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Often a small investment in a particular place, such as a new mural, plaza or community garden, can be a powerful catalyst for positive change in a neighborhood. LISC has provided numerous small grants and loans to help neighborhood partners make targeted improvements that add beauty, attract pedestrian traffic or improve safety.
The Large Lots Program is a City of Chicago neighborhood stabilization initiative to help property owners, block clubs and non-profit groups in select Chicago neighborhoods purchase City-owned land for $1.
The goals of the program:
If you own property in one of roughly 30 communities throughout Chicago, you can apply to purchase up to two vacant lots for $1 each from the City of Chicago. The lots must be on the same block as the land you already own. Visit largelots.org to find lots for sale and to submit an application. Individuals and organizations can apply, but churches are not eligible. Applications must be submitted online through largelots.org and you must submit a deed showing proof of current ownership.