Our economic picture is changing, generating produce with Dutch Farms, Gotham Greens, Method Soap Factory, and newer businesses such as One Eleven Food Hall and Amazon. This transition is fueled by our community-driven and city projects such as Invest South West and the Chicago Neighborhood Initiative, to name a few.

Communication & Collaboration

Communication & Collaboration Goal:

The Far Southside of Chicago will close communication gaps and encourage collaboration.

West Pullman Fall Festival in October of 2021

Collaborations will bring people together to share and enjoy the place where we live.  As a community we are capable of policing ourselves and holding each other accountable with a village approach. 

we have many senior citizens who raised generations of their families and give stability, historical knowledge, legacy, and strength to the community. but we are also transitioning:

55% of Far South residents are between the ages of 19 and 34

There are 100 block clubs in the community and many strong neighborhood associations

LISC Quality-of-Life planning information session at Phalanx Family Services in January 2020.

Convening this plan was a collaboration of Far South Chicago Coalition advisory board representing more than 26 local organizations.  95% of the members live in the community.

Key Local Factors


Organize opportunities for leadership development & collective activities with residents of the Far South side
  • Assemble a community policing action plan
  • Host meet and greets and engage the community by offering resources and information as to how these programs work
  • Create a campaign to invigorate new people to join the existing pool of faithful volunteers

Lead Advocates: Joyce Chapman (Far South Chicago Coalition), Marsha Eaglin (IMPACT Family Center), David Peterson (Randolph's Dream CDC), Elizabeth Johnson (Phalanx Family Services) 

We hope to next engage: Kroc Center, United Way,  Chicago Public Schools


Streamline effective communication channels across the region
  • Develop community newsletter on various social media and door to door materials
  • Create a community portal/app with resources and opportunities in each area of the community
  • Incorporate popular communication tools successfully used in the region like billboards
  • Assemble local organizations focused on driving initiatives

Lead Advocates: Joyce Chapman (Far South Chicago Coalition), Marsha Eaglin (IMPACT Family Center), David Peterson (Randolph's Dream CDC), Elizabeth Johnson (Phalanx Family Services), Dr. Tonya Roberson (Governors State University) 

We hope to next engage: 8th, 9th, 34th Ward Aldermen's Offices, Department of Family Support Services and other City Departments, Google, United Way


Build scalable systems to measure outcomes of accountability and justice towards transformation
  • Launch a community advisory board that has input on Aldermanic menu and TIF funds, and audits organizations and companies receiving those funds
  • Identify owners of vacant properties and put pressure on them
  • Activate existing and new block clubs with a needs assessment
  • Promote high-quality intervention strategies and follow-up

Lead Advocates: David Peterson (Randolph's Dream CDC), Sandra Patterson (Cottage Grove Heights Community Coalition),Pauline Sylvain-Lewis (Phalanx Family Services)

We hope to next engage: Woods Funds Chicago, Department of Planning & Development, Microsoft


Housing Goal:

All residents of the Far Southside of Chicago will be empowered through homeownership and improved housing opportunities, especially our seniors.

Newly renovated home with a Black-owned realty group in Roseland.

The Far South planning region has just over 38,000 households: 65% own their homes vs. 45% citywide.

In 2021, 829 CPS students were reported homeless in the 8th ward, 743 in the 34th ward and 602 in the 21st ward.

2.8% of our youth 24 years and under are unsheltered.

According to the City of Chicago's 311 services there are over 9,047 abandoned buildings in the 8th, 9th, 21st and 34th Wards.
Dave Doig, President of Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives, showing visitors the Artist Residence program within Invest South West.

In 2020, the median first-time homebuyer was 34 years old.

We have over 21,000 residents between the ages 35-49 and 20,000 between ages 5-19.



