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Onward House on the little screen!

Posted July 2014

On July 16th Onward House’s Community Computer Resource Center Manager, Mauricio Blanco, was interviewed by Univision television about the benefits of our center. At the CCRC, we offer free classes in Microsoft Office, basic skills, computer repair, and more! Learn more about our classes by watching the video below, which is only available in Spanish. If you’d like to take a class, contact Mauricio at 773.622.3215. We’d love to help you!


August 5, for National Night Out

Posted July 2014

Please join Onward House and the 25th District police station on Tuesday, August 5, for National Night Out, a free event to show criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back! National Night Out is a unique crime and drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch. The event is designed to heighten drug and crime prevention awareness, generate support for and local participation in anti-crime programs and strengthen neighborhood spirit and the partnership between the police and the community. The Illinois Department of Transportation will be creating state identification cards for children at the event and Target will be distributing free school supplies.


At this free night, you and your family will hear from guest speakers, enjoy free refreshments and music and participate in raffles. The fun goes from 6-8 p.m. at 5555 W. Grand Ave. We hope to see you there!


Deloitte makes an impact at Onward Neighborhood House

Posted July 2014

On June 6, 35 volunteers from Deloitte came to volunteer at Onward Neighborhood House for IMPACT Day, Deloitte’s annual day of community service.

At Onward Neighborhood House, the volunteers painted the future Family Resource Center at our Belmont Cragin site. The Family Resource Center will be a place for our families to come rest and relax, and will include couches, a computer area, and meeting space. The volunteers also put down new woodchips on the playground and cleaned classrooms.

More than 800 volunteers in 80 communities across the country volunteered their time and talents to help nonprofit organizations during IMPACT Day. Their efforts went a long way to help nonprofit organizations throughout the United States.

At Onward Neighborhood House, Deloitte volunteers truly made an “impact!” Our Family Resource Center will be a wonderful addition to our community, and we’re happy Deloitte was able to participate in helping Onward Neighborhood House transform the space into such a welcoming and inviting space for our families. We’re so grateful for all of Deloitte’s help!


It’s All in the Family!

Posted April 2014

To continue our 40th anniversary celebration with Glenbrook South High School, we interviewed another former Tutoring Club member who inspired a teacher, her father, to become the faculty sponsor. Click her picture to find out why Melissa, who is now an elementary school teacher, wanted to tutor Onward Neighborhood House students!

Melissa Cowell, former Glenbrook South High School Tutoring Club member & daughter of the current Tutoring Club faculty sponsor.

Fun Fact: “My favorite movie is probably Pride & Prejudice, but at the moment, my students and I are all about Frozen!”


Happy Anniversary

Posted March 2014

This year, we are happy to be celebrating a 40 year partnership with Glenbrook South High School. Throughout the years, they have helped Onward Neighborhood House in so many ways: the Annual Thanksgiving food drive, donating supplies, and bringing students to tutor those in our School Age Program. We caught up with two former tutors. Click their pictures to check out what they had to say about their experiences tutoring Onward House students!:

Daria Dlouchy, former Glenbrook South High School Tutoring Club co-president

Favorite Quote: “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so”- William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Favorite Indulgence: “Sour candy and spicy food. I put Sriracha on EVERYTHING!”

Julie Nadig, former Glenbrook High School Tutoring Club member.

Fun Fact: She was an extra in the newly released movie, Divergent…keep an eye out for her! J


Thank you!

Posted February 2014

Onward Neighborhood House and its Auxiliary Board would like to thank all those who supported the 8th Annual "A Night of Bright Futures" Gala.

A special thanks to the Museum of Contemporary Art at Chicago for hosting, Wolfgang Puck for the delicious food, and Soda Rocks for not only providing amazing music that had everyone dancing, but also acting as the MC for our Live Auction.



Happy Holidays!

Posted December 2013


Happy Holidays from all of us here at Onward Neighborhood House! Take a look at the pictures from the Children’s Christmas Concert at Belmont Cragin, and the Annual Holiday Party at West Town. The children and their families had a great time thanks to all those who came to celebrate with us.

A special thanks to all of those who support us this holiday season. Because of your generosity, you have all made someone’s holidays much brighter!


Onward Neighborhood House Fall/Winter 2013 Newsletter

Posted November 2013

Onward House’s Fall/Winter Newsletter is now available for viewing! Click here to read about our growing Community Computer Resource Center, an amazing forty year relationship with Glenbrook South High School, and a personal letter from the Executive Director himself!

