Friendship Community Place (FCP) was birthed from the imagination and commitment of Friendship Presbyterian Church (FPC). As an inclusive congregation, FPC believes that the Church is called to partner and serve in our communities as agents of justice and compassion. With our most vulnerable members and neighbors in mind, we designed an organization that will center the needs of people living in Chicago’s Northwest Side experiencing housing and food insecurity, those with physical disabilities or experiencing mental illness, as well as veterans, LGBTQIA+, and BIPOC (black, indigenous, and people of color) to create a community center for sharing resources, building community and the development of skills and knowledge. In light of the history of segregation and systemic racism in our city, we have drawn on community organizing tools and antiracism training to identify our own biases and participate in the movement to address racial and socio-economic inequity in our community.
The Move to 5150
5150 Northwest Highway is an affordable housing structure developed by Full Circle Communities that will feature 75 unit mixed-income apartments for veterans, persons with disabilities, and working families in Jefferson Park. 5150 includes a 4,000 sq. ft. commercial space on the ground floor, which Friendship Community Place will inhabit! 5150 is expected to open in the 2021 or early 2022. While we are working to identify collaborators and shared use partners prior to our opening, we are also committed to remaining open, flexible, and ready to adapt to the needs and passions of our neighbors who will live in the building as well as the Jefferson Park neighborhood and the greater Northwest Side.
While the space itself is exciting, the true power of Friendship Community Place will be found in our capacity to build relationships as partners in our community. We are eager to utilize our space to convene conversation and community events that deepen our relationships, to create opportunities to learn and grow and engage through the arts, classes and training events and to collaborate with community organizations, businesses and individuals who share our commitments justice and equity.
Our new home has been designed with our community in mind – every aspect of the space will be fully accessible. Our single user bathrooms are all gender neutral and will feature infant changing tables.
How Our Space Will Be Utilized
In our kitchen, we look forward to partnering with local restaurant owners and managers to offer cooking classes for the community, working with local cafes and restaurants to create jobs training programs and to create an employment pipeline, as well as cooking and serving community meals.
Our multipurpose space will be utilized for community events of all kinds, including concerts, art exhibits, arts education and community programs, antiracism and diversity training, convening space for local non-profits and community organizers, and worship and gatherings for Friendship Presbyterian Church.
The administrative suite will have offices for Friendship Community Place and Friendship Presbyterian Church, room for local entrepreneurs to conduct their business, a conference room to host meetings, and flexible and child-centered space for our youth and kiddos to use that can also be utilized for childcare during public programming.
Programming will be determined by community needs and driven by our collaborative partnerships.
Getting to 5150
5150 N Northwest Hwy is .4 miles from the Jefferson Park transit center and is accessible via bus, “L” train, and Metra.
Bus routes: 68, 85, 85A, 92, 225, and 226.
The closest “L” stop is Jefferson Park Transit Center on the Blue Line.
The closest Metra station is the Jefferson Park station.
If you’re traveling by car, 5150 is right off I-90 and is located right at the intersection of Milwaukee and Northwest Hwy. Parking information will be updated once we know more!
Once we move into 5150, we will update this page with more accessibility information for our visitors to get a full picture on how to get to 5150 via public transportation, as well as via car and what the parking situation is like.