Perry Ave Commons

Sweet Water Foundation

Funding Received: 2016
Chicago, IL
Funding Period: 1 year and 11 months

Internationally acclaimed designer, Emmanuel Pratt (founder of the Sweet Water Foundation), is working with local residents to counter disinvestment and catalyze economic activity in the Washington Park and Englewood neighborhoods of Chicago, IL. The Perry Ave Commons will consist of the “Thought Barn,” an art gallery and reflection space that will repurpose two foreclosed homes; public art installations and a pocket park as infill on adjacent vacant properties; and two community greenhouses. This will be a case study for inclusive, equitable community economic development that integrates housing, art, food security, education, sustainability, and environmental justice.


See below for recent updates, press, and events from this project

Jun 10, 2019
On a Sunday afternoon in June, with the temperature well above 80 degrees, the Perry Avenue Commons on Chicago’s South Side bustles with a remarkable... Read More
May 24, 2018
Sweet Water Foundation is a non-profit based in Chicago that builds urban farms, cultural centers, and education hubs that serve as anchors for social and... Read More
Mar 28, 2018
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Over the past several years, Chicago has been highlighted in the media as a ‘tale of two cities’: one of them safe and prosperous, the...Read more
Chicago’s Perry Avenue Commons—a series of aquaponic farms, community gardens, and art spaces—is demonstrating how an “inclusive, art-inspired, and agriculture-fed approach to neighborhood development” can...Read more