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Community Development

Community Collaborations

The South East Chicago Commission enhances the quality of life in its target neighborhoods through a variety of initiatives that support economic development and other aspects of community life. For more information about any of these programs, please contact the SECC.


Chicago Sustainability Leader’s Network (CSLN)

The Chicago Sustainability Leader’s Network (CSLN) connects grassroots leaders from communities across Chicago to share resources, support each other’s work, collaborate, build a stronger collective voice, and nurture equitable and impactful relationships with policy makers. The CSLN is part of the accelerate77 program, facilitated by The Institute of Cultural Affairs. For more information visit:

Museum Campus South

Museum Campus South (MCS) is a joint branding effort by the DuSable Museum of African American History, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House, Logan Center for the Arts, Museum of Science and Industry, Oriental Institute Museum, the Renaissance Society, and Smart Museum of Art. The effort is being organized by the museums with the assistance of the South East Chicago Commission, the UChicago Arts communication team, and the University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement. The purpose of MCS is to implement a comprehensive joint marketing strategy that integrates the institutions with each other, significant events in Hyde Park, Woodlawn, and Washington Park communities, and through the City of Chicago. Leveraging the unique offerings of these institutions will generate increased tourism, economic activity, and contribute to a revitalized Mid-South Side. For more information visit:

On the Table

On the Table is a city-wide initiative lead by the Chicago Community Trust in which 11,000 neighbors gathered around 1,000 tables to share a meal. As part of On the Table, participants from every ZIP code in the region opened up to one another, sharing their ideas for what our communities need to prosper and to thrive. We were inspired by the passion and the generosity that lit up that evening. We hope you'll join us for another meal together—and this time, we'll honor and inspire the philanthropist in each one of us. Click Here to learn more.

4th on 53rd Parade/Picnic

For the past 24 years, The Nichols Park Advisory Council, in partnership with the South East Chicago Commission, Chicago Park District and community residents host the only Chicago neighborhood 4th of July Parade. The Parade kicks off at 53rd and is followed by an afternoon of family fun in Nichols Park. Children's activities will keep the kids entertained for hours. The Music and Entertainment stages will bring the festival live music and family fun performances!

Open House Chicago

For the past 3 years, the South East Chicago Commission has been honored to be the community liaison for Open House Chicago’s Hyde Park locations. The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago is a free public festival that offers behind-the-scenes access to 150 buildings across Chicago. In 2014, Hyde Park, had 7 locations in the surrounding area. As part of the weekend, visitor’s explored repurposed mansions, hidden rooms, sacred spaces, private clubs, iconic theatres, offices, hotels and more—all for free. Save the date for the 5th Annual Open House Chicago scheduled for October 17th & 18th, 2015! For more information about Open House Chicago, please visit

Woodlawn Community Summit

The mission of the Summit is to work on behalf of residents and business owners to create and maintain a stable neighborhood in the areas of safety, housing, economic development and the overall neighborhood plan for transformation. Visit the Summit Website.

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