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 nlopez@onwardhouse.org


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 ebowman@onwardhouse.org, 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 onwardhouse.org/gala or onwardhouse.eventbrite.com.

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.

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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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