News

  • December 16th, 2016

    CCLF Informational Video, Missing Pieces

  • May 4th, 2020

    RFQ for the Chicago Neighborhood Rebuild Pilot Program

    Chicago Community Loan Fund in partnership with the City of Chicago released a Developer Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the Chicago Neighborhood Rebuild Pilot Program. Through this request, CCLF seeks Developers (including not-for-profit and/or faith-based organizations) with strong experience in rehabilitation and sale of single family and 2-flat properties, and a familiarity with overall South… Read more »

  • April 8th, 2020

    CCLF Joins In Community Recovery Fund Announcement

    CCLF is working in partnership with local government to urgently get capital to small businesses and contractor workers through the Cook County Community Recovery Fund. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, CCLF President Calvin L. Holmes, and CCLF Chief Operating Officer/Executive Vice President of Programs Bob Tucker made the announcement Tuesday, April 7, 2020. This… Read more »

  • April 3rd, 2020

    Affordable Housing: One Home at a Time

    RPT Development Group, Inc. and Takeisha Washington are working hard to reshape Chicago’s affordable housing landscape. Washington, President of RPT Development, has a strong relationship with CCLF and has played an integral role in helping to rebuild and restructure Chicago’s neglected neighborhoods. Established in 2007, RPT Development is dedicated to the identification, acquisition, rehabilitation and… Read more »

  • April 3rd, 2020

    Ribbon-Cutting Celebrates The New Mark Twain Hotel

    The Mark Twain Hotel, a landmark property in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood, reopened with much celebration March 6. Hosted by The NHP Foundation, the property’s reopening was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett, Jr., 48th Ward Alderman and Chairman of the city’s Committee of Housing… Read more »

  • April 3rd, 2020

    Maywood Celebrates “Start of Construction” of Fifth Avenue Apartments

    On a frosty day in February, the Village of Maywood was the site of renewal as local dignitaries, investors, developers and area residents gathered for a “Start of Construction” celebration of the forthcoming Fifth Avenue Apartments. Hosted by developer Interfaith Housing Development Corporation (IHDC), the event lauded the transformation of a long-vacant lot located at… Read more »

  • January 27th, 2020

    2019 In Review: A Year of Growth and Impact for CCLF

    As 2019 came to a close, CCLF reflected on a very successful year that saw milestone growth in its operations and social impact. In June, CCLF reached $100 million in total assets and ended the year with $79 million in loans outstanding to 145 customers working to create communities where people thrive. In 2019, CCLF… Read more »

  • January 27th, 2020

    CCLF and Chicago TREND Debut $5 Million Investment from Fifth Third Bank

    CCLF, in partnership with Chicago TREND, hosted a special event on October 24, 2019, to announce a new investment from Fifth Third Bank designed to finance strategic catalytic commercial development in Chicago. The first borrower supported by this funding is the Lillian Marcie Center for the Performing Arts, a new performing arts center and ancillary… Read more »

  • January 27th, 2020

    Coffee Giant Starbucks Invests in CCLF, Chicago-area CDFIs

    Starbucks Coffee Company announced its plans to invest $10 million in four community lenders—CCLF, Accion Chicago, IFF and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)—to drive economic opportunity in Chicago. Starbucks’ investment is expected to help finance more than 500 loans to foster growth in small business, support community development projects and create more jobs in Chicago’s… Read more »

  • January 27th, 2020

    Salsedo Press: Print Revolution

    Despite changing trends and preferences, the science of printing and print production has endured since Gutenberg first introduced the printing press in 1436. The industry continues to flourish in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood at Salsedo Press, Inc. Established in 1969, Salsedo Press is a minority-owned worker cooperative firm that offers core printing and finishing services… Read more »

  • October 16th, 2019

    Building For The Better: Greater Chicagoland Fellowship

    Greater Chicagoland Fellowship (GCF) has a mission to provide affordable housing for low- to moderate-income individuals and families and help in revitalization efforts in Lake, DuPage, McHenry, Cook and Will counties. On a balmy morning in September, GCF put the finishing touches on a rehabbed, single-family home in Streamwood, Illinois, sold to a family of… Read more »

  • October 16th, 2019

    The Road To Righteousness

    Emma’s House celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 28, 2019, announcing the opening of a new resource for women suffering from drug and alcohol abuse in the Austin community of Chicago. Named after Alderman Emma Smith, a staunch supporter of Emma’s House, the facility is a three-story mansion with 7 bedrooms and 5 baths… Read more »

  • October 16th, 2019

    Amped Kitchens Breaks Ground on First Chicago Location

    Los Angeles-based CED Food LLC broke ground on its Chicago Prep project in July 2019, bringing Amped Kitchens to Chicago’s Belmont-Cragin neighborhood. Amped Kitchens, located at the former Zenith Electronics site in Belmont-Cragin, will be CED Food’s first location outside California. When completed, Amped Kitchens will offer 7,500 square feet of space with 64 kitchens… Read more »

  • October 16th, 2019

    Chicago’s Historic Daley’s Restaurant Relocates to CCLF/Chicago TREND -Financed Retail Space In Woodlawn Station

    “Serving Woodlawn for over a century,” Daley’s Restaurant—Chicago’s oldest restaurant—has moved into its new, 21st century home in CCLF/Chicago TREND-financed retail space in Woodlawn Station. A mainstay for 126 years at 809 E. 63rd Street in the Woodlawn neighborhood, Daley’s moved across the street to its 5,900-square-foot space this summer in Woodlawn Station, located at… Read more »

  • October 16th, 2019

    CCLF Hosts Open House and $100 Million Asset Milestone Celebration

    On September 26, 2019, CCLF opened its newly redesigned office and welcomed investors, borrowers, industry colleagues, supporters and friends to join in an Open House and $100 Million Asset Milestone Celebration. The evening included music, food, and engagement inaugurating CCLF’s expanded office space, redesigned to better serve Chicagoland’s communities. Nearly 200 guests joined CCLF’s staff… Read more »

  • July 11th, 2019

    Cara’s Role In The Chicago Rebuild Program

    At exactly 8:30 a.m. on an early Tuesday morning in Chicago’s West Loop, positive energy and inspiration broke loose from a group of people and set the tone for a day—and for lives—of impact. It was Motivations, a morning ritual that takes place every Monday through Thursday at Cara—a nonprofit organization specializing in job training… Read more »