The mission of I Grow Chicago is to grow Englewood from surviving to thriving through community connection, skill building, and opportunity. We envision a world where love lives in public.
In the 10 miles between the Englewood and River North neighborhoods in Chicago, there is a 30 year gap in life expectancy, the largest gap between any two neighborhoods in an any American city. We believe we must come together in love and solidarity to honestly confront the disparities that exist in our city. Our Peace Campus in Englewood is made up of 7 vacant lots and 2 abandoned homes transformed into healing resources by and for our neighbors. Our "inch wide, mile deep" approach engages each person who steps foot on our Peace Campus comprehensively to stop violence before it starts. Since our first Peace House opened in April 2015, our block hasn't experienced a single homicide, and the summer of 2019 was our first-ever summer with zero shootings on the block whatsoever.
Our 15 programs work with 3,000 people per year to identify and remove the barriers to thriving.