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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Remarks by MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton at the City of Chicago’s Foreclosure Press Conference

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton describes new Foundation initiatives intended to help stabilize Chicago neighborhoods hard hit by vacancy and foreclosure. Read More

Helping Chicago Groups Strengthen Global Reach

MacArthur announced $240,000 in new grants to help diverse Chicago organizations increase their international connections with four countries. Read More

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Announces Riccardo Muti as New Music Director

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, led by Deborah Rutter, announced that acclaimed musical director Riccardo Muti has signed a 5-year contract to serve as the Orchestra’s music director. Read More

MacArthur's Jonathan Fanton on Foundation Giving in a Tough Economy

In a Letter to the Editors of the New York Times, MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton argues that foundations should maintain, and even increase, their giving in difficult economic times. Read More

Helping Chicago Organizations Increase Their International Connections

MacArthur awarded $260,000 in new grants to help diverse Chicago organizations increase their international connections with eight countries. Read More

MacArthur Commits $68 Million to Foreclosure Prevention and Mitigation in Chicago

To help combat the growing lending crisis and the rise of foreclosures in Chicago, MacArthur is investing $68 million in grants and low-interest loans in foreclosure prevention and mitigation efforts in local neighborhoods. Read More

Remarks by Jonathan Fanton at the Announcement of the Foreclosure Prevention & Mitigation Project

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton details the Foundation's commitment of at least $68 million dollars to keep homeowners in homes, assist renters displaced by foreclosure, and help the City of Chicago return foreclosed homes to the ... Read More
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Improving Public Housing in Chicago

To learn more about the MacArthur Foundation's commitment to improving housing development in Chicago, visit http://www.macfound.org/housing.

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MacArthur's Commitment to Chicago

To learn more about the MacArthur Foundation's commitment to the city of Chicago, visit http://www.macfound.org.

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Helping Communities in Chicago and the Nation

To learn more about the MacArthur Foundation's efforts to improve urban neighborhoods in Chicago and throughout the country, visit MacArthur's grantmaking in Community & Economic Development.

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