West Humboldt Park Development Council’s Mission is to work collaboratively to develop, implement and sustain processes that improve the quality of life for people, families and businesses in the West Humboldt Park community.


To promote and improve the quality of life for the people and businesses in our community, WHPDC will take a leadership role to: 

  • Promote safety and advocate for residents , families, and neighborhood support programs

  • Advocate for community growth and sustainability

  • Encourage business attraction, development, retention and growth



  • Community Involvement – We will treat everyone with dignity and respect; and encourage supportive community involvement.

  • Collaboration – We encourage and will maintain relationships that support the community

  • Coordination – We promote effective and efficient delivery of services

  • Inclusion – We welcome, encourage, promote and facilitate grass roots communication, diversity of thought, background and entrepreneurial spirit in all we do

  • Sustainability - We advocate for the ongoing delivery of effective programs/services that support people, families, neighborhoods and businesses. 


  • James Simmions, Board President

  • James Williams, Board Member

  • Katherine Anderson, Board Member

  • Franklin Williams, Board Member

  • Kenny Coleman, Board Member

  • Shanell Harmon, Board Member

  • Mahagany McClendon, Board Member

  • Don Felton, Board Member




Adrienne Whitney-Boykin,  Executive Director 
(773) 342-0036 

Ray King, Community Outreach
(773) 342-0036 

Rochelle Lee, Administrative Assistant
(773) 342-0036

 Nefertari Culter, Business Controller                                                                                                                             (773) 342-0036                                                                                                                     nefertari@whpdevelopmentcouncil.net



  • Partnered with Matanky Realty to redevelop the Chicago-Kedzie Plaza into a vibrant shopping center with 22 stores providing over 70 jobs for neighborhood residents.

  • Participant in Humboldt Park Quality-of-Life planning process which culminated in the Humboldt Park: Staking Our Claim Quality-of-Life Plan 2008.  The Plan outlines a vision and lists of strategies and projects that various community stakeholders will undertake to more Humboldt Park forward.  

  • Created the First Community Land Trust of Chicago which builds affordable housing for first-time homebuyers at or below 60% of area median income.

  • Organized TIF advisory panel and annual TIF Town Hall community meetings.

  • Collaborated with LISC to execute MetroEdge retail audit which reported excellent opportunities for new retail investment

  • Organized West Humboldt Park Business Association, which, in partnership with Chicago Community Ventures, provides technical assistance and mentoring to neighborhood businesses.

  • Partnered with Chicago Commons to create BEEP.  BEEP provides job referral & placement services, job readiness workshops, training and scholarship opportunities, re-entry services for offenders, and entrepreneurial workshops.Organized and assembled over 3 dozen neighborhood block clubs

  • As a City of Chicago Neighborhood Business Development Center (NBDC) we build and maintain a strong neighborhood network and coordinate efforts with local aldermen, the City, and other community partners. We help implement the City’s Neighborhood Small Business Growth Strategy.

  • Recruitment of, and complete development build-out for first sit-down restaurant on Chicago Avenue in over 15 years. Turkey Chop Gourmet Grill offers healthier fare sit-down, delivery, take-out and catering. 

  • In a partnership with LISC and the City of Chicago was the lead organization serving businesses with Smart Communities technology program providing Technology Action Plans to over 30 businesses and trainings for over 90. 

  • In partnership with CEED and CLOCC  developed Healthy Corner Stores Campaign to engage with corner stores and provide technical assistance and incentives to offer healthy foods and produce in a healthier store environment.

  • Lead designation of Chicago Avenue as a Special Service Area in collaboration with property owners, business owners, other key stakeholders, and Alderman Walter Burnette, Jr. 

  • Creation of the Chicago Avenue Mural Project.  This project was created to shield vacant lots, beautify the corridor, promote inspiring messages, and create a sense of place. The West Humboldt Park Special Service Area #63 envisioned the project which was brought to fruition by archi-treasures, a community development arts organization.

  • Creation of Chicago Avenue Mural Project (Part 2).  This project was created to shield vacant lots, beautify the corridor, promote Turkey Chop Gourmet Grill and their free hot meal site which provides free hot meals to the community every Monday. 

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