Erie Chapel Institute

A Home with No Borders since 1870

We opened our doors 150 years ago. Let's celebrate this milestone together.

150th Anniversary Events

Upcoming events

On the Table

Join us for a discussion on the impact of the settlement house tradition in Chicago. In partnership with Chicago Commons, Christopher House, Gads Hill Center, and Northwestern Settlement.
Date: May 12, 2020
Location: TBD

Goose Island Fundraiser

Enjoy an evening of Goose Island beer, music, and food, including a VIP event featuring Goose Island founder John Hall.
Date: June 26, 2020
Location: Goose Island Barrel House

150th Birthday Party & Book Release

Celebrate our 150th birthday on the exact date we first opened our doors. Plus, pick up a copy of Dr. Maureen Hellwig's forthcoming book documenting our history from 1870 to today.
Date: December 4, 2020
Location: Chicago History Museum

Additional events coming soon...

Past events

Block Party & Honorary Street Naming

We kicked off our 150th Anniversary celebrations on September 7, 2019, with a neighborhood block party and honorary street naming.
See photos of the event: Album 1, Album 2

150th Anniversary Dinner

Invest in a future of promise for individuals and families in the Erie House community as we celebrate the past century and a half and lay a foundation for the next 150 years.
Date: March 5, 2020
Location: Radisson Blu Aqua
Event Co-Chairs: ComEd & PNC
Honorary 150th Chairs: Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Governor J.B. Pritzker, Senator Dick Durbin

Erie House 150th Anniversary Logo




Our story is what it is because of your story. Share yours with us and help us weave together 150 years worth of stories.

Erie Neighborhood Boys

Celebrate our Past

Take a closer look at a century and a half of impact.

Program READS Tutoring

Strengthen our Future

Let's build well-being for generations to come.

Fun Facts

The Settlement House Movement

Erie Neighborhood House (then Erie Chapel) was a member of the Chicago Federation of Settlement Houses, a network that was founded by Hull House in 1894.

Florence Towne

Florence Towne, who earned the nickname "Angel of the Alleys" because of her work in the neighborhood, arrived at Erie House in 1914. She worked (and lived) at Erie until her death in 1951. Today the main room used by the School-Age program is named Towne Hall in her honor. 

Works Progress Administration

The Works Progress Administration (WPA) assigned as many as 50 individuals to Erie House during the Great Depression to work in the West Town neighborhood.

150th Anniversary Campaign: Mental Health Sustainability & Expansion

Our Vision

We are always evolving to meet the needs of our community. So as more and more folks present various forms of trauma in their lives, we want to make sure we are equipped to provide the care and support they need.

Our vision is to build upon the transformative work already happening here and expand mental health services to reach all participants at Erie House.

As we celebrate 150 years of service, we invite you invest in this vision and support greater well-being for our children and youth, adults, and families.

Key Priorities

Trauma-Informed Care

Become a trauma-informed agency that integrates care into all aspects of programming.

Create Access

Invest in space, time, and resources to help reduce barriers to care for all participants. 

Increase Capacity

Recruit additional licensed staff and interns to reach more individuals and reduce waitlists.

Expand Services

Develop a centralized intake process and new delivery models to reach more individuals and families. 

Professional Support

Provide agency-wide mental health training and establish an Employee Assistance Network.


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