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The Vision

Our Vision
Development Overview

In Phase 1 of the Bronzeville Lakefront development, an initial 13 acres will be transformed into a thriving health innovation hub, mixed-use commercial and community uses, a new streetscape, and a brand new park with the ultimate goal of creating the healthy community of the future.

Phase 1
2021-2026
$600+ million and 1.1 million square feet
Bronzeville Innovation Center (500,000 square feet of Office and Lab Space)
Chicago ARC (Anchor tenant within Bronzeville Innovation Center)
Bronzeville Community Center (40,000 square feet)
Singer Pavilion Adaptive Reuse
Apartments and townhomes, including intergenerational living with the inclusion of Senior Housing
Ground floor Mixed-Use (Retail, Office, etc.)
31st Street Park
Sustainable health equity and transformation solutions

Chicago ARC

Built on the proven ARC Innovation model of Sheba Medical Center – a Newsweek Top-10 global medical system, the Chicago ARC (anchor tenant of the Bronzeville Innovation Center) will bring together startups with experienced operators and an extensive partner network to accelerate development and commercialization through streamlined collaborations, the sharing of data, and strategic funding. The focus from day one is bringing sustainable health equity and transformation solutions to the market, driving impact and returns for healthy Chicago. A scalable model starting in Chicago and replicating in other markets.

Anchored by the Chicago ARC, Bronzeville Lakefront is set to become the epicenter of innovation. Using the history of the Michael Reese Hospital as a foothold, we plan to build on its legacy as the home to many “firsts” and breakthroughs in medicine and healthcare. With access to local talent and proximity to major research and medical institutions, Bronzeville Lakefront fosters an environment where opportunities for health sciences, life sciences, biotech, technology, and sustainability innovation can thrive.

"BRONZEVILLE LAKEFRONT WILL BE A MULTICULTURAL AND INCLUSIVE EPICENTER OF INNOVATION"
Regina Stilp - Farpoint Development, Principal
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Vibrant, high-traffic area for local and small businesses

Cottage Grove

We’ve reimagined Cottage Grove Avenue—Bronzeville Lakefront’s main street—to epitomize an open invitation. This will become a vibrant, high-traffic area where local and small businesses can thrive with the addition of adequate lighting, outdoor street furniture, landscaped plazas, and prioritized pedestrian safety using fully designed streets, sidewalks, and intersections. On-street parking and drop-off areas will ensure that the complete streets are welcoming and accessible to all users. The unique street design aesthetic will showcase Bronzeville’s rich history.

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Support the health innovation ecosystem

The Future of Data Storage

The forthcoming data center will serve as a support to the health innovation ecosystem anchored by the Chicago ARC, powered by Sheba. The storage center will power the data processing and cloud-based storage to house the research and findings. Sheba has been a paperless, digital medical system since 2004, and the Chicago ARC startups have direct access to both the data and medical teams at Sheba and the opportunity to pilot and apply their technologies within the healthcare facilities.

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Over 200 units
Senior Housing
The Senior Housing development includes over 200 units conveniently located adjacent to neighborhood retail, cafes, and other services. Residents will enjoy indoor and outdoor social spaces.
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Committed to improved health
Green & Open Space
The GRIT team is committed to the improved health of Bronzeville residents. Bronzeville Lakefront will feature open and green spaces fully accessible to the public. These spaces have been designed by world-renowned landscape architect Walter Hood of Hood Design Studio, a noted leader in community-centered design. Most notable is his incorporation of Bronzeville history as inspiration for landscape design elements.
Only remaining building from original Michael Reese complex
Singer Pavilion
The Singer Pavilion, built in 1948, was one of the first postwar structures constructed at the Michael Reese Medical Center campus. GRIT is committed to utilizing the Singer Pavilion in our new development plans. The Singer Pavilion is the only remaining building from the original Michael Reese complex and the team will preserve its significance to both the former Michael Reese hospital and the Bronzeville community. The space will strive to be re-imagined as the world’s greenest building following the Living Building Challenge’s strict regenerative design protocols.
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Leasing Inquiries
Bronzeville Lakefront will be a vibrant mixed-use development creating an ecosystem that small businesses, local Chicagoans, corporations and the like can thrive in. As we build, we look forward to engaging with interested tenants who would like to locate at Bronzeville Lakefront.
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