Creative Enterprise

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At Envision, we believe that creative endeavors nourish the mind and the body. From a Chicago Park District after school program to a juried gallery exhibit, from a chilly spring morning at the raised flower beds to a sunny farmer’s market loaded with fresh product, Envision program participants and our community partners are engaging in experiences designed to stimulate the senses and provide a depth of experience unlike any other.

Through our innovative programming we’re building thought leadership in the creative community, producing art and food that’s fit for Chicago’s finest institutions. If you’d like to get involved and join us on our creative journeys, please fill our contact form (link to standard Contact us form). We look forward to connecting.

Success Stories

On September 18, members of Envision's Mental Health team walked with National Alliance on Mental Illness-Chicago to raise funds for those who cannot afford mental health services. These funds will provide free mental health support, education, and advocacy programs to those in need.

Want more power? The 2021 InMotion event is bringing it! This year, InMotion is a "30 for 30" Challenge. What's that?

July is Disability Pride Month—an opportunity for us to purposefully come together to amplify each other, to honor and accept everyone’s uniqueness in the naturally diverse human quilt.

Envision shares the values of independence and inclusion represented by Juneteenth--a day that is broadly misunderstood. To salute our newest federal holiday, we produced a video to clear up the confusion. Enjoy!

Our Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Tim Smith, chief corporate counsel for CME Group. Due to the pandemic, the event was held outdoors—coincidentally, at our Westtown Center, where Tim has volunteered for several years as a Biking Buddy.

The Envision Unlimited staff has gone to extraordinary lengths during the pandemic, to assure that our members have the physical and emotional support they need.

Envision Unlimited President and CEO Mark McHugh was featured in a Chicago Tribune story about efforts to convince state lawmakers to provide adequate funding for organizations serving Illinoisians with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Remember when you brought a joyful smile or maybe a tear to your mom's eye when you presented her with your handmade Mother's Day gift? The Envision Unlimited Associate Board is offering an opportunity for both of you to relive those moments.

Click to read the latest news about our partnership with UCP Seguin.

The Envision staff has joined Crain's Chicago Business' elite group of Healthcare Heroes for 2021. To qualify, honorees had to be working on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis, making an impact and saving lives.

After training counselor Reyanna Johnson and several members of her former Halas Center unit recently settled into the Frick Center, she noticed how frequently the members mentioned missing friends who had selected other centers when Halas closed.

In Fall 2020, Envision members launched a monthly newsletter to help others hear their voices. This Thanksgiving article expresses their appreciation for a generous donation from Cermak Fresh Market

Written by Kasandra M. and Ruth M.

By all accounts, twins Geneva and Geneil had a challenging transition into their new day program at Envision’s Westtown Center last summer. But that began to change after they started attending yoga classes facilitated by Program Coordinator David Pufundt

The pending sale of the massive Garnett machine at George Halas Jr. Vocational Center in Auburn Gresham signals a fresh start for members and staff who have met at that facility for decades. Envision is closing that location at the end of October.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, DSPs have been instrumental in supporting members in staying connected to their larger communities, families, and friends. Although the pandemic has prevented in-person connections, DSPs have found ways to maintain a sen

Envision Unlimited provides community living supports for over 350 adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) and Mental Illness in the Chicago area.

For 33 years, the philanthropic arm of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, known as The Ability Experience has sponsored an annual “Journey of Hope” cross-country bike ride to create awareness and raise funds to support people with disabilities.

Envision Unlimited’s collaboration with Pi Kappa Phi’s The Ability Experience has spawned another partnership; this one, between fraternity member Tim Smith and Envision member

Residents of Envision’s Campbell Community Integrated Living Arrangement (CILA) are on the move. Their goal: fitness and fundraising for the “InMotion for Envision” challenge.

Across Chicago, essential workers have stepped up to keep businesses open to serve the community. This includes Joel, an Envision Unlimited member, who works at a Jewel Osco grocery store in his neighborhood.

Envision Unlimited is complying with DPH/CDC guidelines to ensure the safety of our members and staff.

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, a time to highlight the importance of community inclusion and raise public awareness about the barriers people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) encounter on a regular basis.

This year Envision Unlimited invites you to participate in our “Small Gifts, BIG Impact” campaign for GivingTuesday. Contributions will help people with disabilities, one of the most marginalized populations, become more independent and self-sufficient.

We are partnering with Eclectik for your 2019 holiday cards! Our holiday card collection features artwork made by Envision artists. Ten percent of your card purchase will be donated to Envision Unlimited.

You know what they say about men and their sports right?  Well for Envision Unlimited Halas Day Training Center member Michael J., he hit the jackpot once he learned that he attained a job at Guaranteed Rate Field, home of the Chicago White Sox.  Michael is a diehard sports fan and lo

A House Full of Love for Children in Care

Pamela and Richard Webb run out of fingers as they count the number of children who have filled their home with love over the years.

Looking for Mr. Leslie?  So is everybody else.

We are thrilled to share this profile of Envision client Florence O’Donnell – who recently paid off the mortgage on her lakefront condo

“I’m so happy to be here!” Jamie said as soon as two visitors sat down with her in the lobby of Full Psycle indoor cycling studio during a break from her training session.

Envision Unlimited program participants and researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago partnered up in spring 2018 for Engaging with Aging, a 12-week “Person Centered Planning Project” designed to assess different areas that are important in the lives of the aging pop

Aida is a program participant at Envision Unlimited’s Westtown Center. In January 2018, she began a 10-week paid internship at St. John Berchman’s School in Logan Square through a partnership with Teaching Together Chicago.