We are a community-building organization of dedicated residents and allies working together to develop leaders and create opportunities and programs that build a vital Garfield Park community. 

Theron Hawk plays the saxophone at the Preserving Affordability Together East Garfield Park Celebration on March 10

Metropolitan Planning Council


GPCC works to renew commercial corridors, spur housing investment, improve public safety and wellness, and build connections between neighbors. Through advocacy and resident organizing, community members lead neighborhood planning and renewal efforts.

Our program goals focus on four inter-related priorities: resident leadership and organizing, housing, business development along commercial corridors, and community wellness. 

COVID-19 Response and Resources

Many of us are looking for guidance and support as we seek to prevent the spread of coronavirus and help those who have been impacted by COVID-19. As the State of Illinois has issued a Stay At Home Order, we encourage everyone to stay home as much as possible. GPCC staff are workng from home at this time; please contact us via email if possible. We value social cohesion, and we are striving to support our community as we limit our physical proximity and shift our in-person events to a new format. Our elected officials, nonprofit partners, and neighbors and friends are working hard to support our community. We have highlighted the resources and support they are providing on our COVID-19 Resources page.

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Residents participate in a community meeting in October of 2019 as part of the Preserving Affordability Together community meeting series.

Metropolitan Planning Council


Preserving Affordability Together

The release of Preserving Affordability Together: A Blueprint for Community Action is the culmination of a community-driven planning process conducted in East Garfield Park from May 2019 through March 2020. GPCC contributed to a community-driven planning process conducted in East Garfield Park, led by Metropolitan Planning Council with input from the Institute for Housing Studies at DePaul University, and informed by many community residents and stakeholders. To learn more about the process and gain acess to additional resources visit metroplanning.org/garfieldpark. We have also published the booklet on the housing resources page of our website.

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Residents attend the first indoor Garfield Park Neighborhood Market at The Hatchery in February 2019.

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The Garfield Park Neighborhood Market at The Hatchery

Out of an abundance of caution and in compliance with City, State, and Federal recommendations, we have cancelled the April 11 market date. We are tentatively planning to move forward with the May 9 market, held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. indoors at The Hatchery, 135 N. Kedzie. Learn more about the market on the Garfield Park Neighborhood Market resources page of our website.

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Housing Specialist La Shone Kelly participates in a mapping exercise for the Preserving Affordability Together meeting series.

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 At home in Garfield Park: GPCC promotes healthy and affordable housing in Garfield Park, works to prevent foreclosures and demolitions, and supports homebuyers in the area. Visit our Housing page to learn more about our housing programs and complete a housing inquiry form to connect with our housing staff team.

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