Category: Community Partners

ArtReach Hosts 5-Alarm Chili Cook-Off Oct. 23rd


Join ArtReach for the first annual Chili Cook-off to support youth programming at the Firehouse. Chicago chefs will put their tried-and-true recipes to the test for guest judges and a grand prize. Admission includes tastings of several delicious chilis, a one-of-a-kind handmade bowl, beer, musical entertainment and glass and ceramic demos – not to mention great company and a great cause!

The Firehouse Art Studio, located at 1123 W. Roosevelt Road,  is a collaborative community art space shared by Art Reach and Firehouse Glass Studio that brings fire-based art programming, from ceramics to glass blowing, to residents of all ages and abilities. A full 100 percent of ticket and raffle proceeds will support after school programming at the Firehouse, which benefit local Chicago Public School students.

To purchase event tickets, or to join the cook-off competition, please see our entry requirements here:

For questions about ArtReach, please contact the organization at 773-907-0841

Casa Central Celebrates Annual Awards Gala

Save the Date 2016Casa Central, a social service agency, helps transforms lives and offers community support, with a special focus on Hispanics. Our network of social services propels children and youth, individuals and families, and seniors toward self-sufficiency and a higher quality of life.

The agency will celebrate its annual awards gala on October 14th.  For more information about the event, or to purchase tickets, please visit the Casa Central website, HERE.


Vox Pox: The Disco Party: Jane Addams Birthday!

Jane Addams bdayCome cast your ballots and celebrate Jane Addams’ 156th birthday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 8th, at the Jane Addams Hull House Museum, 800 S. Halsted Street, with the opening of Aram Han Sifuentes’ Official Unofficial Voting Station: Voting for all who legally can’t. Reception includes birthday cupcakes, artists’ talk back , and soundscapes by DJ Sadie Rock.

The program includes:

6:00 – 6:30: Exhibit Open, Music and Refreshments
6:30 – 7:00: Aram Han Sifuentes and Lise Haller Baggesen
7:00 – 7:45: Artists and Collaborators Speak

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum (JAHHM) presents Aram Han Sifuentes’ insurgent project Official Unofficial Voting Station: Voting for all who legally can’t. From September 8 through election day on November 8, the discontented and disenfranchised can cast unsanctioned ballots at Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and other Unofficial Official Voting Stations across the country and in Mexico.

The Museum will host the voting station VOX POP: The Disco Party designed by Sifuentes and collaborator Lise Haller Baggesen. All ballots cast will be returned to and counted at the museum and contribute to an installation.

Hear from Sifuentes, Baggessen and other collaborators: Verónica Casado Hernández, Dr. Lisa Vinebaum, Sadie Woods, Yvette Mayorga, and Roberto Sifuentes. Come in your disco best!

To register for this free event, click HERE.

Jane Addams Birthday Conversations

Jane Addams was the co-founder of the Hull-House Settlement, a pioneer social reformer, internationalist, feminist, and peace activist. In 1931, she became the first American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Addams and the residents of  Hull-House advocated for public health, fair labor practices, full citizenship rights for immigrants, public education, recreational and public space, public arts, and free speech. We take the opportunity on her birthday to celebrate the Hull-House progressive tradition, but also offer an opportunity to host events that bring together people working on issues of justice broadly defined in the present day. Aligned with the museum and the early social reformers of Hull House, Aram Han Sifuentes’ project explores urgent questions about participation, exclusion, and citizenship in the United States

Enrollment Open For Youth Leadership Program

Asian Youth Leadership ProgramDo you know any high-school students? Encourage them to enroll into the Youth Leadership Program at the Asian American Business Expo to be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 10th, at UIC Forum.

The Youth Leadership Program is a full-day interactive training program designed to equip our high-school youths with skills to succeed in college and life.

Facilitated by leading business professionals as well as leaders from OCA National, the Youth Leadership Program offers students the following benefits:

  • Developing leadership skills
  • Gaining awareness of social justice issues
  • Having an understanding of why it is important to advocate
  • A recommendation letter

Program Schedule

8 AM – Report to the Registration Booth. Breakfast provided.

8:30 AM – Volunteer at the Registration Booth.

9:30 AM – Be recognized on stage during the Opening Ceremony.

