Chicago Commons 2019-2020 Leadership Academy

February 19, 2020

As a part of our three-year strategic plan, Chicago Commons identified several key levers to achieve our strategic priorities. One of these was ensuring access to training and professional development to strengthen and retain staff. As such, we developed the Chicago Commons Leadership Academy (CCLA). This accelerated four-month program focuses on personal and team leadership… Read more »


December 10, 2019

November 19, 2019 In the spirit of Thanksgiving, more than 500 civic, corporate, and community leaders came together on Friday, November 15 at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Chicago Commons and its impact for under-served communities in the region. The celebration included leadership from Honorary Co-Chairs: J.B. Pritzker, Governor,… Read more »

Spotlight: Cesar Represents Solar System With Recycled Materials

August 16, 2019

This month’s spotlight is on Cesar, a student at one of Chicago Commons early education centers. Cesar has demonstrated a colorful imagination and knowledge about the universe and geology. Cesar takes any opportunity to represent his theories about the world around him using materials. In the art studio, Cesar always finds materials that are conducive… Read more »

Playground Rebuild at Nia Family Center

August 12, 2019

On Monday, August 12, we officially broke ground at our Nia Family Center playground in Humboldt Park! Our kids enjoyed ice cream and drew sketches of their ideal playground, while volunteers from PNC Bank and the Chicago Bears prepared the grounds for new equipment, an expanded play area, and landscaping to take place in the upcoming months. We are… Read more »

Mayor Lori Lightfoot Visits Nia Family Center

August 9, 2019

On Friday, August 9, Mayor Lori Lightfoot visited Chicago Commons’ Nia Family Center in Humboldt Park. Joined by Alderman Walter Burnett Jr. and representatives of the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services and Chicago Public Schools, Mayor Lightfoot encouraged parents and guardians to enroll their children in early education programs. This year, the city… Read more »