NLCCC in the News As of September 12, 2016

The North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council is very fortunate to have had significant media coverage of our meetings and events in recent months.  We thank the Austin Weekly News, Chicago Reader, Chicago Streets Blog, Crain’s Chicago Business, the Chicago Citizen, WBEZ and the Chicago Sun-Times for the coverage. Outlined below are articles that have been generated as a result of our events.

Arts and Culture and Parks Recreation and Open Space

Alderman To Pitch Music Venue In Douglas Park

What The ‘West Side Ravinia’ Douglas Park Music Venue Could Look Like

West Side residents wary of ‘Ravinia-style’ venue in Douglas Park

Arts and Culture

North Lawndale Art Festival showcases local talent


North Lawndale residents say restoring Ogden bus service would improve job access

North Lawndale Residents: Restoring Ogden Bus Would Improve Job Access

Transit Advocate: TOD Could Revitalize Area Around the 95th Red Line Stop

North Lawndale focuses on transportation upgrades (from the Active Transit Alliance Updates)


 Revitalization Plans for North Lawndale Are Underway

Dear developer: An open letter from 3 North Lawndale residents

There is Still Time to Sponsor the North Lawndale Arts Festival!

Thank you for your ongoing support of the North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council. Because of your generous support, we have been able to successfully produce our first annual North Lawndale Community Planning Conference back in April. We are now winding down the planning and fundraising efforts for our next big event–our First Annual North Lawndale Arts Festival, to be held on August 6, 2016, from 10 am – 7 pm at Douglas Park Cultural Center, located at 1401 South Sacramento.

We need your support as we enter the final stretch. If you, or a local artist, small business or representative of a public or nonprofit agency are interested in showcasing your artwork, business or organization, please contact Shiela McNary, our Arts and Culture Subcommittee Chair, at and she will forward you a registration packet that outlines the fees and requirements. I have attached sponsorship packets for individuals and organizations wishing to sponsor the festival, as well as a jpeg file of the promotional flyer. A copy of a message from Sheila is found below.

Please, share this email widely. We still need to cover costs for equipment and furnishing rentals and light refreshment.

In closing, we thank the following North Lawndale stakeholders for their generous cash and in-kind contributions:

Alderman Michael Scott-Cash donation and technical assistance with event planning, marketing and outreach
Country Financial-Cash donation
Foundation for Homan Square-Cash donation and strategic partnerships with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Mia Gamble-Cash donation
Corry Williams-Cash donation
Mary Ellen Dragon-Cash donation
Kevin Sutton, Vice President, The Foundation for Homan Square-Technical assistance for event planning
Alysia Slusser,Graphic Artist-Logo deign and assistance with collateral material/social media design
Alexie Young, Visual Artist-Community Canvass (workshop in which participants will all have an opportunity to complete a painting during the event) and assistance with collateral material design
Reneau Diallo, Quilt Artist-Facilitation of quilt workshop in which participants will have an opportunity to design and complete a quilt block, to be fashioned into a community quilt

Sheila McNary
Sheila J. McNary, 

Dear Friend of North Lawndale:

The North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council (NLCCC) cordially invites you to be a sponsor of our first annual North Lawndale Arts Festival. The Arts Festival will be held at Douglas Park Cultural Center, 1401 S. Sacramento Ave., on Saturday, August 6, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will be no charge to patrons of the Festival and sponsorship proceeds will be used to offset the cost of the event.

The Arts Festival will showcase the works of local artists and talents of local entertainment including blues musician Larry Taylor, jazz musician Ronnie G. and tap dance group M.A.D.D. Rhythms. The NLCCC plans to use the Festival to bring the already rich culture of North Lawndale to a broader audience. We expect over 1,000 people to attend including elected officials, heads of public agencies, leaders of community-based organizations and local residents.

Your investment in the Arts Festival is a win-win for you and the community. Your organization will have the opportunity to establish and nurture relationships with a broad base of influential North Lawndale stakeholders that have access to even broader networks that would be beneficial in strengthening your brand. The Arts Festival will unify the community around arts and culture, attract more arts and cultural activities, encourage economic development and help make the case for improving the entire community.

In closing, we invite you to review our sponsorship packet and respond with your tax deductible donation and print ready logo no later than July 15, 2016. If you have any questions feel free to contact me at 312.907.7701 or We look forward to hearing from you soon.


Sheila McNarry,
Chairman, NLCCC – Arts and Culture committee

Check Out NLCCC’s Acting Up Awards Application Video

Each year following On the Table, the Chicago Community Trust hears from excited and passionate community members about the conversations they had and the ways in which they want to make a difference on a local level. This year, the Trust will help ensure creative and actionable ideas raised during the discussions come to fruition.

To this end, the Chicago Community Trust has invited all individuals and organizations to submit a short video featuring their table’s idea of an actionable task to benefit your community. Some ideas included planting a community vegetable garden to buying school supplies for a classroom in need; cleaning up a local playground to supplying dinner for a week at a local soup kitchen. In essence – what could participants do with $1,000 to benefit their community?

On June 28, Chicago Community Trust will announce up to 50 On the Table participants who will receive a $1,000 Acting Up award to implement their idea. The charge is simply to encourage people to work together and take action for the public good.

Here is a copy of the NLCCC video submittal. Regardless of the outcome of the competition, we thoroughly enjoyed participating in several On the Table discussions on May 10th and have come back with a number of ideas that may be incorporated into our community planning process.