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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Human Service Organizations, Neighborhood Centers, Performing Arts Centers, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Northwestern settlement nurtures, educates, and inspires children and families in need to take personal responsibility and attain self-sufficiency.

Programs: Rowe elementary school - a charter school that works with the entire family to develop life skills and economic opportunities for children, preparing students for success in high school and college. Rowe serves 679, mostly low-income, k-7 students from throughout chicago. Rowe elementary school students mastered ambitious academic, social, and emotional standards. Rowe elementary continues to instill the college mindset in its students and their families by delivering a rigorous academic curriculum infused with social and emotional programming and development. Rowe elementary is currently rated level 1+ by chicago public schools, the highest rating available.

early childhood education - to prepare preschool age children for kindergarten, assist the parents in becoming self-sufficient, and expand the family's educational horizon.

house in the wood camp - to allow city children exposure to wildlife and the outdoors, to provide the children with skills necessary to succeed at school, college, and beyond, as well as to foster confidence within the child. House in the woods also offers outdoor environmental education programming to public school students.

art programs - adventure stage chicago and cct gallery - to present the community performances that expand the imagination of children and provide examples of overcoming adversity, taking responsibility for one's actions, and contributing to the community in the hope that the audience and participants grow to see themselves as agents of change. 3 productions and 45 performances with 7,757 people attending. Neighborhood bridges - professional teaching artists using storytelling and creative drama to develop literacy skills and cognitive competence. Conducted programs at 5 schools, serving 423 students. Americorps project yes - to introduce recent college graduates to the challenges families face in the midst of poverty and to allow them to serve children in educational afterschool activities. To develop leadership skills in young adults and to foster community and personal service habits. Group services - encompasses several programs serving children, families, and seniors. Includes after school and summer programs, offering arts, crafts, mentoring, academic and recreational activities to 5 to 15 year olds. Also includes golden agers club for ages 55 and older, offering a safe place, social activities, and services for immediate needs. Emergency services - emergency family services have been a core component of northwestern settlement programming since its founding. Our earliest leaders, in the spirit of pioneers such as jane addams and the settlement movement philosophy of working directly with underserved communities, recognized that being a good neighbor meant providing for the most urgent needs. Program development today, occurs with the same philosophy our founders had: responding to the immediate needs of the community while encouraging long-term change. This spirit has remained constant since before the great depression to throughout the "great recession". Services include: food pantry, clothing and household item distribution, special holiday assistance, referrals, and community outreach.

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with Northwestern University Settlement is at House in the wood camp. I went as a camper and through the years I became a cabin counselor. This by far was is the most impacting organization I have been involved in. Thank you Mrs. Val, Adam, Millie and everyone else for all the camp fires. Love you

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The experience my family has had through the years with Adventure Stage has been overwhelmingly positive. With each new season my children are exposed to thoughtful and intelligent plays which engage them in new ways. They want to read the book before hand and we talk about the show for weeks after. We are passport members and plan to be members of the Adventure Stage community for years to come. Support these folks and all they do!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have taken my family to see several shows at Vittum Theater (now Adventure Stage Chicago) and have thoroughly enjoyed every one. The staff is friendly, the space is beautiful, and the theater is top-notch. We have also attended workshops and seminars, and an ASC Teaching Artist has visited my daughter's school. The Settlement does so much good for the community.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been going to see shows at Adventure Stage Chicago for the past 2.5 years. I usually take the child that I mentor to see these shows, and we have loved everything we've seen. The conversations with the audience before and after the performance help get us thinking about the themes of the show before we see it, and it's helpful to have some wrap-up at the end too. Their thought-provoking questions help fuel our conversations in the car on the way home. The plays have always been engaging, entertaining, and very well done produced. They also take on important and relevant themes. I would highly recommend ASC's plays for kids and parents alike!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The people at Adventure Stage are amoung the best in the world. I have taken several classes to see a variety of shows and the students still rave about it years later. What makes Adventure Stage so special is the care they take to make sure the entire experience is mind blowing from the wonderful stage production to the Q & A session after the show. As an added bonus they responded to "Thank You" cards sent by my students, which in turn makes my students feel valued. Thank you for all that you do and keep up the great work!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Adventure Stage is awesome! Even though they are geared toward "Middle school" kids (a group that everyone else ignores), I have seen much younger kids at their shows wide-eyed and enthralled. As for their target group, they do a great job of keeping the material challenging enough and still making it fun and "cool". They are an organization very concerned with meeting and exceeding educational expectations and also drawing young people into live theater. I have sent many students over there to see shows and they always come back excited and wondering when the next one is!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is bar far, the BEST theatre for young people, in the city of Chicago. I have been associated with this theatre for the past 8 years and have loved every single performance they have put on during that time. This is the only theatre that I bring all of my students to every single year. We haven't missed show in all 8 years! I have also attended all of the fantastic teacher workshops hosted here. They provide me with critical information about the plays, that I can take back to my students. Finally, last year I also had the pleasure of being involved with the Storytelling Workshop Series. This allowed me to gather with a group of other teachers, once a month, to learn from professional storytellers and to practice our craft. I have not found another theatre that does so much for teachers and our students.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Adventure Stage Chicago at the Northwestern University Settlement has quickly built its reputation as the premiere Theatre for Young Audiences in the Chicagoland area. For a city that is so saturated in theatre, Adventure Stage is the only one that presents material that is challenging and effective to it's young audiences. The shows never talk down to children or candy coat honesty. They embrace big issues with creativity, open minds, and enthusiasm. The education department also offers incredible amounts of programming for underprivileged youth and families. Whether it's a family workshop, a school residency, or a performance; the work is always full of heart and passion. Young people are consistently and profoundly effected by the work being done by this admirable organization. I can not say enough wonderful things about Adventure Stage Chicago and look forward to the continued integrity shown by this phenomenal group of artists.