For the return of the Chicago Reader Nonprofit Guide, we decided to highlight a specific section of our continually updated online database. The Arts & Culture section of our Nonprofit Guide is dizzyingly vast, with organizations representing a diversity of locations within Chicagoland, a variety of communities served, and the entirety of the visual and performing arts celebrated. This section reflects the strength in numbers of our service-based nonprofit community in the Chicago area, a community that the Reader Institute for Community Journalism is proud to be a part of.

Chicago Reader Nonprofit Guide 2022
A joint project with Executive Service Corps: esc Making Nonprofits Successful! Executive Service Corps

The Chicago Reader Nonprofit Guide is maintained on a regular basis by Reader staffers and includes Chicago area organizations and projects. We partnered with Executive Service Corps in 2021 to include many of the more than 1,000 nonprofits in their database.

This guide includes 501(c)(3) nonprofits, fiscally sponsored grassroots, arts, media, and other organizations, and some social enterprises. There are many thousands of these in this area, so this guide is meant to be a starting point in the exploration of this vibrant part of our region. 

Don’t see your organization here? Go to to add your group or request corrections.

Show your support of these groups through donations of time, money, or other resources. Help amplify their work, attend their shows or programs, or express appreciation in any way you can.

The print version of the Nonprofit Guide is available as a separate PDF download and is also included in the full print issue PDF.