Our Work Flow

GGE encourages positive change for community residents.


Englewood Line

Summer 2017

Summer 2017

The 59th Street Line is a former 1.7 mile elevated rail line that will be converted into a multi-use trail to provide recreation, transportation and a source of jobs to the residents of Englewood and surrounding communities. It will link several vital projects in Chicago's Urban Agricultural District and fulfill the community's aspirations for a safe, inviting, and peaceful space for all to enjoy.  The 59th Street Line is the first phase of a larger loop that will connect to the 49th Street Line in the Back of the Yards neighborhood to the north. The trail has been recommended in a number of City plans and community-driven planning processes, including the New Era Trail completed in 2009 and the Green Healthy Neighborhoods Plan in 2014.  

Englewood Community Farms


Englewood Community Farms /Urban Pathways

Over the past year and currently in process is completion of task in the Urban Pathways grant, our focus has been supporting and leading with the Land Research, Remediation, Development and Preservation work and leading on the Farm Enterprise Development work.

We have Convened urban farmers to participate in the creation of Englewood Community Farms Pilot:

  • Growing Power
  • Your Bountiful Harvest
  • Soilutions
  • Black Oaks Center  


Whole Foods Community Benefits Campaign

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The early work of the Grow Greater Englewood coalition resulted in Whole Foods giving over $20,000 supporting over 40 Englewood based community organizations, schools, faith-based institutions and park districts. $50,000 in small business support. This includes school community gardens, health and wellness initiatives, and cultural events. In the summer of 2016 Whole Foods partnered with Resident Association of Greater Englewood and ran a community vote process for $50,000 in food access initiatives for Englewood organizations. The core partners of GGE –RAGE, Englewood CDC and Team Work Englewood stepped up to help fulfill the vision of the group in gaining benefits for Englewood residents and stakeholders

Healthy Corner Store Initiative

GGE lead HFFI Corner Store Outreach & Community Food Surveys.  Survey Stores (within a one-mile radius of 63rd Halsted) on current ability and willingness to incorporate healthy affordable food options. The store owner, employees and resident engagement around healthy eating, education and store selections. (2015-16)

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Chicago Food Policy Action Council

CFPAC’s lead partner organizations- Growing Power Chicago, Grow Greater Englewood, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, and the Food Chain Workers Alliance, are currently engaged in collaboration and community building.



BackYard Gardens Stories

Grow Greater Englewood is partnering with Chicago Park District- TRACE program and StoryCorps, to do a community engagement project, that helps further connect residents to build on healthy lifestyles that exist in the Englewood neighborhood. The series is called Backyard Garden Stories, using art (photography and audio storytelling)