Does your neighborhood work for you?

What if all Chicago neighborhoods worked for all residents? What if walking, biking and using public transit were options—available, safe and desirable—for more people? What if everything people needed—including frequent, affordable transit—were within a 10-minute walk from their homes, wherever they lived? These are the questions Elevated Chicago asks and works to answer. We believe that when every community is designed to meet the needs of the people who live there, and when public transit infrastructure is the hub around which activity radiates, then equitable transit-oriented development, or ETOD, is achieved.

Elevated Chicago is a multi-sector collaborative that promotes more equitable development of public spaces, buildings and vacant land around Chicago’s public transit infrastructure. We focus our work on people—especially Black, Brown and indigenous residents, on places affected by displacement and other forms of inequity in the built environment, and on processes that can repair harms, shift power, spark development, and engage communities.

What does ETOD look like?

  • Affordable homes
  • Murals and sculptures
  • Gathering spaces
  • Grocery stores
  • Walkable station areas
  • Medical facilities
  • Green infrastructure
  • Community centers
  • Business Incubators
  • Small locally-owned businesses
  • Activated vacant lots
  • And more!


We will continue supporting neighborhood residents, business owners, and people who work within the half-mile radius of transit hubs.


We will continue transforming the built environment in the half-mile radius around transit assets such as Chicago Transit Authority and Metra stations, and CTA and Pace bus corridors, to create vibrant, healthy, equitable and resilient communities.


We will continue advocating for more accountable, transparent and inclusive decision-making in public, private and civic organizations responsible for major investments in the built environment and infrastructure.

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Does your neighborhood work for you?