The project involved the renovation and adaptive reuse of a 1906 single story building and the improvement of three (3) vacant lots in the City's East Garfield Park neighborhood. This 7,800 sq. ft. facility has an 80 seat restaurant that serves subsidized meals to working poor families and market rate meals to the general public; a combination service, catering and training kitchen from which a 13 week food service training program is conducted, a meeting room/classroom and administrative/social service offices which support Inspiration Corporation's community outreach programs and provides individualized case management services to past and current students. The facility has a sustainable garden that supplies fresh herbs and vegetables for the restaurant and serves as an educational resource for students, local school children and the community.

Inspiration Kitchen's-Garfield Park is Inspiration Corporations second location for food service training and social enterprise restaurant. Each year the restaurant will serve over 3,000 meals at no cost to working poor families in East Garfield Park and the surrounding communities and will enroll over 64 students, many of whom reside in the community, in its food service training program, representing over $700,00 in new earning potential for the community.

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construction - heartland construction
photography - steve hall / hedrich blessing

Inspiration Kitchens

Project Category
2012 urban land institute chicago vision award, non-profit winner
2013 Rudy Bruner Award - Gold,
2013 AIA Social Impact Design Honor Award
2013 AIA Illinois Honor Awards - citation of merit,
2012 USGBC Illinois Chapter Emerald Award - building renovations,
2012 AIA Chicago SustaibABILITY Leadership Award - Citation of Merit,
2011 SEED's Structures for Inclusion Award,
2011 Richard Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural Excellence - Second Place,
2011 Good Neighbor Award,