Access Living Headquarters
115 W. Chicago Ave.
Near North Side
Opened in 2007, Access Living Headquarters is one of the the first examples of universal design – buildings and products that are accessible to all people regardless of age or ability – to be built in the United States. The project was spearheaded by Jack Catlin of LCM Architects, an award-winning design innovator who uses a wheelchair himself and is widely recognized as a pioneer in creating inclusive and sustainable environments that go well beyond ADA requirements. The building features barrier-free spaces to host meetings, public forums, hearings, symposiums, trainings and other events, helping to raise the visibility of disability culture. Artwork created by dozens of artists with disabilities grace the building walls, as well as photographs that capture pivotal moments in the disability rights movement.
Tours featuring universal, accessible, green design from 10am to 3pm on Saturday. Our building was designed and built with the needs of people with disabilities foremost in mind. It opened in 2007 after years of planning and a four-year fundraising campaign. It is one of the the first examples of universal design – accessible to all and environmentally friendly – to be built in the United States. The building project was spearheaded by LCM Architects and architect Jack Catlin, who uses a wheelchair himself, and who will be on hand to give tours.