Welcome to Northwestern Settlement! Since its founding in 1891 during Chicago’s Settlement House movement, the Settlement has evolved into a West Town community mainstay.
The courtyard community garden, cultivated by the young scholars of our preschool, allows children to participate in their education in an active way, developing a foundation of patience and caring.
The upstairs rooms, currently used by the Early Childhood Education program, were used during most of the 1900s as a communal living space for Settlement workers and volunteers.
In 1926, the Settlement hosted 22 residents, who lived by guidelines ranging from never turning away a neighbor in need to chewing gum only in the confines of their own rooms.
The upstairs rooms were converted to preschool classrooms in 1991 when the Early Childhood Education program began at the Settlement.
The program started with funding from Head Start, a nationwide program that gives low-income families access to early childhood development, socially and academically. The Settlement provides full-day, year-round programming for children between the ages of 2 and 5, focusing on social-emotional development and school preparedness.
Head back up the street to the Augusta/Noble intersection. Turn left on Noble to pass by the Settlement-founded Noble College Prep, then enter the building just across the alley. Up the stairs, Adventure Stage Chicago awaits!