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Here’s How to Bank Real Success in the Fight Against Gentrification

Quentin Love had already been a successful Chicago restauranteur for 15 years. But two years ago, he was approached to do something novel: Open a healthy restaurant, called Turkeychop, that doubled as a part-time soup kitchen for the homeless in one of Chicago’s poorest neighborhoods, the Humboldt Park corridor.

After successfully selling turkey burgers in other parts of town, Love was game, but he knew there would be hurdles to introducing unfamiliar food options in a designated food desert.

West Humboldt Park Development Council's Community Meetings

Please join the West Humboldt Park Development Council and community partners at the Chicago Avenue Revitalization Task Force Meeting and the Block Club Network Crime & Safety Meeting.


Chet Jackson of WHPDC receives NHS Neighborhood Leadership Award

Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago (NHS) held its Annual Meeting and Neighborhood Leadership Awards program, "NHS @ 40: Deep Roots, Still Growing" on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at the Bridgeport Art Center.


The event was attended by over 300 partners, volunteers, community leaders and neighborhood residents.  The evening's program showcased nine Neighborhood Heroes and celebrated NHS' accomplishments.

Chet Jackson of West Humboldt Park Development Council received one of the awards

Salvation Army Brings The Freedom Center to West Humboldt Park

The Salvation Army is relocating The Freedom Center to a 5-acre site at Chicago and Christiana Avenues in West Humboldt Park. The Freedom Center is being relocated from its home of 36 years at Monroe Street and Ashland Avenue on the near west side of Chicago. The new facility will offer a broad variety of educational, recreational, spiritual and social service programs for the entire community. In fact, the new Freedom Center will house three Salvation Army programs that are critical to serving people in need from throughout Chicagoland: The Harbor Light Center, The Mobile Feeding and Outreach Program and The Pathway Forward Program.

The Salvation Army Freedom Center Groundbreaking Ceremony will be held on Monday, April 28, 2014 at 10 A.M. at 825 North Christiana Avenue. Join us for this special event, featuring testimonials from people whose lives have been transformed by these Salvation Army programs, as well as performances by The Harbor Light Choir and The Harbor Light Hip-Hop Worship Dance Team. Come discover the many ways in which the Freedom Center will positively impact WHP and the surrounding West Side communities. If you are interested in attending, please rsvp with Ashley Foster at (773) 205-3529 or


How one grant program is helping old-line manufacturers stay in the city

Three years ago, Bob Laystrom was prepared to move his 50-year-old company out of its outdated facility in Logan Square for new, spacious digs in suburban Palatine.

Healthy Stores Campaign Engages with Chicago Central Park Foods

Three went and grabbed chips, candy, and soda.  A fourth stood in front of the healthy corner kiosk and cooler and came to the check out with a small bag of grapes, an apple and a banana.

Corporate Giants Received TIF Money, Records Show

During the mayoral campaign, Chicagoans heard a great deal about tax increment financing, including frequent criticism that the program, Mayor Richard M. Daley’s favorite economic development tool, gave big tax breaks to downtown businesses and left neighborhoods short.

November Business Workshops

Did you know that the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs offers a regular set of business workshops free of charge?

West Humboldt Park grows small businesses

Plenty of empty lots line the streets of West Humboldt Park. But the one at 3836 W. Chicago Ave. is special.

It sits next to the cinder-block home of Thermal Electric, Inc., an eight-year-old electrical, heating and cooling company that employs nine technicians and handles commercial and residential jobs in the city and suburbs.  Read more...

April Business Education Workshops

Did you know that the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs offers a regular set of business workshops free of charge?  Check out the following listing for workshops that can help you with your business.  All workshops are free and are held at 121 N LaSalle Street (City Hall) Room 805.  For more information call (312) 744-5344 or visit

QUALITY OF LIFE PLAN Humboldt Park: Staking Our Claim Quality of Life Plan (July 2008 LISC)

Humboldt Park Quality of Life Plan provides a vision and strategies for the community to build a more prosperous and inclusive Humboldt Park community.

MetroEdge Study shows significant buying power in West Humboldt Park.

Good news for retailers!  MetroEdge Study indicates that there is a significant amount of unmet demand, particularly in retail.

Businesses take Advantage of Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF) Grants

Did you know that business and commercial property owners are eligible for free grant money of up to $150,000?

Is Humboldt Park a "Smart Community"?

The Smart Communities program aims to reduce the "digital divide" by providing increased access to high-speed internet, software, hardware, training, and more.

West Humboldt Park Business Association Launched

short article on June 9, 2009 luncheon meeting