Frequently Asked Questions

What is Focal Point Chicago?

The Focal Point community campus concept is a game changer. The campus will deliver a combination of retail, wellness, education, arts and recreation services to improve the lives of more than 400,000 residents of West and Southwest Sides of Chicago. Because the campus will be financially self-sustaining—with income from its for-profit elements supplementing the financial needs of the not-for-profit elements—it will also serve as a national model for community development across the country.

Who is in charge of Focal Point Chicago?

Chicago Southwest Development Corporation - along with leaders from Saint Anthony Hospital - is leading this project that will serve as a model to change the face of community development across the country. Together, these organizations have a legacy in the Chicago area of serving as leaders, staying true to their inclusive, neighborhood driven philosophy to strengthen the community through the power of partnership and quality health care that leaves no one behind. It's this future-thinking and collaborative philosophy that led to the vision for the new community campus and its inventive model.

Is Focal Point a new hospital?

No, the 1 million square-foot complex will offer a range of retail, wellness, education, arts and recreation elements focused on the complete well-being of community members, instead of purely on one element, such as health care. However, a relocated Saint Anthony Hospital will serve as a tenant of the campus and will continue to provide emergency and medical care that turns no one away, regardless of ability to pay. There will also be an outpatient and specialty clinic, to meet a wide range of rehabilitative and health maintenance needs.

When will Focal Point open?

Once development begins, the construction schedule stands at 30 months for completion.

What communities will Focal Point serve?

The Focal Point community campus will serve more than 400,000 residents in the West and Southwest Sides of Chicago, representing North Lawndale, Little Village, Pilsen, Brighton Park, Back of the Yards, and Archer Heights neighborhoods.

How many jobs will Focal Point generate for the community?

The innovative community campus will generate hundreds of new sustaining jobs for the campus itself and roughly 2,100 construction jobs through the development and building of the campus, 400 new healthcare jobs (adding to the 1,000 current full-time jobs at Saint Anthony Hospital), 600 new jobs for multiple levels of retail and 400 new jobs in education, recreation, hospitality, childcare and campus operations.

What retail stores will be at Focal Point?

That will be determined closer to construction of the campus.

Will parking be available at Focal Point?

Yes, a parking garage with approximately 1,200 spaces will be built as part of the Focal Point community campus.

Why are you doing this?

Chicago Southwest Development Corporation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing support and coordination of health care and programs and services in the community area around Saint Anthony Hospital, a related tax-exempt organization. For more than 100 years, Saint Anthony Hospital has helped carry out this mission by serving its community. However, we understand that providing for the health of the community is much broader than traditional health care. In order to achieve a healthy life, you have to be able to buy healthy food, feed your mind with education, nurture your creativity through the arts, have a place to send your kids to keep them off the streets, and have a job to support your family. To further expand its efforts to support the well-being of the community, Chicago Southwest Development Corporation is spearheading the development of the Focal Point community campus, which will focus on the complete well-being of community members, instead of purely on one element, such as health care.