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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Newly Formed Jazz Partnership to be Presenting Sponsor for Chicago Jazz Festival

The City of Chicago and new presenting sponsor, The Chicago Jazz Partnership, announced the complete schedule for the 2008 Chicago Jazz Festival. Read More

Beyond the $10 Million Milestone in Supporting Chicago Neighborhoods

The Partnership for New Communities announced that it has surpassed the $10 million milestone in grants benefiting Chicago neighborhoods. Read More
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Gordon Quinn, Kartemquin Films

Gordon Quinn, Kartemquin Films, 2007 recipient of the MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions.

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Martha Lavey on Chicago Arts & Culture (MacArthur Video)

On November 2, 2006, MacArthur and its partner organizations, the Prince Charitable Trusts and the Driehaus Foundation, hosted a panel discussion about arts and culture leadership in Chicago. Martha Lavey, a panelist, discussed the arts and ...

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Lawrence "Ren" Weschler on Chicago Arts & Culture

On November 2, 2006, MacArthur and its partner organizations, the Prince Charitable Trusts and the Driehaus Foundation, hosted a panel discussion about arts and culture leadership in Chicago. Lawrence "Ren" Wechsler, a panelist, discussed the arts ...

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Jonathan Fanton on Chicago Arts & Culture (MacArthur Video)

On November 2, 2006, MacArthur and its partner organizations, the Prince Charitable Trusts and the Driehaus Foundation, hosted a panel discussion about arts and culture leadership in Chicago. Jonathan Fanton opened the panel discussion.

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Kerry James Marshall on Chicago Arts & Culture

On November 2, 2006, MacArthur and its partner organizations, the Prince Charitable Trusts and the Driehaus Foundation, hosted a panel discussion about arts and culture leadership in Chicago. Kerry James Marshall, a panelist, discussed the arts ...

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Jack Markowski on Affordable Housing (MacArthur Video)

Jack Markowski, Community Investment Corporation, on preserving the stock of affordable rental housing in Chicago.

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Chicago Theatres recognized by the Tony Awards

Chicago Shakespeare Theatre will receive the 2008 Regional Theatre Tony Award. Read More

New Milwaukee Initiative Modeled on New Communities Program

Philanthropist Joseph Zilber announced a new 10-year, $50 million initiative in Milwaukee that is explicitly modeled on the New Communities Program (NCP) in Chicago, which is supported by the Foundation through LISC. The new initiative will ... Read More