• December 16th, 2016

    CCLF Informational Video, Missing Pieces

  • November 14th, 2018

    Grand Celebration Held for U.S. Bank Pullman Community Center Opening

    Residents, neighbors, and celebrants gathered in Chicago’s historic Pullman Neighborhood Thursday, November 8, 2018, for the grand opening of the new, $20 million U.S. Bank Pullman Community Center. U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel , 9th Ward Alderman Anthony Beale, 8th Ward Alderman Michelle Harris, representatives from the Chicago Cubs, the Roseland Youth… Read more »

  • October 12th, 2018

    LUCHA Celebrates Tierra Linda Opening with Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

    A spectacular September afternoon served as the perfect backdrop for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and community celebration as the Latin United Community Housing Association (LUCHA) unveiled the first Passive House affordable housing unit in its Tierra Linda project. Calvin L. Holmes, President, explained CCLF’s support for the project during the ribbon cutting September 27, 2018. LUCHA’s… Read more »

  • October 12th, 2018

    The Quarry: Respecting the past, impacting the future

    A renaissance of art, culture, and community is taking place in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood. This reawakening is housed in The Quarry, a CCLF-funded event and entertainment venue honoring the best of the South Shore community’s influential past while inspiring the area’s future. This project is part of CCLF’s Activate Retail initiative. Yvette Moyo, Chief… Read more »

  • New Investments Help Grow CCLF Assets to $88 Million in the Third Quarter
    October 12th, 2018

    New Investments Help Grow CCLF Assets to $88 Million in the Third Quarter

      Wintrust Financial Corporation increased its $5 million investment by $1 million this quarter to help CCLF reach its goal of securing capital for the Chicago Neighborhood Retail Training Pilot Program (Rebuild). Rebuild is a new collaborative with the City of Chicago, Community Investment Corporation, the Cook County Land Bank Authority, CARA, and the Safer… Read more »

  • October 12th, 2018

    XS Tennis Hosts World Team Tennis Match, Welcomes Senator Durbin

    Within a span of a few short weeks, CCLF borrower XS Tennis & Education Foundation was a flurry of activity, first hosting a World Team Tennis match on Chicago’s South Side then, a few days later, welcoming Illinois Senator Dick Durbin with a private tour of the facility.  XS Tennis is a CDFI Fund-supported project…. Read more »

  • October 12th, 2018

    Networking Event Launches CCLF’s New Cooperative Website

    On July 26, 2018, CCLF and over 60 guests gathered to officially launch, a new website serving Chicagoland’s cooperative community and those interested in cooperative living. The event, held at the historic Supreme Life Building in Chicago’s Bronzeville community, offered attendees an opportunity to greet fellow cooperative residents, share success stories within Chicagoland’s co-op… Read more »

  • July 3rd, 2018

    Urban Land Institute Honors DL3 Realty

    The Urban Land Institute (ULI) awarded CCLF customer, DL3 Realty, a 2018 Community Impact Vision Award for its Englewood Square Retail Center in Chicago. Presented during the organization’s 7th Annual Vision Awards Ceremony in June, the Englewood Square Retail Center and DL3 Realty were recognized for serving as catalysts for revitalization in a community suffering… Read more »

  • July 3rd, 2018

    CCLF’s Annual Stakeholders Meeting Showcases Vision in Action

    Over 60 CCLF funders, investors and community partners negotiated severe storms to join CCLF staff and Board Members for CCLF’s Annual Stakeholders Meeting. Held June 21st at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the meeting highlighted CCLF’s influence in changing Chicagoland through its lending performance, financial performance and portfolio performance in underserved communities. Following a… Read more »

  • July 3rd, 2018

    “Wall Raising” Ceremony Held for New Pullman Community Center

    New beams were launched May 2, 2018, in Chicago’s historic Pullman neighborhood when celebrants gathered for a “Wall Raising” – a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Pullman Community Center. Representatives from the Roseland Youth Center, Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives (CNI), and Chicago Community Loan Fund joined Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, 9th Ward Alderman Anthony Beale, Chicago… Read more »

  • May 17th, 2018

    Chicago Neighborhood Rebuild Pilot Launches Workforce Services Component

                        Gary Lay, one of the Chicago Neighborhood Rebuild Pilot Training Program participants, working on a stool to add to the break room his team is creating for Reconstruction Technology Partners.  Inside an old gymnasium on Chicago’s West Side sits a two-story model home built by… Read more »

  • April 25th, 2018

    Ribbon Cutting for XS Tennis and Education Foundation Writes a New Narrative

                        XS Tennis ribbon cutting ceremony March 3, 2018 where 6,000 youth per year will have access to 24 tennis courts, 2 basketball courts, a fitness room, multipurpose rooms for tutoring assistance and more. March 3, 2018, marked a significant day for African American youth in… Read more »

  • April 25th, 2018

    Fresh Food Options and Jobs Coming to Woodlawn

                        Rendering of the 48,000 sq. ft. Jewel-Osco that will open in early 2019, offering an estimated 200 jobs in the Woodlawn community. Leon Walker, Managing Partner of DL3 Realty, LLC, is once again developing vacant land to bring a full-service grocery store to a food… Read more »

  • April 25th, 2018

    Coming Back to Downtown Aurora

                              Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin at the podium alongside Deputy Mayor Rick Guzman at the March 5, 2018 preview of the John C. Dunham Aurora Arts Center that will provide thousands of cultural arts opportunities as a part of the downtown revitalization efforts…. Read more »

  • March 16th, 2018

    Next Street Article Shows CRE Makes Sense in LMI Neighborhoods

  • February 2nd, 2018

    A Place Called Woodlawn

    Trianon Lofts, named after Woodlawn’s famed ballroom from the 1920s, had its ribbon cutting ceremony on November 7, 2017. In its heyday, thousands of people came to Woodlawn to experience legendary artists like Ray Charles and Muddy Waters on 62nd Street and Cottage Grove Avenue at the once dubbed “world’s most beautiful ballroom.” In 1960,… Read more »