The Woodlawn neighborhood, on the South Side of Chicago, is one of Chicago's 77 community areas. It is bounded by Lake Michigan to the east, 60th Street to the north, Martin Luther King Drive to the west, and 67th Street to the south.
By the early 1960s, Woodlawn was a predominantly African-American neighborhood with a population of more than 80,000 people, and 63rd Street was one of the busiest streets on the South Side - famous for its jazz clubs. Despite its bustle, Woodlawn was a deteriorating community, and attempts to revive its economic health were short-lived and fractured.
POAH has replaced Grove Parc Plaza's distressed and obsolete buildings by creating new and renovated housing on South Cottage Grove Avenue (The Jackson, The Grant, The Burnham and Trianon Lofts) and the surrounding neighborhood.
These efforts have spurred community support for additional affordable housing, parks, retail, recreation and educational opportunities that have made this community a destination spot.
Adjacent to the lakeshore and soon to be the home of the Obama Presidential Library, Woodlawn is a neighborhood on the rise – where new and renovated mixed-income and market-rate housing, schools, restaurants and retail stores are filling in historic boulevards and strengthening the vibrancy of this community.