Expand homeownership programs and resources for homeowners to maintain their homes

  • Support existing homeownership associations like Golden Gates Homeownership Association & London Towne Homes Cooperative, Inc.
  • Launch resourced homeowners associations across the Far Southside of Chicago
  • Advocate for preferred rates on loans for purchasing a home in the community

Lead Advocates: Sandra Patterson (Cottage Grove Heights Community Coalition), Deloris Lucas (Golden Gates Homeowners Association), JoAnn Kenner (London Towne Houses Cooperative, Inc.), David Doig (Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives) , Gloria Cosey (Rosemoor Community Association)

We hope next to engage: City of Chicago, US Bank, JP Morgan Chase, Woods Fund, Wells Fargo


Regain vacant and abandoned houses back into community hands

  • Acquire a listing of vacant residential properties for current and potential residents to purchase
  • Organize interested homebuyers in the neighborhood to become ready homebuyers to take on homes
  • Develop housing programs with Returning citizens in mind
  • Build Senior housing and care facilities
  • Advocate to develop homeless shelters
  • Create affordable housing connected to financial literacy programs and resources

Lead Advocates: Sandra Patterson (Cottage Grove Heights Community Coalition), Deloris Lucas (Golden Gates Homeowners Association), JoAnn Kenner (London Towne Houses Cooperative, Inc.), David Doig (Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives), Gloria Cosey (Rosemoor Community Association), Rev. Elena Calloway (T.R.E.A.D)

We hope next to engage: Department of Housing, HUD, Far South CDC, All Chicago, State of Illinois, Neighborhood Housing Services



Increase Black homeownership to counteract the Black exodus of Chicago

  • Create a campaign to keep Black millennials in the community
  • Assess needs of Black millennials for the region to become appealing
  • Coordinate mortgage lenders offering grants for Black homeowners in Black communities

Lead Advocates: Gloria Cosey (Rosemoor Community Association), David Doig (Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives), Sandra Patterson (Cottage Grove Heights Community Coalition)

We hope next to engage: TRIBE, Salesforce, Guaranteed Rate 

Economic Development

Economic Development Goal:

The Far Southside of Chicago will circulate and recycle the community dollar in Far South Chicago's Ethnic Wall Street by supporting each other economically.

making donuts

2020 saw an overall increase in buying power across the Far South communities, part of a national trend. 

BY 2026

professional-business services, health care & social assistance, leisure-hospitality, retail trade and manufacturing 

are projected to be the largest employing industries in Illinois (IDES DATA)

The Far South side is home to over 88% Black/African American residents

Where Blacks Are Shopping chart

African American buying power rose to $1.6 trillion in 2020, or 9% of the nation’s total buying power (Selig Center, UGA)



Create a safe environment for the community to live and shop 

  • Identify vacant store fronts for retail and shared kitchen incubators
  • Bring a quality grocery store in Altgeld Gardens at 130th
  • Assemble more stores and anchor businesses in our community like Nordstrom's Rack and premium outlet stores at 95th between Stony Island and Woodlawn
  • Coordinate with community and Department of Streets and Sanitation on priority cleaning efforts
  • Utilize positive business models with built in give back to the community to provide incentive to work and shop locally
  • Develop a fun entertainment complex with movie theater, boxing and roller rink
Lead Advocates for Strategy 1: Terrhonda Hudson (Community Resident), Sandra Patterson (Cottage Grove Heights Community Coalition), Lee Taylor (UCAN) 

We hope next to engage: Cook County Land Bank, Chicago Cubs Charities, Trader Joes, Aldi, Mariano's, Pete's Fresh Market, Hyatt, Department of Streets & Sanitation, 8th & 34th Ward Aldermen, World Business Chicago, Navy Pier


Strengthen opportunities for skills training and employment in the community

  • Streamline skills training for community residents interested in the development and operation of the Red Line Extension
  • Help bring a hotel and hospitality workforce center on 95th between Stony Island and Woodlawn
  • Repurpose the building behind Carver Park and create an industry-focused trade center
  • Create a Senior Hub/Coffee House and Wellness Building at the Roseland Medical District

Lead Advocates: Rev. Elena Calloway (T.R.E.A.D), Kim Tran (Chicago State University's Center for Workforce Equity)

We hope next to engage: Chicago Transit Authority, Hyatt, Clayco, Inc., Far South CDC


