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The Friend of the Neighborhoods Award

Richard H. Driehaus is renowned for his business success through Driehaus Capital Management LLC and for his philanthropic dedication to all things Chicago. His charitable commitments have helped transform the thinking about and practice of architecture in our city.

The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation and the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Trusts support a variety of philanthropic and community service projects dedicated to design excellence, historic preservation, economic opportunity, the arts and open space.

The Richard H. Driehaus Awards for Architectural Excellence in Community Design, given at the Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards each year, celebrate developers and architects for their contributions to the “built environment” of neighborhoods.

Richard’s historic preservation efforts have included major contributions for the restoration of Old St. Patrick’s Church, St. Ignatius High School, and historic homes in Bronzeville, Lawndale and the city’s bungalow belt. He also has restored the 1883 Nickerson Mansion, which will open this year as a decorative arts museum.

Additionally, the Foundation has funded many “greening” projects, including a design competition for the garden at Millennium Park, the restoration of the dome at the Garfield Park Conservatory and the Trust for Public Land’s efforts to restore the Bloomingdale Trail.