There is one place in Chicago that is considered by many Filipino Americans as their “home away from home”. This place is called Rizal Center which is named after the Philippine national hero Dr. Jose Rizal. The center is located at 1332 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago, IL 60613.
The Rizal Center is a multicultural, multigenerational community and cultural center located in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood! But it’s more than a building. It’s a revitalized way of thinking about who we are and how we engage with our community, our neighborhood, and our city.
Join the fun of collective (Bayanihan) work!
During the last three months of 2022, members of the Bayanihan Volunteer Corps put back the auditorium to its rightful place – a safe place for community members to hold dancing, celebrate happy and memorable events, hold forums, or just hang out. We look forward to 2023 to open more programs from health education and training to senior citizens’ wellness and recreational programs.
The Rizal Center is a welcoming, dynamic place for people of all backgrounds to come together and participate in cultural experiences that nourish by inspiring learning and dialogue; foster bridging, appreciation, and understanding; celebrate our vibrant, diverse communities, and place in pluralistic American society; and call upon us to help nurture a more just and equitable society.
We do this through relevant programming in arts and culture, civic engagement, public policy, community education, and Filipino life; meaningful service to combat food insecurity and to empower people.
The Rizal Center operates under the aegis of the Filipino American Council of Greater Chicago, one of the oldest cultural organizations in the nation.