After serving a short time in prison, Antonio was working on his GED when he enrolled in the Foodservice Training program. He graduated with flying colors, and now works as a line cook at Inspiration Kitchens – Garfield Park.
“I come in here, and the outside world is gone. I’ve never had anything like that, and Inspiration Kitchens changed my life. And I love you all for that.”
Anna never thought a job could be the path toward personal fulfillment.
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
General Council and Board Member, John Sapiro, talks about his experience with Inspiration Corporation.
Chicago Sun-Times Pioneer Press
One Inspired Evening fundraiser highlights.
Dedicated volunteers come out to support Inspiration Cafe during the holidays.
Inspiration Corporation is honored to be chosen as one of Chicago Magazine's top 15 gold standard charities.
November 30, 2012
We were honored to see this profile of Inspiration Cafe with thoughts from Executive Director & CEO, Shannon Stewart, in Today's Chicago Woman.
Eat, Drink & Buy Local
November 29, 2012
This piece promotes our restaurants in Uptown and East Garfield Park as good places to get a delicious, inexpensive meal while giving back to the community.
Time Out Chicago
November 22-28, 2012
Time Out Chicago featured Inspiration Kitchens - Garfield Park in this piece on four social enterprise cafes in Chicago that promote social welfare.
July 19, 2012
Our very own case manager Michael Webb was interviewed by CBS2 Chicago about the effect that the summer drought had on the community garden at Inspiration Kitchens - Garfield Park.
Inspiration Kitchens - Garfield Park and Wheeler Kearns Architects are featured in this issue of Green Building & Design (gb&d) magazine.
Chicago Reader, Best of Chicago 2012
June 20, 2012
After an exhaustive search of Chicago, Inspiration Kitchens - Garfield Park was voted Best Place to Eat Fried Green Tomatoes.
MATA Traders blog/website
March 28, 2012
MATA Traders chose Inspiration Corporation as their April 2012 Charity of the Month and official "Coolest Place To Volunteer".
The Wall Street Journal - Market Watch
March 26, 2012
On May 10, 2012, Inspiration Corporation’s Inspiration Kitchens - Garfield Park was awarded an Emerald Award from the U.S. Green Building Council at the Greenhouse Loft under the Green Building Innovation category.
February 4, 2012
The Chicago Tribune profiles the programs, students and food at Inspiration Kitchens - Garfield Park in its first year of operation.
February 3, 2012
An interview with Inspiration Corporation’s founder, Lisa Nigro.
January 25, 2012
The Chicago Tribune offers a pictoral profile of an Inspiration Kitchens class.
December 20, 2011
Wilco’s December show at Lincoln Hall benefited Inspiration Corporation, raising over $63,000 in support of homeless and low-income Chicagoans.
September 16, 2011
Chicago Cause, a partnership of four Chicago-based media companies, selected Inspiration Corporation to receive more than $32,000 worth of web design; video production services; social media training; email marketing and public relations consulting. The program was spearheaded by Orbit Media Studios, in partnership with Lightspan Digital, ShiftFocus Productions and Flanigan Communications, Inc.
LISC/Chicago’s New Community Programs
August 6, 2010
An early profile of Inspiration Kitchens - Garfield Park soon after ground breaking, and a discussion of how the restaurant would come to impact life in East Garfield Park.