For nearly 50 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. 


Upcoming Events

Browse 2 Events in May 2018

Friday 5:00PM, 2018
BUILD will host a Community Family Night for family members of all ages. Spend your evening with free family activities that include basketball tournaments, dance contests games and prizes. Bingo, arts & crafts and much more! Please call BUILD for location. Read More ›
Thursday 6:00PM, 2018 | Grant Park, Upper Hutchinson Field, 200 E. Balbo Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60605.
Join BUILD Chicago's team in the Strides for Peace Race Against Gun Violence! As a Race Against Gun Violence Community Partner, we receive 100% of all contributions designated to BUILD. Register now, choose BUILD as your charity beneficiary, and share your personal fundraising page with friends and family! Race options include an 8k, 5k, and 2 mile walk - there is a race for every age and level. The race will be held at Grant Park, Upper Hutchinson Field, 200 E. Balbo Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60605. Read More ›
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