Category Archives: -_Chicago – Southwest

This is the area bounded by Madison Street on the north Western Avenue on the east and the city limits to the south and west.

Food Not Bombs

Food Not Bombs logo

We are one of the fastest growing grassroots political groups in North America. There are over 70 autonomous chapters protesting militarism and poverty by serving free vegetarian food to people in need and in support of on-going political organizing efforts. We believe that society and government should value human life over material wealth. Many of the problems in the world stem from this simple crises in values. By giving away free food to people in need in public spaces we directly dramatize the level of hunger in this country and the surplus of food being wasted. We also call attention to the failures of the society to support those within it while funding the forces of war and violence, including the police. Food Not Bombs was formed in Boston in 1980 as an outgrowth of the anti-nuclear movement in New England. We are committed to the use of non-violent direct action to change society. It is by working today to create sustainable institutions that prefigure the kind of society we want to live in, that we build a vital and caring movement for progressive social change. Food Not Bombs serves food as a practical act of sustaining people and organizations, not as symbolism. Thousands of meals are served each week by FNB groups in North America and Europe.

Food Not Bombs is one of the fastest growing revolutionary movements and is gaining momentum throughout the world. There are hundreds of autonomous chapters sharing free vegetarian food with hungry people and protesting war and poverty. Food Not Bombs is not a charity. This energetic grassroots movement is active throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Australia. Food Not Bombs is organizing for peace and an end to the occupations of Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine. For over 25 years the movement has worked to end hunger and has supported actions to stop the globalization of the economy, restrictions to the movements of people, end exploitation and the destruction of the earth.

The first group was formed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1980 by anti-nuclear activists. Food Not Bombs is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to nonviolent social change. Food Not Bombs has no formal leaders and strives to include everyone in its decision making process. Each group recovers food that would otherwise be thrown out and makes fresh hot vegetarian meals that are served in outside in public spaces to anyone without restriction. Each independent group also serves free vegetarian meals at protests and other events. The San Francisco chapter has been arrested over 1,000 times in government’s effort to silence its protest against the city’s anti- homeless policies. Amnesty International states it will adopt those Food Not Bombs volunteers that are convicted as “Prisoners of Conscience” and will work for their unconditional release. Even though we are dedicated to nonviolence Food Not Bombs activists in the United States have been under investigation by the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, Pentagon and other intelligence agencies. A number of Food Not Bombs volunteers have been arrested on terrorism charges but there has never been a conviction. or

c/o Dave @ The Autonomous Zone
3012 W. Chicago Ave.


World Vision Chicago

WorldVision Chicago
WorldVision Chicago
The core purpose of World Vision in Chicago is to bring together passionate people who share a desire for serving with the poor. World Vision’s programs, global reach, and opportunities to engage are available right here in Chicago. Join us as we help to meet basic needs, unite communities, and demonstrate God’s unconditional love in Chicago and other communities around the world. Our History In Chicago World Vision has had a presence in Chicago since 1995, when The Storehouse opened on the west side of the city. The Storehouse began to provide families in under-resourced communities with high-quality building materials at just a fraction of the retail cost. The Storehouse of World Vision quickly expanded to include free personal items for churches and organizations to distribute to families, and school supplies for children and teachers in the Chicago Public School system. When we outgrew our warehouse and office space, the Chicago Public School system donated a 40,000 sq. foot warehouse in order to continue to grow. Our Work Today Today, our work has expanded to serve and partner with more than 60,000 people each year from almost every Chicago neighborhood and across Chicago’s suburban communities.
Address:  World Vision in Chicago
  5001 W. Harrison St.
  Chicago, IL 60644
Phone:  773.921.3900

