About CANA


Website   www.cana16.com

(312) 952-4983

You can also mail to us at:

Central Austin Neighborhood Association (CANA)

PO Box 531

Oak Park, IL 60303


East: Menard (5800 West)        West: Austin (6000 West)

North: Corcoran (400 North)       South: Madison (0 North)

Mission      To unite institutions and residents to build and protect an excellent place to live, work, play, raise children, run a business and worship

Goal              To identify, strategize, and organize around significant community issues

  • To improve the physical and moral environment of the neighborhood.
  • To eliminate nuisances or unwholesome influences in the neighborhood.
  • To cooperate with various governmental agencies to improve the economic, health, safety, physical, and cultural standards


The Central Austin Neighborhood Association, CANA, seeks to bring together all members of the neighborhood to advocate for improvement in our neighborhood.  Our members pool their time, expertise and resources to accomplish common goals. We combine our efforts to get more done.

Get things done in your community

Things we would like to do with your help

Anti litter campaign

Assigned police beat officer for our community: foot and bike patrol

Plant flowers at all of the corners in our 16 blocks

Fall Festival for all 16 blocks

Neighborhood watch

Alley cleanings

Create a greater sense of community

Improve surrounding blocks in addition to your block

Support blocks that don’t have block club

Provide outlet and events for youth throughout our community

Increase sense of ownership in future of community

Attract more businesses and employers to this community

Address problem buildings and loitering

Create a more beautiful landscape for the entire community

Identify alternative strategies for neighborhood  safety

Work with city, state and federal government to bring more and better services to our community


Where our mission is brought to reality

  • Determine vision
  • Identify and rank priorities
  • Select at least one goal to achieve by August 21
  • For each activity, develop program plan: Tasks, responsibilities ,due date, budget. Internal and external resources needed

Membership Development

Invite/increase participation by all inhabitants of target area

Block Beautification

Create a more inviting visual of our neighborhood..

Neighborhood Safety

Identify and implement alternative strategies for creating a greater sense of safety

Government Services

Identify services available  to our community from all levels of government. Seek methods and ways to increase level and type of services received.

Think Tank

Explore best practices for community improvement and development. Identify models or tactics used by other groups.


  • Combine our voices and efforts to get more done in our community
  • Develop spirit of cooperation among all who work, run a business, raise children, worship and live in this area
  • Bring more and better governmental services
  • Make our community look more beautiful
  • Attract more employers and increase support for businesses in our community
  • Provide additional outlets and events for youth
  • Implement additional strategies to increase sense of safety

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