Chicago

Welcome to Chi-Town

There is currently one bayit (house) in Chicago, located on the north side of the city near historic Wrigley Field in Lakeview. Lakeview's popularity has exploded – making it one of the most vibrant and exciting neighborhoods in the city. The area is home to a diverse group of residents, including young families and a large gay and lesbian population.  

Uptown, the neighborhood just north of the Lakeview bayit, is even more diverse—some call it the most ethnically diverse neighborhood in Chicago. It is home to Vietnamese, Native-American, Japanese-American, Latino, African-American, as well as Appalachian populations. Many bus lines, and the red-line train are a short walk from the bayit. The Chicago lakefront is a quick bus ride or twenty minute walk. 

The Chicago bayit is within walking distance of Anshe Sholom (Modern Orthodox), Anshe Emet (Conservative with space for Mishkan, a growing independent minyan), Temple Sholom (Reform), Windy City Minyan (an independent minyan), and Moishe House.

View a listing of Chicago placement organizations.

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Testimonials

This year has opened up the gates to multiple pathways in which to explore social justice, Judaism and community. It has allowed me to fall in love with Chicago, recognizing its deep problems and wanting to be part of a movement to make it a city hospitable to all types of people. It has made me comfortable wrestling with god and the questions of my own Jewish identity while offering moments of true spiritual connectedness."

Rosa Gaia Saunders2010-2011 Corps Member