Community Engagement

We aim to cultivate relationships with neighborhoods all across Chicago!

Community Partnerships

Lookingglass’s Community Partnerships aim to fulfill the Company’s mission “to make theatre exhilarating, inspirational, and accessible to all.”  Building on our longtime commitment to the whole City of Chicago, these programs cultivate relationships with community-based organizations, bringing artists onsite to neighborhoods across the City and providing tickets to Lookingglass’s mainstage productions at no cost to participants. 

Art on Sedgwick
Art on Sedgwick is dedicated to fostering creativity and connecting our community through the power of art. Lookingglass artists WORK with youth and adults to build community in the economically and racially diverse Old Town neighborhood.

Chicago Help Initiative
The Chicago Help Initiative (CHI) provides meals to the homeless, underprivileged, and today’s jobless citizens of the near North Side of Chicago, and connects them to the resources and social services they need in order to thrive under difficult circumstances.

Red Line Service
Red Line Service creates cultural experiences for and with Chicagoans currently experiencing and/or concerned about homelessness.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago
Founded in 1902, Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago (BGCC) is one of the oldest youth development organizations in Chicago.  Its mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need them the most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.  Serving thousands of you – ages five to 18+ — annually at 24 Club locations across Chicago, BGCC works to equip members with the emotional, educational, physical, and cultural resources that allow them to enjoy their childhood and thrive in adulthood. 

Latinos Progresando
Latinos Progresando has built the largest Latino-led family based immigration legal services program in Illinois; runs Teatro Americano, a theater ensemble and arts education program that writes and performs the stories of Chicago’s Latino community; and convenes the Marshall Square Network, a coalition of more than 20 organizations working to transform Chicago’s southwest side.

La Familia Unida
La Familia Unida Agency is dedicated to the well-being and development of individuals, families, and their communities, offering counseling services, intervention programs for domestic violence, parenting education programs, and anger management programs.

My Block, My Hood, My City
My Block, My Hood, My City provides underprivileged youth with an awareness of the world and opportunities beyond their neighborhood. We take students on explorations focused on STEM, Arts & Culture, Citizenry & Volunteerism, Health, Community Development, Culinary Arts, and Entrepreneurism.

I don’t know if I could properly convey how much our staff loved and appreciated such a magical experience with the Lookingglass Theatre Company… You all went above and beyond to create a welcoming atmosphere, and for that, we are truly thankful.

Kortnee Quiza, Arts Program Manager Boys & Girls Club of Chicago

Our group really overall loved Villette!… I felt the humanity of the interactions and their vulnerability, whether they were dealing with loneliness, adversity, maturity, etc. Bravo/a to the whole cast, such a beautiful show!!!

Wanda DeCwikiel-Avila, La Familia Unida

The experience of the entire larger group attending live theater when many had never been able to do that in their life and to discuss the plays and meet the directors, actors, creators and musicians has been a true gift. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for everyone.

Susan Gold, Chicago Help Initiative

Questions about Community Engagement or interested in learning more? Email us!