Equip local entrepreneurs with resources

  • Host regular opportunities for community members to gain knowledge to start a business
  • Increase Black & Latino dollars staying within the community
  • Support infrastructure and funding for Black-owned cooperatives and collectives like London Town Houses Cooperative, Inc., Golden Gates Homeownership Association

Lead Advocates: JoAnn Kenner (London Towne Houses Cooperative Inc.),Sandra Patterson (Cottage Grove Heights Community Coalition)

We hope next to engage: City of Chicago Business Affairs and Consumer Protection, other City Departments, National Black Chamber of Commerce


Organize long range (10+ year) funding and support to move large projects forward in the Far Southside of Chicago

  • Create investor pools through community collaborations
  • Make City and State funding opportunities transparent within the community
  • Examine efforts and implementation of projects done in the community
  • Build relationships to challenge corporations like McDonald's and others

Lead Advocates:  Pauline Sylvain (Phalanx Family Services), Sandra Patterson (Cottage Grove Heights Community Coalition), David Doig (Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives)

We hope next to engage: Wintrust Bank, State of Illinois, City of Chicago, Chicago Law Firms


Lead Advocates also covering Strategies 1 &2: Marsha Eaglin (IMPACT Family Center), Dallas Gordon (Washington Heights Workforce Center DESI)

Lead Advocates also covering Strategies (1-3): Deloris Lucas (Golden Gates Homeowners Association), Gloria Cosey (Rosemoor Community Association) 

Lead Advocates also covering Strategies (1-4): David Doig (Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives), Pauline Sylvain-Lewis (Phalanx Family Services)

West Pullman Performing & Culinary Arts Incubator

Good Food & Arts from Within

  • West Pullman community focus
  • Collaborate but be distinctive from other similar enterprises - Kroc Center, Beverly Arts Centers
  • Utilize vacant land or vacant buildings
  • Post Secondary College resource center
  • Hub for mentorship, internships, vocational services, and coding opportunities.
  • Community college partnership

The Far South Performing & Culinary Arts Business Incubator will be the first of its kind. We envision a state-of-the-art center for both entertainment and learning on the Far Southside. Highlighting both are local entrepreneurs to gain skills in both hospitality and business management. The West Pullman Culinary and Performing Arts Incubator will be a beacon and destination for the community offering continuing education courses and skill-building opportunities.

The Lamar Johnson Collaborative architects identified potential sites like 119th & Halsted and illustrated renderings below based off community listening sessions held in 2022.

Inside the West Pullman Performing & Culinary Arts Incubator
Views from the West Pullman Performing & Culinary Arts Incubator
Sidewalk views of the Performing & Culinary Arts Incubator
Inside the Performing & Culinary Arts Incubator's Kitchen

This building, as currently programmed is approximately 13,000sf gross. At current construction pricing, we anticipate the hard costs of this building to be approximately $400/sf for a total construction budget of $5.2mil. This number is for budgetary pricing only and does not include design fees, survey costs, land acquisition, FFE, consultant fees or engineers, cost estimating, permits, entitlements or rezoning.

RIverdale Grocery & Shopping Plaza

Access to Quality Food & Recreation

  • Focus on Food Desert Area in Riverdale, Altgeld, Golden Gate
  • Connect to Expressway
  • Connect to Bike & Walking Trails
  • Utilize Vacant Land
  • Be sensitive to neighbors; low density, low height, large setbacks
  • Balance with desire for Transit Oriented Development at the Red Line extension
  • Meeting and virtual experience spaces
  • Public seating and adaptable space for the Festival activities.
  • Black and Brown businesses to be providers of the goods and services  

A shopping center is overdue in Riverdale. Many of our residents must travel out of the city limits or have limited access to quick bus systems to take residents to the Walmart on 111th Street. The grocery store concept will provide fresh, local food, small business incubation space and opportunities for community engagement.

The Lamar Johnson Collaborative architects identified potential sites like 130th & St. Lawrence and illustrated renderings below based off community listening sessions held in 2022.


