COMPLEMENTARY EFFORTS IN GREATER GRAND CROSSING
We are proud to highlight the work of other organizations in the Greater Grand Crossing area working to improve the quality of life, commercial viability and human connectivity of the community.
South Oakwood-Brookhaven Neighborhood Organization (SOBNO)
This Greater Grand Crossing organization, active since 1966, strives to improve the neighborhood’s quality of life by promoting community service, educational attainment, housing maintenance and resource development to community residents.
Gary Comer Youth Center
The Gary Comer Youth Center was established in Chicago’s Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood in May, 2006. It consists of an 80,000 square-foot community center outfitted with a dance studio, sound and broadcast studio, technology lab, 600-seat auditorium/gymnasium and rooftop garden. The mission of the Youth Center is to ensure students graduate from high school prepared for college and work.
New Life Covenant SouthEast
New Life Covenant Church is demonstrating its commitment to Greater Grand Crossing through multi-year plans to support and invest in residents in the neighborhood. Having recently opened a comprehensive day-care center, New Life is now focused on constructing a 100,000 square foot church, community and performing arts center.
Rebuild Foundation is a platform for art, cultural development, and neighborhood transformation. Its projects support artists and strengthen communities by providing free arts programs, creating new cultural amenities and developing affordable living/work spaces. Under the leadership of Theaster Gates, the foundation has spearheaded several high-profile area developments, including the Stony Island Arts Bank, the Dorchester Arts + Housing Collaborative and Black Cinema House.
Obama Presidential Center
The new Presidential and Civic Engagement Center will be located in nearby Jackson Park. This $300 million project will bring dramatic investments to the area, strengthen the economic climate create new jobs on the South Side and revitalize historic Jackson Park in the process. Construction of the center is expected to be completed in 2020 or 2021.
The University of Chicago Employer-Assisted Housing Program
The University of Chicago has included Greater Grand Crossing in its Employer-Assisted Housing Program, which offers up to $10,000 in down-payment assistance to eligible employees looking to purchase a home in the neighborhood. This program is aimed at strengthening the university’s surrounding areas and helping employees live closer to work.