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humans of sweet water…meet danny salomon

Meet Danny Salomon... Danny first visited The Commons in September of 2017 while visiting Chicago. In 2018, he came back to learn more about SWF’s practice and, within six months, was invited to become a SWF Human-in-Residence. During his intensive, 2-week residency at The Commons this winter, Danny stayed in the Think-Do House and worked alongside the SWF team on renovation of the [Re]Construction House, design and build of a storage system for a shipping container, and, most importantly, becoming part of the SWF Family.  Take a moment to read about Danny’s role as a Human-in-Residence and his stay at The Commons.

radical imagination: Community sing @ the commons

On Tuesday, February 26, Sweet Water Foundation sparked the Radical Imagination of more than 80 children, families, students from Chicago Free School, and artists in the  Lightbox Theater & Gallery during the Urban Bush Women's Community Sing at The Commons. The space was activated by the power of song, dance, and community. The Community Sing was the first workshop in the “Radical Imagination Workshop Series,” welcoming an intergenerational audience to express their creativity and story through song + dance. Read on to learn more about how an intergenerational group of people brought The Commons to life on a cold, wintery afternoon.

2018 Annual Summary

2018 was a year of [Re]Construction, [Re]Connection, and [Re]Generation. We built. We created. We nourished the land and people. Most importantly, we brought people together to learn, to express, to break bread, and to CELEBRATE! Together, we practice Regenerative Neighborhood Development. None of this would have been possible without the support and dedication of the SWF Team + Family and the generosity of our Partners and Supporters. Thank you for making 2018 amazing! We look forward to regenerating with you in 2019. Click below to read the full 2018 Annual Summary.


Transforming 'Blight' to Life.

Sweet Water Foundation utilizes a blend of urban agriculture, art and education to transform vacant spaces and abandoned buildings into economically and ecologically productive and sustainable community assets that produce engaged youth, skilled workers, art, locally-grown food , and affordable housing.


Regenerative Neighborhood Development


Engaging Families


Cultivating Career Pathways


Delivering Experiential Education


Building Local Economy