Divided we’ll never get a new public park along the Chicago River - but together we might.
Thank you to all our coalition members for supporting a more balanced vision of development at Lincoln Yards.
Since 1979, Friends has been working to improve the health of the Chicago River system for the benefit of people, plants and animals; and by doing so, has laid the foundation for the river to be a beautiful, continuous, and easily accessible corridor of open space in the Chicago region.
Founded in 1963 as a program of the Welfare Council of Metropolitan Chicago, Openlands is one of the oldest metropolitan conservation organizations in the nation and the only such group with a regional scope in the greater Chicago region. Openlands has helped protect more than 55,000 acres of land for public parks and forest preserves, wildlife refuges, land and water greenway corridors, urban farms, and community gardens.
Friends of the Parks inspires, equips, and mobilizes a divers Chicago to ensure an equitable park system for a healthy Chicago.
Friends of the Parks envisions a well-balanced Chicago park system, protected by Chicagoans for Chicagoans, to advance the individual community, public, ecological, and economic health and well-being of our city.
Preservation Chicago is committed to strengthening the vibrancy of Chicago’s economy and quality of life by championing our historic built environment.
Preservation Chicago protects and revitalizes Chicago’s irreplaceable architecture, neighborhoods and urban spaces. We influence stakeholders toward creative reuse and preservation through advocacy, outreach, education, and partnership.
Founded in 1992 by birders and scientists, the Illinois Ornithological Society has grown to serve a wide variety of avian lovers with varying interests and backgrounds. Among the members are extremely knowledgeable birders who lead quality field trips to teach beginning and intermediate birders about the wonderful places to see and identify the state’s feathered creatures. Other members include backyard bird watchers, local bird club members and scientists who we support with annual grants to do important research.
Founded by professional ornithologists in December 1912, Chicago Ornithological Society is engaged in promoting public appreciation of birds and the restoration of bird habitat in the Chicago region. Everyone is welcome to join us, whether you are a beginner, an experienced birder, or have an interest in conservation and restoration of bird habitat.
Founded in 1971, the Chicago Audubon Society’s mission is to promote the understanding and appreciation of nature, and to aid in the conservation and restoration of our natural ecosystems for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biodiversity. Chicago Audubon carries out its mission through a combination of education, stewardship and research programs, supported by fundraising efforts designed to further involve Chicago Audubon Society members in their favorite pastime, observing and studying birds and other wildlife.
The mission of the Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail Park Advisory Council is to be the community stewards of the Bloomingdale Trail, the centerpiece of The 606, by having an independent voice while working closely with all stakeholders of The 606, to ensure that the trail is a vibrant, inclusive part of the Bloomingdale corridor.
If you’re looking for a great time in Chicago, you’ve come to the right place. Chicago Sport and Social Club is the perfect combination of high quality sports leagues and premier social events. With over 100,000 annual participants, CSSC is where active young professionals from all over the city come to meet and compete.
i9 Sports, the nation’s first and largest youth sports league franchise business in the United States, has re-engineered youth sports for kids ages 3 and up. With over 2 million registrations in communities from New York to Hawaii, we have replaced a high pressure, adult centered model with a child centered model that puts fun first.
The goal of the Oz Park Baseball Association is to use baseball and softball to help young athletes develop positive character and values that will help them succeed throughout their lives. The OPBA aspires to be an outstanding athletic organization that provides a high-quality experience to every athlete.
The Hamlin Park Baseball Association (HPBA) is a not-for profit organization that provides competitive baseball for boys and girls ranging in age from 5 to 19 years old, as well as Girl's Fast Pitch Softball for ages 7-12. The Association is staffed completely by volunteers from the President to all of our coaches.
American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) is a nonprofit and the oldest national youth soccer program in the United States. Beginning with only nine teams by a handful of soccer enthusiasts, AYSO was established in 1964 out of a garage in Torrance, California, in an effort to ensure that American kids have the opportunity to be introduced to the beautiful game of soccer.
The mission of the RANCH Triangle Community Conservation Association is to advocate for and on behalf of its residents to improve and sustain a high quality of city life. RANCH seeks to fulfill its mission by supporting responsible development, fostering a thoughtful discussion and resolution of community issues, as well as involvement in charitable and community-building activities.
The Sheffield Neighborhood Association (SNA) was officially incorporated in 1959 as a non-profit community organization devoted to improving the Sheffield community. The Sheffield neighborhood is part of Lincoln Park, an area on the north side of the city of Chicago, Illinois. Sheffield is bounded by Armitage Avenue on the south, Fullerton Avenue on the north, Halsted Street on the east, and the Chicago River on the west. The Association is comprised of all neighborhood interests – residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional alike.
The Wrightwood Neighbors Association, a non-for-profit, volunteer organization, that has worked to make the Wrightwood Area the great community it is today since its inception in 1962. WNA has remained diligent, these long years by monitoring issues that directly affect our community.
Playing an active role in the success of the Lincoln Park business since 1947, today’s Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce is evolving to reflect the entire neighborhood – from families calling it home to businessmen and women making their livelihood to friends visiting for the day. Membership in the LPCC provides you with access to marketing and promotional opportunities, networking and community-oriented events, business advocacy, access to discount programs and partnerships, and much more.
The Bucktown Community Organization is an all volunteer based not-for-profit that strives to enhance the general welfare of the Bucktown neighborhood and its residents by supporting and promoting educational, social, recreational, environmental, and cultural enrichment activities that serve the needs and interests of our community.
The Wicker Park Committee celebrates the rich cultural diversity and historic character of the neighborhood. We foster dialogue and activities among our residents, businesses, organizations, government agencies and officials. Representing the views of Wicker Park's residents, we address issues of city services, safety, preservation, education and other areas of interest in the community.
Using theater games created by Viola Spolin, David Shepard created the ImprovOlympic to put up competing improv teams against each other in friendly and funny competitions. At the time, performances were being held at The Players Workshop in Chicago, where Charna Halpern was an improv student and assistant to David Sheperd. She later would become the producer of the competitions, and eventually took over operations and ownership of the ImprovOlympic name.