The Human Library Chicago chapter was created with the permission of the Human Library Organization in 2014 and began with our first event in 2014 at the Chicago Printer's Row Lit Fest during which we had over 100 Readers! We have since grown to a group of over 60 volunteers who have participated in 14 (and counting) different events throughout the city of Chicago.
Over the last several years, we have facilitated over 400 conversations. We also recruited board members and have created the nonprofit Intersection, whose mission is dedicated to creating change through dialogue. We recently received our 501c3 status as a nonprofit with the IRS.
We are currently a 100% volunteer based organization. Additionally, our board members have shared their expertise at a conference for organizers in Poland, helped establish Human Libraries around the U.S., and helped to run other events in the U.S.
We have also established partnerships with the Chicago Public Library to bring events to branches around Chicago, National Veterans Art Museum to bring events to their venue for their After School Matters students to participate in, and most recently, we've established partnerships with Loyola University, Columbia College, and Nettlehorst Elementary School.