Catalytic Development of Auburn Gresham

The Catalytic Development of Auburn Gresham (CDAG) is a portfolio of three investment-ready capital projects poised to reinvigorate this South Side, predominantly Black neighborhood back into a thriving destination. The CDAG projects come directly from Auburn Gresham’s community-driven Quality-of-Life Plan and represent the best of the neighborhood’s vision for its bright future.


  • Transforming a long-vacant, 4-story office building near 79th and Halsted into the 839 Auburn Gresham Healthy Lifestyle Hub, anchored by a full-service health center.

  • Developing the first Renewable Energy and Urban Farming Campus in the country on a vacant brownfield on 83rd near Halsted.

  • A planning process for repurposing an abandoned high school into an innovative mix of affordable housing and other community-identified assets.

To achieve the goals of the community plan, the projects will yield tremendous economic growth for the neighborhood, including 400+ construction jobs and 300+ professional jobs, equitable access to health care, and significant entrepreneurial opportunities, and will put Chicago’s South Side on the map for the green economy. The development projects will also bring needed supportive services to the neighborhood and will transform three ominously vacant city blocks into vibrant and welcoming community spaces.