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Welcome to Chicago's neighborhoods!

The Neighborhood Voices program works in partnership with community-based organizations to help neighborhood leaders share the value of the places they live and work with Chicagoans and visitors.

Neighborhood Voices builds on the success of the Chicago Architecture Foundation's (CAF) tour program and trains residents to showcase their own communities. These programs are injecting a creative sense of place across Chicago communities and helping CAF tell a more complete story about the architecture of Chicago. A series of youth and adult education opportunities are planned for partner communities.

To learn about the people behind Chicago's neighborhoods, visit the stories page.

 
  Recent Updates

 

October 16, 2013
Explore South Shore Walking Tour

Take a walking tour of this historic community, led by current residents.

Join us on a walk through decades of architectural riches, history, and visions for tomorrow. Meet the people — past and present — who make South Shore one of the most dynamic and interesting communities in Chicago. MORE >


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June 22, 2013
Visions of South Shore Bus Tour

Celebrate the people, places, and historic buildings that make the South Shore community a true gem of Chicago's South Side. On this tour, that will explore the South Shore community from 67th Street to 79th Street and from Lake Michigan to Stony Island, you will see how the residents have acted as agents of change and put their imprint on the community through preservation, neighborhood institutions, and individual investment.  


Krisann Rehbein Receives Dearborn Realtist Board Award
 

December 20, 2012
Dearborn Realtist Board Honors CAF with the Community Partner Award

CAF is honored to announce that we have been awarded the Community Partner Award by the Dearborn Realtist Board, the oldest association of African American realtors in the city, for creating tours that give potential home buyers a sense of why South Shore and Chatham are good places to live, work and play.  MORE >



 

June 8, 2012
South Shore: Creating a Bike-Friendly Community

Recently, Special Service Area (SSA) #42—along with the South Shore Chamber, Inc. and Alderman Leslie Hairston—sponsored a competition to have community members design a new bike rack for the retail corridor along 71st Street. The Chicago Architecture Foundation partnered on this project by drafting the design brief and creating the jury team. MORE >



 

May 23, 2012
Distinctly South Shore: Request for Proposals

Using local artistic talent and creativity to revitalize the streetscape, the South Shore Chamber Inc, in partnership with Alderman Leslie Hairston, SSA #41, SSA #42 and Studio 71 present the second Distinctly South Shore Arts Festival. Read more to learn how you can participate >



South Shore Cultural Center

 

May 18, 2012
Visions of South Shore Bus Tour on June 16

On this tour -- which will explore the South Shore community from 67th Street to 79th Street and from Lake Michigan to Stony Island -- you will see how the residents have acted as agents of change and put their imprint on the community through preservation, neighborhood institutions, and individual investment. This tour is in collaboration with the South Shore Chamber and will include a box lunch from Quench, a South Shore restaurant. MORE >



Chatham bus tour

 

May 14, 2012
Chatham’s American Dream Bus Tour

CAF is happy to announce that there is now a team of trained community docents in the South Side community of Chatham. The tour has been developed in partnership with the Chatham Business Association, Mather’s More than a Café, and the Chatham/Avalon Park Community Council. It gives a two-hour overview of the area’s rich history. MORE >

 

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Neighborhood Voices is supported in part by the Chicago Community Trust, National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works, Northern Trust Charitable Trust, Illinois Humanities Council and a generous donation in memory of Ted Peterson, chairman of the board of the Chicago Architecture Foundation, 1994-1995.

 

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