Resources

Resources

Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood is home to a wide range of individuals and organizations striving to make their community a better place. Below is a list of just some of them, organized by the type of issues they address.

Housing & Development

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Chicago
Connects neighborhoods to the resources they need to become stronger and healthier.

Pilsen Alliance
Develops grassroots leadership in Pilsen and neighboring working-class, immigrant communities in the areas of public education, affordable housing, government accountability, and healthy lifestyles.

Pilsen Neighbors Community Council
Develops community leaders and fosters civic engagement and action.

Podmajersky
Family-owned business dedicated to building Pilsen East/Chicago Arts District.

The Resurrection Project
Builds community vitality through affordable housing, education, immigration, and financial wellness programs.

San Jose Obrero Mission
Creates a safe haven for families and individuals striving to secure permanent housing and improve their lives for the long term.

Unity Parenting & Counseling
Provides housing and social services to Chicago’s most vulnerable children, youth, and adults.

Safety

ElevArte Community Studio
Provides after-school art programs for youth.

J-Def Peace Project
Helps teens who seek a safe place to learn, create, and grow through various artistic outlets.

Mujeres Latinas en Acción: Domestic Violence Programs and Services
Provides bilingual comprehensive services to survivors and victims of domestic violence.

Mujeres Latinas en Acción: Proyecto Juventud
Focuses on violence prevention, leadership and community advocacy, and STEM-oriented and career readiness programs for teens.

Mujeres Latinas en Acción: Sexual Assault Programs and Services
Provides bilingual support for adult survivors of sexual violence.

The Resurrection Project: Play for Peace
Organizes basketball tournaments in historically violent areas or where youth congregate through the Resurrection Basketball League.

Yollocalli Arts Reach
Provides arts and culture programming for teens and young adults.

Arts & Culture

Chicago Arts District
Provides a destination for the art community and economic stability for artists looking to become entrepreneurs.

Chicago Public Art Group
Provides art education through collaborative public art.

Clinard Dance
Teaches and performs contemporary flamenco dance.

ElevArte Community Studio
Provides after-school youth arts and mentoring programs.

High Concept Labs
Supports artists and facilitates dialogue between artists, audiences, and staff.

J-Def Peace Project
Helps teens who seek a safe place to learn, create, and grow through various artistic outlets.

National Museum of Mexican Art
Features Mexican, Latino, and Chicano art and culture.

Yollocalli Arts Reach
Offers free arts and culture programming to teens and young adults.

Immigration

Frida Kahlo Community Organization: Immigration Services
Provides quality legal representation and advocacy for immigrants and promotes citizenship and naturalization.

Instituto del Progreso Latino: Citizenship Services
Helps residents navigate the application process to become U.S. citizens.

Pilsen Neighbors Community Council: Justice Task Force
Organizes youth and young adults around social justice issues.

Education

Alivio Medical Center
Engages with patients and their families to educate them about their long-term health, the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), and health plan enrollment and eligibility.

Arturo Velasquez Institute (satellite campus of Richard J. Daley College)
Provides advanced and basic certificates for entry-level jobs in manufacturing, office, and health careers.

Changing Worlds
Fosters inclusive communities through oral history, writing, and art programs.

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
Educates and provides professional work experience to students from Spanish-speaking families with limited financial means.

El Hogar Del Nino
Prepares children for successful educational careers through early childhood education and school-age programming.

El Valor
Provides early childhood education, community engagement, and other services for people with disabilities and their families.

Frida Kahlo Community Organization: Educational Services
Helps parents and guardians to better support their children in their academic, social, and personal development through workshops and seminars.

Frida Kahlo Community Organization: Health and Awareness
Gives individuals the tools that they need to lead healthier lives through a variety of health education and prevention awareness workshops and seminars.

Gads Hill Center: Building Leaders
Provides hands-on learning experience in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM).

Gads Hill Center: Children’s Services
Prepares children to succeed in pre-school through home visits, center-based early childhood education, and other services.

Gads Hill Center: Family and Community Services
Promotes and educates communities on health and nutrition.

Instituto del Progreso Latino: English as a Second Language
Provides adult English courses to help students build the foundation to further their education.

Instituto del Progreso Latino: Health Sciences Career Academy
Education focused on health care, preparing urban youth to succeed in higher education.

Instituto del Progreso Latino: Justice and Leadership Academy
Provides an education which fosters growth as active and productive members of their families and communities.

Jane Addams High School
Promotes critical thinking, personal responsibility, and self-sufficiency through education.

Mujeres Latinas en Acción: Empresarias del Futuro
Trains women to start or expand their business through Spanish-language instruction.

Mujeres Latinas en Acción: Latina Leadership
Helps women obtain the tools to become leaders who can create positive change in their communities.

Mujeres Latinas en Acción: Proyecto Juventud
Provides after-school programs for teenage boys and girls focused on violence prevention, leadership and community advocacy, and STEM-oriented and career readiness programs.

National Museum of Mexican Art
Features Mexican, Latino, and Chicano art and culture.

Pilsen Neighbors Community Council: Education Task Force and Summit
Works to improve secondary education graduation rates, post-secondary education enrollment, civic involvement, and literacy rates.

The Resurrection Project: Elev8
Provides extended learning time, health services, and social support to middle school students and their families.

The Resurrection Project: Technology Leadership Institute
Empowers adults to utilize computer literacy skills and to promote safety within their community.

Health & Environment

Alivio Medical Center
Provides quality, cost-effective health care, serving the Hispanic community, the uninsured, and the underinsured.

Child Link
Provides support for each unique child and family including traditional foster care, adoption, transitional living programs, independent living programs, and youth counseling.

Frida Kahlo Community Organization: Health and Awareness
Offers health education and prevention awareness workshops and seminars.

Gads Hill Center: Family and Community Services
Promotes and educates communities on health and nutrition.

Gads Hill Center: Healthy Minds, Healthy Schools
Targets the mental health needs of children and families in underserved Chicago communities.

Mujeres Latinas en Acción: Parent Support
Provides Spanish-speaking parent or guardian classes and counseling.

Orozco Academy: Alivio Medical Clinic
Provides students and families with access to affordable primary care and mental health services.

PERRO (Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization)
Fights the disproportionate amount of pollution in the Pilsen neighborhood through grassroots organizing.

Pilsen Wellness Center
Provides holistic human services to individuals and families through culturally sensitive education, prevention, treatment, and recovery interventions.

The Resurrection Project: ELLAS
Supports women who are survivors of or are being treated for breast cancer.

Unity Parenting & Counseling
Provides housing and social services to Chicago’s most vulnerable children, youth, and adults.

Jobs

The Chicago Inventors Organization
Provides positive, affordable, credible resources to inventors whose products range across all markets including digital apps.

Chicago Women in Trades
Builds opportunities for women in the construction industry through equal access to information, training, and employment.

Eighteenth Street Development Corporation
Works to maintain a thriving business community by providing support with financing and incentives, retaining local industries, and through business development.

Instituto del Progreso Latino: Career Pathways
Designs and implements career pathways that enable individuals to move beyond their current skill level, continue their education, and launch prosperous careers.

Mujeres Latinas en Acción: Empresarias del Futuro
Trains women who want to initiate or expand a small business through Spanish-language training.