The Legacy Project:Chicago



It has been said that the world is full of people wanting to make a profit. But what the world desperately needs are people wanting to make a difference. The Legacy Project is about no limits, no borders and no boundaries. An open door to change millions of lives through a 14.5 acre campus unlike anything Chicago has ever seen.

F.E.E.D. is now the proud owners of the property at the intersection of 85th and Lafayette because of an incredible, irrevocable, landmark multi-million dollar donation from the foundation of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. The community development project at this site promises to be an engine for revitalization. The new site will complement the adjacent shopping plazas, boost merchant revenues and provide an economic stimulus for the surrounding community through the creation of an estimated 400 new jobs in the area. It will also holistically build people and the community, creating a lasting legacy.

The Legacy Project adds to ongoing revitalization of Chatham community and the surrounding neighborhoods by making these communities a safer, more inviting places to live, work and worship. The impact of this endeavor extends beyond that physical building to a series of social service and care programs and to education initiatives that further learning for all ages.


A world-class
auditorium will provide
a venue for theater,
music, dances, church and so much more.A charter school will provide an excellent education option, giving youth a healthy environment to learn and grow.A community development center provides a safe place for our community to learn, play, grow and perform.A retail and restaurant area will provide a place to shop, eat, gather and work, as well as many jobs.A state of the art health center will provide the much needed care to the area, improving health.

F.E.E.D is currently successfully running many programs out of their building on 45th and Princeton, including a food pantry, hospital visits, clothing donations, youth programs, job training programs and many more. However their location is small making expansion nearly impossible. The new location will enable F.E.E.D to expand their current programs, while creating new ones.

Phase 1. A State of the Art Auditorium youth development center educational institution.
Phase 2. Community health center, community retail & restaurants.


The leadership has been critical to the development of the community and your new plans have the potential to bring much-needed growth to the area. I applaud the goals of “The Legacy Project” to unite business and the community groups for the benefit of all our residents. Working together, we can make Chicago an even better place to live, work and raise families.” – Mayor Richard Daley, City of Chicago

I fully support the revitalization in the 21st Ward. In order for communities to maintain a sense of safety and value, we must work diligently to retain businesses and create additional economic opportunities for the people living in urban communities. It will create a number of jobs for youth and adults of all ages, summer enrichment programs for at-risk youth, training and educational programs for ex-offenders, rehabilitation programs, and an open-door policy for anyone interested in the betterment of their community.” – Laurent Attal, President/CEO L’Oreal USA

Far more than a real estate transaction. It will be an investment in energizing a vision that will make a positive diffrence in the city of Chicago.” – Joseph M. Stowell, Cornerstone University

Visit The Website The Legacy Project

About Dez Jermaine (454 Articles)
College Undergraduate student age 22. Interested in writing about people and news to inform my peers about what goes on around them. I believe that anything can be accomplished with effort and motivation, and I always put God and Family first.

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