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New Sports and Gold Medals at Spring Into Sports

Here's a recap of the sports action and medal ceremony at Spring Into Sports in Chicago, including plenty of new experiences for the 1500 youth who participated at four local high schools.


Audio slideshows

Chicago opened its streets for cycling, strolling and fitness activities on October 5, 2008. Thousands turned out to enjoy the car-free environment.

Instructor Charlie Barbera uses dance and drums to help ease social tensions as part of "Building Community through the Arts."

Learn about a new approach to helping low-income families reach financial stability in this slideshow, which features participants from CWFs in Baltimore and Chicago.

Vignettes from three communities give a flavor of the work underway as neighborhoods create quality-of-life plans and then implement their strategies.

Multimedia reporters Sarahmaria Gomez and Alex Fledderjohn visit a back-alley workshop where youth from West Town and Humboldt Park learn much more than bike-repair skills.

Listen in on the action as youth from Little Village and North Lawndale get together for Friday night basketball and other activities.

Listen in as community leaders, business owners and residents young and old talk about Auburn Gresham and its future. Read more about the festival.

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Videos

Graduating high school seniors speak to the value of the Elev8 program that they participated in during middle school.

Mayor Emanuel spoke of innovation and LISC's contributions to neighborhood development as keynote speaker at the 20th Annual Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards on Feb. 20, 2014. Video by CEI Media Group. Learn about the 2014 winners: http://www.lisc-chicago.org/news/2566

For developing a successful grassroots campaign for fairness and advancing a movement for justice, the Just Pay for All Coalition was awarded the first Woods Fund Chicago Power of Community Award at the 2014 Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards on Feb. 20. Learn more and see the project video here http://www.lisc-cnda.org/Past-winners/20th-CNDA-Winners/The-Woods-Fund-Chicago-Power-of-Community-Award.html

For his work fighting for the dignity, respect and recognition of immigrants and refugees, which in turn affects the quality of life in neighborhoods across the city, Lawrence Benito of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) was the 2014 winner of The PrivateBank Norman Bobins Leadership Award. Learn more and see the award video here: http://www.lisc-cnda.org/Past-winners/20th-CNDA-Winners/The-PrivateBank-Norman-Bobins-Leadership-Award.html

For its Parkway Gardens Homes redevelopment, Related Companies was awarded The Outstanding For-Profit Neighborhood Real Estate Project Award at the Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards on Feb. 20, 2014. One of the nation's most sophisticated developers, Related Companies has successfully taken on one of Chicago's largest, oldest and most troubled housing developments (once home to Michelle Obama) and restored it as an asset to the Woodlawn community. Read more and see the project video: http://www.lisc-cnda.org/Past-winners/20th-CNDA-Winners/The-Outstanding-For-Profit-Neighborhood-Real-Estate-Project-Award.html

For its dedication to preserving affordable rental housing and its resilience in creatively financing and renovating Hazel Winthrop Apartments, Chicago Community Development Corp. and Voice of the People of Uptown are the winners of the 2014 Polk Bros. Foundation Affordable Rental Housing Preservation Award. Learn more and see the project video here: http://www.lisc-cnda.org/Past-winners/20th-CNDA-Winners/The-Polk-Bros-Foundation-Affordable-Rental-Housing-Preservation-Award.html

Guacolda Reyes of The Resurrection Project (TRP) accepted The 2014 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Outstanding Non-Profit Neighborhood Real Estate Project at the Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards on Feb. 20, 2014. TRP won the award for its Back of the Yards Neighborhood Stabilization Initiative, in which it creatively used federal funds to reclaim and rehabilitate foreclosed properties to save homes, enhance property values, create jobs and in doing so create a more stable and cohesive community. Learn more and see the project video here: http://www.lisc-cnda.org/Past-winners/20th-CNDA-Winners/The-Richard-H-Driehaus-Foundation-Award-for-Outstanding-Non-Profit-Neighborhood-Real-Estate-Project.html

The Outstanding For-Profit Neighborhood Real Estate Project Award -- Related Companies for Parkway Gardens Homes -- One of the nation's most sophisticated developers, Related Companies has successfully taken on one of Chicago's largest, oldest and most troubled housing developments (once home to Michelle Obama) and restored it as an asset to the Woodlawn community.

The Polk Bros. Foundation Affordable Rental Housing Preservation Award ($15,000) -- Voice of the People of Uptown and the Chicago Community Development Corporation for Hazel Winthrop Apartments, in which this oldest of Chicago's neighborhood development organizations used new financial tools and alliances to preserve affordable housing in a changing community.

The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Outstanding Non-Profit Neighborhood Real Estate Project ($15,000) -- To The Resurrection Project for their Back of the Yards Neighborhood Stabilization Initiative, in which they creatively used federal funds to reclaim and rehabilitate foreclosed properties to save homes, enhance property values, create jobs and in doing so create a more stable and cohesive community.

