10:00 am10:00

Lurie Garden Workshop: Resistance Gardening by the AIC

The American Indian Center's Education Department will be presenting as part of Lurie Gardens Adult Workshop Series. Our workshop will focus on the recovery of the original land base of Illinois while preserving and restoring traditional practices of land management, community development, and rebuild cultural connections to the land.

The American Indian Center- Chicago strives to create a community of Indigenous growers who are dedicated to reclaiming Indigenous Growing Systems in an Urban setting through revitalizing harvesting and gardening traditions related to our ancestral food sovereignty and security. In this workshop we will make connections of how indigenous language, creation stories, and songs are used to educate and increase the capacity of the American Indian Community of Chicago and our allies.

Free registration available here

10:00 am10:00

Youth Mural Project facilitated by Chris Pappan

Join us in empowering our Urban Native Youth to become leaders through artmaking. The Youth Mural Project is a collaboration between artist Chris Pappan, the Field Museum of Natural History, The American Indian Association of Illinois and the American Indian Center.

The second session of this event will be hosted at the AIAI offices located at 1650 W. Foster Ave. on March 11, 2017.

Space is limited. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Fawn at fawn@aicchicago.org.

AIHS Family Night
5:00 pm17:00

AIHS Family Night

You are invited to come and enjoy an evening out with your family and socialize with other community families over dinner and music. Spot dances, "Cake" walks and various other fun dances will be encouraged to get your heart beat'n and your body groov'n! Valentine themed photo booth will be present!

Presented by American Indian Health Services of Chicago

For more information visit: aihschgo.org

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser and Gathering
5:00 pm17:00

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser and Gathering

Hello everyone! Please note that we have changed the date of the Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser and community gathering so it doesn't conflict with another fundraiser. Come support you center and spend some time visiting with friends, family and neighbors!

$5.00 per person.

Plate will include Spaghetti entree, salad, roll, dessert and drink. Vegetarian option will also be available.

Saturday, February 4th 5-8pm Tribal Hall

OpenMic! The Last Session @ 1630
7:30 pm19:30

OpenMic! The Last Session @ 1630

Our Arts Department will be hosting it's Final Open Mic at the Wilson building this coming Friday. This is an 18+ event, light refreshments will be provided. Come and share a story, joke or song!

February 3rd,2017 7:30-9:30pm 1630 W. Wilson, Chicago IL 60640

For more information please contact us at spencer@aicchicago.org

Robust Indigenes: Stories and Epiphanes
7:00 pm19:00

Robust Indigenes: Stories and Epiphanes

A big thank you to all our story tellers and guests that joined us in the first installment of this series!

This even is part two of a six-event series of stories that articulate the vitality of the American Indian Center toward providing space and programs that resulted in a continuum of cultural practice and contributed to the development of identity for four generations of Native Americans in Chicago.

We will have 4 featured storytellers plus an an open mic format for anyone willing to share an AIC story. We are asking all storytellers to bring along a tangible item (e.g. photograph or something produced at the AIC, etc.) that will enhance your AIC story. Your item will then be digitally scanned or photographed and become eligible for entrance into the AIC Archives collection and to the development of the first retrospective exhibit for the American Indian Center, slated for Fall 2018.

Our featured Storytellers for this event will be:

Florence Dunham (Mohawk)

Robert Wapahi (Dakota)

Mark LaRoque (Ojibwe)

Cyndee Fox-Starr (Omaha/Odawa)

However everyone is welcomed to bring a story!

For more information please contact Dave at spencer@aicchicago.org

AIC Winter Fest
5:00 pm17:00

AIC Winter Fest

Hello everyone,

It is time to come together again to celebrate our community.

Winter Feast is a couple weeks away, 17 December 2016, here at the AIC. Doors open at 5, dinner at 6 – 9.

Mr. Jack Campbell has generously obtained and donated deer meat. Jewel Osco has donated some hams, and our new friends at the Turkish Consulate General of Chicago are bringing “Turkish Kabobs” and traditional rice.

