Community Events


Thursday, November 15th at 6pm at Apostolic Church of God 

Woodlawn Residents and Stakeholders,

At our last meeting we presented a working strategy designed to begin addressing involuntary displacement by working with the Department of Planning to create a comprehensive community-led plan for the vacant land owned by the City of Chicago. We are also looking to address non-city vacant land and abandoned buildings.

For those in Woodlawn not engaged with this process, the future of Woodlawn may appear to be out of the hands of the community. But for those on the 1Woodlawn journey, a transparent process to support community growth, has been developing over the past three years.

This journey we are on together will continue into the foreseeable future as we address the complexities of the market forces in a very complex political environment.

Now it is time to define how we build on our current assets, and how best to build a self-determined and self-sustaining community.

We look forward to seeing you at the next 1Woodlawn meeting on Thursday, November 15th. The agenda is as follows:

– Obama Presidential Center Update presented by the Obama Foundation

– Woodlawn Land Development Strategy: How the Redevelopment is being planned

– Defining the Woodlawn Development Narrative: What do we want Woodlawn to Become?


Please contact us with any questions at


1Woodlawn Walk-Bik-Run Event | August 25th


1Woodlawn Community Meeting | Thursday, August 23, 2018 – 6pm to 8:30pm



Woodlawn Residents! Join us for a FREE screening of Gentrified – Ethnic Cleansing: American Style. This outstanding documentary addresses what we can do to survive gentrification. Our 1Woodlawn quadrant leaders saw the film and organized this screening because they believe that is important for every resident of Woodlawn to receive this critical information. Please send your RSVP to

1Woodlawn Community Meeting | Thursday, May 24, 2018 – 6pm to 8:30pm



1Woodlawn Community Meeting | Thursday, February 22, 2018 – 6pm to 8:30pm



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You’re invited to the dedication of Seeds of Our Culture, the new mural under the East 64th Street and South Dorchester Avenue viaduct.
They will celebrate lead artists, Arlene Turner-Crawford and Rahmaan “Statik” Barnes, as well as the many project supporters, volunteers, and artist assistants who helped make this project a reality.
Following the ceremony under the viaduct, there will be a reception with light refreshements at the William Hill Gallery, 6442 S. Dochester Ave.

Next 1Woodlawn Community Meeting:

Thursday, November 9th ~ 6pm – 8:30pm at Apostolic Church of God

More details and RSVP:


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This Saturday, September 30, from 10am-1pm the University of Chicago’s Office of Civic Engagement will hosting their 2nd Community Painting Day at the 64th Street and S. Dorchester Avenue underpass for a community mural, Seeds of Our Culture.

Woodlawn community members, local students and staff, and artistic neighbors are invited to join two South Side artists Arlene Turner Crawford and Rahmann (Statik) Barnes in painting the mural. As a gateway from William Hill’s botanical garden on the west to Jackson Park on the east, the mural celebrates biodiversity and nature, as well as Woodlawn’s growing and vibrant arts and culture community.

Please RSVP here, check out a couple of photos from the first community painting day this past weekend, and share with your networks.

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Renew Woodlawn’s Celebration & Open House on Sept. 30th

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Renew Woodlawn’s 2nd Annual Real Estate Brokers Open House on Sept. 26th

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YWCA Metropolitan Chicago and WTTW present

My Neighborhood: Woodlawn
A discussion on Community Engagement and Advocacy
Please join us for screenings of topical vignette’s from WTTW’s ‘My Neighborhood: Pilsen,” followed by panel and group discussions around Community Engagement and Advocacy in Woodlawn.

