Apply to the Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards


Landon Bone Baker for City Gardens, a 2019 Driehaus Award First Place winner

The Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards (CNDA) recognize outstanding achievement 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 healthier 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.

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The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Creative Placemaking Award

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Creative Placemaking Award recognizes projects in the Chicago region that leverage the power of the arts, culture, and creativity to serve a community’s interest, while driving a broader agenda of change, growth and transformation in a way that builds character and quality of place.

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The Chicago Community Trust Outstanding Community Plan Award

The Chicago Community Trust Outstanding Community Plan Award recognizes the development and successful implementation of a community plan or strategy within Cook County that improves quality-of-life or addresses a specific need, opportunity or issue through a comprehensive planning and implementation model.

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The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Healthy Community Award

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Healthy Community Award recognizes a successful community- based effort to address the health of a low-to-moderate income neighborhood in the Chicago metropolitan area through creative and collaborative strategies.

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

The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Outstanding Non-Profit Neighborhood Real Estate Project recognizes a community development corporation for a specific real estate project that has contributed significantly to the enhancement of the community.

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The Polk Bros. Foundation Affordable Rental Housing Preservation Award

The Polk Bros. Foundation Affordable Rental Housing Preservation Award recognizes a for-profit developer or a non-profit community development organization for a specific real estate project in the City of Chicago that has preserved affordable rental housing.

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The Outstanding For-Profit Neighborhood Real Estate Project Award

The Outstanding For-Profit Neighborhood Real Estate Project Award recognizes a for-profit developer for a specific real estate project that has contributed significantly to the enhancement of the community.

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The Woods Fund Chicago Power of Community Award

The Woods Fund Chicago Power of Community Award recognizes an organizing campaign that has achieved and sustained a victory that measurably improves the vitality of a community and/or positively affects the quality of life of a group of people.

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