May
19
7:00 pm19:00

Robust Indigenes - Part 4

Please join us for our Robust Indigenes event hosted at our new home in Albany Park!

This will be part four 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 3 featured storytellers plus 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:

Sharon Skolnick (Ft. Sill Apache), and two more storytellers - TBA

EVERYONE is welcomed to bring a story!

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

May
16
12:00 pm12:00

On the Table...

On the Table... Join the American Indian Center staff in a discussion of community programs, new ideas and planning. This will be a Brown Bag Lunch gathering. Beverages provided. Tuesday, May 16th @ 12pm AIC Arts Room 3401 West Ainslie Street Questions?  Contact dave at spencer@aicchicago.org

On the Table...
Join the American Indian Center staff in a discussion of community programs, new ideas and planning. This will be a Brown Bag Lunch gathering. Beverages provided.

Tuesday, May 16th @ 12pm


AIC Arts Room
3401 West Ainslie Street

Questions?  Contact dave at spencer@aicchicago.org

May
6
7:00 pm19:00

The Bridge to Native Chicago Part2

FREE EVENT! Donations accepted.

PARKING AVAILABLE Free parking is available for this event at the Albany Bank lot @ Lawrence & Kimball. (Entrance on west side of Kimball)

Please park closer to the fence by Bernard Street and do not use any spaces that are marked "authorized vehicles only."

Apr
21
7:00 pm19:00

Robust Indigenes: AIC Stories and Epiphanes

Please join us for our first Robust Indigenes event hosted at our new home in Albany Park!

This will be part three 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 3 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: Louis Delgado (Oneida) Dorene Wiese (White Earth Ojibwe) Pamela Silas (Menominee/Oneida)

However everyone is welcomed to bring a story!

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

Part IV will be held on May 19th

Apr
20
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

Apr
8
12:30 pm12:30

Sex Trafficking and Native Americans: An Invisible Epidemic

This educational event will be about the invisible epidemic of Native American Sex Trafficking: What it looks like, and what to do about it. Attendance is free and encouraged!

To RSVP please call 312-996-4515 or email Emily@aicchicago.org.

April 21st

12pm-2pm

Latino Cultural Center @ UIC

 

Mar
11
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
Feb
9
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
Feb
4
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
Feb
3
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
Jan
27
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
Dec
17
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

Nov
29
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

6:30pm-8:30pm

$5 Admission

Nov
19
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!

Nov
11
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

7pm-9pm

For more information contact Dave @ spencer@aicchicago.org

Oct
23
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.

Oct
20
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) 

Oct
14
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!

Oct
10
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.

Oct
1
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.

Aug
27
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!

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

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

For more information please contact vincentr@aicchicago.org