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We understand that the challenges facing many parents in the City of Chicago are daunting. We created HelloBaby to help meet the needs of underserved families – following our collective hearts and consciences, with each detail and every decision. From that vision, we formed guiding principles that support our programs - principles we continue to revisit and refine, because ultimately, we simply want to be, create and do better.


Where has the time gone? It seems like HelloBaby was just born and now we find ourselves celebrating our 1st birthday! Like all new parents, we weren’t quite sure what to expect in our first year. We are happy to report that HelloBaby has far exceeded our hopes and dreams. It has become the magical gathering place we envisioned and so much more. We thank you for being a part of our HelloBaby family. We are proud to share our Annual Report with you. Because of your support our services are free of charge – always.


HelloBaby Receives AIGA Social Sustainability Design Award

CHICAGO, IL, December 11, 2017 – Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood is now home to design award-winning HelloBaby, a new children's play center. HelloBaby received the AIGA Social Sustainability Award for its transformative design of what was once an abandoned day care center, to a high-quality gathering place for infants and their caregivers.

HelloBaby architectural design partner, Perkins + Will, was founded on the belief that design has the power to transform lives and enhance communities. The firm collaborates with clients all over the world to create healthy, sustainable places in which to live, learn, work, play, and heal. The result of their work with HelloBaby is an innovative, fun and vibrant space that has garnered high marks from its more than 1,400 guests since it opened in July 2017.

“We believe that quality design should not be reserved for the affluent. Intelligent, sustainable, attractive design, like affordable family services, is profoundly lacking in many of our neighborhoods. HelloBaby helps bridge the design gap.” Debbie Frisch, HelloBaby Founder

HelloBaby’s award for sustainable design was announced on December 8th at the AIGA annual awards ceremony in St. Louis, Missouri. The AIGA Awards program is a distinct design competition recognizing the importance and excellence of socially responsible and community-driven work created by design professionals, students, educators, businesses and organizations from around the world.