News

  • December 16th, 2016

    CCLF Informational Video, Missing Pieces

  • October 27th, 2020

    Funders and Investors Support CCLF’s Mission During Crises

    As the COVID-19 pandemic pervaded the country in early 2020, comingled with social unrest in the wake of civic injustices, CCLF resolved to persevere and continue providing financing and technical assistance that benefit low- to moderate-income communities throughout metropolitan Chicago. Thanks to the extra efforts of its funders and investors CCLF has been able to… Read more »

  • October 26th, 2020

    Landmarks Illinois Honors Two CCLF Borrowers

    In September, Landmarks Illinois announced nine recipients of the 2020 Landmarks Illinois Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards, which included two CCLF borrowers. The annual awards program honors exceptional historic preservation projects and the people working to save important locations throughout Illinois. Among the winners, the CCLF-funded Aurora Arts Center in Aurora, Illinois, earned the… Read more »

  • October 26th, 2020

    CCLF Supports Community Businesses Through Together Now

    While stay-at-home orders were in place and the city of Chicago’s neighborhoods saw social upheaval following the death of George Floyd, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced the launch of Together Now: Chicago’s Fund to Rebuild Our Neighborhoods. In collaboration with The Chicago Community Trust and the city of Chicago, Together Now fund raised money from… Read more »

  • October 26th, 2020

    CCLF’s Annual Stakeholders Meeting Highlights Resiliency In Challenging Times

    Watch the virtual meeting here:CCLF’s 2020 Annual Stakeholders Meeting Embracing the digital culture to share its message, CCLF hosted its 2020 Annual Stakeholders Meeting on Tuesday, September 15, in a virtual platform. The production included live reports and video presentations of projects that represent the diverse breadth of CCLF’s financing in 2019. They included: Growing… Read more »

  • July 28th, 2020

    CCLF President Appears On WGN Weekend Morning News

    On Saturday, July 25, 2020, CCLF’s President Calvin L. Holmes made an appearance on the WGN Weekend Morning News (Channel 9) with anchor Tonya Francisco during the 9:00 a.m. news. In the segment, Holmes presented CCLF and the fund’s initiatives supporting Chicagoland’s communities, particularly during the COVID-19 crisis. Click here to view the entire July… Read more »

  • July 14th, 2020

    Coffee, Cream & Community: Momentum Coffee & Coworking

    Business in Chicago was forging along in the first quarter of 2020. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker issued a “stay at home” order for the entire state effective March 21, bringing everything to an abrupt new reality. At that time, when attentions turned toward the preservation of public health and… Read more »

  • July 14th, 2020

    Pro Bono Assistance: Helpful and Responsive

    Ed Sommer practiced law as a Financial Transaction Attorney with the Chicago-based firm Chapman and Cutler LLP for 36 years. During the course of his career, he worked on many types of negotiated debt transactions with a variety of different types of borrowers, lenders and credit providers, including Chicago Community Loan Fund. Although now retired,… Read more »

  • July 14th, 2020

    Growing Home Receives FHLBC COVID-19 Relief Grant

    The Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago (FHLBC) offered a COVID-19 Relief Program consisting of zero-rate advances and grants to support all of its member institutions and the communities they serve as it responds to the COVID-19 pandemic. CCLF, as a member of the FHLBC, submitted an application for Growing Home, Inc., a nonprofit organization… Read more »

  • July 14th, 2020

    CCLF Borrowers Win CNDAs

    On May 6 and May 7, Local Initiatives Support Corporation Chicago (LISC) presented the 26th Annual Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards (CNDA) for the first time as a virtual event. Three CCLF borrowers were among this year’s award recipients. Accion and the Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago earned The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Outstanding… Read more »

  • June 8th, 2020

    CCLF Administers the Cook County Community Recovery Fund

    Chicago Community Loan Fund (CCLF) has been named administrator of the Cook County Community Recovery Fund, part of the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development’s Community Recovery Initiative. This fund is open to certain small businesses, “gig” workers and independent contractors located in suburban Cook County (outside the boundaries of the City of Chicago). Loans… Read more »

  • 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 »

  • CCLF Joins In Community Recovery Fund Announcement
    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 »