Wight & Company Sees Win-Win For Neighborhood Vs. Downtown Development

May 23, 2019


As Chicago’s mayoral inauguration day approached, some in the business community questioned if the new mayor’s commitment to the neighborhoods would interfere with downtown development. Taylor Johnson client Wight & Company had a different take. As the architecture firm behind The Hatchery, the non-profit food incubator in East Garfield Park, and the IBEW Local 134 Union Hall, an adaptive reuse of a shuttered CPS school in Bronzeville, Wight & Company has been involved in several neighborhood projects that have spurred community growth and change even as development thrives in the urban core. As such, team TJ saw an opportunity for Wight & Company to weigh in with this editorial for Crain’s Chicago Business that explains when it comes to the neighborhood vs. downtown development debate, Chicagoans don’t have to take sides.

The Hatchery, the non-profit food incubator in East Garfield Park designed and built by Wight & Company, is one of several neighborhood projects meant to spur community growth and revitalization in Chicago.


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