Grocery Store Aerial View
Grocery Store Interior View
View from 130th Street
Grocery Store Interior View

This building, as currently programmed is approximately 4,000 square feet gross. At current construction pricing, we anticipate the hard costs of this building to be approximately $250/sf for a total construction budget of $1 million. This number is for budgetary pricing only and does not include design fees, survey costs, land acquisition, consultant fees or engineers, FFE, cost estimating, permits, entitlements or rezoning.

Community Self-Care & Mental Health

Community Self-Care & Mental Health Goal:

The Far Southside of Chicago will remove the mental health stigma and provide more services to address the community towards self-care and caring for each other, especially our children in the legislative system.

mental health is a key goal

We count on our young people to hold adults accountable to being the example they need them to be. And our elders trust our youth to visualize the future of their neighborhoods.

29% of the detainees released from The Cook County Justice System return to the Roseland/West Pullman Area seeking housing and employment.

Our residents will have diverse resources to increase our mental health and opportunity for every generation in our community.

engaging teens at A Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum

Youth (ages 24 and under) comprise 29.1% of the population in Roseland.  Our young people will be the force to get our communities where they need to be. 



Coordinate awareness through open communication regarding the positive values of mental health treatment

  • Establish more mental health facilities at places surrounding the Roseland Medical District
  • Partner with providers for free mental health and family based counseling
  • Invite more speakers to give virtual presentations on mental health
  • Organize green and recreation spaces and recreation to reduce and prevent loneliness, grief, depression or despair
  • Provide funding for open access to mental health services throughout the community that meets individuals where they are
  • Correct situations and add funding where necessary for victims facing trauma
  • Create self-help groups
Lead Advocates: Dr. Tonya Roberson (Governors State University), Sandra Patterson (Cottage Grove Heights Community Coalition), David Doig (Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives), Dr. Yvonne Wilson (Body of Christ Deliverance Ministries) 


Reach our youth and growing adults with quality opportunities to engage in the community

  • Build a youth center and cafe at a newly renovated firehouses like 119th & Peoria
  • Provide youth training and preparation for entering the work world like the Red Line Extension.
  • Support the Far South Youth Advisory Council
  • Broaden support with students in the community involved in public systems
  • Help youth create their youth action plan
  • Celebrate our youth
  • Engage with youth earlier to be a part of initiatives
  • Build safe sites for homeless youth to live and become uplifted
Lead Advocates: Pauline Sylvain-Lewis (Phalanx Family Services), Juliette Tyson (Imani Village), Rev. Elena Calloway (T.R.E.A.D), Dr. Yvonne Wilson (Body of Christ Ministries)
We hope next to engage: After School Matters, Chicago Community Trust, City of Chicago's My Chi My Future, Chicago Transit Authority, Peace Players, Agape Community Center CRU ,Chicago Public Schools


Increase support to Returning citizens to reinvent their second chance

  • Develop tech training and bridge the digital divide
  • Open workforce development housing across the region in abandoned firehouses
  • Assemble a pipeline for Returning citizens invested in on major development projects such as the Red Line Extension
  • Coordinate with the police department to connect recently released individuals with financial literacy and money management opportunities
Lead Advocates: FSCC Social Justice Committee, Rev. Elena Calloway (T.R.E.A.D.), Cara Stranton (Community Resident), Sandra Patterson (Cottage Grove Heights Community Coalition),Pauline Sylvain-Lewis (Phalanx Family Services)
We hope next to engage:  Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives, UCAN, Hands Around the Hundreds, Jobs to Move America, Jobs with Justice, Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership

Roseland Medical District

The Far South Community Development Corporation was hired by the City of Chicago to conduct and coordinate planning efforts for the Roseland Medical District. Join in for updates and ways you can get involved! Boundaries include West 110th Street on the North from South Stewart Avenue on the West to South Michigan Avenue on the East and West 112th Street and East 112th Street on the South.
The District is created to attract and retain academic centers of excellence, viable health care facilities, medical research facilities, emerging high technology enterprises, and other facilities.
Roseland Community Hospital
Michigan & 116th Station Conceptual Rendering Facing Southwest
Proposed 111th Street station and surrounding area institutions
The newly repurposed historic Cook County Hospital was transformed into a Hyatt House hotel in the Illinois Medical District.

