Urban League


Established in 1916, the Chicago Urban League is a civil rights organization that empowers and inspires individuals to reach and exceed their economic potential. The League focuses on growing Chicago’s African American workforce and business community.


Founded in 1916 by an interracial group of community leaders to help rural African Americans migrating from the South adjust to northern urban living, the Chicago Urban League was incorporated in the state of Illinois on June 13, 1917. The Chicago Urban League is pursuing three strategies that advance our mission:

  • ensuring that African American children are well-educated and equipped for economic self-reliance in the 21st century;
  • helping adults attain economic self-sufficiency through gainful employment, home ownership, entrepreneurship and wealth accumulation;
  • and ensuring the civil rights of African Americans by eradicating barriers to equal participation in the economic and social mainstream of American life.


The Chicago Urban League
4510 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago , IL 60653

(773) 285-5800 office

(773) 285-5772 fax


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