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The Soul City Kitchens project was the winning response to an RFP from the City of Chicago

City-Owned Facility to Become Commercial Food Prep Hub

A former Chicago Streets and Sanitation facility in the South Side’s Grand Boulevard neighborhood will be transformed into a hub for food entrepreneurs, creating new commercial food prep opportunities for South Side culinary professionals. 

The 8,000-square-foot Soul City Kitchens project will revitalize and expand the one-story building at 5021 S. Wabash Ave. with shared commercial cooking facilities, test kitchen space, individual kitchen cubes, freezers, coolers, and storage spaces that will be rented on an as-needed basis to food entrepreneurs. A private dining room and community space will also be available for rent. 

To be developed by Urban Equities, the project is moving forward as the $4.6-million winning response to a March 2021 Department of Planning and Development request for proposals to revitalize the building. 

City support is expected to include the sale of the building, constructed in the 1910s and valued at $90,000, for $1. 

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