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Jewish Council For Youth Services Opening New Center In Lincoln Square Next Summer

After the new center opens, the Lakeview center, which has been sold to "outside investors," will close.

Rendering of the 2112 W. Lawrence Ave. address the Jewish Council for Youth Services will be opening in Lincoln Square next year.
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LINCOLN SQUARE — Jewish Council for Youth Services will be opening a new location to serve Lincoln Square and Ravenswood families next summer.

The organization plans to move the preschool and family programs currently offered at the Michael R. Lutz Family Center in Lakeview, 957 W. Grace St., to the new Lincoln Square-Ravenswood center at 2112 W. Lawrence Ave. next summer, said Seth Zimmerman, marketing and communications manager for the council.

The new Lincoln Square building, adjacent to Vogle Park, will feature seven classrooms and large playrooms on each floor. 

All programming currently offered at the Lakeview center is being moved to the new Iris and Steven Podolsky Family Center in Lincoln Square after the 2018-19 school year, he said. The Lakeview center, which has been sold to “outside investors,” will close.

The new center will feature two large indoor play centers that will allow kids to play inside during the winter months and have stroller parking for parents, too.

“The new location is going to have family center-style programming there because it’s such a huge space,” Zimmerman said. “It’s 18,000-square-feet and two stories …The sky’s the limit with that much space.”

Founded in 1907,  the Jewish Council for Youth Services focuses on innovative, play-based programs that incorporate Jewish tradition while also fostering each child’s developmental growth. Programs are open to children of all faiths and backgrounds and include summer camps, day camps and some family events.

The organization, which works with children starting at 15 months of age, also operates centers in Wicker Park, Buffalo Grove and Highland Park.

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