The Chicago Cultural Alliance’s mission is to connect, promote, and support centers of cultural heritage for a more inclusive Chicago.

We are a proud consortium of Chicago-area ethnic museums, cultural centers and historical societies who span 24 neighborhoods and 7 suburbs in Chicago area and represent 28 different cultures from around the world.

The Alliance increases the visibility and impact of Chicago’s ethnic assets by leveraging partnerships between member organizations and major institutions.

The Alliance assures the long-term efficacy of its public education, marketing, preservation and social service programs by providing organizational development assistance to its core members.


Our vision is a city where all communities have a voice, and cross-cultural dialogue and collaboration are an integral part of Chicago's civic fabric.

Core Values

  • First voice of Core Members and their communities is central to CCA’s operations and programs, leading to social change driven by community concerns and assets.
  • Heritage is an asset not only to explain history, but also to address contemporary issues and to build leadership and innovation for the future.
  • All programs are collaborative and cross-cultural, building greater impact than could be achieved by any one member or partner individually.
  • The Alliance is an active community and not a loose network or a purely professional consortium.
  • Engagement is not simply outreach; it is the co-development and creation of ideas, programs, and initiatives.
  • Core Members contribute their professional and community expertise.

Our Story

The CCA is the only organization of its kind in the US, representing 35 Chicago-area ethnic museums, cultural centers, and historical societies, our Core Members. Through the CCA, Core Members are connected to a wide range of civic and arts organizations, our Partners can invest resources to help grow their capacity and visibility.

Core Members serve 28 ethnic populations ranging from 3,000 to 1 million, located in 24 neighborhoods spanning the city and 7 suburbs. Nearly 60% of Core Members are anchors for under-served and immigrant populations.

The CCA’s programming and services celebrate diversity, preserve history, and honor tradition while amplifying cross-cultural collaboration. CCA offerings include large-scale collaborative programming that showcase Core Member assets, shared services that build capacity, promotion and networking opportunities throughout the year through our member meetings and conferences.

The CCA was formally created in 2008 after beginning at The Field Museum as the Cultural Connections program in 1998.