"It is widely recognized that hospitals and medical centers have the capacity to provide a strong, stabilizing presence to counterbalance some of the challenges that these neighborhoods face. These “anchor institutions” often possess a wealth of physical and economic assets, as well as political influence; all factors that can help spark a transformational reset of surrounding area conditions."  Join us for updates and ways you can get involved! 

Skills Centers

Far South Skill Centers

Suggested abandoned locations include but are not limited to: 

  • Historic C Building in Altgeld Gardens 
  • Closed CVS Pharmacy on 103rd South Halsted Street 
  • 115th & Normal Avenue 

Preparing Our Future 

Far South Skill Centers will be satellite sites to ensure that all women and men who want to work with their hands and earn a good living have equal access to information, training, and employment opportunities in the industry.

City-owned vacant land and abandoned institutions are excellent candidates to be restored and help build new careers within the Far Southside.

Abandoned school at 9800 S. Torrence Avenue could be a potential resource for our community.
Abandoned CVS located at 745 W 103rd St could be revitalized as a skills center.
Up for sale is a large space on 115th & Normal Avenue, could be revitalized as a resource.

How would you revive Historic C Building in Altgeld Gardens?

Culturally Vibrant Spaces & Environmental Justice

Culturally Vibrant Spaces & Environmental Justice Goal:

The Far Southside of Chicago will preserve and cultivate cultural pride by improving visibility and unity across the region through beautification, introductions to green economies and environmental justice.

major taylor trail bridge

Through the maintenance of existing assets and beautification across our region, we have the opportunity to breathe fresh, clean air and restore facilities and vacant land.

The Far Southside is known for natural open space and Chicago's only National Monument.

We seek to better connect these assets, images and economic drivers to our community members.

"Our future is dependent on a conscious decision to understand the connection between green spaces and community health." - Juliette Tyson, Imani Village

planting and beautifying at Butler College Prep

"We need to participate in the investment and wealth generation of crypto currency in a big way--training youth and adults. We must also not be just the patrons/consumers in the business of  cannabis production and distribution, but we must own the farms and businesses related to all things cannabis. " - Marsha Eaglin, IMPACT Family Center



Preserve the community with cultural pride

  • Add more cultural murals
  • Create self and community pride
  • Identify places for historical landmarks
  • Change the way others view our region and increase focus on community members
  • Increase positive community images
  • Sustain and build awareness of the National Pullman Monument and the National A Phillip Randolph Museum

Lead Advocates: Sandra Patterson (Cottage Grove Heights Community Coalition), David Doig (Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives), JoAnn Kenner (London Towne Houses Cooperative, Inc.), Juliette Tyson (Imani Village)


Integrate environmental justice in repurposing vacant and abandoned infrastructure

  • Identify old buildings and structures to create restoration plans
  • Promote awareness, education and resources to support green and clean energy
  • Cleanup projects between 130th to 138th
  • Engage Block Clubs and homeowners to keep their community clean and planting flowers
  • Repair Doty Road

Lead Advocates: Dallas Gordon (DESI-Washington Heights Workforce Center), Deloris Lucas (Golden Gates Homeowners Association), David Doig (Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives), David Peterson (Randolph's Dream Community Development Corporation), Juliette Tyson (Imani Village), Pauline Sylvain-Lewis (Phalanx Family Services)


Open diverse green economies to our community

  • Equip community members with workshops on entering the hemp, medical and recreational marijuana industry
  • Investigate areas to open Black & Brown owned dispensaries
  • Engage community members interested in joining the hemp/marijuana workforce
  • Open large-scale hemp and marijuana plant

Lead Advocates: David Peterson (Randolph's Dream Community Development Corporation)

We hope next to engage: Olive Harvey College, Chicago State University

Strategies Community Meeting Phalanx Family Services Facebook

The Planning Process

This plan builds on and strengthens the relationships in the Far Southside of Chicago.  In January of 2020, over 80 people representing agencies, businesses and individual residents of the communities met to form what became the Far South Chicago Coalition (FSCC).  FSCC convened this planning process through a difficult two years of worldwide pandemic, but persevered to engage our community in every way we could because this united vision is more important than ever.

