“Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

-Margaret Mead

Our Organization


archi-treasures is a non-profit organization that partners with community leaders, local residents,  artists, design professionals, and volunteers to transform public spaces in under-resourced neighborhoods. Through arts-based projects, we inspire civic engagement and bring people together to make beautiful, livable, and healthy communities throughout Chicago.

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Our History

More than 20 years ago, a group of architects and members of community development organizations founded archi-treasures when they recognized the urgent need for low-income Chicago communities to organize, build capacity, and participate in the redevelopment of their neighborhoods.