Award-winning work

We are widely recognized for excellence in community development. Our successful track record is a testament to our community’s vitality and the power of community participation and direct democracy. As our neighborhoods change and we strive to maintain a stable, mixed-income community, our commitment to pursue redevelopment for the benefit of, and control by, low and moderate-income residents of our community are just as relevant and more urgent than ever.


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Director of Communications & Engagement, Libby Juliá was awarded a Silver Telly Award in the Non-Broadcast – Public Relations category for the mission video, There’s No Place Like Home, co-produced with Lakeshore Public Media. 

Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation won citywide recognition for the preservation of the 318 affordable rental units of West Town Housing Preservation. We were awarded The Polk Bros. Foundation Affordable Rental Housing Preservation Award by Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC).

CEO Joy Aruguete was honored as one of the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Faces of Philanthropy. She was awarded the Outstanding Community Leader Award during their 42nd Faces of Philanthropy Awards Luncheon.  

The National Development Council (NDC) chose Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation’s Zapata Apartments as the 2015 winner of the Award for Excellence in Community Impacts. The award recognizes the top community development project in the nation.


Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation won citywide recognition for preserving and improving affordable rental units in Humboldt Park’s 1704 N. Humboldt Building at Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Chicago’s 21st Annual Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards (CNDA), the city’s premier forum for recognition of development projects.

The American Society of Engineers presented Rosa Parks Apartments with its Excellence in Engineering Award, citing the project’s high-efficiency systems, which include geothermal heating and cooling and solar domestic hot water. The is one in a series of honors recognizing Rosa Parks, including the Illinois Governor’s Champion of Affordable Housing Award. 

Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation and the Chicago Police Department were honored by MetLife Foundation for an extraordinary partnership to improve community safety. The Chicago partnership was selected from more than 540 applicants nationwide for a MetLife Foundation Community-Police Partnership Award, a program administered by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). 

The Alford-Axelson Award for Nonprofit Managerial Excellence. The purpose of this award program is to honor and continue the legacy of Nils G. Axelson, a devoted community healthcare leader and visionary, and Jimmie R. Alford, a contemporary leading thinker and practitioner in the nonprofit arena, by recognizing and celebrating Chicago area nonprofit organizations that exemplify extraordinary managerial excellence. 

The Novogradac Community Development Foundation (NCDF) awarded our Rosa Parks Apartments the national Novogradac JTC Development of Distinction award in the Community Impact category to recognize excellence in community development entities that have made exceptional qualified low-income community investments.


The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) awarded Rosa Parks Apartments its inaugural 2010 Illinois Affordable Housing Award given in recognition of innovation and excellence in affordable housing throughout Illinois.


The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) presented Rosa Parks Apartments with its national 2010 Multifamily Buildings Design Award to recognize design excellence and construction quality using precast concrete.


In its Fall 2010 publication, Design Develop Construct DDC Journal featured us and our Rosa Parks Apartments in its 3rd annual issue dedicated to green building, recognizing the development’s comprehensive sustainability and LEED Gold certification.


Chicago Architect Magazine featured Rosa Parks Apartments in its May-June 2010 issue, highlighting the development’s “super-green, super-efficient, and affordable” design elements.


Enterprise Community Partners recognized Rosa Parks Apartments with its Green Communities Award. Green Communities homes are affordable, promote health, conserve energy and natural resources, and provide easy access to jobs, schools, and services.


The Chicago Association of Realtors awarded Rosa Parks Apartments its Good Neighbor Award in the Residential Multi-Unit New Construction category.