One Chicago invests in local heroes who are tackling challenges and amplifying positives in Chicago’s 77+ proud, diverse neighborhoods.

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Working with residents, our support helps strengthen neighborhoods.


Oh, what a night: BUILD Chicago gala shines light on local youth and supporters.

Kudos to the entire BUILD Chicago team for a wonderful gala full of great music, deserving award presentations and touching testimonials. Using the musical theme of “Westside Story,” the evening opened with songs that shared BUILD’s story of helping west side youth escape gangs, overcome trauma and achieve positive futures.

The event continued with award presentations celebrating BUILD’s 2022 honorees – including One Chicago Fund board member, J. Thomas Hurvis, who was received the BUILDer For Life award. Then, attendees provided standing ovations to two youth BUILDers and BUILD’s first distinguished alumni who shared moving testimonials about their respective journeys to creating better futures.

Next up for BUILD Chicago: the grand opening of its new multi-million dollar headquarters.



My CHI. My Future. launches new mobile app that keeps youth connected

For teens looking to access resources such as employment, seasonal or community-based programs and events, there’s an app for that! The first-of-its-kind My CHI. My Future. mobile app  provides a custom experience for teens and youth-serving organizations to connect with safe, enriching out-of-school opportunities based on the user’s age, interests and location.

Available on all smartphone app stores, the app is the result of a public-private collaboration with Chicago’s civic departments, philanthropic, corporate and community organizations, as well as consultation and critical feedback from teens.



From the little engine that could, to the Austin chess team that did!

The chess team of Ella Flagg Young Elementary School is taking the city, the state and the nation by storm. Formed in under a year, this team of 50 or so African-American girls and boys – representing one of Chicago’s most disadvantaged, underserved communities – is defying the odds by learning the game of chess and using chess skills to harness the value of teamwork, conflict resolution, leadership and patience.

This Spring, the team qualified for and participated in numerous state and national tournaments in Grapevine, Texas, New York City, Chicago and Peoria, Illinois; walking away with 2nd place trophies and individual medals. These young people are broadening their horizons and poised for success on the chess board and in life… stay tuned.



BUILD the Future: an evening of storytelling, art and youth voices


On Friday, May 6, BUILD Chicago will host its annual gala, BUILD the Future, a restorative experience that creates lifelong memories for all guests. Among the honorees at this year’s gala is Tom Hurvis, OCF board director and founder/former chairman of Old World Industries, who has a huge heart for building up local neighborhoods and helping residents thrive. 
Since its founding in 1969, BUILD Chicago has provided thousands of disadvantaged youth from the Austin area with integrated services to help them stay safe, build healthy habits, discover their own gifts, and achieve their fullest potential. Working with youth and the community, BUILD provides clinical care for trauma and mental health through individual and group therapy, telehealth, on-call community crisis response, and support groups; along with therapeutic, inclusive experiences in the arts, music, athletics, college/career preparation, entrepreneurship, leadership development, and technology


“Halloweek 2021” with more treats, few tricks

Costumes and candy and live acts… oh my! Halloweek 2021 got off to an unBOOlievably great start with the Upside Down Parade in Washington Park. The week of fun includes several Halloween-themed activities, community-focused events, and safe trick-or-treating; and is presented by the City of Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Blommer Chocolate Company; produced by Luma8 in collaboration with the Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Library, additional City departments and community partners.


Back to school, return to basics

Summer’s end marks new beginnings


Back-to-school parades and festivals traditionally mark the end of summer; and, this year, Chicago returned to many of its standard favorites. From the 92nd Annual Bud Biliken Parade (one of the nation’s largest) to smaller community events such as the Roseland Matters/Tim Hardaway basketball and technology skills boot camp, students were able to return to classrooms equipped with school supplies, masks, life skills and other necessary resources to help them succeed.



Birds of a feather, enhance communities together

Renovated Douglass 18 mini golf course opens


Golf enthusiasts of all ages can enjoy a birds-eye perspective at each hole of Douglass 18, a miniature golf course located behind the Douglass Park Cultural Center on the city’s west side. A multi-year, community-led project, Douglass 18 was designed by 40 teens who researched the more than 200 species of birds that migrate to the park, then featured fun facts at each tee. This collaborative effort includes artists, elected officials, community organizations, the Chicago Park District, architectural influencers and generous funders.



