The Woodlawn Housing Data Project

A Community-Driven Mapping Initiative

Welcome to the home of the Woodlawn Housing Data Project, an initiative led by Woodlawn East Community and Neighbors (WECAN). Here, you will find information about Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood and its housing challenges, results from the Woodlawn Parcel Survey, an interactive map of the neighborhood, and the project’s report.

It is WECAN’s aspiration that Woodlawn residents use this data to help understand the current housing landscape in their neighborhood, and also to be able to use that data to advocate for community-driven policies. Woodlawn is one of four neighborhoods surrounding Chicago’s Historic South Park System of Jackson Park and Washington Park. WECAN hopes this work can serve as a model that the other three neighborhoods--Hyde Park, South Shore and Washington Park--can draw upon to identify their unique challenges and potential solutions, as development around our historic South Side parks continue.

The Facts

Parcel survey data collected in 2017


Woodlawn is comprised of 4,875 parcels over 1.52 square miles and located 6 miles south of downtown Chicago.


The vast majority of structures in Woodlawn are residential. Most residents live in either 2-6 unit or multifamily 7+ unit buildings.

1 in 3
Properties have no structure

These properties include parking lots, parks, gardens, attached lots and vacant lots. Woodlawn has over 1,000 vacant lots.

1 in 10
Buildings are vacant

318 of Woodlawn’s total 3,280 structures appear vacant.


This project was made possible by the generous support of Polk Bros. Foundation.

In addition, WECAN thanks Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH) for its technical assistance, Loveland Technologies for providing ongoing digital tools and technological support, and student volunteers from the Harris School of Public Policy who assisted with data collection and provided analytical support. Together, these entities and individuals helped provide the foundation on which this project is based.

WECAN also thanks the Community Programs Accelerator and Woodlawn residents for helping to catalyze the resources needed to carry out the project.

Woodlawn East Community and Neighbors (WECAN) is a Chicago, Illinois-based 501(c)(3) organization and has no affiliation with POAH, Loveland Technologies or the University of Chicago.

The policy recommendations presented here are solely those of WECAN and do not reflect the views of POAH, Loveland Technologies, the University of Chicago or entity of, or person employed by or affiliated with, the University.