Woodlawn Summit

2022 Stronger Together



The Woodlawn Community Summit is a collaboration of neighbors, youth groups, elected leaders, business owners, and community stakeholders seeking to promote the comprehensive growth and well-being of Woodlawn and its surrounding communities.

With leadership from the South East Chicago Commission, the Summit has grown from its infancy into a standing-room-only community leadership model worthy of recognition and replication as a model for civic engagement.

13th Annual Woodlawn Community Summit
Stronger Together

Saturday, June 11, 2022
9am – 12pm

The University of Chicago
Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice
(Formerly, School of Social Services Administration: SSA)
969 E. 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637


The Woodlawn Community, including communities on Chicago’s mid-south side, is undergoing a historic transformation.  The Obama Center has begun construction, new housing developments and important infrastructure is planned; all for a new and exciting opportunity for residents, stakeholders and business owners.

Join us for this annual event, designed by residents for residents.  You are invited to learn more about the proposed improvements for community engagement, safety, sustainable and overall development.  And the Summit is a great connection for a strong network of resources and support.

2022 Summit Experiences

  • Economic Development Forum
  • Housing Opportunities and Community Bus Tour
  • Safety and Security Forum
  • Sustainable Communities West Woodlawn: Emmitt Till House restoration

History of the Summit

In the Fall of 2009, resident of the Kenwood Homeowners Association saw a need to connect with other neighbors in Woodlawn. After attending a meeting with the Woodlawn Neighbors Association, the two groups worked together and organized the first Woodlawn Community Summit: Building Bridges One Block Club at a Time. The University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement was the first stakeholder who offered resources in order to make the first event a success.

On Saturday, March 31, 2012, the Woodlawn Summit Steering Committee convened the Third Annual Woodlawn Community Summit “A Call to Action” at The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. The Summit brought together a coalition of residents, neighborhood associations, visionaries, community and civic officials to discuss safety, urban agriculture, local business districts, and the Green Healthy Neighborhoods Land Use Plan during summit.

Within the last seven years, the Summit has grown from 100 attendees to over 450 participants. Special guests have included national television personality, the Honorable Judge Greg Mathis; the late Bishop Arthur M. Brazier; Dr. Brazier; representatives from the Mayor’s Office City of Chicago and Michael A. Strautmanis as Vice President of Civic Engagement, all of whom are interested in the vitality and growth of the Woodlawn Community.

As an outgrowth of the Summit, The Woodlawn Peace Project and The Woodlawn Chamber of Commerce were born. The Woodlawn Peace Project is a jobs-for-youth program and has received its first round of funding. The Woodlawn Chamber of Commerce, is still in the formation stage.

In 2021, the Summit was held virtually due to the pandemic.  Watch the Video Replay.

Started in 2009
Funding Partners
100 +
Attendees and Volunteers

Special Thanks to our 2021 Sponsors