THE CORNER PROJECT
The mission of The Corner Project is to revitalize three blocks of a traditional, immigrant working-class main street on Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood. It is based on the belief that this "real Chicago" neighborhood shopping district is an ecosystem, not just buildings that happen to be next to each other; that the scale and character of our 100-year old built environment embodies the heritage of mom-and-pop entrepreneurs, individual property ownership, and local employment which are essential to a culturally diverse, prosperous and livable 21st century urban village.
The Corner Project works with and within the community on Milwaukee Avenue between Kimball and Central Park on actions for embracing future change that is done by us rather than to us. The Corner Project has active partnerships with the Avondale Neighborhood Association, 35th Ward Alderman Carlos Rosa, Logan Square Chamber of Commerce, Logan Square Neighborhood Association, Logan Square Preservation, Puerto Rican Arts Alliance, Elastic Arts, Hairpin Arts Center, Comfort Station, and OoUD among others. Working with businesses and property owners along the three blocks, The Corner Project has organized the Milwaukee Avenue Stakeholders Alliance, now applying for a 501c3.
The Corner Project was begun in October 2017 by artist Lynn Basa to do what she could about what needed to be done in the world immediately beyond the walls of her storefront studio and project space, Corner. What she saw was a relatively intact century-old main street in decline; hardworking merchants, social and cultural organizations that weren't communicating with each other; a lot of vacant storefronts; big plans from the City to redesign Milwaukee Avenue that no one knew about; and the wide-spread assumption that this is Chicago's "next hot neighborhood." These facts-on-the-ground guide The Corner Project's focus on building relationships to holistically revitalize our main street's cultural, social, and economic ecosystem.