Black entrepreneurs and small developers are often excluded from investment opportunities. The Desk advocates to change that.” – Deon Lucas, E.G. Woode

“Systemic change to traditional capital sources is critical to wealth-building and strengthening communities of color. – Lyneir Richardson, Chicago TREND

“The Desk isn’t only about supporting community projects. It’s also about driving more investment and unlocking the potential of Chicago neighborhoods.” – Charlie Corrigan, JPMorgan Chase & Co

“As a worker co-op, we believe locally-owned businesses are a critical component to neighborhood wealth-building and revitalization. ChiFresh Kitchen Camille Kerr, ChiFresh Kitchen

I grew up on the South Side. I’m opening my bakery in Avalon Park because I see the opportunity and believe small businesses can thrive. – Maya Camille Broussard, Justice of the Pies

Community Desk Chicago works with nonprofits, community developers and entrepreneurs on Chicago’s South and West sides to assemble the necessary capital, expertise and other resources to increase real estate development in their neighborhoods. We believe all Chicagoans deserve to live in healthy and holistic communities with access to jobs, education, housing, retail and other baseline amenities.

Small Business Growth

Many small businesses start out at home, in a shared space, or with short-term leases. Making the leap to purchasing a brick-and-mortar space can be overwhelming. Our BuildUP program supports small businesses in making that transition.

Neighborhood Revitalization

Local business districts in under-resourced areas often struggle to overcome blight while avoiding gentrification. Our CorridorLive! program works with local leaders to activate these properties with the services and amenities local residents desire.

Community Wealth Building

Owning commercial real estate is one of the best paths toward building wealth — but it’s out of reach for many individuals. We are working to implement shared ownership models that enable residents to overcome this barrier by pooling their resources.

Nonprofit Capacity Building

The nonprofits that best understand the community’s goals often have little to no experience in navigating real estate development projects. Our Neighborhood Developers Initiative provides coaching and technical support to fill this gap and build local capacity for future projects.

Projects Supported

Communities Served

Million Dollars in Capital Raised

Million Dollars in Capital Unlocked

From The Desk: Is a CIV right for my neighborhood?

Community Desk Chicago works to facilitate greater participation in Community Investment Vehicles (CIVs) because we believe they present an exciting opportunity to grow community wealth and give communities greater control over the real estate assets in their...

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