Turning up summer fun for teens

Summer Kickback Series comes to 15 neighborhoods

Teens across the city were treated to good music, delicious food and fun activities every Friday night during the summer courtesy of the Summer Kickback Series, a collaboration between local community organizations, the mayor’s office, Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Library and Amazon. Parks and 15 neighborhoods – including Roseland, West Pullman, Austin, North Lawndale, Marquette Park, Back of the Yards, Auburn-Gresham, Englewood – were the backdrops for teens to enjoy VIP tent seating, smoothie bar, the sounds of DJ Mike P, neighborhood culinary favorites and much more.



Building up hope on the westside

BUILD Chicago expands its Austin headquarters

What begin in 2016 as a one-story, 10,000 square-foot hub for Austin kids in response to rising gun violence will soon expand to a three-story, 50,000 square-foot safe space for youth. In August, BUILD Chicago broke ground on its new headquarters that will enable its community resources and offerings – including education, arts, music production, physical fitness and mental wellness – to increase from accommodating 100 to 2,000 residents of all ages.

Lincoln Park Zoo welcomes new leadership

Kevin Bell announces his retirement

After more than 25 years leading the Lincoln Park Zoo, president and CEO Kevin Bell will retire at the end of the year. Under Bell’s leadership, the Zoo preserved its momentum and commitment to conservation and science; built a team of more than 40 scientists and established the Urban Wildlife Institute to help the public learn how to coexist with wildlife; and remained free admission. Bell’s successor, Dr. Megan Ross, has held leadership at the Zoo for more than 20 years and is committed to continuing the high standards of animal and plant care.

A global response to changes in the way we gather, engage and learn

Enriching Chicago with new concepts for shared spaces

Using a reinvented, responsive global platform, the Chicago Architecture Biennial’s fourth edition will explore the intersection of architecture and design, and critical issues such as health, sustainability, equity, and racial justice.

Titled “The Available City,” the 2021 edition considers the impact that collective spaces and vacant lots can have in metropolitan areas. Chicago-based designer, researcher and educator David Brown serves as artistic director of the Biennial which opens September 17, 2021.



About Us

Since 2011, from Maggie Daley Park to North Lawndale housing and beyond, One Chicago Fund supports organizations through sweat equity and direct investments.


Our Mission

We celebrate and support Chicagoans
championing healthy neighborhoods.

Dedicated to Chicago, we strive to improve the daily experiences of residents through coordinated investments – primarily for affordable housing, public safety, open space, education, arts & culture and immigration – to strengthen and grow the city’s neighborhoods.

Our Team

Lynn Lockwood

Lynn Lockwood

Vice President & Board Director

Sarah Pang

Sarah Pang

President & Board Director

Katrina Waddy

Katrina Waddy

Director, Community Engagement & Communications

Board of Directors

Trisha Rooney, Chair

Founder and CEO of R4 Services, LLC, an information management company

Terry Peterson, Vice Chair

Chief Executive Officer, Progressive Treatment Solutions

Robert Kohl, Secretary/Treasurer

Founder & Principle of Robert Kohl & Co., a development and real estate company

J. Thomas Hurvis, Director

Founder and former chairman of Old World Industries, a global powerhouse for the automotive, chemical and agriculture industries

Bernard Lilly, Jr, Director

Music Education Coordinator for BUILD Chicago and founder of Sunday Sessions Chi, a talent showcase platform


Tim Schwertfeger, Director

Founder of the Chicago Scholars Foundation; former Chairman/CEO of Nuveen Investments

Neighborhood Heroes, Partners & Connections

Neighborhood heroes and partners include residents, community organizations, businesses and elected officials – all connected by a shared vision of a one Chicago and striving for a better future. Take a glimpse at a growing list of the heroes we celebrate, support and have connected with along the way.

Access Living
American Business Immigration Council
Austin Coming Together
Austin/Farmers Market
Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council
Ballet Folklorica
Center for Changing Lives
Chicago Architecture Biennial
Chicago Park District
Chinese American Service League
City of Chicago
Claretian Associates
Earle STEM Academy Chess Club
Far South Community Development Corporation
Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation
Tina Hammond/community garden
Hope Community Church
La Case Norte
Lakeview Pantry
Latinos Progresando
Lawndale Community Development Corporation
Lincoln Park Zoo
LISC Chicago
Marshall Square

Contact Us

For additional information or to connect with the One Chicago Fund, please contact us at, 312-894-3455; or send us a note.

Mailing Address
4044 N. Lincoln Avenue, #261
Chicago, IL 60618

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