The Chicago Housing Authority (CHA), the City of Chicago and Chicago Fire Football Club have entered into preliminary discussions on a proposed new performance and training facility for Chicago’s Major League Soccer (MLS) team in the Roosevelt Square area on the Near West Side.
The discussions will explore using approximately 25 acres of vacant CHA land as a headquarters and training center for the Fire. As part of a long-term lease agreement, the Fire would develop the multi-million-dollar facility and provide a variety of community benefits and public investments into neighboring public housing sites, long-term employment for community members, and recreational opportunities for youth.
The proposed site is generally bounded by Roosevelt Road, Ashland Avenue, 14th Street and Loomis Street. The site was previously occupied by portions of CHA’s former ABLA Homes, which is already in the process of being replaced by the mixed-income Roosevelt Square community as part of CHA’s ongoing commitment to develop mixed-income, mixed-use housing.
Tentative facility plans include world-class practice fields and a performance center where team members prepare for matches. The facility would also house the Fire’s Youth Academy, offering programmed activities for youth, teens, and young adults in CHA housing and the broader community. Additional facility details will be determined through the community engagement process and ongoing discussions between the Mayor’s Office, CHA, and City agencies.
The Chicago Fire Football Club was founded in 1997 on the 126th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire and will kick off its 25th season in Major League Soccer in 2022. The Fire have won six major domestic championship titles, including the 1998 MLS Cup, the 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2006 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cups, as well as the 2003 Supporters’ Shield. The Fire plays their home matches at Soldier Field. For more information on the club, visit chicagofirefc.com.
UPDATE: 5/17/22: The CHA Board of Commissioners today approved the submission of a disposition application to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the site of the proposed Chicago Fire lease deal (west of Loomis Avenue and south of Roosevelt Road). CHA continues to negotiate the specific terms of the proposed lease, including community investments, with the Chicago Fire, and to respond to community input on the proposed project. If terms are agreed upon, the lease terms will be brought back to the board at a later date.
Public comments on the proposal may be submitted via email, mail or fax to:
As part of an ongoing public engagement process to discuss the proposal, a virtual community meeting was held via Zoom on Tuesday, May 3. Download the presentation or watch a recording of the meeting.