10 AM – Attend the panel discussion on “The Making of An Asian-American Leader”

11 AM – Volunteer at the Lunch Station.

12 PM – Participate in the Youth Leadership Forum, facilitated by OCA National. Lunch provided.

  • Participate in an interactive program designed to develop responsible habits in personal financial management, career planning, and leadership-driven community engagement.
  • Get a practical training on resume preparation and basic knowledge of good financial habits.
  • E ngage in robust discussions about the implications of individual behavior on the community.

3 PM – Volunteer to close the event.

Upon completion of the Youth Leadership Program, students will receive an official certificate from the Asian American Business Expo, certifying the students’ volunteering, community service and leadership hours.

Register now for the Youth Leadership Program. (Call Shelly at 312-233-2810 with any questions.)

Community Celebrates National Night Out

CarsNational Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie in an effort to make neighborhoods safer, better place to live. The Chicago Police Department 12th District, in partnerships with organizations, including Connecting 4 Communities, celebrated National Night Out on August 2 in the 12th District station parking lot and featured a car show, dunk tank, balloon art, and other family friendly programming.
In the tankHistorically, National Night Out has been held every year since 1984 and is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch in the United States and Canada.

For more information about Connecting 4 Communities, please click HERE.


UIC Student Athletes Helping Out

Clean up students

UIC student-athletes from men’s and women’s basketball and gymnastics, along with staff members, took to the streets of University Village recently to assist in a community-wide clean-up effort initiated by the University Commons Neighborhood Association.

The Flames worked together around the streets of UIC’s campus, picking up trash and doing landscaping to help improve the neighborhood.

CASL offers Chef Training Program, Enroll Now

CASL Logo 1The Chinese American Service League is offering a Chef Training Program on western-style cooking instruction and Vocational English as Second Language (VESL), equipping students with knowledge and skills for entry level food service industry—including major hotels, institutions and restaurants.

The program includes follow-up services for retention assistance for up to 6 months. Chef Training Program is approved by the Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools of the Illinois Board of Higher EducationThe next session runs 9/6/16 to 12/23/16.

VESL training will be two weeks prior 8/22/16 to 9/2/16.

For more details, or an application, on this CASL program, click HERE.

University Round Table to Host College Day Fair


The University Round Table, an association of colleges and universities in Chicago, is hosting a College Day Fair from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Friday, July 29th, , at  Benito Juarez Community Academy, 1450 W Cermak Rd, in Chicago. The event is in connection with the annual Fiesta del Sol street festival running through the weekend.

The College Fair will feature workshops, information, and resources to prepare for a path to college and beyond.

Parent are encouraged to attend.  Translation in Spanish will be available.

Contact the Pilsen Neighbors Community Council at (312)666-2663 for more details or register online here  



Free Summer Camp for Kids in Pilsen


Enroll your kids today in a free summer camp that runs through July 26th serving the Pilsen community organized by The Frida Kahlo Community Organization.

This free camp is for kids in 3rd to 8th grade and runs 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday thru Friday.  Free breakfast and lunch is optional.

Kids will have fun dancing, playing soccer and volleyball, and learning about theater.

Camp activities take place at Benito Juarez Community Academy, 1450 W. Cermak Road, in Chicago.

For more information, or to enroll, contact Maria Ramirez at 312-829-3192

Community Conversations: Remaking the West Side

National Hellenic MuseumJoin the community conversation from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 30th, at the National Hellenic Museum, 333 South Halsted Street, in Chicago, with Professor Paul Green, Ph.D. Professor of political science at Roosevelt University. Professor Green will be in conversation with Rufus Williams, CEO of BBF Family Services in North Lawndale to discuss the history and formation of Chicago neighborhoods, particularly, the making and re-making of Chicago’s west side.

“Making the West Side: Community Conversations on Neighborhood Change” is a year-long project funded through the National Endowment for the Humanities that will bring together scholars, activists, neighborhood residents, and other stakeholders to investigate the history of neighborhood change on Chicago’s West Side and connect those histories to contemporary issues and concerns. The project kicked off with a public forum on May 19 and continues through the summer with community conversations across Chicago’s West Side.

This event is free and requires registration HERE.