It is a potluck, so please bring a dish to share.

We are asking for Healthy dishes of Wild rice, Salads, Wojapi, Corn bread, something to drink and more.

We will have music, special announcements, and small gift bags for the kids.

This will be our last social gathering here on Wilson Ave.

Come get some wonderful food, take a few last pictures of the building and enjoy each other’s company. After all, the smiles are the most valuable items we will be taking with us to our new location.

Hope to see everyone there.

Thank you,

Vincent Romero

6:30 pm18:30

AIC Film Series Presents: Mekko

AIC Art's department is proud to host a screening of the Sterlin Harjo drama Mekko.

"Mekko, released from prison after a 19-year sentence, has nowhere to go and sleeps on the streets. When he is taken in by the native community, he becomes convinced that a man among their ranks is a witch."

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016


$5 Admission

2:00 pm14:00

November 19th, Giving Thanks Feast & Powwow

Join us for the American Indian Center's last great Powwow in this building.  Help us turn a page in our history.  Everyone is welcome to share their stories and their love for the community that has seen so many wonderful days.  Let generations come together to feast and honor this organization.  Yes, we are moving to a new location in the city, starting again but not starting over.

Bring the little kids and the big kids and the senior kids too!

Come CELEBRATE this historical event.  Truly a time to give thanks.

Many of our favorite drums will attend with dancers from around the country.  All are welcome.  Last chance to snag at the AIC on Wilson!

7:00 pm19:00

The Bridge to Native Chicago: A Music Exchange of Jazz and Songs of the Southern Plains

Join us for live music performances of intertribal Drum songs and avante guard Jazz. Members of RedLine, a local Chicago Native American Drum group, along with jazz musicians from France, collectively known as The Bridge, will be the featured musicians for this unique collaboration.

Friday, November 11th, 2016


For more information contact Dave @ spencer@aicchicago.org

11:00 am11:00

Indigenous Science Day: Mask Perspectives

The American Indian Center is bringing back Indigenous Science Days!

Indigenous Science Days is a community program that focus on culturally based science. The activities take place at multiple places in the Chicago- land area. This October Marks the 4th Annual Mask Perspectives Game at Montrose Dunes/Magic Hedge.

Mask Perspectives is a role playing game! Participants from all age ranges are given masks of different releatives we encounter within Chicago. Participants are encouraged to take on the perspective of their masks as we explore and rebuild relationships to Chicago's Indigenous Landscape.

6:30 pm18:30

American Indian Center Presents: Audio Overdose


Everyone is welcomed to join us for an evening of music, beverages and discussion. We are asking folks to bring three songs to share (see below) and a story of why you selected those particular songs. Bring your ipod or Mp3 Player and we'll connect you to the soundboard. An evening for music lovers and aficionados.




Themes (open to interpretation)

1st Round: Song of Discovery - e.g. a song that enabled you to discover a new artist, song, movie, etc.

2nd Round: Guilty Pleasure - e.g. a song that one enjoys despite feeling that it is not generally held in high regard.

3rd Round: Carte Blanche (open/any song) 

7:30 pm19:30

The Indigenous Live Lizard Lounge Presents: Open Mic!

It's that time of the month again! Join us at Open Mic, Friday Oct. 14th from 7:30-9:30pm for a ~~spooky~~ night of live performances, poetry, storytelling, songs!

18+ Only

Light refreshments provided.

For more information contact Dave at spencer@aicchicago.org. See you there!

12:00 pm12:00

Celebrating Indigenous People's Day in Chicago

Indigenous People’s Day

October 10th

“Celebrate, educate, and demonstrate”

On October 10th, the American Indian Center will be celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day with our cousins (NASP/NASO) over at the UIC-Quad (see map).  This gathering begins at Noon and ends at 5PM. We will be rocking out with some of our most passionate community members and supporters for a day of celebration, education, and demonstration. Everyone is invited!  Bring your shawls, drums, or regalia.

