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Meet Mike Reynolds, a native of Chicago and retired Union Carpenter who has been with Sweet Water Foundation for two years. Before joining SWF, Mike worked with Habitat for Humanity. Although it took a couple of months of nagging by a colleague to visit the Perry Ave Commons, Mike was instantly inspired by the organization’s work and has proudly been with Sweet Water Foundation ever since.

re[create]ed spaces year 2 program launch

Re[CREATED]Ed Spaces is a collaboration with the Chicago Architecture Foundation that emerged from Mozilla Foundation's Hive Chicago Network and is funded with the generous support of the Chicago Community Trust's Hive Chicago Fund for connected learning..


Living foods workshop at the commons

On Saturday, June 17th, Regina Dillard founder of Inner Sanctum Wellness, led an exciting Living Foods Workshop at the Think-DoHouse on the Perry Ave Commons to explore the power of eating raw foods.


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 Placemaking


Engaging Families


Cultivating Career Pathways


Delivering Experiential Education


Building Local Economy