Highlights

  •  06/14/2022

    Pritzker Traubert Foundation names Chicago Prize finalists

    The Pritzker Traubert Foundation named six finalists for the 2022 Chicago Prize award. The prize grants funds to help accelerate investment-ready projects, creating economic opportunity for residents on the South and West sides.

    The prize provides capital to initiatives that focus on creating lasting change in historically disinvested neighborhoods. Of the six finalists, one project will receive the Chicago Prize of $10 million, while the other five get $500,000 matching fund grants.

    Established in 2019, the prize aims to help accelerate investment-ready projects, offering technical assistance and creating economic opportunity for residents on the South and West sides of Chicago. The two-year process involves a team of advisors comprising civic leaders and development experts.

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  •  06/08/2022

    The Aspire Center: A timeline

    The Austin community’s ASPIRE Initiative will kickstart this year with the launch of the Aspire Center for Workforce Innovation project.

    ● 2020: The ASPIRE Initiative was developed in response to the $10 million Chicago Prize opportunity provided by the Pritzker Traubert Foundation. The effort incorporates several goals and ideas from the community’s AFT plan and outlines how Austin can build a stronger cradle-to-career pipeline through four investments strategically clustered around existing assets in an area bound by Madison, Chicago, Central, and Laramie Avenues: The Aspire Education & Wellness Campus; Aspire Austin College & Career Academy; The Aspire Center for Workforce Innovation; and Aspire Housing. ASPIRE is named among the six finalists and starts garnering investments.

    ● 2021: Years of work advances in just several months due to the Chicago Prize opportunity. Although not selected as the winning project, the process confirms the need for prioritizing one of ASPIRE’s four projects. With this in mind, the ASPIRE Center for Workforce Innovation was selected to serve as a starting point to catalyze the development of ASPIRE’s full set of Initiative Projects.

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  •  02/01/2022

    Chicago Public Media Announces Its Acquisition of the Chicago Sun-Times

    Chicago Public Media announced today that the Chicago Sun-Times is now a nonprofit, as a subsidiary of Chicago Public Media – marking the beginning of a landmark partnership between two storied news brands, the Chicago Sun-Times and WBEZ Chicago, to grow and strengthen local journalism in Chicago. This creates one of the largest nonprofit news organizations in the country and the organization will reach more than 2 million Chicagoans a week.

    Chicago Public Media also announced that it has raised $61 million in philanthropic support for this transformational opportunity for Chicago from national and local foundations and individual donors who share a belief in journalism’s critical role in informing the public, strengthening local communities, and safeguarding democracy.

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  •  12/10/2021

    Obama Presidential Center auditorium to be named after Elie Wiesel

    The auditorium at the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago will be named after Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, as part of an effort to honor “civil rights and social justice leaders whose significant contributions to society advanced justice and equality in America,” the Obama Foundation announced on Thursday.

    The space was sponsored by Obama Foundation board member Penny Pritzker and her husband, Dr. Bryan Traubert.

    “Elie Wiesel endured the unimaginable evils of the Holocaust and emerged as the world’s conscience in the struggle for human rights,” Pritzker said in a statement. “His unrelenting activism and prolific writing after bearing witness to such horrors is a call to each of us to never become indifferent. A more just and peaceful world is always possible.”

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  •  12/08/2021

    Pritzker Traubert Foundation announces second $10 million Chicago Prize

    “We’re announcing the Chicago Prize 2022,” said Bryan Traubert, who leads the foundation with his wife, former U.S. Commerce Secretary and billionaire Penny Pritzker. “We’re going to provide $10 million in capital to a community-led initiative. There has to basically be some real estate development to produce economic impact, create jobs, help businesses and essentially try to increase the wealth in those communities for workers, entrepreneurs, residents.”

    The second edition of the award, announced this morning, will also spend another $5 million to help the neighborhood teams vying for the prize develop their ideas and their potential to earn future philanthropic money.

