South Side

The heart of Chicago’s South Side is 20 minutes from the Loop, just west of the Dan Ryan Expressway and the CTA Red Line. About 141,000 people live in the Greater Englewood, Auburn Gresham, and Washington Heights communities, where new public and private construction projects are reversing a long period of disinvestment. The area’s crucial challenge is to reverse negative perceptions developed over the years of decline and made worse by media coverage, which tends to emphasize incidents of crime.

With many new investments underway, there is good news to report in the South Side area, which may signal the long-sought turnaround of this section of the city. Continued effort by community organizations, in coordination with public and private investment, will be key to achieving success. [Excerpted from Summary of Assets]

South Side Assets

Community assets are those built, natural, cultural and institutional elements that most define a neighborhood. They are anchor institutions, identity markers and community stabilizers. As such, they help guide local capital investment decisions.

South Side Data

Neighborhoods are in a constant state of change. Data for the built environment informs decision-makers about existing conditions and allows for comparisons across neighborhoods and against citywide averages, and helps to determine what investments are needed.

South Side Plans

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.