If you plan on staying all day, you may want to bring a bag lunch and water bottle, unless you want to purchase food from the cafeteria at Student Center-East.  Be ready to Round Dance and become inspired!

Meetup will be in the AIC-Quad, west of Student Center East.  Easiest way to get to the Quad is by walking through Student Center East on 750 S. Halsted Ave.

9:00 am09:00

Yard Sale at the American Indian Center

For the next 3 to 4 Saturdays, beginning Oct.1 (weather permitting), volunteers at the AIC will be holding a garage sale from 9am-6pm in front of the center at 1630 W. Wilson. Proceeds will benefit the center.

Included in the sale will be children/baby items, kitchenware, new bathroom sink, small kitchekn appliances, such as a cuisinart yogurt/ice cream maker. glassware, massage tables, t-shirts with original artwork, pottery, vases, pictures frames and much more. Items will be added throughout each day.

Native American jewelry by local artists will also be featured.

7:00 am07:00

Moving Sale! One Day Only!

The American Indian Center is moving!
Furniture, Clothing, Appliances (some new), Tools, Office supplies,
Musical Instruments, Art work, Books and more!
Everything must go!
All items priced to move out!

Saturday, 27 August, 2016
7:00 AM to 7:00 PM

American Indian Center building,
Located at 1630 W. Wilson Ave. Chicago

For more information please contact vincentr@aicchicago.org

5:30 pm17:30

Miss Indian Chicago Community Powwow

The Miss Indian Chicago Committee will be holding a community pow-wow and selecting the New Royalty for the 2016-17 year! We are accepting applications until Thursday.

Potluck @ 5:30 (please bring a dish or dessert to share)
Powwow @ 6:00pm
Walgreeen's will also be adiministering Free Flu Shots at the Powwow.

Sponsored by the American Indian Center of Chicago and the Miss Indian Chicago Committee.

Special thanks to Walgreen's at 5158 N. Lincoln Ave.

Smart Phone Photography Workshop
5:00 pm17:00

Smart Phone Photography Workshop

Come out to AIC Tribal Hall on August 17th for our first Smartphone Photography Workshop! From 5 - 7p.m. this one night event will teach attendees how to take great photos on their cameraphones. Facilitator Tomas Karmelo Amaya will delve into effective techniques and apps everyone can use to take high quality, professional photographs. All you need to bring is your camera/smart phone!

The workshop is FREE and open to the public. We wish to limit the number of attendees at 25. If you wish to participate, please RSVP to lorenzo@aicchicago.org.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training
1:00 pm13:00

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Youth Mental Health First Aid is a free two day training designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Upon completion of the course, you will receive of certificate verifying training. Please send an email to emily@aicchicago.org for any questions. Light refreshments will be provided. Registration can be found here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/youth-mental-health-first-aid-training-two-day-training-tickets-26233671618

Safe Spaces Begin With Me - Hosted by the Chicago Two-Spirit Society
6:00 pm18:00

Safe Spaces Begin With Me - Hosted by the Chicago Two-Spirit Society

Join the Two-Spirit Society as we engage in meaningful dialog and receive training on the "do's and don'ts" of creating Safe Spaces. Some of the topics include: Gender and Native Identity, LGTBQ2 issues, coming out support, and empowering one another. This workshop is recommended for LGTBQ2 People, Community Leaders, activists, parents of LGTBQ2 youth and allies.

Enter the Circle: A serious but fun sewing group at AIC
6:00 pm18:00

Enter the Circle: A serious but fun sewing group at AIC

Join your friends and family at the AIC, every Thursday (6:00-8:00pm), as we get together in a warm and cozy atmosphere, teaching/sharing/creating ideas with each other. We can help you work on regalia and other sewing projects.

When:  Every Thursday, beginning 3/10/16 thru 6/2/16, 6-8pm

Where:  American Indian Center of Chicago.

Free to AIC Membership.