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Largest LGBT Community Center in Midwest Opens in Chicago

The most comprehensive LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community center in the Midwest opened on Chicago's north side on June 5th. The three-story, 185,000-square-foot Center on Halsted includes an auditorium, a café, more ... Read More

Commentary by Julia Stasch: Sound Labor Base Depends in Part on Affordable Rentals

MacArthur Vice President Julia Stasch discusses how condominium conversions, deferred maintenance, rising operating costs and expiration of long-term federal subsidies all contribute to housing losses. Read More

Remarks by MacArthur Vice President Julia Stasch about the Mayor’s Advisory Council on Closing the Digital Divide

MacArthur Vice President of U.S. Programs Julia Stasch discusses a new report by the Task Force outlining ways to harness and accelerate ongoing efforts to bridge the digital divide in Chicago. Read More

Chicago Arts Generate Over $1 Billion in Economic Activity

At a press conference at the Chicago Cultural Center, Americans for the Arts announced the local and comparative results from its Arts & Economic Prosperity III. Read More

Remarks by Jonathan Fanton, Americans for the Arts; Arts and Economic Prosperity Launch

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton outlines the Foundation's long commitment to supporting arts institutions, especially in Chicago. Read More
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Arts & Economic Prosperity III

Produced by Americans for the Arts, this report features the Chicago portion of the country’s most comprehensive economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry. The full study included data from 156 communities ... Read More

Reversing Chicago's Loss of Affordable Rental Housing

Area real estate, finance, philanthropic, non-profit and governmental leaders unveiled a joint program to reverse dramatic losses in the region’s affordable rental stock. Read More
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The Preservation Compact: A Rental Housing Action Plan for Cook County

From the Foreword: Guided by the Urban Land Institute and supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Preservation Compact has brought together leaders from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to build ... Read More

The State of Rental Housing in Cook County: Current Conditions & Forecast

As of 2005, there were approximately 2 million housing units in Cook County, and 835,000 of these were rentals. Of these, only 353,000 are considered “affordable”—renting for less than $750 per month.1 ... Read More

Remarks by Jonathan Fanton at the Announcement of the Preservation Compact

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton announces the Foundation's commitment to reverse the loss of affordable rental housing in Chicago. Read More