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Open Communities
Last updated on August 18, 2015


Open Communities' mission is to educate, advocate and organize to promote just and inclusive communities in north suburban Chicago.

Who We Are
We are a leading voice for housing, economic and social justice in north suburban Chicago, working to promote inclusive communities that are welcoming to all.

What We Do
We work with current and prospective residents and local groups to promote economically and culturally diverse communities in north suburban Chicago. We educate, advocate and organize in the name of social justice.

Open Communities calls on all north suburban Chicago residents to come together to foster welcoming, inclusive and just communities. We invite everyone to join the Welcome Movement!

The Welcome Movement is an attitude.
It’s the belief that suburban communities benefit economically and socially when they embrace people of all ages, abilities, races, religions, ethnicities and income levels.

The Welcome Movement is collective action.
It’s the common ground on which individuals, organizations, congregations, businesses, and government entities stand as they support current and potential residents in living where they choose.

The Welcome Movement is an outlet.
It offers opportunities for residents with diverse backgrounds and circumstances—including those who might otherwise be marginalized—to work together in everyday civic life to build neighborly suburban communities.

Open Communities, formerly known as the Interfaith Housing Center of the Northern Suburbs is proud of its grassroots history as an integral part of Chicago's Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. The Interfaith Housing Center was formally founded by member congregations in 1972, under the leadership of an inter-religious group of clergy leaders. Interfaith has has continued to grow and expand over the years in response to the evolving challenges facing our communities.

In 2007, Interfaith worked with Shorefront Legacy Center, an Evanston-based archive of African-American history in the area, to document this multifacted decades-long quest for diversity, fair and affordable housing in the region through a series of display panels and a slide show presentation.

Contact person: Gabriel Machabansky, Volunteer Coordinator, (phone), (email)

Main office number: (847) 501-5760
Office fax number: (847) 501-5722

 614 Lincoln Ave.
Winnetka, IL 60093
This location is handicap accessible
(See a map)

Web Site: http://www.open-communities.org


 We are located just south of the Winnetka Community House, on Lincoln Avenue between Pine Street and Elm Street.
  Nearest Metro/Subway Stop: Winnetka Metra,
  Walk distance (in minutes): 5
  Nearest Bus Stop: Pace 213 Green Bay Rd., 5 minute walk

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Last updated on August 18, 2015

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