About One Chicago

One Chicago was established in 2017 to unify all Chicagoans as one city and one voice. Chicago’s past is drawn from the vibrant diversity of its neighborhoods and historic communities. And its future will be met by furthering its legacy as a welcoming city to all who want to make Chicago their home. Created by the “Chicago is With You” Task Force, the One Chicago campaign will facilitate access to resources and support for Chicago’s residents, including its immigrant and refugee communities. Since its founding, people from around the country and throughout the world have made Chicago their home. But all are unified by their common identity as one people, one home, and one Chicago.

“One Chicago is more than a campaign; it is a statement of faith. Chicago—like America—is not just a place on a map, but a set of ideals and values carried on through generations of immigrants, migrants, and refugees who came to Chicago in search of a better life for themselves and their families.”
—Mayor Rahm Emanuel

The Chicago is With You” Task Force was launched in 2016 by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, and Congressman Luis Gutiérrez. The task force ensures Chicago delivers comprehensive support to immigrant, refugees, and other disenfranchised communities by collaborating on legal services, mental health, employer diversity training, and education.
CHAIRS
  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel
  • Senator Dick Durbin
  • U.S. Congressman Luis Gutiérrez
  • Honorary Co-Chairs
    • First Lady Amy Rule
    • City Clerk Anna Valencia
    • Alderman Danny Solis
    Subcommittee Leaders
    • Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC)
    • Illinois Business Immigration Coalition (IBIC)
    • Lurie Children’s Hospital
    • The Resurrection Project (TRP)
    Members
    • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
    • American Muslim Task Force on Civil Rights and Election
    • Archdiocese of Chicago
    • Catholic Charities
    • Centro Romero
    • Centro de Trabajadores Unidos (CTU)
    • Chicago Federation of Labor (CFL)
    • City of Chicago – City Council Members: Alderman Solis, Alderman Pawar, Alderman Dowell
    • City of Chicago Clerk’s Office
    • Chicago Public Library (CPL)
    • Chicago Public Schools (CPS)
    • City Colleges of Chicago (CCC)
    • Chicago Commission on Human Relations (CCHR)
    • Chicago Police Department (CPD)
    • Cook County State’s Attorney
    • Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer
    • Circle of Service
    • Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago)
    • DePaul University
    • Erie Neighborhood House
    • Hana Center
    • Heartland Alliance
    • Illinois Business Immigration Coalition (IBIC)
    • Illinois Health and Hospital Association
    • Illinois Restaurant Association
    • Illinois Comptroller
    • Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR)
    • Indo-American Center (IAC)
    • Instituto de Progreso Latino (IDPL)
    • JB and MK Pritzker Family Foundation
    • The Kennedy Forum
    • Lurie Children’s Hospital
    • National Immigrant Justice Center
    • Noble Network of Charter Schools
    • One Chicago Fund
    • Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP)
    • Syrian Community Network (SCN)
    • The Resurrection Project (TRP)
    • Unite Here
    One Chicago was established in response to the emerging needs of Chicago’s immigrant and refugee communities most affected by recent federal policies. One Chicago is committed to working to improve the day-to-day experiences of all Chicagoans through coordinated policies on mental health, legal services, employer communications, and education.

    For more information on Chicago city services, visit www.cityofchicago.org.

    One Chicago focuses on coordinating policies on mental health, legal services, employer communications, and education to ensure the City is delivering comprehensive services to immigrants, refugees, and other disenfranchised communities. Services will include legal protection, naturalization assistance, community education, employer communications, as well as others.

    For more information, visit our Resources page.

    For additional information on Chicago city services, visit www.cityofchicago.org or call 311.

    One Chicago believes that residents, regardless of immigration status, should have access to City services. Services will be provided by a collaboration of city resources, non-profit organizations, advocacy groups, and other “Chicago is With You” Task Force members.

    The Resurrection Project (TRP) manages the Community Navigators, volunteers who bridge the gap between community residents and accredited immigration lawyers, in collaboration with eight immigrant-serving community organizations in order to expand access to legal counsel for immigrants in the City of Chicago. These organizations include: Indo-American Center (IAC), Centro Romero, Erie Neighborhood House, Hana Center, United African Organization (UAO), Instituto de Progreso Latino (IDPL), Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP), and Centro de Trabajadores Unidos (CTU).

    Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) expands access to legal counsel for immigrants in Chicago through legal consultations.

    Lurie Children’s Hospital trains Community Navigators and immigration attorneys on mental healthcare and well-being treatment services to use when consulting with refugees and immigrants.

    For additional information on Chicago City Services, visit www.cityofchicago.org or call 311.

    Find out how you can participate in this effort in the Get Involved section of this website.

    Build Awareness
    Share our City’s values and our stories with your friends, family, community and businesses.

    For legal assistance
    Contact Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center at 312-660-1370 or visit www.immigrantjustice.org.

    To find a Know Your Rights training
    Contact The Resurrection Project at 312-666-3062 or visit www.resurrectionproject.org.

    You can also follow us on social media for regular updates regarding One Chicago.

    The City of Chicago would like to express its gratitude to our talented and generous creative and production partners, Ogilvy Chicago, Ricky Rhodes Photography, Dictionary Films and the rest of the team at Cutters Studios. The City of Chicago would also like to thank Heartland Alliance for its partnership in hosting and managing the One Chicago website.