Recent Highlights


Equitable Transit Oriented Development (eTOD)

Through our focus on eTOD, Enterprise works to foster equitable and vibrant communities with access to jobs, amenities, and schools via Chicagoland’s extensive transit system. We do this through technical assistance programs, partnerships, and grants.

  • Enterprise Chicago is a founding member of L-Evated Chicago. For more than four years Enterprise national has worked to structure the SPARCC initiative. In parallel, Enterprise-Chicago has provided grants to CDCs to support predevelopment work for projects and programs near transit. For almost two years we have worked to engage partners and stakeholders to what is now L- Evated Chicago. Within two years we have helped to engage partners and worked collaboratively to successfully complete the two-step application process for SPARCC. 
  • The 2015-2016 eTOD grantee cohort included ten (10) nonprofit partners. Enterprise Chicago awarded a total of $390,000 in grants to these organizations to support their eTOD projects and programs. 
  • Enterprise- Chicago provided one on one technical assistance and workshops to the ten eTOD partners, and worked in partnership with the Center for Neighborhood Technology to develop an eTOD site selection and community impact assessment tool available online at
  • Our eTOD Laboratory, a public workshop, attracted more than 100 participants representing a wide diversity of developers, public sector partners and community groups. The event included an exciting and participatory suite of equitable transit-oriented development (eTOD) workshops, trainings, discussions, and the launch of a data driven eTOD tool. 
  • Enterprise - Chicago structure $500,000 in predevelopment grants in partnership with the South Suburban Mayors and Manager’s Association (SSMMA) for eTOD sites in the south suburbs. Our Chicago team worked with SSMMA and representatives of south suburban municipalities to identify, assess, and prioritize sites for funding. Eight municipalities were selected to receive predevelopment grants to advance key TOD efforts in Chicago’s south suburbs.


Enterprise Sustainability Exchange (ESE)

Through the Enterprise Sustainability Exchange, Enterprise continues to work with our partners to create sustainable communities in Chicagoland and the Midwest. We do this through public conferences and trainings and by providing targeted resources to ESE cohort members each year.

Over the past two years (2015-16) our Chicago trainings have impacted ninety-nine (99) organizations representing many disciplines and sectors. 

Enterprise-Chicago provided a total of $444,000 in grants in 2016 to the ESE cohort members to support their program and project related sustainability. 

Cohort 1 (2014-2015) cohort members were: Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation, Heartland Housing Inc., Hispanic Housing Development Corporation, IFF.  Cohort 2 (2015-2016) members were: Claretian Associations, LUCHA, Thresholds, Turnstone Development Corporation, The Resurrection Project. Cohort 3 (2016-17) members are: Aeon & the Prospect North Partnership, Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives (CNI), Chicago Metropolitan Housing Development Corporation (CMHDC), LUCHA, Heartland Housing Inc., Space Fund NFP. 

Enterprise Chicago’s ESE cohort members collectively own more than 12,000 homes in Chicagoland and the Midwest. Enterprise is providing assistance to help the groups work together to build green homes and communities. 

Enterprise’s green trainings in Chicago during 2016 brought together experts, and highlighted Chicago applications for Enterprise resources such as our Ready to Respond Tools for Resilience and our Green Communities criteria

Chicago’s team launched a water conservation pilot program with Elevate Energy and all five members of ESE cohort 2. Enterprise is currently preparing a case study on the pilot, which impacts 14 multifamily buildings (541 units). All buildings had savings opportunities of 10% or more, and nine of fourteen buildings had opportunities for 23% or more in savings. The average anticipated savings for a five-period are $20,257 per building. This is driven by increases in City of Chicago water rates, which went up 286% between 2008 and 2015, with additional increases projected by 2020.

ECP-Chicago piloted the Green Resident Engagement Collaborative in partnership with USGBC IL. This effort pairs ten (10) volunteers with (10) multifamily buildings owned by Year 1 cohort members. Volunteers will use Enterprise’s resident engagement toolkit and collaborate with building staff to engage residents in 2017.

    Health and Housing

    Through our leadership role with the Lifetime Communities Collaborative (LCC), we have helped to build the capacity of nonprofits and municipalities to holistically approach planning, development and coordination of services to create lifetime communities, communities that benefit people of all ages especially older adults. 

    • ECP – Chicago supported technical assistance to northwest suburban municipalities in collaboration with the Northwest Housing Partnership, and the North West Suburban Housing Collaborative. Communities impacted include Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Mount Prospect, Palatine, and Rolling Meadows.  Of those communities, we presented community-specific aging-in-community workshops in Mount Prospect and Rolling Meadows.

    • ECP- Chicago committed $145,000 in capacity building grant funds to support older adult housing and Lifetime Communities initiatives by Korean American Community Services, Villa Guadalupe Senior Services, and The Resurrection Project. These groups will engage in capacity building activities and participate in LCC activities in 2017 and 2018.

    • We partnered with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) to host a regional convening on older adults that attracted over 70 participants. 

    • Our team hosted a senior housing charrette to provide specific TA to 3 projects implementing best practices to create communities for people of all ages. The charrette used the Green Communities Aging in Place charrette toolkit to guide site selection and design processes.


    Preservation of Affordable Housing in Strong Markets

    Enterprise works closely with community-based partners to pilot and develop strategies to preserve affordable housing in gentrifying markets.      

    • Enterprise supported the launch of the ROOTS (Renters Organizing Ourselves to Stay) model in Chicago by providing technical support and financing to project partners. With the leadership of Communities United, who identified the need to preserve affordable housing in their community of Albany Park, Enterprise provided a $5M line of credit to the Chicago Metropolitan Housing Development Consortium (CMHDC) to purchase and rehab foreclosed two-, three- and four-flat buildings. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky called the effort a “unique and collaborative effort to save 44 units of affordable housing and halt the displacement of families.” Read the Chicago Tribune take on ROOTS

    • Continued working to achieve the goals of the single room occupancy (SRO) preservation ordinance. Efforts included hosting an SRO rehabilitation charrette in September 2016 in partnership with Landon Bone Baker Architects (LBBA). Enterprise and LBBA are also developing an SRO rehab case study which will be released in 2017.