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Gresham neighborhood receives $10 million ‘Chicago Prize’

Neighborhood groups in Gresham plan to build a “Healthy Lifestyle Hub” as well as an urban farm, among other revitalization efforts.

Posters of Leo High SchoolÕs 2020 graduates hung up by volunteers are displayed across the street from the high school during a clean up on 7901 S Sangamon in Auburn Gresham, Chicago, Thursday June 4, 2020. Leo High School students and faculty will cleaned and beautified 79th Street from Halsted to Racine in the wake of the weekendÕs property damage.
Graduates of Leo High School are posted along 79th Street in Auburn Gresham, the neighborhood selected for the $10 million Chicago Prize. The competition selected from six finalists representing South Side and West Side neighborhoods.
Anthony Vazquez/Sun-Times

A Gresham community group has won the inaugural Chicago Prize and now has $10 million to spend on its neighborhood revitalization plan.

The inaugural Chicago Prize competition, sponsored by the Pritzker Traubert Foundation, picks one group on Chicago’s South or West Side and awards a grant it can use to address systemic poverty and economic exclusion.

The winning initiative — Always Growing, Auburn Gresham — plans to turn a vacant building on 79th and Halsted streets into a “Healthy Lifestyle Hub,” equipped with a full-service health center, as well as develop an urban farm and renewable energy center. The team includes the Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation, Green Era and Urban Growers Collective.

The $12.4 million lifestyle hub already has received some financial backing from the city’s Invest South/West initiative.

Last year, 80 teams on Chicago’s South and West sides submitted proposals for the Chicago Prize. On Dec. 11, a panel of experts highlighted 20 proposals and nominated six of those as finalists for the $10 million prize. The other five finalists represented Little Village, Englewood, North Lawndale, Austin and South Chicago.

The foundation also announced an additional $2.5 million fund to support the other neighborhood projects that were finalists.