An Update On Chicago Prize 2022

Pritzker Traubert Foundation believes that all Chicagoans should have equal access to economic opportunity. We partner with visionary leaders to implement their bold plans to connect talent to jobs, build an inclusive and growing economy, and strengthen communities in Chicago. Only when all our neighbors and neighborhoods thrive can Chicago reach its full potential.
We are proud to partner with outstanding community and civic leaders advancing transformative plans for Chicago’s South and West sides.

Celebrating Progress in Community Development

We launched Chicago Prize to ask community leaders how they would use $10 million to create change in their communities. Since 2020, we have been honored to support bold plans for transformation and are inspired by their achievements. Please click here to learn more about the Chicago Prize 2020 teams and their progress.

Today, we are proud to be part of growing momentum to invest in community-led change that includes Invest South/West, We Rise Together, and many others. To build upon Chicago Prize 2020’s success and further fuel this effort, we committed an additional $30 million to support a pipeline of community development projects over the next five years, starting with Chicago Prize 2022.

Announcing Chicago Prize 2022’s Catalytic Community Projects

Chicago Prize 2022 invited proposals from community-led initiatives with a compelling vision for how investments in the built environment could create lasting economic impact and build wealth in their neighborhoods. From nearly every south and west side community, we received bold, ambitious plans to build more inclusive and lasting prosperity for residents. We met inspirational and committed leaders with the talent, vision and drive to make generational change. And we were once again reminded of the tremendous untapped potential found in every corner of Chicago.

Each of these proposals were reviewed by a committee of civic leaders and development practitioners, who prioritized initiatives with the especially unique combination of strategy, leadership, and capability needed to create lasting change.

“We were inspired by the incredible creativity and extraordinary leadership found across Chicago and the opportunity to help enable those leaders to create change and build wealth in their neighborhoods.”
– Juan Salgado, Chancellor, City Colleges of Chicago

We are honored to nominate the following six teams to advance to the next phase of Chicago Prize 2022. The teams reflect the highest aspirations of the Chicago Prize – ambitious plans, capable teams, and thoughtful strategies to meet the unique needs of their communities.

These projects are eligible for the $10 million Chicago Prize award or a $500,000 matching fund grant to help move their plans forward in 2023:

Bringing Communities Back Initiative, a comprehensive strategy led by Far South CDC to draw residents back to greater Roseland through the repurposing of nearly 1 million square feet of space for residential and retail uses, coupled with investments in minority contractors, homeownership programs, and small grants to residents and businesses.

Team Lead: Far South CDC
Neighborhood: Roseland

Cultivate Collective, a comprehensive redevelopment strategy led by Academy for Global Citizenship and Greater Southwest Development Corporation to catalyze economic development and generate local wealth through durable green economy pathways for job training, business incubation, home ownership assistance, employment, and prosperity on Chicago’s southwest side.

Team Lead: Cultivate Collective
Neighborhood: LeClaire Courts

Exchange Health Innovation Partners, a multifaceted development initiative led by DL3 Realty Advisors, Chicago Family Health Center, Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago, and Revere Properties, focused on improving public health outcomes in South Shore and South Chicago through workforce development and strategic place-making.

Team Lead: Chicago Family Health Center
Neighborhood: South Shore / South Chicago

Garfield Park Rite to Wellness Collaborative, a group of residents, faith-based and health care institutions, nonprofits and other stakeholders that work and live in Garfield Park. Their mission is to cultivate Black Culture Wellness by addressing spiritual, socioeconomic, political and physical needs of Garfield Park through engaged, cooperative participation among all residents and stakeholders, including investments in housing physical and mental health services, workforce development for health care and other professions, a business incubator and makerspace, and a community-owned grocery store.

Team Lead: Garfield Park Rite to Wellness Collaborative
Neighborhood: West Garfield Park

Health to Work, Wealth, and Wellness (H2W), an innovative workforce strategy led by Comer Education Campus, Bitwise Industries, Millennial Beacon, and leading local organizations to bring community health, digital innovation, workforce development, and drug discovery initiatives under one roof to connect the Greater Grand Crossing community to transformational health and economic opportunities.

Team Lead: Comer Education Campus
Neighborhood: Greater Grand Crossing

4630 S. Ashland/4615 S. Marshfield, a complementary and strategic set of investments led by Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council, in partnership with a diverse team of Latino-led firms including Park Row Development, JGMA, Wallin/Gomez Architects, and ALL Construction Group, to provide critically needed affordable housing and vibrant, resident-oriented commercial amenities that respond to community’s Quality of Life plan. The new commercial space will house office space, a new community performing arts theater, and other potential uses that promote wealth building for and support services to members of the community.

Team Lead: Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council
Neighborhood: Back of the Yards

“We are proud to be associated with the Pritzker Traubert Foundation and their Chicago Prize process as it is helping to build more inclusive opportunity across neighborhoods that have been left on the sidelines for far too long.”
– Helene Gayle, President & CEO, The Chicago Community Trust

We are excited to work with these teams and hope you’ll join us in congratulating and supporting these efforts!

We also know there are leaders in every Chicago neighborhood working to make change. Pritzker Traubert Foundation is committing an additional $1 million to help advance the work of other Chicago Prize applicants.

“What is so wonderful about this effort is that helping creating a broader ecosystem of remarkable applicants, community developers, local officials, and numerous other funders that can help spur additional resources across our city.”
– Andy Zopp, Managing Partner, Cleveland Avenue

Please click this link to learn more about all the Chicago Prize 2022 applicants and join us in supporting these efforts. Please email to learn more and be connected to any of these initiatives.


Thank you to the countless supporters that make the Chicago Prize possible and have contributed over $70 million to participating initiatives. Special thanks to the City of Chicago, State of Illinois, BMO Harris, Builders Initiative, Chicago Community Trust, Citi Foundation, Crown Family Foundation, Fifth Third Foundation, Invest South/West, Joyce Foundation, JP Morgan Chase Foundation, McCormick Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Polk Bros. Foundation, Steans Family Foundation, United Way of Metro Chicago, We Rise Together, Weinberg Foundation, and many, many others. We hope that you will continue to join us in supporting Chicago Prize 2022 applicants and community-led initiatives citywide.

We want to also thank the many outstanding partners and advisors that have contributed and will continue to contribute to this process, and without whom this work would not be possible.

And we also extend our sincerest and deepest appreciation to the neighborhood leaders that shared their ideas with the Chicago Prize and represent the best of what our city has to offer. Chicago is better because of you.