2000s

2001—The Foundation opens the 70,000-square-foot Homan Square Community Center, offering local residents recreation, health, and social services.

2009—The Foundation opens the Charles H. Shaw Technology and Learning Center, which houses the Henry Ford Academy: Power House High School, in the 104-year-old former Sears Power House. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the public charter high school undergoes a $40 million restoration, wins a LEED Platinum certification, and opens with 250 students.

2009—John D. and Alexandra C. Nichols sponsor the renovation of the original Sears Tower so it can contribute to North Lawndale’s economic, educational, and cultural