Chicago Community Partners

From left to right, Nancy Aardema, Executive Director, Logan Square Neighborhood Association (Chicago), Luis Hornillo, Ateneo Verde (Sevilla), and Sarah Jane Knoy, Organization of the NorthEast (Chicago)


The Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL) at Loyola University Chicago is working with two community partners in developing an equitable development curriculum. The Organization of the Northeast (or ONE) in the Uptown neighborhood and the Logan Square Neighborhood Association (LSNA) in the Logan Square community area are working with CURL to share best practices and lessons learned from their work in equitable community develop and to develop priorities in an equitable development curriculum.

Founded in 1974, today ONE has over 80 diverse institutional members, including congregations, ethnic associations, businesses, and non-profits. ONE is a United Way agency and does not seek nor receive any governmental funding. ONE’s ongoing mission is to building a successful multi-ethnic, mixed-economic community on the northeast side of Chicago, in the neighborhoods of Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park and Ravenswood. In 2001, ONE’s work was recognized by the Woods, Weiboldt, New Prospects, and The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation as they named the organization Community Organization of the Year.

The Logan Square Neighborhood Association (LSNA) was founded in 1962 as nonprofit 501c3 corporation. Its mission is to ensure that the community is an excellent place to live, work, play, raise children, run a business, and worship. It is an umbrella organization currently composed of over 40 member institutions to include schools, churches, block clubs, social service agencies, and multi-unit apartment buildings. Collectively, its membership represents thousands of families in the Logan Square community. LSNA's organizational action plan sets forth its priorities in the areas of affordable housing, education, health, economic development, jobs, safety, parent leadership, senior citizens, youth, and the arts.