Chicago Commons’ mission is to empower individuals, families, and communities to overcome poverty and systemic barriers, embrace opportunities, and thrive across generations. To fulfill that mission, we provide high-quality early childhood education, family-centered adult education, and senior services to more than 3,000 children, adults and seniors annually. We envision a future where all children, families, and seniors have equitable opportunities for success, generation after generation.
Founded in 1894, Chicago Commons was one of Chicago’s original settlement houses serving immigrants on Chicago’s near north side. For 125 years, we have been neighborhood-focused, operating in areas where residents are most under-resourced. Today we serve four core neighborhoods: Humboldt Park, Pilsen, Back of the Yards, and Bronzeville; and our Home Care program serves seniors throughout Chicago and its surrounding counties. Our programs work together to create opportunities and move families toward educational success, economic security, and health and well-being.