Applications for 2022 Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards Opens

LISC Chicago today announced the opening of applications for the 2022 Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards (CNDAs) and The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design, which will be accepted through December 13, 2021. Now entering its 28th year, the CNDAs annually recognize the essential role that both nonprofit and for-profit developers play in building communities throughout Chicago.

The CNDAs are the largest and most venerated celebration of the creativity and community investments that transform neighborhoods across the city each year. They recognize the outstanding achievements in neighborhood real estate development and community building, especially the achievements of community development corporations (CDCs), other community-based organizations and for-profit developers working to build stronger neighborhoods in the Chicago metropolitan area. The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design was established to recognize the importance of great architecture and craftsmanship to city life.

Categories include:

● The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Creative Placemaking Award ● The Chicago Community Trust Outstanding Community Plan Award

● Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Healthy Community Award

● The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Outstanding Non-Profit Neighborhood Real Estate Project

● The Polk Bros. Foundation Affordable Rental Housing Preservation Award

● The Outstanding For-Profit Neighborhood Real Estate Project Award

● The Woods Fund Chicago Power of Community Award

Past winners of CNDAs have included Englewood Urban Farms, the Center on Halsted, and Accion Chicago and the Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago for The Hatchery. Notable projects receiving the Richard H. Driehaus Award include the Chinatown branch of the Chicago Public Library (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill), Garfield Market (Architects of the Chicago Park

District) and La Casa Norte Foundation Center (Landon Bone Baker). View all past winners of the CNDAs and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award at

“LISC Chicago is proud to host the Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards and recognize the innovative contributions of non-profit and for-profit developers throughout Chicago’s communities,” said Meghan Harte, Executive Director of LISC Chicago. “They have an enormous impact on our city and the quality of life for the people who live here, and we are thrilled to celebrate and honor them with the recognition they deserve.”

Applications are due by 5 p.m. Central on December 13, 2021. Applications must be submitted online. A virtual Q&A outlining the CNDA application process will be held on November 19 at 10 a.m. Anyone interested can RSVP to to attend the optional webinar. To apply and for more information on project eligibility and rules please visit


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