The COVID-19 pandemic has brought much of the world to a standstill, but it wasn’t enough to stop the annual Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards, which were held as part of a two-night virtual event on May 6 and 7. Organized by Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Chicago, the awards recognize the essential role that both non-profit and for-profit developers play in building communities in Chicago-area neighborhoods. Among the winners was John Ronan Architects LLC, which received the first-place Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design for Independence Library and Apartments. The pioneering project, developed by Taylor Johnson client Evergreen Real Estate Group in partnership with the Chicago Housing Authority and Chicago Public Library, co-locates affordable senior apartments with a new public library branch. Find out more about the project and what it brings to the Irving Park neighborhood in the CNDA program here.