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  •  11/03/2021

    Urban Institute fact sheet on Chicago Prize recipient Always Growing, Auburn Gresham

    In August 2020 The Pritzker Traubert Foundation’s inaugural $10 million Chicago Prize was awarded to Always Growing, Auburn Gresham (AGAG), a partnership made up of a community development corporation, an urban farm, and a for-profit anaerobic digestion operation. The multiple project components of AGAG collectively contribute to building healthier lifestyles, a healthier environment, and community-driven sustainable growth in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood of Chicago. AGAG is a prime example of a creative, transformative, and future-oriented investment in urban land and real-estate.

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  •  09/22/2021

    Chicago Connected Launches Partnership with Coursera, Offering Free Certifications, Workforce Development, And Courses for To Up To 1,000 Families

    Today, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot announced the launch of a partnership between “Chicago Connected” and Coursera, one of the largest online learning platforms, which delivers world-class content taught by instructors from over 200 of the world’s leading universities and organizations in multiple languages.

    Chicago Connected, launched in June 2020, provides no-cost, high-speed internet service to eligible Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students and their families. With approximately 64,000 students across 42,000 households being served by the program at its one-year anniversary, Chicago Connected has cut the City’s digital divide by nearly two-thirds. Now, Chicago Connected is acting on the City’s commitment to digital inclusion: The program engaged thousands of families to understand their digital learning needs, and as a result, is offering free access to Coursera for approximately 1,000 families as they expand their skills and bolster their professional and personal credentials.

    Chicago Connected is supported by the Pritzker Traubert Foundation with a $1.5M grant. Read more below.

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  •  09/02/2021

    National Park Foundation Celebrates Grand Opening of Pullman National Monument Visitor Center and State Historic Site Grounds

    Pullman National Monument will officially open its visitor center doors and state historic site grounds on Labor Day weekend, September 4 and 5, 2021, thanks in part to the support of the National Park Foundation and its donors. The celebratory weekend will feature tours, interpretive programming, and a host of events and activities organized by a variety of partners throughout the Pullman neighborhood.

    “The Pullman National Monument is a community anchor that beautifully honors Pullman’s rich history and serves as an attraction for Chicagoans and people across the nation,” said Pritzker Traubert Foundation Trustee Bryan Traubert. “The Pritzker Traubert Foundation is proud to invest in infrastructure that supports economic and cultural vitality on the South Side, and is excited to help celebrate the official opening of Pullman National Monument.”

    Pullman National Monument

    Pullman National Monument – courtesy of NPS

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  •  09/02/2021

    Permanent Home for the North Lawndale Employment Network in Chicago

    The completion of the first permanent campus for the North Lawndale Employment Network (NLEN), designed by Wheeler Kearns Architects, was celebrated with an Open House on August 26, 2021. Held on-site at 1111 South Homan Avenue, the event included a ribbon-cutting and was attended by prominent local officials including Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Alderman Michael Scott Jr. Read more about this 2020 Chicago Prize finalist project here.

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  •  08/12/2021

    Noemi Garcia joins the PTF Team as a Program Associate

    The Pritzker Traubert Foundation is pleased to announce that Noemi Garcia has joined its team this week as a Program Associate. Noemi has extensive experience in non-profit consulting and management. Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked as an independent consultant and collaborated with local non-profits and foundations. Noemi previously held leadership roles at the Arts & Business Council of Chicago, where she led capacity-building programs for small to midsize arts and cultural organizations.

    “I am excited to have Noemi join us at such a pivotal moment of growth as the Foundation continues its commitment to the Chicago Prize and community investment on the South and West Sides,” says Cindy Moelis, PTF’s President.

    Noemi currently serves on the Auxiliary Board of Snow City Arts and is a member of the Women of Color United Giving Council through the Chicago Foundation for Women. Noemi received her Bachelor of Arts from University of Michigan.

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