North River Commission is the nonprofit community and economic development corporation for the northwest side of Chicago, from the Chicago River to Cicero and Addison to Devon. Founded in 1962 by concerned residents and neighborhood institutions, NRC unites over 100 civic associations, businesses, schools, institutions and places of worship to improve the quality of life in our community by creating affordable housing, quality education, arts & cultural endeavors, open spaces, and thriving neighborhood businesses.

Current Areas of Work

  • Business Development: Small business development and improvement of our business districts is a core function, including: operation of the Albany Park and Irving Park Special Service Area (SSA #60), operation of the Albany Park Chamber of Commerce, and acting as a Neighborhood Business Development Center through its delegate agency contract with the City of Chicago.
  • Community Development: North River Commission engages the community in planning for the future in collaboration with Local Initiatives Support Corporation Chicago (LISC), Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), Chicago Department for Planning and Development, Illinois Department of Transportation, and Chicago Transit Authority. Since our beginning, NRC has partnered with residents and their civic associations for the betterment of their communities.
  • Affordable Housing: North River Commission developed Mayfair Commons senior housing at Elston and Lawrence in the 1990s and is now refinancing the project in order to renovate and preserve it as affordable senior housing. NRC works with landlords and tenants to improve the quality of rental units while preserving affordability.
  • Education: NRC partners with Illinois State University’s Teacher Pipeline to connect education majors to Chicago Public Schools and our neighborhoods, which encourages them to choose Albany Park schools for their first teaching positions. NRC also supports the 24 CPS schools in our area by working with students, parents, teachers and administrators in improving the quality of education.
  • Environment: The Environment Committee is focused on two long term projects, flooding solutions at the home and neighborhood levels and tree planting in parks and parkways. NRC supports park district advisory councils and enhancing green space for beauty and healthy communities.
  • Arts and Culture: The objective of the Art & Culture Committee is to collaborate with artists and the community to enhance offerings in our area. NRC is engaged in a long term project with the Chicago Park District and Northeastern Illinois University in creating a sculpture park for the communities around Ronan Park.

Support: North River Commission thrives on the support of people like you who care about building better communities on the northwest side of Chicago. We work for you, and your support makes all the difference in ensuring our capacity to serve our communities. 

North River Commission is a qualified IRS section 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and therefore your contributions are deductible to the full extent of the law. We welcome your questions about the positive impact that your contributions make on the people and communities that we serve.
Please make a contribution today in an amount that is significant for you. Thank you.

Donate online at our secure page

Communications: We welcome you to stay up to date with the work of North River Commission through our communication channels. Likewise, we are happy to celebrate the work that you are engaged in by sharing your news through NRC communication channels.

Email Updates
North River Commission sends out updates about 4 times per month through Constant Contact. Generally 2 updates directed at residents and 2 updates for business owners. We find that many stakeholders elect to receive both updates.

Follow this link to register your email and select your interests. Sign up form: bit.ly/NRCsignup

The Albany Park Chamber of Commerce has its own url: www.albanyparkchamber.org

Facebook Pages
North River Commission: www.facebook.com/northrivercommission
Albany Park Chamber of Commerce: facebook.com/albanyparkchamber

Twitter: Follow North River Commission: @NRCchicago  <twitter.com/NRCchicago>

Contact Thomas Applegate, Executive Director
thomasapplegate <at> northrivercommission.org