If you would like to receive a copy of future Newsletters in the mail, please contact Nicole Lopez at


A Healthy Food Drive for Onward Neighborhood House Families

Posted October 2013

Longtime friends and partners of Onward Neighborhood House, The Second City, will be collecting healthy foods at their theatre to give to Onward Neighborhood House families!

Here is what you need to know:

Dates: Now until Friday, November 15th

Bin Locations: The Second City Main Stage Box Office (1616 N. Wells)
The Training Center (230 W North Ave, 4th Floor of Piper's Alley)
The Reception Desk (230 W North Ave, 3rd Floor of Piper's Alley)

What to donate: Non-perishable, healthy foods like canned fruits & vegetables in their own juices, broth-based soups, whole wheat crackers, oatmeal, whole grain pastas & rice, unsalted nuts, pretzels, etc.

Make sure to stop by The Second City to donate!


The 6th Annual Charity Golf Tournament was a success!

Posted September 2013

The Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Thursday, September 12th at Ruffled Feathers Golf Club in Lemont, IL was a success- thanks to all those who participated, volunteered and sponsored! We would especially like to thank Transparent Container and Inteliquent for, once again, being presenting sponsors of this great event. We would also like to thank the following companies for sponsoring the outing-you all helped make this day enjoyable and a success in support of Onward House’s Belmont Cragin center. Make sure to take a look at pictures from this event on our Facebook page!


Stop by Onward Neighborhood House to sign our 120th Birthday Banner!

Posted July 2013

Come to our West Town or Belmont Cragin site anytime during July to sign our 120th Birthday Banner! Whether you went to Onward House as a child, live in the community, worked or volunteered at Onward House, or utilized any of our services, we hope you will join us for this monumental celebration! You can leave a signature, memory, or message to commemorate your experience with Onward Neighborhood House.


Onward House Spring/Summer 2013 Newsletter

Posted June 2013

Spring/Summer Newsletter
Onward Neighborhood House’s Spring 2013 newsletter is now available online. Click here to read about our 120th anniversary, our expanding adult education program, and one auxiliary board member’s dedication to our mission.

We have also released an Annual Report to thank all of our supporters and update you on Onward Neighborhood House’s financial position at the end of Fiscal Year 2012. We are very grateful for everyone who has supported Onward Neighborhood House through their time and gifts.

If you would like to receive a hard copy of the newsletter in the future, please contact Emilie Bowman at, to be added to our mailing list.



Thank you to all those who made our 7th annual gala possible

Posted March 2013

This year, Onward House is celebrating 120 years of service in Chicago. We began the celebration at Venue One with our 7th annual Night of Bright Futures Gala on March 2. Guests enjoyed delicious hors d’oeuvres from Blue Plate Catering and dessert provided by Metropolis Coffee. Guests danced to the music of TVK Orchestra in between browsing the silent auction tables and purchasing raffle tickets. Even after a long night of fun, some guests went to Lumen for the after party.

Thank you to Inteliquent, Transparent Container, Sidley Austin LLP, Chapman & Cutler, Whitney, PwC, FTI Consulting, MidAmerican Group, Northern Trust, BMO, and Quality Catering for Kids for sponsoring the event. We truly appreciate their ongoing support of our mission. Thank you to everyone who contributed or attended the event! Your generous support helped to raise over $42,000 for Onward House programs in the West Town and Belmont Cragin neighborhoods.

You can see more photos of the event by Ollie Photography, Inc. by clicking here.
We hope that you will be able to join us next year!

Mark Your Calendars- Our Annual Night of Bright Futures Gala is March 2, 2013

Posted December 2012

This year, Onward House will celebrate 120 years of service and our seventh annual Night of Bright Futures Gala at Venue One at 1044 W. Randolph in Chicago from 7:30-11:30 pm.

As always, the evening will include friendly faces, heavy hors d’oeuvres, drinks, dancing, live and silent auction and much more!

For more information or to purchase tickets for $125, visit or

All proceeds benefit the people served by Onward Neighborhood House.

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The mission of Onward Neighborhood House is to empower families and individuals in need to achieve their full potential in a community-based setting through participant-driven educational, recreational and social service programs.

Onward House Locations

West Town
600 N. Leavitt St.
Chicago, IL 60612

Ph: 312.666.6726
Fax: 312.666.6735

Belmont Cragin
5423 W. Diversey Ave.
Chicago, IL 60639

Ph: 773.622.3215
Fax: 773.622.4074

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