Category Archives: -_Chicago – Northeast

This is the area bounded by Western Avenue to the west, Madison street to the south and Lake Michigan to the east. The Loop area is cut from part of this section.

Chicagoland Transportation and Air Quality Commission

Born out of the nonprofit Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT), CTAQC was founded to focus on opportunities for the public to impact regional transportation planning. With the advent of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) in 1991, CNT recruited seven core partners dedicated to bringing federal mandates to northeastern Illinois. By 1994, CTAQC was formed with 33 members.CTAQC published its first Citizen Transportation Plan in 1995 based on recommendations of stakeholder task forces. The plan called for more community-building projects, with greater emphasis on maintaining existing communities and more transit, bicycle and pedestrian investment. Six years later, to update our understanding of public opinion, Connecting Communities Summits were held in eleven local areas of the northeastern Illinois region to facilitate public involvment in transportation planning. The comments of the summits were synthesized into a report, Changing Direction: Transportation Choices for 2030, and published in 2002. Today over 190 organizations have endorsed the ideals of the plan.As the Tranportation Efficiency Act periodically comes up for re-authorization, CTAQC looks forward to strengthening federal policy to the benefit of local stakeholders. CTAQC has developed a two-pronged approach, combining public involvement with advocacy. We do this because we recognized the need to help residents understand policy makers as well as the need to aid policy makers in understanding taxpayers.CTAQC has taken a lead in formulating unique public involvement guidelines and tools that have been successfully applied in real-life community-building situations. CTAQC has designed, tested and implemented charettes as one type of instrument for participants to make proactive and creative suggestions to improve thier communities. Using the processes outlined, participants learn the context and lexicon needed to effectively communicate with their elected officials and transportation planners. We provide our constituency with the tools to reach consensus; our constituency provides the consensus.CTAQC has published literature synthesizing the public’s wishes into clear, concise, and comprehensive documentation that resonates with decision makers. We are also involved in monitoring public meetings of regional transportation policy agencies. CTAQC seeks a region in which taxpayers are seen as a critical constituency and are sought out by decision makers for input on the design of their communities and region. This vision can be achieved by building a trust between taxpayers and policy makers and by initiating a permanent dialogue that addresses the needs of all users and potential users of the area.We believe in: inclusive planning, equitable access to regional resources, investment in quality-of-life goals, development of a safe and accessible travel environment for all and preservation of open space. Website: c/o Center for Neighborhood Technology 2125 W. North AveChicago, IL 60647 Phone: 773-278-4800 x2030
Fax: 773-278-3840


ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter

ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter
The ALS Association is the only national not-for-profit health organization dedicated solely to the fight against ALS. ALSA covers all the bases – research, patient and community services, public education, and advocacy – in providing help and hope to those facing the disease. The mission of The ALS Association (ALSA) is to find a cure for and improve living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Research The Association’s multifaceted research program includes peer-reviewed investigator-initiated scientific studies, cure-directed ALSA-initiated research and scientific workshops focusing on supporting ALS researchers. Since 1991, ALSA has awarded nearly $30 million to fund research seeking to identify the cause, means of prevention, and cure for ALS. Currently, ALSA-funded scientists are looking into 15 different research areas relevant to ALS. Advocacy The ALSA network plays a lead role in advocacy for increased public and private support of ALS research and health care reform that responds to the demands imposed by ALS. ALSA monitors and provides its national grassroots network of passionate volunteers with the information and support needed to keep healthcare professionals, the biotech community, the media and lawmakers abreast of challenges, as well as opportunities at hand in the ongoing fight against the disease. Patient and Community Services ALSA helps patients and families cope with the day to day challenges of living with ALS by providing information, resources, and referrals to many sources, including a wide variety of community services. Public Education & Awareness Through public outreach, media relations, and the Internet, ALSA continually raises awareness about ALS and the search for a cure.
Address: 220 W. Huron St.
  Suite 4003
  Chicago, IL 60610
Phone: 312-932-0000


Beyond Media


Beyondmedia Education envisions a compassionate and just society where universal access to media tools and information equip women and youth to document and communicate their stories, serve as educators and role models for others, influence public policy, and generate social transformation. Beyondmedia Education’s mission is to collaborate with under-served and under-represented women, youth and communities to tell their stories, connect their stories to the world around us, and organize for social justice through the creation and distribution of alternative media and arts. Beyondmedia Education works with communities most in need of media education and services because of economic and/or social exclusion. Since 1996, we have partnered with over 100 community-based organizations and schools to produce media arts on subjects ranging from girls’ activism to women’s incarceration.


Contact: Beyondmedia Education
7013 N. Glenwood Ave.
Chicago, IL 60626

tel: 773-973-2280
fax: 773-973-3367


Chicago Sustainable Development & New Urbanism Meetup Group


Meet other local people who are interested in Sustainable Development and New Urbanism.
Let’s define what we mean by “sustainable,” “energy-efficient,” “green,” etc. and then work toward making it happen here in
Chicago!  What are the building blocks of “sustainability?” What are the most important issues that need to be addressed? What issues are important to you when you look at your home, your neighborhood and your city? What actions can we take to effect true change that benefits everyone? We hope to answer these questions through conversations with local experts and other community members.
Let’s work toward having more energy-efficient, healthy and “sustainable” options when looking for a new home. Let’s create neighborhoods that are of human scale, cohesive and prepared for the future. Let’s restore our urban fabric and communities!


