Charitable Organizations, Events




SOS was established to provide a viable alternative to traditional foster care. Children who come to live at SOS stay with their biological brothers and sisters in a private home. A full-time, professionally trained foster parent lives with them, and the whole Village gives them support, compassion and strength.



210 Design House provided Snaidero cabinetry for the Roosevelt Square Village homes and the culinary kitchen in the Roosevelt Square Community Center.

Roosevelt Square Village Homes

SOS Children’s Villages Illinois opened its newest Village, located along the 1200 and 1300 blocks of West Washburne Ave. in the Roosevelt Square neighborhood of Chicago. The Village offers Illinois’ most vulnerable children another option for safe and loving homes. The unique community of 14 single-family homes serves up to 84 brothers and sisters in foster care. Each home is run by a full-time, professionally trained Foster Parent, who cares for up to six children at a time. SOS Children’s Villages Illinois wraps each child in the loving care of the Village, and provides much needed therapeutic, clinical, and recreational services to Village residents and members of the surrounding community.




Roosevelt Square Community Center

The Roosevelt Square Community Center, an 11,000+ square foot facility, designed by internationally recognized architect Juan Moreno, opened in October 2020. The Center will serve the over one hundred children and families who live at our Roosevelt Square Village homes, as well as over 5,000 individuals annually from University Village, Lower West Side/Pilsen, Little Village, North Lawndale, and other surrounding neighborhoods.


The Center provides:

Academic, therapeutic, social, and recreational outlets for youth and families served at the Roosevelt Square Village homes through the SOS Illinois programs and services; A communal center for neighborhood residents – a safe place where they can meet in the community and connect to public resources and engage in training, activities, seminars and special events; and family meeting rooms and learning center providing financial and educational training.

At the heart of the Center is the Goya Learning Kitchen designed to educate the community about nutrition and culinary education including relevant job skills training. The culinary kitchen offers 3,000-square-feet of kitchen and dining space that was intentionally designed for culinary demonstrations, hands-on learning experiences, and special event entertaining space. Additionally, stations for cooking instruction and student prep area further promote culinary and nutritional education programming. Programming in the Goya Learning Kitchen is slated to open this coming fall 2021.


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