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The COVID-19 vaccination requirement for visitors to IDJJ facilities has been suspended as of 1/12/23. Visitors may be required to complete a rapid COVID-19 test when they arrive at the facility. 

Illinois Youth Center - Chicago

Facility Data

Illinois Youth Center Chicago

Opened: July 1999
Capacity: 130
Level 2 Medium Juvenile Male


Superintendent- Olukayode  Idowu

Asst. Superintendent of Operations- Tom Hurley

Asst. Superintendent of Programs- Michael Byrd


NOTE: Please review IDJJ Visitation Rules and Information before visiting.

On the first visit to any Illinois Youth Center, the visitors will be required to have photo identification, such as a driver's license, a state identification card, or acceptable documentation of non-US citizen including a current passport, Visa, or Matricula, and documentation that includes their social security numbers if US citizens, and date of birth.

Please have two forms of identification; one should be a photo ID for additional visits.

Thursday 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Friday 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., and Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Special visiting hours can be arranged on weekdays through casework supervisors and administrative staff.

Facility Address

Business Mail:
100 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60612

Youth Mail:
100 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60612


Facility Information

IYC Chicago is located on the west side of the city. Staff receives ongoing behavioral management and de-escalation training. The center provides individualized programming to meet the needs of each youth, such as GED and high school diploma academic services, an in-patient substance abuse treatment program, mental health services, medical services, leisure time activities, assessments, parenting groups, and family engagement programming. In addition, the center receives many volunteer services, including religious services, a musical theatre workshop, and therapeutic canine companionship and training modules. Some volunteer programs include off-site activities. The goal of this entry is to promote public safety while providing an environment that improves the outcomes of our youth.