Perma-PlayStreets will encourage kids in South Chicago and beyond to make play, every day. It is a strategy that is rooted in the community and combines intentional process, strategic location and inspired design to build strength and unity through play.

Since 2012 we’ve served as a PlayStreets technical facilitator for a region covering 42 of the city’s 77 community areas. This has allowed us to bring together local stakeholders and provide support to create pop-up play in neighborhoods where children are challenged to play outside for fear of traffic, lack of supervision, gang activity and more. Likewise, we’ll approach Perma-PlayStreets by mobilizing community assets toward collective action. However, instead of pop-up play, coalitions will seek and direct investments to bring joy, challenge, and creativity to spaces that the community’s youth use every day.

Pilot Project

The Commercial Avenue Play Project is intended to bring youthful energy, joy and discovery as well as inspiring moments of community connection and greater investment in the South Chicago neighborhood. South Chicago Resident Derric Clemmons designed the sculptures and Ricardo “NACO” Gonzalez, a teaching artist with SkyART and After School Matters, led the implementation of the sidewalk mural:

  • A Series of colorful panels will allow kids to play games of make believe, draw with chalk, and play hide n’ seek.
  • A painted mural will allow for a game of classic hopscotch and conversations about directions and orienteering.

Presented In Partnership

Our Commercial Avenue Play Project

Steering Group
World Sport Chicago
Tenth Ward Alderwoman Susan Sadlowski Garza
South Chicago Chamber of Commerce

Lead Artists
Derric Celmmons of Cocomocha Studio
Ricardo “NACO” Gonzalez

Funding Support

Advisory Coalition and Supporters
Alliance of the Southeast
Arnold Mireles Academy
Chicago Public Library South Chicago Branch
Claretian Associates
Crossroads Collaborative
Pangea Real Estate
South Chicago Development Commission
South Chicago Historical Society
Commercial Avenue business owners and other community activists