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LCHC History

The original building

This run-down building underwent many repairs and renovations, and now houses the main Ogden clinic!

Digging out the gym floor

Many community members volunteered to dig down the floor of the gym so that it could become a full basketball court.

The Lawndale Miracle

The Chicago Bears donated the funds needed to lay and finish the wooden gym floor, still in use today

Dedicated employees

A few of the first LCHC employees

Health Fair

LCHC held a health fair in 1984 before its opening for patients to book appointments and learn about the Health Center

Caring providers

A young patient sees one of LCHC's first doctors

Lawndale Christian Health Center has its roots in the efforts of a group of community residents, largely high school students, who formed a youth group which eventually grew into Lawndale Community Church. In 1984, members of the church and neighborhood spearheaded an effort to address the lack of affordable, quality health care services in their community. With many hours of volunteer time and a $150,000 grant from the Chicago Community Trust, a former Cadillac dealership was transformed into the facility that is now Lawndale Christian Health Center (LCHC).

Since its founding, LCHC has grown rapidly to meet the needs of the community. Services include laboratory, radiology, pharmacy, dentistry, optometry, behavioral health, and health support services for targeted populations such as pregnant women, seniors, asthmatics, diabetics, and people living with HIV. LCHC also delivers all primary care services at its 4 other satellite clinics across the West Side.

Our main campus on Ogden Avenue has grown beyond the original site at 3860 W. Ogden to include several new and updated buildings. To the east, the Health & Wellness Center houses a fitness center, a café open to the community, pediatric medical and dental clinics, womens’ health care teams, and a conference center. To the west, you will find our Immediate Care Clinic. Across the street, patients have access to our Eye Clinic and the soon-to-open Senior Center. Down at the Pink Line CTA 'L' train stop, the beautiful Farm on Ogden provides access to fresh produce and nutrition education.

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