2102 W. Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60612
School-Year Hours: Monday-Friday, 2:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Program Director: Wanda Noyes
During the late 1950s, the Henry Horner Boys & Girls Club began offering programs to young people of Chicago’s near Westside communities. At Michael Jordan’s retirement celebration in the late fall of 1994, Jerry Reinsdorf and the Chicago Bulls announced their intention to build a new Boys & Girls Club to serve the residents of Chicago’s West Haven community. The Club would be in honor of the memory of Michael’s late father, James R. Jordan.
Thanks to a $5 million contribution from the Chicago Bulls and a personal commitment of $2 million payable over the next four years from Michael, the 41,000 square foot facility became a reality in 1996. Today, more than 1,250 club members attend the James R. Jordan Boys & Girls Club and Chicago Bulls Family Life Center weekly.
About the Neighborhood
The community surrounding the Jordan Club is situated within the larger Near West Side community area of Chicago, which includes West Haven/United Center Park, Little Italy, University Village, Tri-Taylor, Greektown, Maxwell St., West Loop, Fulton River District, and Illinois Medical District. West Haven spans the area between Ashland to Western, and Lake and the Eisenhower Expressway.
The neighborhood is the home of Jane Addams Hull House, one of the first settlement houses in the United States. It is accessible by the “L” Medical Center stop on the Blue Line and by CTA bus. More than half of the community's predominantly African-American population lives in poverty. The population of West Haven as a whole is experiencing some demographic changes with increasing gentrification, especially concentrated in some census tracts in the neighborhood. Escalating gang violence and teen pregnancy are also challenges.