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 people every year.

For 125 years, our programs have been helping children, families and seniors GO further to live richer lives. From our first settlement house, we’ve centered ourselves in underserved communities to give our neighbors the tools and skills they need to reach their greatest potential.

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 operated in areas where residents are most under-resourced. Today, we are located in the neighborhoods of Humboldt Park, Pilsen, Back of the Yards, and Bronzeville. Our programs work together to create opportunities and move children and families toward success, economic security, and health and well-being.