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BUILD Headquarters


5100 W. Harrison St.
The main entrance is on Harrison and ample street parking is available. There is also a parking lot on the north side of the building off Leamington with an additional entrance from the parking lot.




Sat, Oct 14: 10am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 15: 1pm - 5pm

Photography Permitted Washrooms Available Wheelchair Accessible


Landon Bone Baker, 2023


BUILD is a leading violence prevention, gang intervention, and youth development organization on Chicago’s West Side. Since 1969, they have embedded mentors in schools and neighborhoods to find youth who need support, offering counseling, case management and opportunities for fun and creativity.

In 2011, BUILD acquired the former Shore Bank building. It quickly became a makeshift youth center, hosting programs in music, art, podcasting, sports, mental health and more. By 2018, BUILD met with architecture firm Landon Bone Baker (LBBA) to plan an expansion. The newly constructed section includes a gymnasium and fitness lab, youth lounges, a host of art and makers studios, reservable community workspaces, administrative offices, and public café, Momentum Coffee. Outside, an outdoor classroom, playfields, kitchen garden, chicken coop, and peace garden create a sense of welcome, healing, and hands-on learning. The building’s exterior also features a vibrant mural by Chicago artist Dwight White.

Visitor Experience

Visitors will be greeted by BUILD staff and volunteers in the lobby, handed a map of the campus and invited to walk themselves around the building and gardens. Staff will be available for questions and mini-talks. Additionally, the Momentum Coffee Cafe will be open.

Lastly, a free collaborative art project and installation invites all visitors to participate.