Logan Square Racial Equity Impact Assessment

In 2018, LUCHA partnered with the Logan Square Neighborhood Association (LSNA) and Chicago United for Equity (CUE) to conduct a Racial Equity Impact Assessment (REIA) of the Chicago Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) proposed Complete Streets project for North Milwaukee Avenue from Logan Square to Belmont. An REIA is a nationally-tested, community-driven process that identifies which groups are most likely to benefit from and which will be burdened by a particular project, then proposes strategies for ensuring equitable outcomes. To advance the project with a racial equity lens, proposed recommendations include the creation and preservation of affordable, family-sized housing, such as that proposed on the Emmett Street lot. Click here to read the full REIA. 

Logan Square Public Art Project

LUCHA and LSNA seek artists, designers, architects for a site-responsive, community engaged public art project in Logan Square. Artists who are residents of the Logan Square community are encouraged to apply. Artists will receive a stipend of $4,000 to complete the project design, with $5,000 budgeted for materials and project installation, including fabrication costs.


Please visit our website for more information and to apply!

Dill Pickle Food Co-op Partnership

Last year, LUCHA, the Logan Square Neighborhood Association (LSNA) and the Dill Pickle Food Co-op partnered with local residents and talented artists to install a public mural as part of Elevated Chicago, the local expression of the nationwide SPARCC initiative. In continuation of this work, LUCHA and partners have released a call for proposals to complete another public art project and a stormwater management project. 

“All Aboard” Elevated Chicago Symposium

LUCHA’s very own Juan Carlos Linares and Jennie Fronczak were featured as panelists at Elevated Chicago’s second symposiumAll Aboard: People, Places and Process for Equitable Transit-Oriented Development, sponsored by Enterprise Community Partners and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. The gathering welcomed more than 200 guests including civic and nonprofit leaders, community builders, policy makers and funders to discuss the importance of equitable transit oriented development (eTOD) and strides forward in local eTOD projects, including LUCHA’s work around the Logan Square Blue Line.

LUCHA & Elevated Chicago

As a member of Elevated Chicago’s steering committee, LUCHA co-leads the community table of stakeholders activating the area surrounding the Logan Square Blue Line Station. Elevated Chicago, an equitable transit-oriented development (eTOD) initiative working across seven Chicago communities, recently released its Workplan which is an ambitious set of actionable strategies for each of the seven elevated train stations where its work has started.
Now entering its second year, Elevated Chicago has convened community-based and citywide organizations under a singular big challenge: How can cities leverage their transit systems to address racial inequities and prevent displacement of people of color? That simple question requires a multifaceted approach that includes systems and narrative change, advocacy and policy, capital investments and grants, and knowledge sharing – the tools of Elevated Chicago’s work. Since its launch, the collaborative has awarded $1,000,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations such as LUCHA as we work together to advance racial equity, improve access to culture, boost climate resiliency, and address public health disparities in the vicinity of seven Chicago Transit Authority stations.
If you’d like to learn more about LUCHA’s work to advance racial equity via Elevated Chicago, please join us at our upcoming On The Table event: Tuesday, September 25th from 12:00pm – 2:00pm Puebla Restaurant, 2658 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago RSVP to jfronczak@lucha.org

Faces of Logan Square – Caras de Logan Square

**Español abajo**

Come on out for a “Faces of Logan Square” Festival and celebrate the rich culture and heritage of the Logan Square neighborhood. Hosted by LUCHA and LSNA, join us for the dedication of a new mural space on an exterior wall at the Dill Pickle – a local food co-op, and stay for food, music, dancing, and more!

¡Fiesta! “Caras de Logan Square”

¡Una fiesta de la cultura y herencia de Logan Square para todas las edades! Presentado por Latin
United Community Housing Association y Logan Square Neighborhood Association.

Cuándo: 28 y 29 de octubre de 11:00 a.m. a 4:00 p.m.
Dónde: Entrada por Spaulding de la parada Logan Square – Línea Azul de la CTA
(esquina de Milwaukee con Spaulding)

¡Calaveras! ¡Caricaturas! ¡Zumba! ¡Artesanías! ¡Música!

¡Dedicación de espacio para un nuevo mural

…y mucho, mucho más!

Faces of Logan Square – Caras de Logan Square

**Español abajo**

Come on out for a “Faces of Logan Square” Festival and celebrate the rich culture and heritage of the Logan Square neighborhood. Hosted by LUCHA and LSNA, join us for the dedication of a new mural space on an exterior wall at the Dill Pickle – a local food co-op, and stay for food, music, dancing, and more!

¡Fiesta! “Caras de Logan Square”

¡Una fiesta de la cultura y herencia de Logan Square para todas las edades! Presentado por Latin
United Community Housing Association y Logan Square Neighborhood Association.

Cuándo: 28 y 29 de octubre de 11:00 a.m. a 4:00 p.m.
Dónde: Entrada por Spaulding de la parada Logan Square – Línea Azul de la CTA
(esquina de Milwaukee con Spaulding)

¡Calaveras! ¡Caricaturas! ¡Zumba! ¡Artesanías! ¡Música!

¡Dedicación de espacio para un nuevo mural

…y mucho, mucho más!

LUCHA’s Climate & Culture Grant makes headway

One of LUCHA’s recent hires, Rachael Wilson, has brought an impassioned energy and enthusiasm in her new role as the Health and Wellness Fellow. Part of Rachael’s work relates a grant LUCHA has received, the Climate and Culture Resilience Grant, and significant progress has been made in just the last few weeks. After meetings with youth leaders from the Logan Square Neighborhood Association and stakeholders at the Dill Pickle Co-Op, this community-led project has crafted the idea of creating a mural to memorialize the ‘Faces of Logan Square’ and input a Splash Boxx – a portable rain garden – onto the site. The coalition is currently evaluating several project sites, including the Blue Line stop at the corner of Milwaukee and Spaulding.

The greatest success thus far, according to Rachael, is the ownership that the LSNA youth leaders have taken in cultivating a project that is entirely their own, and belongs to Logan Square. “I’m proud that none of those ideas are our own. I’m proud that they came from the youth engagement process,” she remarked. The next step is to select an artist who will create design samples to present to the youth leaders during the selection process, followed by a meeting with 35th Ward Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa to secure support and possible funding.

Want to see more of our organizing and site visits? Check out our photo album!