News

  • December 16th, 2016

    CCLF Informational Video, Missing Pieces

  • 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 »

  • 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 »