Our Center

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.

Building history

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.

Original Chicago Children's Advocacy Center

The original center as designed in 2001. The building is shaped like a figure-8 to eliminate any dead-end hallways, providing hope to families and enhancing collaboration among staff members.

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.

ChicagoCAC Staff Break Room

The new staff break room, where staff and partners can eat lunch and relax.

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 info@chicagocac.org.