News

  • December 16th, 2016

    CCLF Informational Video, Missing Pieces

  • 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 »

  • Woodlawn on the Rise
    April 3rd, 2019

    Woodlawn on the Rise

    Bob Tucker, CCLF’s Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Programs, shared observations and explained CCLF’s role in the revitalization and renewal taking place in Chicago’s Woodlawn community with The Chicago Tribune’s Corilyn Shropshire. Click here to read the complete article, “Making A Comeback,” as seen in the Sunday, March 31, 2019, issue of… Read more »

  • March 18th, 2019

    CLTV Segment: CCLF Invests in the Community

    CLTV welcomed CCLF’s Maurice Williams, Vice President of Economic Development, to discuss CCLF’s current endeavors in the network’s  Business Watch segment March 16, 2019.  Produced by Chaundanine Oluwole, the complete segment may be viewed here. Chicago Community Loan Fund is dedicated to doing its part in developing Chicagoland’s communities. For 28 years, CCLF has provided funds for developments like… Read more »

  • January 14th, 2019

    The Hatchery Opens With Ribbon-cutting Ceremony

    A new start-up food business incubator opened December 6, 2018, bringing energy and enthusiasm to Chicago’s East Garfield Park neighborhood: The Hatchery Chicago. Well-attended by culinary enthusiasts, community groups, U.S. Congressman Danny Davis, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, World Business Chicago CEO Andrea Zopp, 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett, 28th Ward Alderman Jason Ervin, and celebrity… Read more »

  • January 14th, 2019

    Benefit Chicago Commits to Repurpose Initiative

    On December 11, 2018, Benefit Chicago, a social investment fund sponsored by The Chicago Community Trust, Calvert Impact Capital, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, announced that it would provide $5 million in financing to CCLF’s Repurpose Initiative. The Repurpose Initiative focuses on revitalizing shuttered Chicago Public School buildings on the city’s… Read more »

  • January 14th, 2019

    LUCHA’s Tierra Linda Housing Project Wins Social Justice Award

    LUCHA received the 2018 Opportunity Finance Network’s (OFN) Social Justice Award during its annual conference held at the Marriott Marquis, October 8-11, 2018, in Chicago. Each year, OFN awards the OFN Conference Justice Grant to a nonprofit organization whose mission is consistent with OFN’s core purpose of aligning capital with social, economic, and political justice…. Read more »