Adress: 60657

Center on Halsted

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Following the advice of noted Chicago architect Daniel Burnham, Center on Halsted organizers early on decided they would “make no small plans.” The Center’s vision reflects this philosophy:

A Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender journey… celebrating, affirming and discovering possibilities.

To achieve this vision and create a place where people can come together to play, learn, and talk to one another, the Center’s mission is as follows:

In a safe and nurturing environment, the Center on Halsted serves as a catalyst for the LGBT community that links and provides community resources, and enriches life experiences.

These guiding messages inspire every step of the way as Center on Halsted becomes a reality. The Center will be an anchor for all facets of the LGBT community to congregate freely in a safe, understanding and nurturing environment – with support networks and programs that meet the cultural, emotional, social, educational and recreational needs of LGBT persons, whether youth, adults, seniors or families.

Above all, the Center will act as a bridge between persons and between communities, enabling new possibilities.

The Center on Halsted will also house a number of organizations serving Chicago’s LGBT community. More than 40 have expressed their interest in participating with the center. Chicago has long been the center of the LGBT community for the greater Midwest. While the city has a wide array of LGBT organizations that provide many health, social services, recreational, cultural and advocacy programs and services, there is no one place where these organizations can easily come together to collaborate, extend their reach, or share resources. The Center on Halsted will celebrate and solidify this role. This multipurpose facility will provide organizational support and meeting space for LGBT groups, cultural and recreational programming and counseling services. At the heart and soul of the Center are programs that will be offered by a community of nonprofit organizations. Literally tens of thousands will be served each year through the organizations that become partners in this bold new project. The Center will also strengthen the community by serving as a link among diverse organizations that otherwise might not interact.


Center on Halsted
3656 N Halsted
Chicago, IL 60613
Phone: 773.472.6469
Fax: 773.472.6643
TTY: 773.472.1277

WLUW 88.7 FM

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WLUW is a progressive, community-oriented radio station, committed to social justice and independent thought and expression, and to giving a voice to those who too often go unheard. The station is dedicated to offering a broad array of music, news, and issue- and arts-oriented programming that cannot be found elsewhere on the radio.

If you are interested in getting involved with this experiement called 88.7-Independent Community Radio, please contact station manager Craig Kois to find out about the next meeting for new volunteers. New WLUW volunteers are accepted three times per year, in January, May, and September.

88.7-Independent Community Radio broadcasts at 100 watts of power from atop Mertz Hall on the campus of Loyola University Chicago in Rogers Park. The coverage area extends from Lake Michigan west to the Tri-state Tollway, and from northern suburbs like Highland Park south to North Avenue.


WLUW FM 88.7
6525 N. Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, 60626

Phone Numbers:
Request: (773)508-WLUW
Office: (773)508-8080
Fax: (773)508-8082

Lakeview Action Coalition

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The Lakeview Action Coalition (LAC) is a non-profit, multi-issue community organization. The Coalition is made up of 40 institutional members, including religious congregations, non-profit agencies, banks, business associations, a credit union and a senior citizens caucus. These diverse institutions are stakeholders in the Chicago communities of Lakeview and North Center.

LAC enables its members to act on their values in public life by participating in the decisions that shape our community s future. We fulfill this mission by organizing people around issuesaffecting our members and by developing leaders through training, action and reflection. Since our founding in 1993, we have stood for justice, solidarity and diversity.

LAC’s Affordable Housing Task Force has organized a broad affordable housing campaign over the last few years that has successfully made affordable housing a major issue in the 32nd, 43rd and 44th Wards. The campaign, named “Room For All,” is broad in scope to allow us to build a large affordable housing constituency, and has worked mainly through two avenues:

Preservation of affordable housing through Section 8 and Creation of affordable housing through set-asides.


Health Care has always been an important issue for LAC. In the last three years, LAC has built or renewed relationships with area legislators, many of whom serve on key health committees in Springfield. As part of United Power for Action & Justice, LAC leaders played a front-line role in the campaign to insure 200,000 low-income parents by expanding the state’s KidCare program into “FamilyCare.”

In the last year, clergy from several of our United Church of Christ (UCC) and Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) congregations have worked with “debtor” patients to lead the effort through LAC to reform unjust discriminatory pricing and predatory debt collection practices at Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital in Lakeview. Discriminatory pricing is the practice of charging people without insurance (and the least ability to pay) higher sticker prices than those with insurance. Predatory debt collection is when hospitals aggressively seek the payments of debts, often at the expense of a family’s livelihood.






3225 N. Sheffield

Chicago, IL 60657

Phone: 773-549-1947 Fax: 773-549-4639