sharing our mission of enriching lives
Community House shares its facility with several partner organizations that offer valuable services to our community members. Are these services right for you?
Junior League of Evanston–North Shore
The Junior League of Evanston-North Shore, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Our organization focuses on advancing employment and supporting families in need across Chicago’s north suburbs.
The many important community projects we support are made possible through fundraising events like our Designer Kitchens of the North Shore Kitchen Tour, Trivia Night, and our award-winning cookbook, entitled “It’s A Shore Thing.” Plus, for the past 75 years, we have operated Thrift House, a resale shop located at 920 Chicago Avenue in Evanston.
La Petite École de Chicago, a private, French language immersion school founded in 2015, with its first campus in Hyde Park has opened a second campus at the Winnetka Community House. The school serves families with children age 3 and above and offers a year-round, in-person, preschool to 6th grade curriculum based on the French national curriculum.
The school also offers an online option for families with one or more individuals who cannot send children to school due to pre-existing conditions. Classes never exceed 10 students per teacher. Its teaching staff in Winnetka have a total of 52 years of experience.
More details are available on the school’s website: www.lapetiteecole.us or by phone at (312) 721-1166. Ask for Mr. Henry Palacci, the head of school.
North Shore Art League
Founded in 1924, the North Shore Art League (NSAL) is a nonprofit organization that offers art classes for adults and children. In addition to art education, the NSAL also offers lectures, workshops, field trips, gallery shows and special art events to the entire North Shore community. A juried art fair, Art in the Village, is held on the streets of Winnetka in June.
Located on the second floor of the Community House, NSAL classes are held in an historic, professional art studio featuring skylights, a large stone fireplace and a well-equipped print room facility. Classes in drawing, painting (oil, acrylic and watercolor), pastels, etching, printmaking, figure study and more are taught by a distinguished faculty, who provide a unique, creative experience.
League members may exhibit at the annual Members’ Show and throughout the year in NSAL gallery space within the Community House. Membership benefits also include generous discounts at various art supply stores in the area and a newsletter/brochure subscription.
The Winnetka Club
Since its beginning in 1908, The Winnetka Club has been an integral part of the civic and philanthropic life of the North Shore community. While the services and support provided by the Club have changed with the demands of the times, this group has continued its tradition of “giving back” beyond our 110th anniversary.
Each May, The Winnetka Club hosts the annual Housewalk, featuring amazing homes around the North Shore. Proceeds from the Housewalk support annual scholarships for graduating high school seniors who live in New Trier Township. The Club also supports many other philanthropic endeavors throughout the North Shore and greater Chicago communities.
New members are welcome. The Club hosts a monthly book club and offers many other social and cultural events for members, including monthly Friendraiser dinners in local restaurants, engaging lectures and activities, and other events designed to enrich and empower.
Winnetka Community Nursery School
A nationally accredited preschool for children ages 3 – 5, WCNS offers indoor and outdoor activities in a stimulating environment in which physical, social, intellectual and emotional growth is encouraged. Learning materials inspire creativity, promote cognitive growth and develop manipulative skills.
The school also includes an extended day program and “Lunch Bunch” program. WCNS’s extended day program, Splendid Day, is an enriching afternoon for children ages 3 – 6. The children receive a nourishing hot lunch and plenty of opportunities for stimulating indoor and outdoor play activities. You may register your child for one to five days per week. Transportation can be provided from Winnetka elementary schools.
Winnetka Youth Organization
The Winnetka Youth Organization, known as “The YO” by those who frequent the space, is a nonprofit teen drop-in center located in the basement of the Community House. Established in 1969, the YO is the only youth organization of its kind in Winnetka. Each year, the YO provides services to up to 1,000 adolescents from the community.
The mission of the Winnetka Youth Organization is to foster individual development in North Shore junior high and high school youth by providing adult-to-youth mentoring, prevention services, and opportunities for leadership, citizenship and education within a safe, informal environment.
Women’s Exchange is a unique community of women (and sometimes men) committed to growth and authentic connection, be it through book discussions, building one’s financial skills, looking at life’s education, learning about health and wellness, writing together, creating together, walking together, learning and discerning, moving through transitions or simply making a change with a new thought or idea. Each year, for nearly four decades, Women’s Exchange hosts over 100 workshops and classes, and special events, all where conversations matter. Join in; discover something new for yourself and/or about yourself.