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Lawndale 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 from Lawndale Community Church, who in 1984 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). LCC subsequently launched Lawndale Christian Development Corporation (LCDC), which originally focused on the development of affordable housing, but has since expanded to include educational programs and community organizing efforts. Originally all three occupied the present structure of LCHC, but, as each ministry grew, additional buildings were acquired, leaving only the health center occupying the original structure (apart from a gymnasium used by LCC). LCC also has a sister church in South Lawndale called La Villita Community Church (LVCC).

Since its founding, LCHC has grown rapidly to the point that over 164,800 medical visits are now completed each year. Services include laboratory, radiology, pharmacy, dentistry, optometry, behavioral health,  and health support services for targeted populations such as pregnant women, seniors, asthmatics, diabetics, and persons with HIV. LCHC delivers care at satellite clinics located at Homan Square, Farragut Career Academy, Archer Heights, and Breakthrough. Our main campus on Ogden Avenue has grown beyond the original site at 3860 W. Ogden to include a new Wellness Center at 3750 W. Ogden, which houses an expanded fitness center, a café open to the community, pediatric medical and dental clinics, womens’ health center, and a conference center.