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A Call to Action From Chicago Neighborhoods


One Chicago for all. Chicago is a global city with the most diversified economy in the nation, creating 200,000 jobs since 2010 and ranked in the top ten of the world’s most competitive cities for business. But much of that capital and innovation remains downtown. The city's neighborhoods are an untapped source for growth, but do not share equally in the bounty.

The Neighborhood Network in collaboration with LISC has joined forces to advocate for equity. Together we represent 26 diverse neighborhoods with a combined population of over 1 million residents. Though our neighborhoods face different challenges and needs, we are united in our vision:

With meaningful investment in neighborhoods, residents in our communities connect to sustained, living wage job opportunities at scale.

Together, as residents and organizations of Chicago’s neighborhoods, we call on our city to:

  • Encourage more inclusive employers
  • Improve the effectiveness of workforce development systems
  • Widen access to capital
  • Increase and strengthen community-school partnerships to benefit families
  • Spend government resources to achieve equitable outcomes
  • Achieve greater housing stability in neighborhoods