ChicagoCAC is housed in a 42,000-square-foot building located at 1240 South Damen Avenue . Our facility was designed specifically for us, featuring bright colors and an abundance of natural light to help children and families feel safe and to represent best practices as a trauma-informed environment.
In addition to offering a comforting place for our clients, our center encourages collaboration among members of our co-located teams. The city’s responders to reports of child sexual abuse are stationed at the center, which enhances information-sharing, making investigations more child-centered, effective and timely.
ChicagoCAC is one of the largest children’s advocacy centers in the country and one of only a few at which all partner agencies are co-located.
We opened the doors to our center in 2001. Renowned Chicago architect Stanley Tigerman designed the original 24,000-square-foot facility specifically for ChicagoCAC, incorporating child-friendly elements in each aspect of the design. The interior and exterior of our building are brightly colored to mimic a playhouse or castle that a child might design. Windows within the building sit low so that children can see out and plenty of light can come in. The entire space was designed as a figure-8 so no hallways had dead ends.
In January 2015, we completed construction of an 18,000-square-foot expansion to better support the families we serve. Designed by Chicago architects Holabird & Root, the new space was designed to incorporate the same child-friendly elements as the first building.
The additional space improved the quality and number of child- and family-friendly spaces, shaped the physical environment to enhance collaboration among our teams, doubled our mental health program capacity by adding staff and dedicated space and added a community training center to broaden our prevention efforts. Learn more.
We are occasionally able to offer tours of the center. If you are interested in seeing our child-friendly center, please send a request a tour to firstname.lastname@example.org.