A joint project with Executive Service Corps, this guide includes 501(c)(3) nonprofits, fiscally sponsored grassroots, arts, media, and other organizations, and some social enterprises.
Designing more welcoming streets? Bring in the teens
A partnership between an architecture firm and a west-side nonprofit brings teen designers’ visions to the forefront of community development.
Thanks to a tremendous staff, support from our owners and donors, and generous readers and foundations, we were able to make it to our 50th anniversary this year. But the future for all media is still tenuous. Our pivots have worked, but we need to continue to be nimble, and responsive to changes.
Comfort in the face of the unknown
The numbers boggle the mind. More deaths than AIDS in 40 years, the most recent epidemic in recent memory. More deaths than the 1918 influenza pandemic, previously the deadliest disease event in American history. More deaths than the U.S. Civil War, the deadliest conflict in our nation’s history. More deaths. More. More. More. The COVID-19 […]
Chicago Reader Nonprofit Guide 2021
A joint project of the Chicago Reader and Executive Service Corps: This guide includes 501(c)(3) nonprofits, fiscally sponsored grassroots, arts, media, and other organizations, and some social enterprises. There are many thousands of these in this area, so this guide is meant to be a starting point in the exploration of this vibrant part of our region.
The invisible board
How are nonprofit boards dealing with crafting a vision of social justice within their organizations?
Eight political New Year’s resolutions you can actually keep
Yes, they’re about politics—because now everything is political.
A local start-up is tackling transgender unemployment
TransTech Social Enterprises CEO Angelica Ross says: “We’re here to empower.”
Best New Small-Business Incubator
This org is trying to stimulate commercial activity on the south side.
Best New Home for the Recently Homeless
The Heartland Alliance turns a once notorious building from drab to fab.
The Reader’s guide to the 31st annual Chicago Blues Festival
Bettye LaVette and Dr. John headline an unusually diverse Chicago Blues Festival whose side stages hold underappreciated treasures.
The natural selection of Jenny Kendler
Jenny Kendler, first-ever artist in residence for the Natural Resources Defense Council, makes complex work about the weird relationship between humans and the natural world.
Are Chicago’s elite private schools as diverse as they claim to be?
The socioeconomic makeup of the city’s elite private schools is a public policy issue—or should be one.
Charities drowning in city water fees
Mayor Emanuel sticks it to the poor by drowning charities in new water fees.
Give till they call
A nonprofit lifer asks why nonprofits should be exempt from the Do Not Call list.