News

  • December 16th, 2016

    CCLF Informational Video, Missing Pieces

  • 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 »

  • July 11th, 2019

    CCLF’s Annual Stakeholders Meeting Showcases Partnership and Support

    A total of 82 investors, funders and supporters joined CCLF on June 13, 2019, for its Annual Stakeholders Meeting at The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. The audience gathered to learn more about the mission of CCLF and the work done in the past year to bring equity and change to low- to moderate-income communities… Read more »

  • July 11th, 2019

    Art Has a Home in Aurora

    Approximately 1,000 area residents, supporters, and art enthusiasts converged on downtown Aurora, Illinois, June 1, 2019, for the official ribbon-cutting and open house of the John C. Dunham Aurora Arts Center. Attendees had a chance to tour the new facilities, participate in sample classes, and meet staff. Located at the corner of Galena Boulevard and… Read more »

  • July 11th, 2019

    CCLF-Financed Project Hits The New York Times

    Inquiries from across the country have come in wondering how Chicago was able to merge public housing with the public library system. CCLF’s borrower, Evergreen Real Estate Group, did just that when former Mayor Rahm Emanuel sought bids to build public housing on top of a city library. Chicago now boasts three such projects where… Read more »

  • July 10th, 2019

    Join Our Team

    Chicago Community Loan Fund is committed to Chicagoland. We seek team members equally committed to providing accessible financing, strategic partnership and support to build thriving neighborhoods. Join CCLF’s team! Visit our Careers page and explore our rewarding opportunities.

  • DEADLINE EXTENDED: Developer Request for Qualifications (RFQ)
    April 26th, 2019

    DEADLINE EXTENDED: Developer Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

    The due date for responses to the 2019 Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the Chicago Neighborhood Rebuild Pilot Program has been extended from its original due date of May 27, 2019, to June 15, 2019. The Chicago Neighborhood Rebuild Program, a collaborative effort between the City of Chicago, Chicago Community Loan Fund, Cook County Land… Read more »

  • April 8th, 2019

    A Food Desert’s Departure: Jewel-Osco Opens in Woodlawn

    Customers were in line at 6:00 a.m. waiting for the doors to open and a chance to shop the new Jewel-Osco at 6100 S. Cottage Grove Avenue in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood. “This store makes the whole neighborhood look brighter,” one customer in line said. “I’ll be coming here every day now.” The Woodlawn Jewel-Osco grand… Read more »

  • April 8th, 2019

    Chicago Public Library and Chicago Housing Authority Form a New Partnership

    The Independence Library and Apartments, located at 3548 W. Irving Park Road, closed due to damage from a fire at the adjacent building in October 2015. Although transient, moving from place to place since the early 1900s, by 2015 the library served seven neighborhood schools within walking distance and was heavily used by area residents…. Read more »

  • April 8th, 2019

    TimeLine Theatre Company to Settle in Uptown

    TimeLine Theatre Company has settled on a new home in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. CCLF provided $3,600,000 to Timeline Theatre Company for acquisition and predevelopment of a property built in the 1910s for a moving and storage company. The revitalization of this property aligns with TimeLine’s mission of bringing history to life and connecting the past… Read more »

  • April 8th, 2019

    Building Confidence Builds Homes

    Empowered by a belief that “autism is not a condition, but rather, an intrinsic part of the individual with autism’s self-identity and personality,” Evanston, Illinois-based Rimland Services NFP delivers stability to those whose lives may face challenges. Founded in 1970, Rimland Services is the oldest agency in Illinois that serves the educational, vocational, and residential… Read more »