We’re proud to welcome you to the newly expanded Ark in West Rogers Park and in Northbrook.

Our History

How We Began

Our Story

The Ark was founded in 1971 through the efforts of an Uptown doctor and a local rabbi, who were approached by a group of young Jewish community members advocating for the doctor’s clinic to provide more services to the poor. The idea quickly gained many supporters, and in March, 1971, The Ark opened as a free medical clinic in Albany Park.

Soon, The Ark’s cause began attracting large numbers of volunteers who were interested in contributing their time and professional skills to help their less fortunate neighbors. Throughout the years, services and programs were added one-by-one; a kosher food pantry was opened; rent and utility bills were paid; a free pharmacy opened. We are grateful to Dr. Binyamin Sokol z”l, Rabbi Avram Kaufman z”l, Rabbi Yehoshua Eichenstein z”l, and Joseph Weiss z”l for their vision and dedication to making The Ark a reality.

As The Ark grew, it followed the Jewish population from Albany Park to Devon Avenue. The Ark moved again in 1991 to its current facility on California Avenue, and in 2011, a second office was opened in Northbrook, to meet the needs of the growing Jewish population in the northwest suburbs.

See Our New Space

Funded entirely by our generous supporters, we are now serving our community in a new, modern, uplifting, and secure space. Located at 6450 N. California Ave., our Chicago home has expanded its physical footprint by 60% with a 14,000 square foot, two-story addition making it possible to serve 20% more clients each year.

We have also increased the size of our pantry fourfold, expanding access to nutritious, kosher food in a warm and welcoming environment.