Local work. National impact.


Reimagining the Civic Commons is a $40MM national initiative that seeks to reverse the trends of economic and social fragmentation across the U.S. by supporting innovative, place-based efforts to catalyze lasting change through the connection and reinvention of civic assets. The City of Chicago is one of five cities in this initiative seeking to be a comprehensive demonstration of how a connected set of civic assets – a civic commons – can connect people of all backgrounds and yield increased and more equitably shared prosperity for cities and neighborhoods.

The City of Chicago project is called the Chicago Arts + Industry Commons (CAIC), a network of cultural hubs soon to be reimagined. CAIC connects sleepy civic spaces to recalibrate community activation, targeting resources as networks of neighborhood development, rather than as isolated assets. This civic commons approach for the South and West sides of Chicago increases the number of opportunities available for people who have been left out of the upside of economic development.

Project partners: Convener - Place Lab at the University of Chicago and Theaster Gates; Rebuild Foundation; Arts + Public Life at the University of Chicago; Chicago Park District; Cook County Land Bank; Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago; Chicago Community Trust; City of Chicago; Chicago Community Loan Fund; Chicago 5th Ward Alderman Leslie Hairston

Visit the Chicago Arts + Industry Commons