Chicago Prize 2020 Update

Pritzker Traubert Foundation was inspired by the creativity, commitment, and innovation found in the Chicago Prize 2020 applicants and finalists. We were honored to select “Auburn Gresham Always Growing” as the inaugural recipient for its compelling projects, committed leadership, and unique strategy to strengthen health and wealth in the community. We are deeply grateful for the outpouring of support and catalytic investment that has invested over $70 million to-date in funding to Chicago Prize 2020 teams. And we are thrilled to see the following finalist projects make strides forward with their work.

839 Healthy Lifestyle Hub, Auburn Gresham | Green Era Digestor and Urban Farm Campus, Auburn Gresham

“The funding and recognition the Always Growing, Auburn Gresham team received from the Pritzker Traubert Foundation’s Chicago Prize and the city of Chicago’s INVEST South/West initiative has not only brought national attention to our organizations and our missions, it has catapulted our vision for the Healthy Lifestyle Hub and the Anaerobic Digester to come to life. This summer we are excited to welcome UI Health Mile Square Primary & Immediate Care Center, Bank of America Advanced Center, Chicago Bears teaching kitchen & community room, UIC Neighborhood Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Mikkey’s Retro Grill, and others to the Healthy Lifestyle Hub and the Auburn Gresham community.”
– Carlos Nelson, Chief Executive Officer, Greater Auburn Gresham CDC

Go Green on Racine Fresh Market, Englewood
“Englewood is home to residents, leaders and community organizations that have responded to inequities and quality of life challenges in the neighborhood by ushering in the era of Englewood Rising. The Go Green On Racine team reinforced the momentum of this effort with a bold, holistic vision for neighborhood revitalization that includes housing, health care, workforce development, and transit and food equity. Two years ago, our selection as a Chicago Prize finalist helped us bring our anchor project, the Go Green Community Fresh Market, to fruition. The Fresh Market opened its doors March 8, 2022 — a critical step toward making 63rd and Racine a destination for fresh, nutritious, high-quality food. The support from the Pritzker Traubert Foundation was instrumental in bringing this project to life, and to the greater journey of the larger Go Green vision.”Sana Syed, Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives, Inner-City Muslim Action Network

North Lawndale Employment Network Workforce Campus, North Lawndale
“NLEN created our first social enterprise, Sweet Beginnings LLC., in 2005. Our newest endeavor, the beelove café opened its doors, on September 6, 2021, and provides the community with a welcoming coffee shop in the North Lawndale community to elevate community connections. The Finish Line funding we received from Pritzker Traubert Foundation, as a Chicago Prize 2020 finalist and the investment by the City’s Neighborhood Opportunity Fund were both essential as we continue to build long-term community wealth and pathways to economic mobility for the residents in North Lawndale.” – Brenda Palms-Barber, President and CEO at North Lawndale Employment Network & Sweet Beginnings LLC

We’re Steel Here New Homes, South Chicago
“Our vision for reinvigorating the South Chicago community is grounded in a comprehensive vision encompassing affordable senior apartments and homeownership readiness to create safe space for neighborhood children and residents to play, commune and thrive. As one of the six Chicago Prize Finalists provided access to the Match Funds program, over the last two years, we have successfully advanced our vision and bolstered the quality of life for residents of South Chicago.” Angela Hurlock, Chief Executive Officer, Claretian Associate


Please join us in celebrating these teams and thanking the countless supporters that made Chicago Prize 2020 possible.