Mercy Home has provided care and shelter for young people near downtown Chicago since 1887. To mark its centennial in 1987, we opened a second campus on the city’s far South Side.
You can take virtual tours and learn more about both locations below. Or let our President and CEO, Fr. Scott Donahue show you around in this video.
West Loop Campus
Located in a bustling neighborhood on Chicago’s near West Side, Mercy Home’s West Loop Campus is a home to around 100 young men as well as a smaller number of young adult women who are in college, working, or preparing to live independently.
Built shortly after the Home’s founding, this location features a learning center and computer lab to aid our young people in their studies and a dining hall where meals are served family style. Young people enjoy opportunities to participate in sports in our Noha Gymnasium and the 20/30 Club fitness center, thanks to generous contributions from our donors, and in our outdoor recreation facilities. We also have a garden on the property that serves as an quiet oasis within the heart of the big city.
Living areas feature dormitory-style housing in a bright, modern, loft-like building. By sharing communal spaces, the young men learn the core values of respect, responsibility, trust, honesty and caring. Youth are housed within distinct residential programs designed to support each young person’s growth. Assignments are based on factors such as the youth’s age, and the level of structure that will best support each individual emotionally and developmentally.
The young men of our boys campus are actively involved in the surrounding community, often working at nearby businesses and participating in neighborhood volunteer projects.
Walsh Girls Campus
Nestled on a hill in Chicago’s historic South-Side Beverly/Morgan Park community, Mercy Home’s Margaret Walsh Girls Campus offers a cozy, tranquil setting for our young women to call home. Opened in 1987 in the former retreat house of the Cenacle Sisters, part of the Walsh Campus was once the home of the Walgreen family who founded the Walgreen’s drug store chain.
The campus features the Marie Noha Craft Cottage, which is a popular spot for the young people to create arts and crafts, a learning center that offer resources for school work, the Speh Fitness Center, and a dining area for family-style meals. In the warmer months the grounds are lush with gardens and a fountain. There are also outdoor recreational facilities on the grounds where kids can play basketball and volleyball.
The Walsh Campus features four dormitory-style housing programs, which are organized by age. By sharing living spaces, the young women learn the core values of respect, responsibility, trust, honesty and caring. Residents eat their meals family style, strengthening the shared experience of sisterhood for each young person.