Wednesday, August 23
6:00 pm
YWCA Laura Parks and Mildred Francis Center
6600 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637

Refreshments will be served. Free admission. Please register at


Jada Russell – Communications and Community Engagement Strategist, 1Woodlawn

Sonya Malunda – Sr. Associate Vice President for Civic Engagement, University of Chicago

Rudolph Nimocks – Community Leader and 64 year resident of the Woodlawn Community

Wendy Walker Williams – Executive Director, South East Chicago Commission (Moderator)


1Woodlawn Walk-Bik-Run Event | August 26th





Woodlawn Resource Center Annual Summer Kick-Off

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Urban Development Training

Presented by the Network of Woodlawn and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)

Apostolic Church of God – Room FC 205

Six Week Session: February 21stFebruary 28thMarch 7thMarch 14thMarch 21st, and March 28th – 6:30pm

The sessions will open with a general overview of the Urban Development landscape, followed by sessions on Planning for Growth, Urban Tactics and Strategies, and Sustainable and Resilient Neighborhoods.

If you signed up at the January meeting, you will receive a confirmation email. If you would like to sign up, please email us at to confirm your attendance.


Woodlawn Community Summit



Robotics Training Information Session

Presented by the Brazier Foundation and BSD Industries, L3C

Apostolic Church of God – Room 300

February 28th – 6:30pm

If you signed up at the January meeting, you will receive an update email from BSD Industries. If you would like to sign up for the info session on 2/28, please visit and fill out the “Stay Connected” form. 

More information about the program:

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Ongoing Community Program:

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Past Events:

Northwest Quadrant – Community Clean Up

Saturday, September 17, 2016 | 10:00am – 12:00 Noon

Location: Where you Live | Your Block | Your Community

Join you neighbors as we clean, plant, rake, prune and beautify our community’s curb appeal. In addition to the personal gratification that comes with community pride when things look good we cal also be proud of taking an active role in making our community more attractive to economic development prospects. Everyone can take an active role in continuing our grassroots efforts to increase the visual appeal of our homes and community businesses.

Download: Northwest Quadrant Fall 2016 Newsletter

Renew Woodlawn Workshops:

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Northwest Quadrant’s Viewing of Chicago’s South Side



Placemaking in Historic West Woodlawn And Great Migration Collector’s Book


November 2015
Placemaking in Historic West Woodlawn
And Great Migration Collector’s Book
@ Blacks in Green Campus 10am-12pm

Artists Writers Gardeners Healers & Builders:
Paula Robinson / Black Metropolis National Heritage Area Commission
Nancy Jackson / CEO Prologue Schools, Inc. YouthBuild
Milton Mizenburg / Sculptor
Jeane Clark / Memories
@ South Side Community Arts Center 1pm-5pm

Alderman Willie B. Cochran / 20th Ward

Chef Tsadakeeyah / Majani Catering

Naomi Davis, Founder / CEO, BIG: Blacks in Green™
Landscape Architecture Scholars
Professor Kofi Boone, Associate Professor, North Carolina State University
Douglas Arnell Williams, PhD, University of Illinois/Champaign-Urbana


Blacks in Green, the Black Landscape Architecture Network, Prologue Schools, Inc., and the emerging Woodlawn Arts Council and West Woodlawn Historical Society honor and celebrate the wisdom, courage, and sacrifice of our African American ancestors, and their contribution to the culture and commerce of the City of Chicago.

Join us in support of Mayor Emanuel’s enhanced campaign for cultural tourism, and journey with us into ‘The Next 100 Years’ of the international heritage tourism destination that is Bronzeville and the Black Metropolis National Heritage Area.

Please be our Community VIP Guest on Saturday, Nov 7th for a day of programs that commemorate America’s Great Migration!  January 2016 marks the launch of Centennial celebrations which will continue through 2018 with BIG’s culminating tour, “The 16 Great Migration Gardens of West Woodlawn.” The gardens will not only reflect reverence for heritage and legacy, but also future forward thinking on green infrastructure, critical to sustainability here in The Age of Climate Crisis.
For your consideration and comment, potential garden locations are attached.  We welcome your suggestions and participation to propose, facilitate, and steward these or other locations, including neighbor-owned, city-owned, or institutionally-owned sites ~ not limited to vacant and open spaces.

Thank you for sharing this momentous milestone!  Stay with us on this journey of “Creating The New Promise” as we make history with bold new achievements, and capture them with candid snapshots, video memories, and group portraits for our “Great Migration Centennial Collector’s Book.”