This revitalizing neighborhood on Chicago’s south side has a rich history of entertainment, delicious foods, and a vibrant, resilient community, which is still evident today. An Opportunity Zone, Woodlawn is positioned to increase commercial activity, drawing new retailers and non-profits to the community. Woodlawn is nestled against Lake Michigan between Hyde Park to the north and Jackson Park to the south. Homes in this area are typically mid-rise apartments or greystone townhouses.
In Woodlawn, residents can often be found walking their dogs down the sidewalks, mingling at Daley’s Restaurant, or perusing artisanal goods at the 61st Street Farmers Market. The community is relatively quiet and largely residential, which lends itself to a warm and inviting ambiance. You’ll enjoy seeing familiar faces, meeting up with friends at one of the local coffee shops, and
No place in Chicago does soul food quite like Daley’s Restaurant. This down-to-earth diner is serving up homestyle cooking all day long, and this historic restaurant has recently remodeled after over 125 years of service. Whether you’re stopping by in the early morning hours for a cronut and a cup of drip coffee or grabbing a shot of midday espresso, Robust Coffee Lounge is dishing up maximalist flavors in minimalist digs. Build Coffee doubles as a bookstore, and it’s the perfect spot to grab a macchiato during the winter.
You’ll also love exploring the Stony Island Arts Bank, a gallery, and library with an archived collection that celebrates the South Side’s heritage and traditions.
The south side of Chicago’s premier farmers market is The 61st Street Farmers Market, which takes place on Saturday mornings outdoors between June and October and indoors during the cooler months.
500-acre Jackson Park is one of the most beloved aspects of Woodlawn. Jackson Park has many carefully manicured gardens, including the Japanese styled Osaka Garden, and in addition to its beautiful grassy expenses, which are a solace from Chicago’s urban landscape, Jackson Park also has a fitness center and a gymnasium, plus three multi-purpose rooms available for public use. There is a multitude of fields for a pick-up game of soccer, tennis and basketball courts, and a golf course.
The Obama Presidential Center is a planned construction near Jackson Park designed to introduce a world-class museum in an area close to the 44th president’s heart. The museum will celebrate our nation’s first African American president, and revamp the Jackson Park gardens by adding a large playground, jogging and bicycling pathways, and a community gathering space on its campus.
The same developers as Woodlawn Pointe are also spearheading a commercial revitalization project. Revive 6300 is an effort to introduce new commercial real estate into Woodlawn with an emphasis on sustainable architecture and aesthetic design. With 58,000 leasable square feet, this commercial building will intrigue retailers and non-profits, and Revive 6300 will also include an upscale coworking office, an underground parking garage, and a penthouse community space. This sleek, LEED-certified building will bolster Woodlawn and add a flair of contemporary sparkle to the skyline.
Woodlawn boasts several outstanding scholastic institutions, from primary to secondary education. Education is often one of the most valuable tools for success, and Woodlawn’s schools reflect its dedication to the community. A few of Woodlawn’s most notable educational facilities include: