Chicago

MacArthur is committed to Chicago, our headquarters and our home. The Foundation seizes opportunities to work locally as an expression of civic commitment and because being rooted in Chicago yields a deeper understanding of issues faced by urban areas and how to address them.

Our Grantmaking in Chicago

Since 1978, MacArthur has invested nearly $1.1 billion in Chicago. Grants have supported more than 1,300 organizations and individuals in the region.

MacArthur awards $10 million annually to more than 300 arts and culture groups in the Chicago region, including theaters, dance groups, music organizations, visual art programs, film centers, museums, and libraries.

The Foundation has invested more than $200 million to support community and economic development, increase opportunities for low-income individuals and families, and prevent youth violence in Chicago neighborhoods.

In collaboration with partners in the region, MacArthur seeks to preserve and expand Chicago’s stock of affordable rental housing. The Foundation also played a major role in supporting Chicago’s historic plan to transform public housing high-rises into mixed-income communities.

Chicago is home to three innovation sites for MacArthur’s digital media and learning work, which aims to support positive change in American education through creative approaches to learning.

Through its Models for Change initiative, the Foundation has invested more than $140 million in efforts to create models of juvenile justice reform through work in key states, including Illinois.

The Foundation’s policy research initiative includes special projects on the nation’s fiscal future—with a focus on states and localities, including Illinois—and immigration-related issues in the Chicago area.

MacArthur’s offices are in the historic Marquette Building. Completed in 1895, the 17-story building is one of Chicago’s earliest skyscrapers, and an example of the renowned Chicago School of Architecture. MacArthur was pleased to support its restoration and preservation and maintains a free exhibit in the lobby area that features information about the building’s architecture, as well as the work and history of the Foundation.

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How Housing Matters in Chicago

An interactive discussion with experts and practitioners about how having decent, stable, affordable housing effects children's educational outcomes, the health and well-being of children and adults. Read More

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Chicago's Arts & Culture Community Matters

MacArthur provides $10 million in grant support to more than 300 Chicago-area arts and culture organizations each year. Watch

International Connections Fund Celebration

You are invited to the announcement and celebration of recipients of MacArthur's new International Connection Fund grants and a tribute to Elspeth Revere, as she leaves MacArthur after 24 years. Read More
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Assessing American Attitudes on Foreign Policy

American public opinion on foreign policy, including on issues like immigration, climate change, and advancing U.S. global interests, is sharply divided among Republicans, Democrats, and Independents, according to a survey. Read More
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Coalition of Companies Commits to Hiring 100,000 Youth

A national coalition of leading U.S.-based companies committed to hiring at least 100,000 16 to 24 year olds who face systemic barriers to jobs and education, is launching its efforts at a job ... Read More
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Forum to Explore Health and Housing Issues

The Health and Housing Expert Forum by the Bipartisan Policy Center will feature different monthly commentary contributors from various parts of the health and housing sectors. Read More
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Foreclosures Down in Chicago Area

A report on Chicago regional housing market conditions finds new foreclosure filing activity declined substantially in 2014 and fell to or below 2006 levels in most parts of the region. Read More
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Assessing Prisoner Reentry Programming

The report evaluates a community-based reentry program that attempted to help more than 700 formerly incarcerated people transition to home life in East Garfield Park, Chicago, between 2008 and 2013. Read More
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Americans Favor Deal With Iran, Survey Finds

A majority of Americans supports the broad outlines of an agreement with Iran to limit its nuclear program to civilian uses, according to a public opinion poll by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Read More

Over-Incarceration in America: National and Local Perspectives

Hear from Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisholm, MacArthur President Julia Stasch, and others at this free Chicago event. Read More