Tenant Organizations

Junior League of Evanston–North Shore

(847) 441–0995

The Junior League of Evanston-North Shore, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

Each year, League members commit thousands of volunteer hours to improving our community. In particular, the focus of our organization is on Advancing Employment and Supporting Families for those in need across Chicago’s North Suburbs.

Founded in 1924 as the Junior League of Evanston, JLE-NS now has approximately 275 Active and Sustaining members. We reach out to all women regardless of age, race, religion, ethnic or national origin who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to voluntarism.

The many important community projects that we support are made possible through fundraising events like our Designer Kitchens of the North Shore Kitchen Tour and Trivia Night, and our award-winning cookbook “It’s A Shore Thing”. In addition, for the past 75 years we have operated our Thrift House, a resale shop located at 920 Chicago Avenue in Evanston.

North Shore Art League

(847) 446–2870
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Where Arts, Learning and Community Come Together!
Founded in 1924, the North Shore Art League is a non-profit organization offering art classes for adults and children. As the only art center located in Winnetka, the NSAL not only offers art education, but also lectures workshops, field trips, gallery shows and special art events to the entire North Shore community. A summer juried art fair, Art in the Village, takes place on the streets of Winnetka in June.
Located on the second floor of the Community House, classes are held in an historic, professional art studio featuring skylights and a large stone fireplace as well as a well-equipped print room facility. Classes in drawing, painting (oil, acrylic, and watercolor), pastels, etching, printmaking, figure study, and more are taught by a distinguished faculty–offering a unique, creative experience.
League members may exhibit at the annual Members’ Show and throughout the year in NSAL gallery space within the Community House. Membership benefits also include generous discounts at various art supply stores in the area and a newsletter/brochure subscription.

Open Communities

(Formerly Interfaith Housing Center of the Northern Suburbs)
(847) 501-5760

Open Communities is a leading voice for housing, economic and social justice in north suburban Chicago, working to promote inclusive communities that are welcoming to all. Founded in 1972, Open Communities spearheads the Welcome Movement, a campaign designed to motivate residents to get involved in making the northern suburbs inclusive places to live, work and play.

Programs include: fair housing education and discrimination investigation, foreclosure prevention housing counseling, Homesharing matching, landlord/tenant advice, immigrant leadership development, affordable housing advocacy and community organizing.

Winnetka Community Nursery School

(847) 446–4432
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A nationally accredited preschool for children ages 3–5, offering indoor and outdoor activities in a stimulating environment in which physical, social, intellectual and emotional growth is encouraged. Learning materials encourage creativity, promote cognitive growth and develop manipulative skills. The school also includes an extended day program and “Lunch Bunch” program. WCNS’s extended day program, Splendid Day, is an enriching afternoon for children ages three to six years. The children receive a nourishing hot lunch and plenty of opportunity for stimulating indoor and outdoor play activities. A child may register for one to five days per week. Transportation can be provided from Winnetka elementary schools. For more information about WCNS, please visit our web site at www.winnetkacommunitynurseryschool.org or contact Kathy Hardy, Director, at 847 446 4432.

Winnetka Youth Organization


The Winnetka Youth Organization, known as “The YO” by those who frequent the space, is a non-profit teen drop in center located in the basement of the Winnetka Community House. We have been around since 1969, and serve as the only youth organization of its kind in Winnetka. Each year, the YO provides services upwards of 1000 individual adolescents from this community. The mission of the Winnetka Youth Organization is to foster individual development in junior high and high school youth on the North Shore by providing adult-to-youth mentoring, prevention services, and opportunities for leadership, citizenship, and education within a safe, informal environment. Check out winnetkayo.org for more information and to view our monthly program calendar!

Hours of Operation:
Sunday & Monday: Closed
Tuesday-Thursday: 3-7pm
Friday: 3-10pm
Saturday: 6-10pm