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The Story of ICA GreenRise

A Chicago Landmark

Originally a four story structure built for the Mutual Insurance Company by Fugard & Knapp in 1921, an additional four stories were added in 1926. The Chicago School styled building with Beaux Art ornamentation is clad in white, glazed terra-cotta. Long-time owner Kemper Insurance Group donated the 166,000 square foot building to the Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA), or Ecumenical Institute, in 1972. Officially landmarked in early 2013, the ICA GreenRise has been on the Open House Chicago tour 3 years in a row. In 2014 it was part of the OHC Sustainability Trail powered by ComEd. 

Architect(s): Fugard and Knapp (first four stories); B. Leo Steif (4 additional stories), 1921


Community Resource Center

The ICA GreenRise building, located at 4750 N. Sheridan Road, in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood, is quite unique. The 8-floor, 166,000 square foot building is home to many, including an intentional residential living community and 25 different non-profits and social service providers. We are the largest non-profit and social services center in the Midwest, serving over 1,000 clients per week through an array of services including:
  • After School Programs
  • Community Health
  • HIV/AIDS Prevention
  • Mental Health Support 
  • Job Training 
  • Work Force Development 
  • Aid to the Homeless 
  • Senior Programs
  • Refugee Aid 
  • Sustainable Community Efforts 

The building is emblematic of ICA-USA's commitment to community and human development.  

GreenRise Project

The "GreenRise Uptown Learning Laboratory” demonstrates a creative culture for living and working within a historic 8-story building on the north side of Chicago. ICA is creating a "green culture” among its diverse tenants, of nonprofits and 7th floor residents, while establishing an energy efficient eco-system that aims to take the entire building off of the grid. Steadily, volunteers and staff have been  implementing green elements into the building including a vertical ecosystem/urban farm.


For more information, please contact Lesley Showers at 773-769-6363