"A Center for Arts, Culture, and Community"
941 W. Lawrence Avenue
P.O. Box 408319, Chicago, IL 60640-8319
Telephone: 773.784.6633 Fax: 773.784.6760
Our Programs and
The Preston Bradley Center, in keeping with the spirit of the progressive civic leader for whom it is named, is committed to diversity in all its forms, both on our board and in our programming, as promoting deeply democratic practices and enabling meaningful participation of often excluded groups.
The Preston Bradley Center
is a beautiful landmark building with a storied history; it's a federal nonprofit 501(c)(3); it's a center for arts, culture and community.
Its signature programs include the longstanding 2 Li'l Fishes free lunch program, which serves over 2,000 meals a month to neighbors in need, and the Uptown Arts Center, home to a dozen artists sharing studio space and host to regular art exhibitions and poetry readings.
Its elegant interior spaces - the main floor Auditorium and fourth floor Mason Hall - are available for concerts, performances, meetings, weddings, and conferences. Call the office for information about renting space, 773-784-6633.
a beautiful space
The Preston Bradley Center was built in 1926, the height of Uptown’s glory days, with an Auditorium now seating twelve hundred people, wonderful acoustics and a mural by well-known Chicago muralist Louis Grell.
PBC is home to community and arts organizations that help enrich the culture of Uptown.
PBC is a federal 501(c)(3) non-profit. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation on-line to help with our work:
…for arts & culture
The Uptown Arts Center
The fourth floor has been transformed into shared artists’ studio space, a spacious Gallery for art shows by recognized and emerging artists, and classroom space for sketching, painting, and for live model drawing, directed by Artist-in-residence Colette Wright Adams. It also hosts quarterly poetry readings open to the public. For more information, see UptownArtsCenter.org.
Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles
One of PBC's space-sharing partners is Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles, a recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Their annual appearances and performances help the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community connect to diverse audiences everywhere through music. Last year, its Lakeside Pride Freedom Marching Band, Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band, and shhh...OUT! Lakeside Pride Jazz Ensemble reached more than one million people. In 2011, they were named to the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame for our contributions to our community. Additional information, including how to join an ensemble, is available at LakesidePride.org.
Mason Hall Performance Space
Mason Hall, on the fourth floor, has been home to various theater groups over its lifetime. Its 1920's era murals, 24 foot ceilings and antique chandeliers create a unique space for celebratory and cultural events. :Watch the calendar for updates about new performances being held here. Or call the office for information about renting space, 773-784-6633.
… for community
2 Li’l Fishes
PBC's signature program, 2 Li'l Fishes, feeds hungry people six days a week, year-round. Its motto is “Restoring Hope, One Plate at a Time” – and it succeeds by its good food, and the respect and caring it gives its guests. It raises all the funds to run the program through grants and donations. For more information, see the website, 2LilFishes.org.
Treasures of Uptown: an Interfaith Action Coalition
People from different faiths participate in conversation and planning, to build bridges among the diverse people of Uptown, to celebrate each other’s food and cultures, to respond to violence and bigotry with love and acceptance. See TreasuresofUptown.org.
Transitional Housing Shelter
Another of PBC's space-sharing partners, North Side Housing hosts a men’s transitional housing program in the lower-level Anderson Hall, where clients receive counseling, job training, and various support services. Their front desk is 773-564-9093.