Skip to Body

Neighborhood Spotlight: Chicago Lawn / Gage Park

Chicago Lawn and Gage Park are multi-ethnic working class communities located on the southwest side of Chicago. Historically, Chicago Lawn has been a European-immigrant community, predominantly Lithuanian, German, Polish and Irish. During the late 80’s and early 90’s, as the Anglo population aged, the neighborhood transitioned from primarily white to black and Latino.

"Gage Park bungalow row" (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) by  reallyboring
Chicago Lawn/Gage Park

Many longtime residents moved away and those that stayed felt a sense of loss and resentment. In 1996, NHS opened its Chicago Lawn/Gage Park Office and joined the efforts of neighborhood institutions to combat predatory lending, educate homeowners and get banks to reinvest in the community. These efforts have helped the community adjust to the rapid neighborhood change without losing significant housing stock. Residents of Chicago Lawn/Gage Park are determined to stop the downward spiral of disinvestment and urban decay and create an attractive, safe and inviting place to live for families from many backgrounds.

A young neighborhood resident

Chicago Lawn/Gage Park Partnerships

NHS is a member institution of the Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP), a collaboration of organizations working together to improve the Chicago Lawn/Gage Park community. SWOP is an institutionally based community organization, where the members of affiliate institutions are participants in the organization’s collective actions. This creates a situation where housing issues are dealt with by the whole community. Working collaboratively, institutions such as Greater Southwest Development Corporation (GSDC) and the Inner City Muslim Action Network have been instrumental partners in bridging the racial divide through relationship-building, housing accessibility and economic development. Our partnership with SWOP allows NHS to reach many more community homeowners and connects NHS to other issues affecting the neighborhood, such as crime and safety, education, job development, predatory lending and immigration.


Select to toggle visibility on map:

    Interested in this

    Search for homes for sale or rent

    Neighborhood Office:

    NHS of Chicago
    located in the Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP) office
    2558 W. 63rd Street Chicago, IL 60629

    Telephone: (773) 329-4111
    Contact Us



    • George J Havelka (Co-Chair)
    • Betty Gutierrez (Co-Chair)
    • Ann & Richard Neal
    • Felicidad Masibay
    • David J Leeney
    • Earl Johnson
    • Manuel Jimenez (Marquette Bank)
    • Christina M. McGrath
    • Alex Peralta
    • Melvin Bridges (Nationwide Insurance)

    NHS of Chicago
    Neighborhood Team:

    Veronica Galvan
    Neighborhood Program Coordinator

    Damian Zavala
    Senior Home Ownership Consultant

    Harold Warner
    Loan Originator

    Miguel Alcacio
    Loan Originator