The Salvation Army Providing Safe and Engaging Environment during Chicago Public School Teacher Strike

Ten Salvation Army corps community centers are providing safe, educational programming as alternative locations for students to go during the Chicago Public Schools Teachers Union Strike.

The Salvation Army sites are among the 144 schools, agencies and nonprofits participating in CPS’ “Children First” plan to provide safe and engaging environments for families. The Salvation Army will provide students with positive enrichment activities, breakfast and lunch each weekday.

These locations include:

Name Address Phone Hours
Temple Corps Community Center 1 N. Ogden Blvd. 312-492-6803 M-F7:00am-4:00pm
Midwest Corps Community Center 20 S. Campbell Ave. 312-733-4801 M-F8:00am-5:00pm
Englewood Corps Community Center 945 W. 69th St. 773-358-3200 M-F7:00am-4:00pm
LaVillita Corps Community Center 3621 W. 24th St. 773-257-0700 M-F9:00am-3:00pm
Lawn Corps Community Center 5950 S. Spaulding Ave. 773-434-0488 M-F9:00am-5:00pm
Mayfair Corps Community Center 5020 N. Pulaski 773-794-6210 M-F8:30am-4:00pm
Midway Citadel  Corps Community Center 5035-52 W. 47th St. 773-838-8005 M-F9:00am-5:00pm
Irving Park Corps Community Center 4056 N. Pulaski Rd. 773-685-7676 M-F10:00am-4:00pm
Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center 1250 W. 119th St. 773-995-0151 M-F9:00am-3:00pm
Harbor Light 1515 W. Monroe St. 312-421-5753 M-F8:30am-4:30pm

Parents must register their child with their student ID number at or parents can call 311 if internet is not available.

“Working together in partnership with parents and communities, we can provide students most in need with essential services and a safe and engaging environment,” said CPS CEO Jean-Calude Brizard in a press release. “Between parents coming together, faith-based organizations opening their doors, these SPS Children First locations, and help from sister agencies and our nonprofit partners, families without alternative options can ensure their children are in a safe and engaging environment.”

Children First sites were selected based on the size and location of the building, with preference given to those with air conditioning, a gym, a cafeteria, computer labs and proximity to public transportation.

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