From the King of Swing to Martin Luther King, Jr., North Lawndale is a community built upon some of the most significant historical contributions to Chicago. With roots stretching back to 1869, this area just four miles west of the Loop was carved out of a Midwest prairie landscape and populated with graystone homes that would become known as a Chicago architectural trademark. Between then and now, the neighborhood has served as the Midwest capital for 25 percent of the world’s Jewish population, Route 66 hot spot, the national headquarters for Sears, Roebuck and Co., brief home of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., career start of Buddy Guy and Cobra Records and birthplace of Benny Goodman. Today, North Lawndale is in a mode of progression and surrounded by inspiration and beauty, including the historic Douglas Park.
Chicago Youth Centers (CYC) is proud to be part of this community. Named after one of its largest supporters, the Polk Bros. Foundation, CYC – ABC Polk Bros. Youth Center was one of the original three centers to form CYC in 1956.
Well-trained youth-development specialists give individual support to nearly 400 children and teens each year to help them reach their potential, academically, socially and professionally. The center also runs a food pantry on the first Saturday of each month in partnership with New St. John Missionary Baptist Church.
CYC gives members the tools, support and guidance they need to reach their full potential through the following age-specific programs:
CYC – ABC Polk Bros. Youth Center
3415 W. 13th Place
Chicago, IL 60623
Child Care Director