Little Village Environmental Justice Organization

LVEJO originally worked within the City of Chicago Community Areas #30 (South Lawndale) & #28 (
Lower West Side). These two community areas are commonly known as Little Village and Pilsen respectively. Together, they make up the largest Mexican American urban area in the U.S. outside of
East Los Angeles. We have now expanded the geographic focus of some of our programs to the entire city and some suburbs. The roots of our organization began in 1994 when parents, grandparents, students, neighbors, and priests organized to move a proposed elementary school to a safer environmental location. In November, 1995 through a $20,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Justice Organization, the Gary School Environmental Justice Project (GSEJP) began. Thirty middle school students participated in a GSEJP leadership program for two years. During that time the school became the first in
Chicago to certify the school engineer, staff, students and parents to implement a lead prevention and reduction program. Gary also became the first
Chicago school to do a complete toxic and asthma trigger inventory, buying safer products and materials. GSEJP won safer roof replacements in all three of its buildings. Fifty parents and student members of the GSEJP club voted to establish a community based organization (CBO), LVEJO, in June, 1997. LVEJO became incorporated as a 501-c-3 CBO in August, 1998. Our programs are: Clean Power/Clean Air, Clean-up Toxic Land Now, Public Transit Justice, Youth are Our Future, Adult & Youth Leadership (People United for Dignity, Democracy and Justice: PUDDJ), Immigrant Rights, Urban Agriculture and Forestry, More Parks for Little Village, and Healthy Latino Schools.
Website: Contact Info:Little Village Environmental Justice OrganizationLa Organizacion de Justicia Ambiental de la Villita

2856 S. Millard Ave.

Chicago, IL
Phone: 773-762-6991Fax-773-762-6993

Accion Chicago


At ACCION Chicago, we’re committed to bringing affordable microfinance solutions to small business owners who need them. We’re a dynamic organization that reaches deeply into the communities we serve to help thousands of small business owners grow and thrive. We’re experts in microfinance-and in helping small business owners use it to build their businesses.

ACCION Chicago is an alternative lending organization dedicated to providing credit and other business services to small business owners who do not have access to traditional sources of financing. By encouraging the economic self-reliance of microentrepreneurs throughout the Chicagoland area, ACCION Chicago strives to help businesses and communities grow.

Many of our clients do not have access to traditional bank loans. The small size of their loan request and limited credit history regularly make them ineligible for conventional financing and unable to obtain the credit they need to grow their businesses. ACCION Chicago provides the credit and training necessary to help small business owners increase their incomes, create new jobs and strengthen their communities.

Contact Information:

ACCION Chicago
1618 W. 18th Street
Chicago, IL 60623

Phone: 312-275-3000, Fax: 312-275-3010

Greater Southwest Development Corporation

Greater Southwest Development Corporation
About Greater Southwest Development Corporation
GSDC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community development corporation that has actively contributed to residential, commercial, and industrial revitalization efforts in Southwest Chicago for thirty years.

GSDC was formed in 1974 as a result of organizing efforts to hold banks accountable for the growing disinvestment in Chicago Lawn. At the time, the area was experiencing violent racial conflicts and GSDC’s early efforts focused both on easing racial tension and stimulating economic investment.

What they do

Commercial Services
Actively involved in commercial revitalization since 1974, Greater Southwest Development Corporation (GSDC) has attracted or retained more than $500 million in commercial enterprises to the Greater Marquette Park area.

Developing Our Neighborhood
Greater Southwest Development Corporation (GSDC) is known for its strong community development track record. For three decades, the organization has worked to remove blight – constructing impressive commercial, industrial and housing development projects in its place.

Housing Services
GSDC’s housing programs and services focus on strengthening the community by providing education, foreclosure counseling, technical assistance, and financial support to the area’s homeowners and renters. GSDC is a HUD certified counseling agency and a City of Chicago’s Department of Housing Delegate Agency.

Industrial Services
GSDC’s Industrial Division focuses on attracting, retaining, and expanding manufacturing in Chicago’s southwest industrial corridor. Established in 1995, the GSDC Industrial Division works with more than 60 area companies, who provide valuable assistance in identifying business needs and opportunities in the industrial corridor.

Senior Living Services
Since 1992, GSDC successfully constructed three senior housing developments that offer 248 affordable apartments to the community’s seniors. The independent-living developments are professionally serviced by GSDC, and the supportive living facility by Blair Minton & Associates, to provide high quality rental opportunities for income-qualified seniors. GSDC oversees the property management of all three buildings.

LISC/Chicago New Communities Program
Since 2003, GSDC has been the lead organization in the New Communities Program (NCP) for the Chicago Lawn neighborhood. NCP is an ambitious five-year effort that works to rejuvenate communities and to promote new connections within each neighborhood by supporting comprehensive community organizing and planning. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and LISC/Chicago committed more than $17.5 million to the NCP, with a host of other funders committing additional funding.



2601 West 63rd Street
Chicago, Illinois 60629
Phone: 773.436.1000 Fax: 773.471.8206