The Far South Chicago Coalition joined with LISC Chicago in the summer of 2020 to begin engagement towards the first-ever Quality-of-Life Plan on the Far Southside.  FSCC and its members and partners hosted dozens of events through the Fall and into 2021, both in-person and virtual.  In early 2021, FSCC completed its About Our Community report summarizing the assets and opportunities this preliminary work surface and began sharing this across the community.  With a strong and diverse advisory committee of 26 leaders and stakeholders from the many communities that make up the Far South, FSCC and LISC agreed to proceed into planning together and confirmed Phalanx Family Services as the convening agency stewarding the effort.  The advisory committee members all engaged the networks they represent across the community, and FSCC undertook a series of community meetings residents could attend in person or virtually over the course of six months.  These events, intentionally located across the Far South region, engaged hundreds of community residents who gave feedback and shared their passions and visions.  Many of those who attended joined in the effort and this plan represents these many viewpoints on where we as a community intend to focus our collective work.

But this is a living document.  We will continue updating our action plans and supplementing this plan as needed based on the collective vision we've created together.

Convening Agency: Phalanx Family Services for FSCC

The Far South Chicago Coalition (FSCC) is composed of caring community leaders, business owners and engaged residents working together to create a thriving community that will exemplify the  gold standard of Chicago neighborhoods.

Phalanx Family Services (Phalanx) has existed since 2003 to assist economically disadvantaged youth and families in the pursuit of self-sufficiency through employment-centered programs, mentoring, advocacy, and workforce development solutions. Located in the West Pullman community, Phalanx houses an array of holistic programs and services to help individuals and families within West Pullman and far Southside communities improve their quality of life, thereby accomplishing its mission.  We provide workforce development and training programs that aid unemployed, and underemployed individuals to learn valuable and essential job skills for career placement and advancement. Phalanx also provides wraparound services such as housing assistance, emergency food, cash payment assistance, utility payment assistance, obtain personal identification documents, and other crucial services that typically impact low-income populations.  The organization's motto, "Building Strong Families," proves, with support, that every family can be empowered to transform their communities.

LISC Chicago

With residents and partners, LISC forges resilient and inclusive communities of opportunity across America—great places to live, work, visit, do business and raise families. Since 1979, LISC has invested $20 billion to build or rehab 400,500 affordable homes and apartments and develop 66.8 million square feet of retail, community and educational space. For more information, please visit

Embedded in LISC’s founding, and strengthened over the last two decades, we are committed to comprehensive community planning. This planning process is essential to building the local capacity to effectively connect to the right resources to achieve fundamental change and long-lasting results in our communities. In the late 1990s, Local Initiatives Support Corporation. with leadership support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, created the New Communities Program (NCP), a groundbreaking, bottom-up, comprehensive community planning effort in which LISC supports the development of Quality-of-Life Plans (QLPs) by community leaders and residents in Chicago neighborhoods.

As of 2021, 28 QLPs have been created, garnering more than $1B in new investments aligned in support of community visions in neighborhoods across Chicago.

FSCC, Phalanx and LISC thank the major funders of the 2020-2021 Quality-of-Life Planning process:

The Chicago Community Trust

Catalyzing Neighborhood Investment Strategy

US Department of Housing and Urban Development

Section 4 Capacity Building

For More Information:

Far South Chicago Coalition

Joyce Chapman

837 W 119th St
Chicago , IL 60643
United States


Phalanx Family Services

Tina Sanders
Chief Executive Officer
Laura Erving-Bailey
Director of Operations

837 W 119th St
Chicago, IL 60643
United States


LISC Chicago

Meghan Harte
Executive Director
Jake Ament
Neighborhood Network, Director
Lauren Lewis
Program Officer

10 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60606
United States