Illinois Youth Center - Chicago

Facility Data

Chicago IYC Facility Building

Illinois Youth Center Chicago

Opened:  July 1999
Capacity:  130
Level 2 Medium Juvenile Male
Average Daily Population:  67
Average Age:  16


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.

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


Facility Information

IYC-Chicago is located on the west side of the city. The facility houses approximately 80 youth per day. There are approximately 140 employees at the center. Staff receive 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 group, 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 enter is to promote public safety while providing an environment that improves the outcomes of our youth.