Affordable and sustainable housing development along a commercial stretch of West Humboldt Park
3831 West Chicago Avenue will be the largest example of Passive House Sustainability in Chicago, consisting of housing and a ground-floor grocery store, bakery, and café. The project site is targeted for improvement under Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s Invest South/West community improvement initiative for the re-activation of one of the key commercial corridors on Chicago’s West Side. It will encourage investment in adjacent blocks by offering a vibrant development where Humboldt Park residents can live, shop and socialize.
The project’s design concept is centered around community and cultural wealth-building. The plan and massing feature a partially covered outdoor plaza that links to community and café spaces within the building and a flexible community outdoor area to the south. Together, these spaces offer indoor-outdoor opportunities for gathering, discussion, celebration, and other cultural activities in the neighborhood.