Pedersen-McCormick Boys & Girls Club

4835 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60640
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Character & Leadership

Empowering young people to support their Club and community, sustain relationships, develop a positive self-image and respect others.

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Education & Career

Giving kids a safe haven to learn and to dream is the first priority. Providing opportunities and activities to enhance their education and explore career aspirations helps them meet their potential.

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Health & Life Skills

Creating a sense of self-respect by caring for their bodies, living healthy, setting goals, and making good decisions when faced with challenging choices.

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The Arts

Cultivating self-expression, creativity and multicultural appreciation through an array of visual, performing, literary and digital arts.

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Sports, Fitness & Recreation

Developing a passion for fitness and recreation as a way to be healthy, relieve stress and create a sense of teamwork and sportsmanship.


Our Story

The Pedersen-McCormick Boys & Girls Club has been an anchor of hope, fun and stability in the lives of Chicago’s Uptown Community youth since 1958 with the support of the Robert R. McCormick Charitable Trust, Senator W. Russell Arrington, W. Clement Stone and area businesses and residents. In 2013, it was renamed the Pedersen-McCormick Club in honor of one of its longtime and arden supporters Peer Pedersen. The Club today serves 1,000 members annually and 250 members age 6-18 daily. The facility is one of the largest Clubs and features four exceptional programs not offered at any other Club location.



Over the years, McCormick has been a constant motivator in my life They (the staff) encouraged me to grab the many opportunities available with both hands. Their support continues to provide me with perspective on what is important in my life. I feel empowered to reach my goals without the fear of failure. I will always be grateful for the amazing experiences and opportunities I was blessed with because I was a McCormick Club member.

– Myles, member of Robert R. McCormick Boys & Girls Club.

Recent News

Mary Abbott Hess, a Pedersen-McCormick Club board member, creates the one-of-a kind unique pieces for Pedersen-McCormick Scholars!
JAN 10, 2014 Unilever Foundation Supports SMART Girls at Pedersen-McCormick Club
OCT 16, 2013 Bea Pounian Academy of Art Members participate in BGCA Midwest Art Contest
OCT 08, 2013 Pedersen-McCormick Science Club Lauded
OCT 04, 2013 Building Bikes...and Smiles
JUL 03, 2013 Peter A. Hess Scholars Announced
JUL 01, 2013 Anita Douglas for National SMART Girls Advisory Committee

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