ABOUT US

The Kroc Center Chicago is dedicated to ensuring that all the members and visitors that walk through our doors are welcome, safe and with the promise of fun and growth. Our aim is to provide programs and activities for the community to help them grow in their artistic skills, ignite a passion for health and sports, walk with them in their spiritual journey and provide the means and space for seniors and families to come along and enjoy themselves in a friendly environment.

The Kroc Center is located in the South side of Chicago, in the community of West Pullman. We’re the largest community center in Illinois and the largest Kroc Center in the continental U.S.A.  We are a place where people young and old have opportunities to learn and grow, to build confidence and hope. Our state-of-the-art facilities host programs like Aquatics, Arts, Family Life & Education, Fitness, Sports and Seniors activities. If you would like to take a tour of our facilities, please call 773-995-0151. You can also visit our Programs and Facilities pages for more information. If you’re looking for rental space, be sure to learn about all the options we offer for rental space.

History

ray-joan-kroc-community-centersJoan Kroc, wife of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc, said that she took a tour of San Diego and it was then that she recognized a community that was in desperate need of a safe gathering place, a place with facilities and trained professionals to nurture children’s social skills, arts appreciation and athletic potential. She described the Kroc Center as being a beacon of light and hope in the community.

Mrs. Kroc entrusted The Salvation Army with $87 million to build the first Kroc Center in the Rolando neighborhood of San Diego. Sadly, she passed away a little more than a year after it opened. She was so pleased with what was accomplished here that she left $1.5 billion to The Salvation Army to build centers like this across the country. To date, 26 Kroc Centers are open and operating across the nation.

Today, Ray & Joan Kroc Centers are opening all around the country, each designed to meet the individual needs of its local community. Learn more about other Kroc Centers.

Mission

salvation-army-missionPurpose Statement
The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center of Chicago exists to express the mission and ministry of The Salvation Army through a safe, enriching and sacred environment where all individuals have access to opportunities to reach their physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potential.

International Mission Statement of The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church.
Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.