Abraham Lincoln Centre

Preparing people for life, ready for tomorrow.

Our History

The Abraham Lincoln Centre (ALC) was founded as a settlement house in 1905 under the auspices of the All Souls Church and it quickly became the home to a variety of social, intellectual and cultural activities. The articles of incorporation state that the Abraham Lincoln Centre corporation was formed for the "the advancement of the physical, intellectual, social, civic, moral and religious interests of humanity, irrespective of age, sex, creed, race, condition of political opinion and in furtherance thereof the maintenance of institutions of learning and philanthropy." It is worth noting that the Centre has welcomed and served people of all races and religions from our earliest beginnings.

Today, the Abraham Lincoln Centre builds on the foundation that was laid in the early 1900s. The Centre continues to meet the needs of people regardless of religious, ethnic or cultural background. Abraham Lincoln Centre now has programs at 14 sites on Chicago’s south side. Our central office is located in the Bronzeville community, and our staff of highly qualified professionals administer programs and build partnerships with a broad range of organizations.

Every day, the Abraham Lincoln Centre is successfully helping people help themselves.