It’s here: Belmont Cragin Quality of Life Plan! | Plan de Calidad de Vida

It is with great excitement that we are able to share the Belmont Cragin Quality of Life Plan. Big thanks to everyone who has taken part in this collaborative planning effort; the plan is a true reflection of the community voices and individual efforts by all.

Please click the links below to view the Belmont Cragin Quality of Life Plan and Executive Summary.

Belmont Cragin ha sido y sigue siendo un gran lugar para vivir, para crecer, para criar una familia o abrir un negocio. Al trabajar juntos Belmont Cragin se convertirá en un vecindario donde las familias trabajadoras tienen los recursos que necesitan para una vida mejor.



Join us for the Belmont Cragin Quality of Life Plan’s Community Meeting on Thursday, December 17th at 5:30pm in Belmont Cragin Elementary School.  Take part in interactive workshops and provide your feedback on our future community projects!

Unase con nosotros para la Reunión Comunitaria del Plan de Calidad de Vida de Belmont Cragin el Jueves, 17 de Diciembre a las 5:30pm en la escuela primaria de Belmont Cragin. Tome parte en talleres interactivos y proporcionen sus comentarios sobre proyectos para nuestra vecindad!


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Northwest Side Housing Center Launches #MyBelmontCragin Photo Contest

In Celebration of the ongoing Quality of Life Plan and the recently unveiled Belmont Cragin Community Banners, Northwest Side Housing Center is proud to announce the launch of the #mybelmontcragin photo contest! What does Belmont Cragin mean to you? Belmont Cragin can mean many things to many people. For some, Belmont Cragin is a place where they live, work, worship, or play. But, to many, growing up and living in Belmont Cragin is special.

How do you participate in #mybelmontcragin? It’s simple! Take a picture in Belmont Cragin, post it to Facebook and tag it #mybelmontcragin. The picture can be of anything you want: your family, your favorite park in Belmont Cragin, your favorite hangout, or something else entirely. Be creative! Tell us what Belmont Cragin means to you and why you took the photo you did. We (NWSHC) will share the photo and whichever photo gets the most total likes on Facebook following the conclusion of our upcoming Quality of Life Plan Community Meeting (Sometime in early-to-mid December) will be awarded the winner and a $100 Visa Gift Card!

Rules and Guidelines:

By entering, participants acknowledge and to fair use of any photos posted to Facebook with the hashtag #mybelmontcragin for the duration of the contest period. Sponsor reserves the right to terminate, suspend, or modify the contest if it determines that for any reason the contest is not capable of running as originally planned, or distribution errors, or any other unanticipated causes or occurrences have compromised the integrity of the contest. The acceptance/rejections of certain photos of the contest are subject to the sponsor. Anything deemed inappropriate will not be considered. To be a part of the contest, the photo must be posted to Facebook and must contain the hashtag #mybelmontcragin.


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Thank You! | ¡Gracias!


Thank you to everyone for attending last night’s 2nd Community Meeting at Prosser High School! We had great conversations regarding issues of housing, youth, businesses, health, and safety in our community.  Please join us by attending one of the upcoming working group meetings to plan and implement important projects in Belmont Cragin.

Gracias a todos por asistir la segunda Reunión Comunitaria anoche en la Secundaria Prosser! Tuvimos conversaciones sobre temas de vivienda, los jóvenes, los negocios, la salud, y la seguridad en nuestra comunidad. Por favor , únase con nosotros en una de las próximas reuniones de los grupos de trabajo para planificar y ejecutar proyectos importantes en Belmont Cragin.


Education & Youth | Educación y Juventud

Tuesday, October 13th at 6:00pm

Northwestside Housing Center, 5233 W. Diversey Ave.


Affordable Housing | Vivienda Asequible

Tuesday, October 20th at 6:00pm

Spanish Coalition for Housing, 1922 N. Pulaski Ave.


Businesses & Jobs | Negocios y Empleo

Saturday, October 24th at 9:00am

Onward House, 5423 W. Diversey Ave.


Health & Older Adults | Salud y Adultos Mayores

Monday, October 26th at 5:30pm

Community First Medical Center, 5645 W. Addison St.



2nd Community Meeting | Segunda Reunión Comunitaria

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Please join us for the Belmont Cragin Quality of Life Plan’s 2nd Community Meeting on Tuesday, October 6th at 5:30 PM at Prosser Career Academy, 2148 N. Long.

Por favor únase con nosotros para la segunda Reunión Comunitaria de la Plan de Calidad de Vida para Belmont Cragin, Martes, Octubre 6 a las 5:30 PM en Prosser Career Academy, 2148 N. Long.

Highlights from the 1st Community Meeting

“What do you want to see changed in this community?  What do you want for our community?” asked James Rudyk, Jr., executive director of the Northwest Side Housing Cener (NWSHC), to kick off the first meeting of the Belmont Cragin Quality of Life Plan Community Meeting that was held on Wednesday, June 17th at Steinmetz High School.

More than 200 community residents, business owners, students, CPS parents elected officials and other stakeholders learned about how the plan is being created.  They heard about issues and opportunities for the future of the neighborhood. Most importantly, they gave their ideas about how to make Belmont Cragin stronger.

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In the news…

Belmont Cragin community organizes for higher quality of life

Steinmetz Star | Online Edition

In order to create a “quality of life plan,” more than 200 Belmont Cragin community members joined organizers from the Northwest side Housing Center to share their ideas.

“I want to applaud the organizers for assembling this group of concerned citizens,” said Gilbert Villegas, alderman of the 36th ward.

“I look forward to supporting this initiative and others like it. To have this buy in and participation from the community gives me hope that together we will make Belmont Cragin a better place for our businesses, families and more importantly our youth.”

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Photos by Teska Associates, Inc.

