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Peace Corner Youth Center

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago

Address

5022 W. Madison Ave.

Neighborhood

Austin

Hours

Sat, Oct 13: 9am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 14: 9am - 5pm

Family Friendly Photography Permitted Wheelchair Accessible Washrooms Available

Architect

Lothan Van Hook DeStefano Architecture LLC, 2011

Description

Founded in 2002 as a safe haven for youth to escape gang violence, the Peace Corner has grown, under the auspices of the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, into a community center that provides employment services, GED class referrals, recreational programming, legal counseling, mentoring and tutoring. It started as a small storefront after-school program on Cicero Avenue, then moved in 2005 to Madison Street. The organization's current LEED-certified, modern building opened in 2011 and houses a computer lab, a fully-equipped classroom and a regulation basketball court under a green roof. The glass facade offers transparency and lots of natural light inside. Economical and durable materials and minimal finishes can be found throughout, with splashes of color.

Behind the Scenes

Explore this modern building with a streamlined and economical design that provides a safe space for youth.