The original ‘Sears Tower’ — a 14-story building that provided management offices on the Sears campus — is now the John D. and Alexandra C. Nichols Tower. Vacant for many year, the building was restored with generous support from the Nichols and is now a hub for nonprofit arts, multi-media education, youth leadership development, job training, and more. Tenants include the following service providers.
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. Learn more.
Lunch Box Cafe
This small local business offers sandwiches, salads, snacks, baked goods and drinks. It also offers office catering for breaks, breakfasts, and lunches.
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. Learn more.
Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago
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. Learn more.
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. Learn more.
Options for Youth
Options for Youth supports vulnerable adolescents in the Chicago area and helps them create positive options for their futures. Learn more.
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. Learn more.
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. Learn more.
Westside Insurance Agency, LLC
Westside Insurance Agency’s goal is to assist individuals in protecting their lives and their assets. They represent a number of insurance companies so their clients have multiple choices. Learn more.