Pilsen Little Village District Plans Synthesis

Chicago has many citywide and local place-based plans with stated goals for the built environment. Some are municipal; others are nonprofit driven. They prioritize public and private capital investments, provide important context for those investments and help determine how a community should grow and where development should occur.

Planning Context: Three of the four plans in the Pilsen Little Village area were developed through LISC’s New Communities Program. The plans generally look to address lack of open space, crime and safety issues, affordable housing, education, health and immigration services in addition to strengthening the local business economy. The first plan, Little Village: Capital of the Midwest (2005), has resulted in many accomplishments, including improvements to Piotrowski Park and Manuel Perez, Jr. Plaza, an enhanced Little Village community gateway on 26th Street, the Mercy Housing development at 26th Street and Kostner Avenue and the St. Anthony Focal Point campus development. The Immigrant Resource Center is in the process of being built by Enlace, a Little Village community development corporation. Key projects remaining include increasing community-based activities at the Manuel Perez, Jr. Plaza, creating a community-wide campaign to reduce teen pregnancy, exploring transit-oriented development opportunities around new Blue Line Chicago Transit Authority stations, establishing a dedicated industrial road south of 31st Street, establishing a Planned Manufacturing District and improving physical connections between Piotrowski Park and the Little Village High School campus. [Excerpted from Summary of Pilsen Little Village District Plans]