Chicago Community Trust
Search for plans, data and asset maps of Chicago's neighborhoods at www.cct.org/CN2015
Chicago Neighborhoods 2015: Assets, Plans and Trends is a citywide planning framework to guide investments in the built environment. This research project, spearheaded by the Chicago Community Trust, provides data and other pertinent contextual information for every section of the city. It identifies major recent investments, maps assets and synthesizes ideas from Chicago's many excellent local and citywide plans. It is now publicly available as a resource for community planning and development, resident engagement and local program implementation to catalyze progress in every corner of the city.
Chicago Neighborhoods 2015 is organized into 16 "districts" bound by major roadways, rivers and rail lines. District boundaries are based largely on the City of Chicago's 2013 Citywide Retail Market Analysis. The district framework is not meant to replace local planning, but to strengthen it and expand it citywide.
The Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC), together with Place Consulting, is proud to have been part of the team that created a nuanced snapshot of the city’s built environment as of early 2015.
Through MPC and Place, summaries of every plan since 2000—more than 75 in all—are available both by district and citywide. These plans cover just about every corner of the city from Rogers Park to Calumet to Midway to Bronzeville, illuminating local priorities as well as citywide commitments to efforts such as transforming public housing into mixed-income communities, creating a more bike- and pedestrian-friendly Chicago and attracting sustainable industries.
The Local Initiatives Support Corporation of Chicago developed district-specific narratives and maps on assets to guide investment, and the Institute for Housing Studies at DePaul University collected data and built metrics to inform the case for neighborhood-level strategies and compare needs across districts. All information is available by clicking on the applicable district.
Please let us know how you are using this information in your community.