Facility Data

Chicago IYC Facility Building

Illinois Youth Center Chicago

Opened:  July 1999
Capacity:  130
Level 2 Medium Juvenile Male
Average Daily Population:  104
Average Age:  16


Superintendent Olukayode Idowu


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 a 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.

Visitation Hours Half Way Back:
Thursday 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (with gate passes only)

Visitation General Population:

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 weekdays through casework supervisors and administrative staff.

Facility Address

Business Mail:
P.O. Box 12247
Chicago, IL  60612

Youth Mail:
P.O. Box 12247
Chicago, IL  60612

(312) 633-5219

Facility Information

IYC-Chicago is located on the west side of the city and is a leased property that occupies the third floor of a rehabbed warehouse building. The facility houses approximately 100 male youth per day. There are approximately 97 employees at the center. The institution also serves as a drop-off center for all juvenile parole violators in District 1. Transitional programming has been supplemented by federal grants that will allow the facility to contract for re-entry services. These services assist youth in their return and progress back into the community. Violence intervention programs have included Schwab "In My Shoes" presentations that discuss the impact of gang activity. Former gang members confined to wheelchairs as a result of gang-related gunfire talk to youth about their lives before and after tragic life-altering incidents in an effort to warn youth about their high-risk lifestyles.