The Chicago Community Trust Outstanding Community Strategy of the Year Award ($20,000) -- To the University of Chicago Arts & Public Life Initiative, which in collaboration with the community created a new 55th Street Arts Incubator that enhances the neighborhood by serving local artists and encouraging arts education and involvement for all.

The PrivateBank Norman Bobins Leadership Award ($5,000) -- Lawrence Benito, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights -- For his demonstrated leadership in defending the rights of immigrants and refugees, from the successful effort to provide licenses for undocumented workers to his work on congressional acts concerning immigration reform.

The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design, First Place ($15,000) -- Landon Bone Baker Architects for Harvest Commons Apartments -- For their restoration and reconfiguration of a landmark building on Chicago's West Side into comfortable affordable living quarters for those who seek single occupancy residences (undertaken for Heartland Housing).

The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design, Second Place ($3,000) -- JGMA for Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy -- For their reconfiguration of a long-vacant factory building in PIlsen into a modern, well-lit high school that centers on health education as a pathway to college and work and stands as an icon of the neighborhood's commitment to the future (for Instituto Del Progreso Latino).

The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design, Third Place ($2,000) -- Landon Bone Baker Architects for the Jackson at Woodlawn Park For their design and execution of replacement housing for the long-deteriorating Grove Parc Plaza, which has provided fine quality housing for residents and a new gateway to the Woodlawn community (for Preservation of Affordable Housing).

The Woods Fund Chicago Power of Community Award (a new award) ($15,000) -- Just Pay for All Coalition -- Only four years old, the Coalition's work to end wage theft and return stolen wages to workers has met with unrivaled success in both the legislative and regulatory arenas, for the first time providing protection to workers from unscrupulous employers.

A look back at 20 years of awards to organizations, developers and individuals who have made Chicago neighborhoods stronger and healthier.

19th Annual Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards (2013) The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design, First Place UrbanWorks, Ltd. for La Casa Student Housing

19th Annual Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards (2013) The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design, Second Place Pappageorge Haymes Partners/Koo and Associates, Ltd. for Park Douglas

19th Annual Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design, Third Place JGMA for the UNO Soccer Academy

19th Annual Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards Special Recognition Award Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center

The Outstanding For-Profit Neighborhood Real Estate Project Award -- Baum Development for the Green Exchange -- The firm imagined a "green incubator" -- a new type of multi-tenant building that could attract companies and employ more than a thousand local workers.

The Polk Bros. Foundation Affordable Rental Housing Preservation Award -- 5T Management and Community Investment Corporation for 5800 S. Michigan -- 19th Annual Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards (2013)


Curie Youth Radio podcasts

Students at the Curie Metro High School Youth Radio program tell stories about their neighborhoods.

Joining the Marines (Download)

Saying Goodbye on 56th and Fairfield, by Miguel Lopez. (2009)

Family Dollar Burns Down (Download)

Kurt Swan recounts the fire at Family Dollar, 79th and California. (2009))

World's Finest Chocolate Outlet Store (Download)

Come taste the deliciousness at this strip mall on Pulaski, by Steven Gallardo. (2009)

The Cleanest Neighbor in the World (Download)

We spy on Ana Romero's neighbor, who never stops sweeping. (2009)

King Plaza (Download)

Angela Griden provides a tour of Martin Luther King Plaza on the West Side. (2009)

Chicago Comics (Download)

A visit to Belmont, for the Hulk in all of us, by Mariah Steward. (2009)

Quidditch in Marquette Park (Download)

A full game of Harry Potter Quidditch, Chicago style, by Kathryn Kaye. (2009)

Whiz Kids Learning Center (Download)

Lamar Smith wants you to hear the laughter on 67th and California. (2009)

Environmental Justice (Download)

Come inside the Little Village Environmental Justice Center and see youth in action, by Xochitl Sandoval. (2009)

Lawndale dividing line (Download)

A railroad viaduct divides Little Village and North Lawndale and creates a border between African-Americans and Latinos that is not supposed to be crossed. Here is Ashley Woods' recollection of the death of a man who crossed the tracks. (2006)

Planes at Midway (Download)

Carlos Maeda lives right underneath the air traffic of Chicago's Midway Airport, where the shriek of jet engines surrounds everyone for blocks. Though not a traveler himself, he reflects on other people's journeys, every day. (2006)

My plate full, yours empty (Download)

Abdel Mutan brings us to the dinner table during tight times, and recognizes his mother's love for her family. (2008)

Basketball at Ickes Homes (Download)

Keith Shine wants more for his neighborhood than a bad reputation. Look through the eyes of a Chicago teenager as he brings us to his favorite event of the summer: the annual basketball tournament at the Ickes Homes on Chicago's South Side. (2007)

Teens hanging out (Download)

Yvonne Rodriguez listens in as a bunch of guys debate the best way to dress and whether hip hop is better than rock. Their differences aren't so visible to others.


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