Great Belmont Cragin QLP Opening

Gran Principio para el Plan de Calidad de Vida de  Belmont Cragin

Foreman HS band and Steinmetz HS Color Guard | La Banda de la Secundaria Foreman y el Color de Guardia de la Secundaria Steinmetz

“Great opening for Belmont Cragin QLP convening of 11+ schools on June 6!” – LISC Chicago | “Gran principio para el Plan de Calidad de Vida de  Belmont Cragin con la reunion de 11+ escuelas el 6 de Junio!” – LISC Chicago


 Photo Credit: LISC Chicago | Crédito de Foto: LISC Chicago




Community Meeting | Reunión Comunitaria

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Join us at the Community Meeting – June 17th 

Únase a nosotros en la Reunión Comunitaria – Junio 17


The Belmont Cragin community is coming together to create a comprehensive community plan to address issues of safety, economic development, affordable housing, quality public education, youth programs and services, access to healthcare, and services to seniors. The plan began in early 2015 and is open to all community members, businesses, faith-based institutions, non-profits organizations, community groups, and elected officials. Join us on June 17th at 5:30pm for a community wide public meeting at Steinmetz High School (3030 N. Mobile Ave.) to discuss strategies and programs to address our concerns and issues. For more information contact Vanessa Valentin at 773/283.3888 or


La comunidad de Belmont Cragin se está uniendo para crear un plan comunitario integral de seguridad, desarrollo económico, vivienda, educación pública de calidad, programas de juventud y servicios, acceso a la salud y servicios para las personas mayores. El plan comenzó en principios del 2015 y está abierto a todos miembros de la comunidad, empresas, instituciones religiosas, organizaciones sin fines de lucro, grupos comunitarios y funcionarios electos. Únase con nosotros el 17 de Junio a las 5:30pm para una reunión pública en la escuela secundaria de Steinmetz (3030 N. Mobile Ave.) para hablar sobre las estrategias y programas que pueden ayudar a nuestras preocupaciones y problemas con la comunidad. Para obtener más información póngase en contacto con Vanessa Valentin 773.283.3888 o




About | Acerca del Plan


Chicago’s Belmont Cragin community is creating its first Quality-of-Life Plan! Your voice matters – get involved today by attending an upcoming meeting, or post ideas for things you want to make happen and photos of things you love about Belmont Cragin via the ‘Share an Idea‘ tool.

“Quality-of-life planning” brings together local residents, schools, churches, businesses, service organizations, and other community stakeholders to create a long-term vision for the neighborhood, building on the specific strengths of that community. We, as members of this community, use the plan together to make our joint vision clear and adopt strategies and projects that agree will bring it to life. This is not just a one-time meeting – we will keep working together to complete our vision over the coming years, using the plan to recruit investors, inform government agencies and invite them in to be part of the process.

We’re not doing this alone. Northwest Side Housing Center (NWSHC) is convening the planning process, reaching out for introductions and conversations, and hosting meetings large and small to encourage all residents, businesses, and stakeholders to become involved in the project.  The process is being supported by LISC Chicago based on the New Communities Program (NCP) that launched quality-of-life planning in 16 neighborhoods and leveraged more than $600 million as they were implemented, and facilitated by Teska Associates, Inc., an urban planning firm which has worked with LISC in a number of other Chicago neighborhoods.

But the important part is you. Add your ideas/reactions to what’s happening on this website, or even better, join us! The following organizations are committed to serve on the Quality-of-Life Plan task force or one of its issue groups:

  • Affordable Housing
  • Economic Development
  • Youth Development
  • Education
  • Healthcare and Seniors


Acerca del Plan

La comunidad de Belmont Cragin de Chicago está creando su primer Plan de Calidad de Vida! Tu voz importa – involucrate hoy asistiendo a la próxima reunión o enviando ideas para cosas que quieres que sucedan en la comunidad y fotos de las cosas que te gustan de Belmont Cragin mediante la herramienta ‘Compartir Una Idea‘.
“Planificación de la Calidad de Vida” reúne a los residentes locales, escuelas, iglesias, empresas, organizaciones y otros actores de la comunidad para crear una visión para el vecindario construido de las fortalezas de la comunidad. Nosotros, como miembros de esta comunidad, vamos a utilizar el plan juntos para hacer nuestra visión clara y adoptar estrategias y proyectos para realizar esa vida. Esto no es sólo una reunión de una sola vez – vamos a seguir trabajando juntos para completar nuestra visión sobre los años próximos, usando el plan para captar inversores, informar a agencias de gobierno y invitarlos a ser parte del proceso.
No estamos haciendo este solo. Northwest Side Housing Center (NWSHC) esta convocando el proceso de planificación, alcanzando hacia fuera para presentaciones y conversaciones y reuniones grandes y pequeñas para animar a todos los residentes, negocios y actores que se involucren en el proyecto. El proceso está siendo apoyado por Chicago LISC basado en el programa Comunidades Nuevas (NCP) que inició la planificación de la Calidad de Vida en 16 vecindarios y aprovechó más de $600 millones para implementación. El proceso es facilitado por Teska Associates, Inc., una empresa de planificación urbana que ha trabajado con LISC en un número de otros vecindarios en Chicago.
Pero lo importante es usted. Contribuye tus ideas o reacciones en este sitio web, o mejor aún, únase con nosotros! Las siguientes organizaciones están comprometidas a servir en el Plan de Calidad de Vida o uno de sus grupos de trabajo:


  • Vivienda Asequible
  • Desarrollo Económico
  • Desarrollo de la Juventud
  • Educación
  • Salud y Adultos Mayores


View more snapshots of the community by visiting the ‘Photo‘ page!

Vea más fotos de la comunidad visitando la página de ‘Foto’.