Inside of the Northtown library showing adults and children sitting, walking around bookcases and an interior courtyard
Photo: Perkins&Will

This project in West Ridge Chicago was created to make 44 affordable apartments for senior citizens. This diverse neighborhood now has a place for community members of all ages to have access to a public library and encourage life-long learning.

Combining a library with public housing meant for seniors creates a space that serves all generations of the West Ridge community. Not only does this building offer living spaces for people 62 and over, the library portion hosts a YOUmedia center for teens, a learning space for children, and services like one on one homework help and a 3-D printing lab. Additionally, the space is able to contain large meeting and event spaces that other libraries normally don’t have the capacity for.

The mixed-use building is a collaboration between the Chicago Public Library and the Chicago Housing Authority to provide a place for all community residents to gather, share and succeed.