For over 46 years, BUILD has worked in some of Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods to stem the violence that takes away the positive potential – and, far too often, the very lives – of our youth. In 1969, BUILD started working with fewer than 200 gang-affiliated teens in one neighborhood and today BUILD serves nearly 3,000 youth annually, offering targeted services to enhance our impact in four priority communities - Austin, East Garfield Park, Humboldt Park and Logan Square - while continuing to provide support in other Chicago neighborhoods and throughout Cook County. 

BUILD’s programs are designed to meet both the immediate problem of preventing at-risk youth from joining gangs as well as working with gang-involved youth to develop alternatives to this destructive lifestyle. Our service population also includes youth who have come in contact with the justice system to prevent and/or provide alternatives to detention and assist with successful re-entry into their communities. 


Throughout the year BUILD is packed with all kinds of events and things to do! Download our calendar of events by clicking here!


Upcoming Events

Browse 2 Events in November 2015

Friday 4:00PM, 2015 | 5100 W. Harrison Chicago, IL 60644 | 5100 W. Harrison Chicago, IL 60644
Come see our Around The World installation at BUILD, 5100 W. Harrison from 4pm-7pm. Enjoy cookies, hot cocoa and coffee as you tour the holiday displays created by the youth from across BUILD communities. For additional information please contact Ricardo Miranda at FREE Read More ›
Wednesday 6:00PM, 2015 | Joes on Weed St. 940 W. Weed St. | Joes on Weed St. 940 W. Weed St.
Mikey O's Holiday Giggle is a night of comedy, music, friends and fun. All proceeds benefit BUILD programs and services. To purchase tickets contact Daniel Perez at Read More ›
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