By making a donation, you are investing in the future of the Near North!

You can also make checks payable to:

The LaSalle Foundation*
1111 N. Wells St., Suite 500
Chicago, IL 60610

Please denote NNUP in the check memo.

*The LaSalle Foundation is the fiscal agent for NNUP.  The LaSalle Foundation is a charity recognized as tax-exempt by the IRS under Section 501c(3). Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

What We Support


Each summer NNUP hosts a series of concerts inspired by the notion that music brings people together and in 2014 the Fest brought together over 4,500 residents of the Near North community. Seward Park, the Jazz Fest location is in the heart of the Near North neighborhood, a community which has been profoundly impacted by the redevelopment of Cabrini Green.

The concerts are more than a project or even a series of events; they are a key element of a community strategy to build bridges between diverse neighbors and expand opportunities for everyone.

The Fest is made possible by the support of 27th Ward Alderman, Walter Burnett, Jr., Al Carter-Bey, The Chicago Park District, U.S. Bank and LISC Chicago and the members of the Near North Unity Program.

2015 will mark the 5th year of the Seward Park Jazz Fest. NNUP’s hope is that even more community members and neighbors will engage and continue to enjoy the sounds of jazz in turn building great long lasting relationships as our Near North community grows and prospers.

Please consider donating to NNUP for projects like the Jazz Fest that impact the lives of all people in Chicago’s Near North community.


NNUP is a leader in establishing a collective neighborhood voice, sourcing information and taking action to move issues beyond the status quo.  Our unique process connects existing sub-communities by building upon local strengths through planning, organizing and human development

NNUP relies on the generous support of individuals and institutions to assist our efforts in building community.  Through establishing a collective neighborhood voice, sourcing information and taking action we can move beyond the status quo.

What our Donors say…

“The bricks and mortar have been built, now we need to build community.”  –NNUP participant

“Through NNUP I made connections with like-minded people, we collaborate on issues we care about and are working to make things better for everyone.”   –NNUP participant