The Essential Guide to Mutual Aid Groups in Chicago

From Little Village to Rogers Park, where to give and get help from your neighbors this holiday season in Chicago and its suburbs.

Mutual aid means being committed to the long-term wellbeing of your communities. The work is rooted in the direct action of organizers and volunteers who answer to the needs of their neighbors. Born out of informal networks, these groups are different from incorporated nonprofits and charities, which typically focus on the needs of an individual group or person. Help from mutual aid groups ranges from financial assistance, food assistance, shelter, childcare and emotional support. 


Over the last two years, as COVID-19 spread through the U.S., it also exacerbated existing racial, social and economic inequalities. The public health crisis strained the country’s broken healthcare system and left millions of people unable to afford basic needs like shelter, food and clothing. One result is that more people across the country are joining mutual aid groups to help their neighbors.

“We’re still seeing neighbors coming out. That number keeps growing,” says Nicolas Hernandez, a community organizer who helped start Casa Hernandez, where the Humboldt Park Solidarity Network operates on Chicago’s West Side. Hernandez says that a lot of the people who come out to Casa Hernandez are undocumented and afraid to ask for help from bigger or more formal institutions. 

Mutual aid has a long history in the United States. According to an AP report, various forms of these groups have been around for centuries and have been rooted in the work of communities of color and immigrants. In the 18th century, free African American communities pooled their resources to care for the elderly, widows and children, and buy land. Another example of mutual aid groups were sociedades mutualistas, a network of mutual aid societies created in 1922 in Texas that provided Mexicans in America with essential support, such as education and legal resources, after they immigrated.

Today, mutual aid networks continue to support Chicago’s communities beyond and in the absence of government help. As the holiday season nears, Borderless Magazine has compiled a list of mutual aid groups in Chicago that are building community security and safety. To donate or request assistance, look up your neighborhood below and find a mutual aid group near you.

A graphic for Albany Park Mutual aid, showing two hands holding amid leaves and a brick wall.
Illustration courtesy of Albany Park Mutual Aid

Albany Park

Albany Park Mutual Aid

312-854-9741

Website

Avondale

Avondale Mutual Aid

708-620-7941

Website

Belmont Cragin

Belmont Cragin Mutual Aid

Website

Beverly

19th Ward Mutual Aid

773-980 6043

Website

Bronzeville

Bronzeville/Kenwood Mutual Aid

312-945-6647

bronzevillekenwood@gmail.com

Website

Cicero and Berwyn

Berwyn Cicero Mutual Aid

Website

Facebook

Edgebrook and Forest Glen

Edgebrook and Forest Glen Mutual Aid

224-698-7065 

Facebook

Request aid using this form

Edgewater

Edgewater Mutual Aid Group

312-324-4378

Website

 

Bryn Mawr Warming Center

Instagram


Gage Park

Gage Park Latinx Council

2711 W. 51st St

708-872-8798

Website

Hermosa

Hermosa Mutual Aid 

773-236-7760

hermosamutualaid@gmail.com

Website

Request aid using this form

The interior of Humboldt Park Solidarity Network, showing a fridge and shelves with nonperishable food items to help people in the neighborhood
Humboldt Park Solidarity Network operates out of Casa Hernandez, located at 3519 W. North Ave. Chicago, Ill. They are open Mondays 4–8 p.m. and Saturdays 2–5 p.m. and offer free food, clothing and other essentials. Photo by Michelle Kanaar/Borderless Magazine

Humboldt Park

Humboldt Park Solidarity Network

312-883-7526

hpsolidaritynetwork@gmail.com

Website 

Instagram

 

Lolitas Bodega

Linktree

Hyde Park

Hyde Park Mutual Aid

hydeparkmutualaid@gmail.com

Request aid using this form

 

UChicago Mutual Aid

Facebook

Irving Park

Irving Park Mutual Aid 

773-231-7310

Website

 

Jefferson Park and Gladstone Park

Jefferson and Gladstone Park Mutual Aid

773-270-1288

jeffmutualaid@gmail.com

Request aid using this form

Lakeview and Lincoln Park

Lakeview/Lincoln Park Mutual Aid Network

312-775-2391

lakeviewmutualaid@gmail.com

Website

Request support using this form

Lincoln Square

Lincoln Square Ravenswood Solidarity Network

224-458-4666

Website

A clothing rack at Humboldt Park Solidarity Network, showing hoodies, sweaters and other warm garments to help people in the neighborhood
Humboldt Park Solidarity Network operates out of Casa Hernandez, located at 3519 W. North Ave. Chicago, Ill. They are open Mondays 4–8 p.m. and Saturdays 2–5 p.m. and offer free food, clothing and other essentials. Photo by Michelle Kanaar/Borderless Magazine

Little Village and Pilsen

​​Chicago Latina Moms 

chicagolatinamoms@gmail.com 

Website

Little Village Mutual Aid, Telpochcalli Community Education Project (TCEP) and Únete La Villita

2832 W. 24th Blvd

708-885-9388

Lavillitamutualaid@gmail.com

Website 

 

Pilsen Solidarity Network

917-747-8651

pilsensn@gmail.com

Request aid using this form

 

Femme Defensa

Instagram

Linktree

 

Chicago Community Jail Support 

2700 S California Ave

Website

Linktree

 

Little Village, Englewood and South Chicago

Food, Farm Familias through the Getting Grown Collective

Website

Logan Square

​Logan Square Mutual Aid

773-234-8313

lsmutualaid@gmail.com 

Website

McKinley Park

McKinley Park Mutual Aid

312-772-4806

Facebook 

Northern Suburbs

Suburban Solidarity Network

Facebook

Northwest Side

Northwest Side Solidarity Network

Website

Oak Park

Oak Park Mutual Aid

708-628-8373

Website

Portage Park

Portage Park Mutual Aid

312-854-9851

portageparkmutualaid@gmail.com

Website

Rogers Park

PO Box Collective

773- 216-5556

poboxcollective@gmail.com

Website


Rogers Park Free Store

1407 W. Morse Ave.

Website

Instagram

Folded clothes at Humboldt Park Solidarity Network, ready for people to pick up
Humboldt Park Solidarity Network operates out of Casa Hernandez, located at 3519 W. North Ave. Chicago, Ill. They are open Mondays 4–8 p.m. and Saturdays 2–5 p.m. and offer free food, clothing and other essentials. Photo by Michelle Kanaar/Borderless Magazine

Roscoe Village

Roscoe Village-North Center Mutual Aid

rvmutualaid@gmail.com 

Facebook group

Request aid using this form

South Loop

South Loop Mutual Aid

708-953-8481

southloopmutualaid@gmail.com

Request aid using this form

Ukrainian Village

Ukrainian Village Mutual Aid

312-298-9328

ukvmutualaid@gmail.com

Website

 

West Town Mutual Aid

773-245-6846

Website

Uptown

Uptown Buena Park Solidarity Network

312-854-9215

ubpsolidaritynetwork@riseup.net

Twitter

Facebook

West Side

Westside Mutual Aid

Instagram 

 

Lil’ Miracles Mutual Aid through 360 Nation 

three60nation@gmail.com 

Website

 

Tri-Taylor Mutual Aid

312-870-0760

tritaylormutualaid@gmail.com

Request aid using this form 

Wicker Park and Buck Town

Wicker Park-Bucktown Mutual Aid

773-273-9640‬

Website

 

Don’t see your mutual aid group? Email Diane at diane@borderlessmag.org with your group’s info, and we’ll add it to our list!

 

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