By: Meka Al Taqi-Brown
The summer is approaching, and that means it is the perfect season to start exploring in Chicago. A popular place that people visit is the Garfield Park Conservatory. But of course, after all that walking and sightseeing of the conservatory, the question of where to dine comes to mind.
Take a short walk around the corner, and you will stumble across a restaurant called Inspiration Kitchens, which is located at 3504 W. Lake Street.
Inspiration Kitchens is a non-profit organization that has a restaurant that helps homeless and low-income people who want to go into the culinary and catering business. This location is also a food service training site that provides them with the experience of working in a restaurant.
“Our mission is to help people who are affected by homelessness and deep poverty to improve their lives and increase their self-sufficiency” said Shannon Stewart, Executive Director and CEO of Inspiration Corporation.
Inspiration Kitchens is an establishment much bigger than the restaurant itself. The parent organization is called Inspiration Corporation.
“In addition to [offering] the food training service program, we also provide housing and supportive services to individuals and families that are affected by homelessness; and also have a program at the uptown location that provides free meals and supportive services to people who are experiencing homelessness”.
“I think the wonderful thing about what we do here at Inspiration Kitchens is that we really change lives and we create and have a beautiful space that provides delicious food for families and friends to relax and enjoy a great meal together”
The hours of operation for Inspiration Kitchens are: Monday and Tuesdays are closed. Wednesday through Friday 11am-3pm lunch is served, 4pm-9pm dinner is served. For Saturday 10am-3pm brunch is served, and 4pm-9pm dinner is served. Lastly, for Sunday, 10am-3pm brunch is served. To learn more visit their website here.