Nichols Tower

at Homan Square

A new hub for arts and 
multi-media education, youth leadership development, job training, and 
urban farming at Homan Square
Opening Fall 2015

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2nd Floor

Foundation for Homan Square

New partnerships have formed to transform the Tower into a hub for arts and multi-media education, youth leadership development, job training, and urban farming. These new programs will expand, compliment, and benefit from the existing schools and health and social service programs already on the Homan Square Campus. Community floor with pantry and conference room available for rent.

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3rd Floor

Options for Youth

Options for Youth supports vulnerable adolescents in the Chicago area and helps them create positive options for their futures.

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4th floor

Lawndale Business Renaissance Association

Lawndale Business Renaissance Association's mission is to revitalize businesses, both industrial and commercial, in the Lawndale community. The focus of the organization is to bring new businesses to the area and the retention and expansion of existing businesses. Through this focus existing and new jobs will be created making the overall community healthier. This task will be accomplished through the use of city, county, state and federal programs and incentives.

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7th & 8th floors

North Lawndale Employment Network

The North Lawndale Employment Network (NLEN) will expand its workforce development and financial coaching programs, along with its award-winning social enterprise, Sweet Beginnings, LLC, to Homan Square. The Tower will host NLEN’s Center for Working Families, its Resource Room, including a computer lab, and its administrative offices. Sweet Beginnings, which employs citizens returning from incarceration as beekeepers to produce raw, urban honey and honey-infused natural skin care products, will also operate an onsite apiary.

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4th floor

Neighborhood Housing Services

Neighbor Housing Services of Chicago (NHS) is a nonprofit neighborhood revitalization organization committed to helping homeowners and strengthening neighborhoods throughout Chicago, South Suburban Cook County & Elgin.
NHS Mission is to create opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives, and strengthen their neighborhoods by educating and preparing new homeowners for success, lending to help people buy, fix and keep their homes, sustaining homeownership through foreclosure prevention services, preserving, rehabbing and investing in housing, and building powerful and enduring community partnerships.

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9th floor


UCAN will operate three youth programs in the Tower: an anti-violence program called the Peace Hub; and two youth empowerment and mentoring programs, one for boys (Project Visible Man) and one for girls (Phenomenal Woman). All UCAN program promote healing, provide education, and help to prevent violence. Their presence in the Tower will enhance youth-serving programs across the Homan Square campus.

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6th floor

Turning the Page

Turning the Page engages public school parents as educators in resource-rich programming within schools in North Lawndale, helping parents become active participants in their children’s education. Turning the Page programs builds on each other, helping parents become more prepared to support their children’s and schools’ success and helping teachers access the resources they need to become more successful engaging parents and the community’s resources.

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Breaking Ground

Breaking Ground is partnering on the grounds next to the Nichols Tower.

Breaking Ground, a project of the citywide Chicago Navigators organization, will operate an urban farm and provide community-building programs at and near the Tower. The Homan Rails Farm will utilize space on the railroad right-of-way south of the Tower to grow produce. Complementary programs focused on skill development and job creation will take place in the Tower surrounding the community.

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5th & 11th floors

Free Spirit Media

Free Spirit Media will pursue its mission of cultivating diverse youth voices to transform media and society at the Tower by offering hands-on, project-based media training programs for teens, with a digital media studio and post-production lab space.. The Tower will also host Free Spirit PRO, a social enterprise production arm that provides a professional media training ground for advanced youth and young adults.

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10th & 12th floors

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) will introduce a highly integrated curriculum in the visual arts, design, and technology designed to encourage deep collaborations with the North Lawndale community. SAIC will offer both short workshops and full courses aimed at community residents. An Artist in Residence Program will collaborate with nearby communities around themes of social and civic engagement, public and community art, urban studies, and urban agriculture.

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