Ground was broken Thursday on a state-of-the-art community center being erected in the South Side Pullman neighborhood.
Gov. Pat Quinn, Mayor Richard Daley and community leaders were on-hand for kick off construction of the Kroc Center. The Salvation Army facility is being funded primarily by a $110 million grant from the estate of McDonald's founder Ray Kroc and his wife, Joan.
The 32-acre center, to be located at 1250 West 119th Street, will be the city's largest community center, offering a variety of educational, sports, arts and community programs.
Quinn said the project is expected to create more than 200 construction jobs and 100 full-time positions when it's complete.